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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (678 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Feiler Narrator: Bruce Feiler Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780061992957
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Bestselling author Bruce Feiler was a young father when he was diagnosed with cancer. He instantly worried what his daughters' lives would be like without him. Three days later, he came up with a stirring idea to reach out to six men from all the passages in his life, and ask them to be present in the passages in his daughters' lives. And he would call this group "The Council of Dads."

"I believe my daughters will have plenty of opportunities in their lives," he wrote to these men. "But they may not have their dad. Will you help be their dad?"

The Council of Dads is the inspiring story of what happened next. Feiler introduces the men in his Council and captures the life lesson he wants each to convey to his daughters—how to see, how to travel, how to question, how to dream. He mixes these with an intimate, highly personal chronicle of his experience battling cancer while raising young children.

The Council of Dads is a touching, funny, and, ultimately deeply moving book on how to live life, how the human spirit can respond to adversity, and how to deepen and cherish the friendships that enrich our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intimate.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An incredible story.”

    Lance Armstrong

  • “Feiler’s conversations with his potential stand-ins are candid and moving. The Council of Dads exemplifies the mysterious process by which bad news can alter our perspective and reorder our priorities, and it celebrates the ever-expanding level of emotional intimacy that men are increasingly free to engage.”

    Washington Post

  • “Moving.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Thoughtful...From other men close to him, Fieler gleaned the qualities of curiosity and the urge to travel and learn, of taking care of things and people that matter, of remembering those who matter and casting them in a positive light.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Reading The Council of Dads...remind[s] us which values we value most.”

    Time

  • “An uplifting lesson in parenthood.

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Incredible.”

    Daily Mirror (London)

  • “It’s hard not to get swept along and cheer Feiler on as he fights for his life and his daughters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A book that will touch many.”

    Booklist

  • “Feiler tackles personal hardship with inquisitive and heartfelt eloquence.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/9/2014

    " Just like the book, The Last Lecture, there were times I had to stop reading due to crying...this is not a bad thing whatsoever. Frankly, I adored this book and it's concept, the stories of how Bruce knew his Council members were touching, comical and made me think about my own friendships. Excellent book, but one you may need Kleenex for as you read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wrighty | 2/7/2014

    " A touching story about a father's fight to survive and plans for his children in case he didn't. Author Bruce Fieler received devastating news that he had a rare bone cancer in his femur. With two very young daughters to raise he planned to win the battle against his illness but prepared to provide them with father figures if he had to leave. This book chronicles how he tackles chemotherapy and surgery with the help of a great support team. He includes emails and letters he wrote to update family and friends about his condition. He also dedicates chapters to a small group of men who had special meaning to him in different times of his life. Each of these six individuals represent something different, each of great importance. It's because of their significance that he chooses them to be a part of his Council of Dads. These men know him well and share his values so he knows that they will be exceptional father figures to his children. If they lose their dad they will not lose his voice. The book was so well written, the fear was offset by humor and hope. Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way so Feiler's story strikes a personal note. I was in tears on more than one page. The back stories for his father, grandfathers and other father figures were thoughtful and interesting. I liked knowing what made them special to him. As a parent myself I understood his determination to take care of his children whether he was with them or not. His words were inspirational and I'm sure his daughters will cherish this book forever. Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an advanced copy of this book to review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 1/14/2014

    " So how would you react if you thought you had a terminal illness? Feiler decided to recruit six men in his life who could pass on what perhaps he couldn't to his young daughters. The portraits of these friends and Feiler's narrative of his own suffering make the book worth the small effort it takes to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 1/13/2014

    " I listened to this audiobook and I think I would actually have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead. I think you can get away with writing certain things that just come off sappy or preachy when you read them out loud. That being said, I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I lost my dad to cancer a little over a year ago and so I could relate with many things his daughters were doing. It also gave me a better insight to what he was thinking and feeling. However, I wasn't truly moved until closer to the end of the book for some reason. Although, I am very thankful that I read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Ballard | 12/24/2013

    " Inspiring. Thought provoking...and not as depressing as you may expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/13/2013

    " Simply excellent. If you know someone who has gone through cancer with small kids, this may resonate. Found myself laughing out loud at times, and weeping like a baby at others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luca Conti | 12/11/2013

    " moving and ispiring with a lot of wisdom inside "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Porsche | 11/26/2013

    " A great feel good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/8/2013

    " Perfect book to read at Christmas. I liked his style. How do I get his job? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Pinney | 10/20/2013

    " I will review this later, after I've given it more thought and have discussed it with my friends at book club. :o) "

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

    " The council of Dads is such a great idea to have in place for mothers or fathers. This is a great book, where sickness helps to develop a wonderful idea on how to bring people together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellianne | 4/19/2013

    " A poignant book of thoughtful emotion based on what Mr. Feiler faced when he learned he had cancer. The book caused me to think into my future about the care of my own children and even caused me to question how I live right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah | 8/10/2012

    " I just finished this and I can't come up with anything to say but: Read this and heed its advice. Life is fickle and every day should be approached as a new adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alayne | 4/15/2012

    " This book wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be, but I still ended up liking it. I love his idea of the Council of Dads, and I also liked his style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Bagley | 3/15/2012

    " I loved this book. It made me think about my role as a father, and who I would fill my Council of Dad's with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Benson | 9/5/2011

    " Received in Good reads contest. Very good. Story of a man who gets cancer, and asks a few influential men in his life, to help raise his daughters if he dies. It was great and I would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/24/2011

    " I liked this book. It was an easy read, but it did make you think - if something were to happen to you, who would you want to tell your children about you? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 4/19/2011

    " every dad should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It was very touching and made me think about my life and what I would do if I were going through the same thing the author went through. This is not a fast-paced dramatic story, but a simple life affirming book. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/13/2011

    " I really liked this book, it was very touching. I liked all he advice Brucw got from the men for his daughters. I appreciated his candidness about all the emotions and thoughts he was having. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/12/2011

    " I thought the whole idea - a Council of Dad's was a brilliant idea. If you can't be around to raise your children, ensure your voice will still be heard. I think this has merit even if you're not dying. It brings "it takes a village" to a new level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/8/2011

    " It was interesting. The author is a very likable person, and he has great descriptions of people. I just thought it was a little disjointed in parts. It could have had a better flow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 4/7/2011

    " Meh. It was ok but there's just something about his style that I don't like. It was actually hard to finish this book, which is unusual for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanne | 3/30/2011

    " 2 and a half stars. There is some wisdom in it, but it was a bit sappy at times. I'm sure it is highly meaningful to the author and all those who are close to him, but it felt slightly indulgent to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 3/22/2011

    " A pretty quick read about relationships and love and enduring hardships. I enjoyed the refresher on how blessed we are even through our trials. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler is a columnist on contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and The Council of Dads. He is the writer-presenter of the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys. A frequent commentator on modern life on radio and television, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.