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The Indispensable Dad: A Guide to Cultivating Family Happiness, Virtue, and Success

Item #/ISBN: 9781594173622

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By Stephen Gabriel 

The best givers of advice are those who encourage while they share their own accounts of learning through failure and celebrating success. This book offers just that.  

As a father of eight adult children, Stephen Gabriel has years of flubs, wins, trial-and-error, joys, sorrows, lessons learned, lessons shared, observing, trench-time, and plenty of reflection on the vocation of fatherhood. His book offers a go-to virtue-checklist of sorts, full of relatable stories that relate to the grind of the Everyday.  

Dads: use this book as a measure and reminder of your indispensable role as virtuous leaders of your family!  

With reliance on the grace and guidance of the Heavenly Father, the sacraments, a life of prayer, the blessing of friendship and community, and common sense, Gabriel’s insight is a source of invigorating support for all fathers.  

Stephen Gabriel was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. The son of a merchant sea captain and a homemaker, his family moved to Florida and then to the Panama Canal Zone. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Illinois and holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics. His career spans federal government service and chief economist of a small government agency. His books include topics on finance and on fatherhood, including To Be a Father: 200 Promises That Will Transform You, Your Marriage, and Your Family and Speaking to the Heart: A Father’s Guide to Growth in Virtue. Gabriel lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Peggy. They have eight adult children and 30 grandchildren (at this writing!). 

...the down-to-earth guide and encouragement that men need...

— Fr. Rocky, CEO, Relevant Radio

...an excellent resource for fathers of all ages...

— John Garvey, President, The Catholic University of America

...a practical map to family leadership.

— Patrick Fagan, Director, Marriage and Religion Research Institute

...teaches not just how to do dad things but how to become good fathers.

— Rev. Paul Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of Arlington

Full of sound advice...

— Michael Moynihan, Author, The Father and His Family and Decisive Parenting

...an indispensable tool which no father can afford to leave on the shelf.

— Soren Johnson, Director, Trinity House Community

...highly recommend this gem...

— W. Bradford Wilcox, Director, National Marriage Project


Product #: 73622

Size: 5 x 7

Format: Paperback

Pages: 90