Thursday, June 14, 2012

Become An All Pro Dad!

I just finished reading Mark Merrill's new book, All Pro Dad, and was challenged and motivated by what was in the pages.  I appreciated Merrill's willingness to be genuine and show his vulnerabilities and tell about the challenges he has faced.  This book helps all fathers, especially those with young children, see where our weaknesses may be and challenges us to step up and be a hero to our kids.

In the book, Mark Merrill lays out two fatherhood fundamentals and seven essentials to be a hero to your kids.  He does this while talking about related real life experiences that he or another dad went through and either stood firm or failed at the essential skills.  

Mark uses the the seven essential M's: Makeup, Mind-set, Motive, Method, Model, Message and Master to effectively execute the fatherhood fundamentals of love and leadership.  I really hope that if you are father of young or old children you will find this book and read it to dive deeper into each of these principles.

One of my favorite parts of the book is at the end of each chapter where Merrill ends with questions to huddle up and ask your child.  William and I have grown even closer this week as we took time to talk about these questions.

This book, along with others I have read on fatherhood lately, has helped me realize where have fallen short as a man, husband and father in the past and has allowed me to recommit to God, Anna and William to be the man I was made to be.  Please help keep me accountable and if you need an accountability partner, let me know.

Check out the All Pro Dad website for more resources and the video below for more information about the book.

You can also purchase the book using my affilate link below if you are interested in checking it out yourself! I highly recommend it to all fathers. 


  1. Adding this to my gift-list for Toran - thank you for sharing this, Josh! And you are a wonderful example of a father who is committing his life to Christ and being the best man he can for his family. Inspiring for all parents!

  2. It is a great book. I read three others that were great for building a Biblical foundation for manhood/fatherhood that I plan on writing a some quick reviews for sometime this week if I have time. I am going to try to get a group of guys together to talk about some of the content of these books and/or other resources and what we are called to do as men/fathers from God. We will see how that works in with the balanced life I am also striving for, but I have been praying about it and we will see where God leads.