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Overview Discover why readers are saying: "I laughed, I cried. . . ", "My sides split," and "The funniest thing I've ever read!" In the midst of the challenges of parenting there's always a chance to smile and recognize the miracle of the young life that is yours to care for. With self-effacing humor and a playful sense of fun, Tim Bete helps you to smile, relax, and enjoy parenting a little more and worry a little less. Permeated by a sense of faith but never preachy, Bete opens your eyes to the little miracles of daily life.
Publishers Description Real life stories remind fathers of the joys of fatherhood and opens their eyes to the little miracles of daily life, even amidst the challenges of parenting.
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You will laugh out loud. Don't drink milk while reading this. Dec 5, 2007
I had the great pleasure of working with Tim for 4 or 5 years. Tim has one of the best sense of humors (senses of humor?) of anyone I know.
When Tim writes me emails, I laugh out loud. When I read his book, I laughed non-stop. This is a must have for your first floor bathroom (sorry, Tim). And it will keep your guests stuck on the toilet for many pages! Of course, you can read it first and then you'll know why they laugh in between flushes.
Laughing out Loud Jan 17, 2007
Lots of books say that they are "laugh out loud" funny, but this one actually had me laughing so hard that I had to put the book down to catch my breath.
Children are priceless miracles Feb 2, 2006
Reviewed by Kelli Glesige for Reader Views (1/6)
If you are a parent, grandparent or anyone who has spent any amount of time with young children, you will enjoy this humorous, and sometimes only too true, book about a dad and his view on parenting. I found myself smiling and thinking, "How true!" so often to his whimsical stories about being a dad.
"In the Beginning...There Were No Diapers" was written by Tim Bete, contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, to share his insights of what parenting is like while keeping an underlying message of the faith and blessings given to him by God, but it is all done in a fun and amusing light. Bete says he believes God created parenthood so we could get just a glimpse of what God's job is like. "The greatness of it all is that God fills our lives with daily minor miracles", says Bete, speaking on the joys our children bring us.
I found "In the Beginning...There Were No Diapers" to be extremely pleasant and upbeat. Bete writes not only of his experiences with his children, but he comments on his marriage and spouse, his life and habits, and what life in general is like for him as he grows older and wiser In one chapter, Tim notes the similarities between himself and his resemblance to God. It took God six days to create the universe, and it took Tim six days to assemble the family grill. On the seventh day, God rested. Tim's wife shares that not even God is better than Tim at napping on Sunday. And in another witty exchange, we are told that Tim's current exercise regime, besides keeping up with active children, consists of skating on thin ice and pushing his luck.
I like the way that each chapter relates humorous antics about some aspect of fatherhood that we can always get a chuckle from. But, before ending the chapter, we are given a subtle and very important message about what makes each chosen adventure of fatherhood so extremely important, special and worthwhile. Fatherhood has its ups and downs, trials and tribulations, but with the outlook that God wants for us, we will certainly know that more children can only equal more love in the home.
Particularly amusing were the thoughts shared about the children playing T-ball. I could so relate with Tim's stories of the boys playing their game when the ice cream truck happened to make a drive by, as I have a son whom the chapter could have been written about. I also enjoyed how Tim described his son playing with his toys and explaining how the object of the game was to stand on the toys, never letting a foot touch the floor. Once again, this same scenario could have come from my house. It is obvious to me that Tim definitely got his stories from first hand experience.
I encourage everyone to take a look at this book. It is a delightful read and will make you smile. Mr. Bete knows how to take the ordinary antics of children and make them into truly priceless miracles!
Hilarious parenting book Jan 28, 2006
I generally cringe whenever I come across a new book offering guidance to dads, because they are almost inevitably SUPPOSED to be funny but AREN'T funny. It only took about ten minutes of reading Tim Bete's great collection of essays to realize that it was that rare thing: a dads' book that really is laugh-out-loud funny. I enjoyed every one of the 19 essays; every dad will find common ground with Tim's experiences, from childbirth to family outings to (my personal favorite chapter) how to handle being on call for your kids during the night. Highly recommended reading.
Parenting With Humor & So Much More-- Dec 14, 2005
For the men in your life...IN THE BEGINNING is the perfect Dad Manual, with testerone-based POV on the tragedies and triumphs of parenting, with humor -- and inspiration, too.
Tim Bete is a multi-talented wonder (and I'm a big fan): Tim is a renowned humor columnist and the Director of The Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop at the University of Dayton (Ohio). He publishes a monthly newsletter for humor writers, moderates a lively online writer's group, and coordinates the bi-annual Erma Bombeck Writer's Conference in Dayton, Ohio. There are many lessons and examples in this book, not limited to fatherhood.
-- Sherri Caldwell, Humor Columnist & Reviewer, Co-Author, The Rebel Housewife Rules: To Heck With Domestic Bliss!