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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dwyane Wade Narrator: Prentice Onayemi Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780062204929
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Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. In 2006, in just his third season in the NBA, Dwyane was named the Finals' MVP, after leading the Miami Heat to the Championship title, basketball's ultimate prize. Two years later, after possible career-ending injuries, he again rose from the ashes of doubt to help win a gold medal for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As co-captain, he helped lead the Heat to triumph in the 2012 NBA Championship. Little wonder that legendary coach Pat Riley has called Dwyane "B.I.W."—Best In the World.

As incredible as those achievements have been, it's off the court where Dwyane has sought his most cherished goal: being a good dad to his sons, Zaire and Zion, by playing a meaningful role in their lives. Recounting his fatherhood journey, Dwyane begins his story in March 2011 with the news that after a long, bitter custody battle, he has been awarded sole custody of his sons in a virtually unprecedented court decision. A Father First chronicles the lessons Dwyane has learned as a single dad from the moment of the judge's ruling that instantly changed his life and the lives of his boys, and then back to the events in the past that shaped his dreams, prayers, and promises.

As the son of divorced parents determined to get along so that he and his sister Tragil could have loving relationships with both of them, Dwyane's early years were spent on Chicago's South Side. With poverty, violence, and drugs consuming the streets and their mom descending into addiction, Tragil made the heroic decision to take her younger brother to live with their father. After moving his household to suburban Robbins, Illinois, Dwyane Wade Sr. became Dwyane's first basketball coach. While this period laid the groundwork for Dwyane's later mission for fathers to take greater responsibility for their kids, he was also inspired by his mother's miraculous victory over addiction and her gift for healing others. Both his mother and his father showed him that the unconditional love between parents and children is a powerful guiding force.

In A Father First, we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane's stunning basketball career—from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat. This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America's top athletes, but it is also a call to action—from a man who had to fight to be in his children's lives—that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this unforgettable, uplifting read, you’ll discover a fatherhood journey that reminds us all of the miraculous power of faith and family.” 

    Chris Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happyness 

  • “People already know how amazing D-Wade is on the court. This book will show fans what an amazing person he is off it.”

    LeBron James

  • “With parenting, it’s never too late to lead. Dwayne’s own experiences as a child and those learned through adversity and leadership have protected his children through the storms.” 

    Pat Riley

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elliott Florence | 1/5/2014

    " Great book. Dwade is my fav basketball player i look up to him so much because of this book. I like him. Book was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne Wheeler | 12/11/2013

    " Very enlightening & inspiring! I have a newfound respect for Mr. D Wade! What an AMAZING father & uncle!! =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaci | 8/21/2013

    " Not the most well-written book I have ever read, but definitely full of genuine emotion. D-Wade is definitely a stand-up guy and has a view of fatherhood which is to be admired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/25/2013

    " Loved this book. I love how honest he is. He's such a strong person and a great father. I'm obsess with the Miami Heat team I'm a big fan and Wade is just an amazing person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 6/9/2013

    " This book was recommended by our high school librarian. It is an inspiring story of over coming under privilege upbringing and making a contribution to society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/6/2013

    " I knew his wife was cray-cray but I didnt know she was like that! Excellent story of a man actually stepping up and being the man his children need all the while being a professional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tameka Atkins | 5/17/2013

    " Awesome book. Love the faith&love that him and his family portrays in the midst of their trials. Very inspired!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bjorn | 4/20/2013

    " I like it its my favorite book so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/6/2013

    " Evidently Mr. Wade wears the number "3" for the Holy Trinity. Nice read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri Celesti | 3/4/2013

    " This was a great book! As a teacher, it gave me a lot of encouragement for kids that are struggling with life and as a person, his faith is inspiring! I must admit that I'm a big Heat/Wade fan but this book only made me more of a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 2/28/2013

    " Fabulous story of a truly remarkable athlete and father. You will really enjoy this story that happens so close to home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis | 2/26/2013

    " Dwyane wade teaches about how his life has become more about his family than basketball. Great Story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 10/6/2012

    " This book only solidified my belief that Dwayne Wade is my favorite basketball player. He is an absolutely amazaing person and father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 8/23/2012

    " Good book on Dwayne Wade. "

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About the Author

Dwyane Wade is a guard for the Miami Heat whose Wade's World Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to benefit children and families across America. President Obama recently appointed him to help lead a program geared toward encouraging fathers to become more involved in their children's lives. He lives in Miami, Florida.

About the Narrator

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.