Becoming a father is arguably one of the most significant moments of any mans life and the responsibility of being a father is a great one. It’s important to note the different roles that each parent plays, and there are an abundance of great books which illustrate both a modern view of fatherhood and a more traditional approach.
In this post, we’ve compiled the 4 best books on fatherhood. Books which are essential reading before any other books are read on the subject. They have been compiled based on their credibility, reviews and sales figures over the years since their publication and we hope you find them beneficial.
Fatherhood: 5 Significant Books Every Father Must Read
1. To Kill a Mockingbird –
Atticus Finch, the father character in Harper Lees only novel, seems to embody all of the virtues. He is tolerant, patient, kind, and understanding. He does not meddle with his children’s affairs and he speaks to them as fellow adults. The world certainly needs more people like him. Along with a story about racism and persecution in Alabama during the 1930s, To Kill A Mockingbird is an essential book to read if you haven’t already.
2. Meditations –
Reading this book is like taking a cold shower. Hays has brought us a Marcus Aurelius who puts his hand on your shoulder, looks you in the eye, and tells you like it is: Get over yourself. You can’t change the world. Do your best and realize you are of this earth. Human experience is muddy, so what? This book is best read in tough times, when you could use a little steel in your spine. One of the fundamental books of Stoicism is worth every minute.
3. The Road –
A father and his son walk alone through a post apocalyptic and burned America. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, are sustained by love.
4. Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions –
This phenomenal father son tale tells the story of Edward Bloom, through the eyes of his son, William Bloom. Edward is dying and in order to reconstitute his life, his son starts telling his (Edward’s) stories –somehow, he believes that telling this father’s adventures is a form of keep him alive. Like his father advises to him once: ‘Remembering a man’s stories makes him immortal’.