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Monday, July 15, 2013

I Call Shotgun - Tommy Newberry and Curt Beavers

Lessons from Dad for navigating the roads of life.  This is a book of letters that the authors have written to their sons on various subjects, things they have learned in their own lives and lives of others.  There are 64 chapters each with a different theme covering everything from politics, economics, marriage and humility.  Some I expected like Follow Your Passion, Work Harder, and Think Huge.  Encouraging words fro a father to son.  Some were unexpected, but welcome, such as Believe in Free Enterprise, Treasure America's Personality, and Laugh at Political Correctness.  The change of fonts in the print edition makes for a nice break in the reading.
These chapters can be read in order, or skip around to topics of interest.  Each 2-3 page chapter stands on it's own and is a quick read.  There are also conversation starters for each chapter for father and son. The concept of the book reminded me of a book I read a long time ago called Letters to Phillip.
The authors are fathers of boys, and included subjects they believed the sons would need growing up and beyond.
I would recommend this book to fathers of sons of any age, and to sons who need this advice that is so lacking in this day and age.  With chapter titles such as Worship God, Not the Earth, and Laugh at Political Correctness, the authors are obviously advocating conservative Christian values, and taking a stand against what is so popular right now, and that is refreshing.