"DADS WHO STAY AND FIGHT: How to Be a Hero for Your Family,” by Greg Trimble, Cedar Fort, $14.99, 190 pages (nf)
In his new book, LDS blogger Greg Trimble seeks to inspire fathers to be good dads in a world that is discouraging that important role. “Dads Who Stay and Fight: How to Be a Hero for Your Family” is filled with anecdotes, quotes, advice and researched information all geared toward helping fathers become the dads they need to be.
This book is Trimble’s first, but he is not new to writing. He is a blogger whose topics include just about anything he finds interesting, according to the bio on his website. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Trimble frequently writes about religion and family. He writes in the book that there is nothing he is more passionate about than being a father. So this book was a natural next step for him.
The book starts with a forward from Tim Ballard, who is also LDS, a father himself and the founder of Operation Underground Railroad. It is then divided into five main sections: What Good Dads Do; Qualities of Good Dads; Dads’ Roles; The Dad Rules; and Spiritual Dads. Within the main sections, there are shorter chapters — a total of 31 — each only a few pages composed of stories, thoughts and advice. Trimble covers everything from serving mom to teaching kids hard work to dealing with fears and a wide array of other issues.
Geared toward an LDS audience, most quotes come from LDS religious leaders and even some LDS celebrities — such as NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young and violinist Lindsey Stirling. There are many scriptures and stories pulled from the Book of Mormon as well. However, a familiarity with the LDS resources is not necessary to still gain insights from this book.
The book is easy to read and fast-paced. Though it is aimed at fathers, it is appropriate for any interested reader.