Item description for Rookie Dad: Thoughts on First-Time Fatherhood by David Jacobsen...
Overview In a series of personal literary essays, David Jacobson reflects humorously and heartbreakingly on the joys and fears of first-time fatherhood from his wife?s pregnancy to his son?s first birthday.
Publishers Description When I found out my wife, Christine, was pregnant, I had no idea what I was thinking or feeling, and no clue what I should be thinking or feeling. Christine had daily heart-to-hearts with her girlfriends and a stack of parenting books by her bed. I had lots of questions with no answers. So I started writing. It was either that, or try to ignore the whole thing -- a choice that became increasingly difficult as Christine's belly became increasingly swollen.Rookie Dad is the story of a young husband and father learning how to pay attention to his family's changing size and shape. It's a story filled with hard questions, with laughter and tears, and with the unexpected joy of first-time fatherhood. It's my story -- the story of how I became a dad.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.16" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310279216 ISBN13 9780310279211 UPC 025986279219
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More About David Jacobsen
David Jacobsen holds a BA in English literature and composition and an MCS in Christianity and the arts. He lives with his wife, Christine, and sons in Santa Barbara, California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Rookie Dad?
Vapid and boring Nov 11, 2008
It's hard to understand why an author like David Jacobsen thinks anybody would care about his neuroses about fatherhood. There is not a single original insight about babies or parenting anywhere to be found. Instead, Jacobsen runs through every tired cliche and treats it as if he is the first person to ever have these observations. You mean that new babies cause sleep deprivation?!? What a shock!
On top of that, the reader is forced to tolerate Jacobsen's numerous hippie-dippie asides throughout. At one point, he insists that his love for his son will not be deterred by the fact that his son likes to play with a toy Escalade SUV. Gee, how compassionate of you. And his views on the Bible and his church are borderline offensive.
Definitely makes jumping off the cliff into parenthood a little easier Jul 15, 2008
Becoming a parent is like jumping off a cliff --- a mixture of excitement, elation and fear of the unknown all blended into one life-altering experience. Fortunately, there is a library of helpful books and resources for women that explains the ins and outs of pregnancy and becoming a mom.
But what about dad? While fathers-to-be may feel some level of comfort in knowing what placenta means or understanding that some pregnant woman's feet really do change size (and she's not really using the pregnancy as an excuse to buy all-new shoes) from the most popular pregnancy books, there aren't as many resources designed specifically for men. That's where ROOKIE DAD: Thoughts on First-Time Fatherhood by David Jacobsen comes in.
As the title suggests, this book is a personal memoir on the ups and downs of becoming a dad. Through the proddings of his wife, Christine, David agreed that it was time for the young couple to begin a family. With David still in graduate school and bills bigger than paychecks, a well-meaning family member gently asked if they should wait. David was convinced that even if it wasn't the best time, it would make his wife shine. They skipped the birth control, and before they knew it, Nicholas was on his way into the world.
Chapter by chapter, Jacobsen walks readers through their journey from ultrasound to birth to lost nights of sleep. At one point, the couple faces an unexpected obstacle: there is a chance that their child has Down's Syndrome. A few months later, they celebrate Nicholas's entry into the world; he is a perfectly healthy baby. Throughout the book, Jacobsen explores both the lighter and darker moments of becoming a dad and touches on some of the more universal challenges of parenting, including loneliness and isolation, as well as the struggle that accompanies taking an infant on an airplane.
One of the book's strengths is Jacobsen's honesty regarding parenting. He admits that he and his wife subscribed to the let-the-child-cry method when putting Nicholas to sleep. A chapter called "Sex on Thursdays" highlights the natural changes that any young couple undergoes in their intimate life whenever there is a new addition to the family.
"Christine and I found that it was easy --- frighteningly easy --- to let the busyness of our new life as parents interfere with our relationship. It's a truism these days that everyone's busy, but new parents are especially busy and so, so tired."
Jacobsen's writing is tight and compelling. Though a great storyteller, his references to spiritual matters are thin at best. The book lacks the depth and dimension it could have had if the spiritual side of becoming a father had been tackled with more verve. Still, ROOKIE DAD is a good gift for first-time fathers. It will definitely make jumping off the cliff into parenthood a little easier.
--- Reviewed by Margaret Oines
Totally Entertaining Jun 3, 2008
I am a soon to be father and this book provided a wonderful insight into the process of a (somewhat clueless) man stepping into the role of fatherhood. The insight was very relate able and down to earth. Not exactly a how to book but it will help you (as it helped me) mentally align myself with the joys and perils of stepping into fatherhood.
Easygoing May 8, 2008
Being a rookie dad myself, with a son under tha age of one, I was quite interested in this read. I'm sure influenced by having a FAR different experience than the author (flying, sleeping habits, and the birth itself were all pretty much complete opposites for me) I was a bit disappointed. I found the book easygoing, which was good as a fast paced read and bad with little thought provoking and soulful grit. I did enjoy the chapter, 'Baby Love,' as my wife and I have experienced the desire for our son to pause on growing any older, because of this baby love phase. After reading the first few chapters I began to feel the desire to just get through the rest of it, then I can move on to reading something else. The later chapters eased the groan a bit, as the author moved away from just personal thought to more universal content. It was a simple read that occasionally had me thinking, "That's nice," but never really did much in terms of tackling fatherhood. The author seems like a nice guy, who wrote a nice little book. To be honest the book was given to me as a gift, and so if I had paid for it with my own money, I'm pretty sure I would give it a two star due to wanting more for my money.
Required reading for "expectant" fathers Dec 13, 2007
As the mother of two children I feel I am a fairly good judge of parenting books. I loved how this author talked about his relationship with his father and his son. This was an entertaining and informative read. I can't wait for his next book!!