A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball by Dwyane Wade
This book details his memories of growing up in Chicago, his rise through the ranks of basketball, his relationships with family, and his journey to becoming a father. I enjoyed his stories about his accomplishments on the court, and reading about the strength of his mother to overcome a drug addiction and today serve the Lord in ministry. He described the struggles he endured with his ex-wife in a custody battle, and why it means so much for him to be the full-time guardian of his two sons and nephew. This quote from the book sums it up well:
Fatherhood, to me, isn’t something you do for awards or acclaim. It’s a privilege and a huge responsibility. Of course, the recognition I’ve been given has been flattering— except I don’t think it makes sense to honor me for what I should be doing in the first place. That said, I do hope that by opening up in ways I haven’t in the past, I can encourage other fathers or father figures to get more involved with their kids’ lives.
In reading this book, I was again reminded how important the memories are that I create with my daughter. I learned some other ways to encourage and relate to my children, and I look forward to the wonderful journey of fatherhood ahead of me.
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About Shaun Worcester (125 posts)
Web geek by day (and early morning sometimes), husband, father, volunteer and friend by night. I am a self-taught web developer which has flourished into a good career, and today my focus is mostly on online marketing, project management, social media, HTML5, CSS3, and OOP PHP. I'm always reading a variety of things that will continue to feed my passions: online marketing, relationships, church leadership, and my own walk with Christ.
I've found the key to happiness (and survival) for me is to be well organized and structured so that I can do a 'good job' at everything. But one of these days I'm going to be able to withdraw from everything else and just spend my days w/ God, Gaby, family and friends.