Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blog Tour: Project Dad (Review)

What does it take to build a great dad?

Men like to build things. We like to take parts and put them together to make a whole. Did you know that this do-it-yourself talent can help you become a great dad?

In his fresh, humorous style, Todd Cartmell takes you on an action-packed journey to help you become the dad God made you to be and that your kids hope you will be. 

Cartmell shows you that you already have the raw materials at your disposal, then gives you the blueprint for putting them together. Begin your Project Dad today. Your family will never be the same.

What I Thought
Is there a magic formula to build a great dad? As much as we like to have things in an instant - or at a click of a mouse - there's probably not a "easy" button out there for dads to push to go from good to great.

However, Dr. Todd Cartmell may have come up with a way to at least provide dad's with a "DIY" (do it yourself guide) to becoming not just a good dad, but a great one.

Through five topics, Cartmell walks dads through ways to look at how they "see" their children through their eyes (look), mouth (talk), heart (connect), hands (actions) and feet (lead).

Through humor, personal (a.k.a. relatable) stories and well, an easy-to-read writing style, Cartmell challenges dads to not only read the book but begin to apply what they are learning immediately through a highlighted section of key points and several challenging "get to work" questions at the end of each chapter.

This is definitely a dad resource that will stay in my children's ministry reference library. If you are looking for a book to pass along to your favorite seasoned pro or maybe a soon-to-be dad, then I recommend this book.

Don't let the "easy to read" and "humor" labels throw you off. This is definitely a "good things come in small packages" book.

It's A Contest
Want to win a copy of Project Dad: The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide for Becoming A Great Father for the guy in your life (or maybe even yourself?)

Thanks to Revell Books, I have an extra copy of this book, to pass along to a blog reader. Just leave a comment in this post by Wednesday, June 1. The book will be in the mail to you, to give to the lucky guy by Father's Day.

To enter, please leave your favorite "dad" story in the comments below, along with your e-mail, so I can get your shipping address/details should you win this book!

The book will be awarded on Thursday, June 2, and information will be posted back in this review listing the winner.

About The Author
Todd Cartmell is a licensed clinical psychologist and a father of two.

He is in full-time private practice in Wheaton, Illinois, where he works exclusively with children, adolescents, and families.

He conducts parenting workshops across the country and is the author of Respectful Kids. Visit his website at

Online Resources
Todd Cartmell's website - 
Find Project Dad at
Pick up Project Dad at Barnes & Noble
Read an excerpt online at Revell Books
Find out more at Revell Books

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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