Book Review: The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing up for the biggest game of your life, by Benjamin Watson
Becoming a dad for the first time often feels like navigating uncharted waters without a map. Fortunately, NFL tight end Benjamin Watson has written a helpful book providing guidance and encouragement for men entering fatherhood for the first time.
Most men are scared or nervous when they hear they are going to become a father. Then, when they hold their child in their arms for the first time, they feel elation and pride and wonder how they can avoid hurting this fragile creature. What if you cause harm without even knowing you are doing something wrong? I don’t care how many Super Bowl rings you wear, what your job title is, or what kind of car you drive, when your wife is pregnant for the first time, many men would rather turn the other way than ask, “How do I do this? How can I help?
This book is for those guys: You don’t have to wing it for the next nine months—in fact, you shouldn’t! I hope I can provide guidance for those of you scratching your heads and wondering where you fit into this whole process.
Using sports analogies, the book is divided into five parts. Training Camp covers the beginning days of pregnancy. Regular Season deals with the basics of how a woman changes, her needs, baby showers, and budgets. Super Bowl covers what happens during the delivery. Postgame deals with what happens when the new family comes home. Off-Season reminds dads that they don’t have to be perfect, but they do need to be present.
The book is well-researched, honest, encouraging, and thoroughly Christian. Benjamin and his wife, Kirsten share their testimonies about faith in Jesus Christ from beginning to end. This is a book I wish I had read some 30 years before my firstborn came into the world.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.