Great Books for Great Dads

With Father’s Day around the corner, many of us are wondering how we can show our dads and husbands how much we appreciate them. Here is a list of ten excellent books the dads in your life might enjoy.

On Fatherhood and Family Life:

Father, the Family Protector

All of James Stenson’s books on parenting are worth reading. This one affirms the indispensable and irreplaceable role of the father and gives dads practical advice on how they can live out that role with confidence and success.


Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters *Available in Audio

Pediatrician Meg Meeker gives compelling evidence that a father’s relationship with his daughter is paramount to her emotional well-being and self-confidence. From infancy and through childhood, daughters need the attention, protection, and love of their fathers. They especially need their fathers during the emotional teenage years when they sometimes seem to push their dads away. This book is more than a wake up call. It is a practical guide for fathers on how to raise strong, resilient daughters.


Love in the Little Things

Renowned Catholic author/editor of more than thirty books, Mike Aquilina is also a homeschooling father of six. Here he shares stories from his family – some humorous, some inspiring, but all insightful and pointing to a way of joyful family life. Scott Hahn wrote, “I wish I could have read this book when I was a young dad.” Buy it for your husband and then savor the stories yourself.


For the Businessman, Manager, or Entrepreneur:

Good to Great *Available in Audio

Based on an in-depth analysis of twenty-eight stellar companies, Jim Collins lays out the key factors that make a company great. His findings are both  surprising and highly encouraging. We listened to this on audio during a nine-hour drive. My husband was fascinated, and it kept him wide awake. He continues to talk about it. An outstanding book, this will be of great interest for entrepreneurs, managers, and those who want to improve their workplace.


The Pope and the CEO *Available in Audio

John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work hard at building a stronger company. That’s something that makes both good human sense and good business sense.”  In this book  Andreas Widmer shares the lessons he learned  while serving St. Pope John Paul II in the Swiss Guard. Full of lively anecdotes about  St. Pope John Paul II, this book will motivate and inspire businessmen and managers to virtuous leadership.


Essentialism *Available in Audio

This one is for the stressed out super-dad, the father who is overworked and pulled in multiple directions. Motivational speaker Greg McKeown shows us how to recognize what is truly important, simplify our lives, do less better, and to say no to anything that is unessential.


For the Dad who loves sports and/or is a coach:

Less Than a Minute to Go *Available in Audio

Here is another fantastic book written by a homeschooling father. All-American athlete with a Ph.D in sports psychology, Dr. Bill Thierfelder was a private coach to several world-renowned professional athletes. He shares his experiences on how he helped these athletes achieve peak performances. He also shows how sports can uplift the human spirit and bring out the best in people. This is a great read for Dads who want to help their children become better athletes. My husband is hooked on this one.


Inspirational books about modern-day heroes:

With God in Russia

This is the amazing true story of how Fr. Walter Ciszek remained true to his vocation as a priest while spending twenty-three years in brutal Russian prison camps. Riveting and engrossing, this book teaches us never to take our faith, especially the sacraments, for granted. If you give your dad/husband this book, make sure you give him the time to read it, for he won’t want to put it down.


In the Shadow of His Wings

Here is another astounding true story published  by Ignatius Press. This book tells the story of Gereon Goldman, a seminarian who was drafted into Hitler’s horrific Protection Squadron, and how, despite the overwhelming odds, he became a priest and secretly served the German Catholics in Hitler’s army. Another engrossing and electrifying book to rouse your husband or dad to greater faith in God.


And last but certainly not least, a book all fathers should read and my husband’s all-time spiritual favorite:

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence

Fathers have to deal with so much stress and pressure nowadays.  The work place can be a battlefield. Providing  and caring for a family in the modern world is beset with challenges that often seem overwhelming. This spiritual classic will help dads to place their trust in Our Heavenly Father and to see all things, good and bad, pleasant and difficult, as coming from the loving hand of God.  This book gives dads the spiritual strength to endure the crosses of fatherhood with love, grace, and peace.


2 thoughts on “Great Books for Great Dads

  1. I am a father of four. Personally, I am not a fan of parenting books, particularly the ones written by people who are not parents. I think Stenson romanticises parenting. That is not to say there are not good things in his book. Sorry to be critical, just being honest! We don’t need parenting books, just common sense, like-minded friends, and loads of prayer! Best Wishes, Mark


  2. I always appreciate honesty! Although he is not a father, I think what Stenson has to offer is an objective view of parenting which he received as founder and headmaster of the Heights School in Washington D.C. Perhaps he does romanticize parenting somewhat. On the other hand, we can get caught up in the negative aspects of parenting that we fail to realize how awesome our families and kids are. But I do agree with you that common sense, like-minded friends, and loads of prayer (esp. the prayer!) is what helps best. God Bless you and your family!


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