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52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads
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Release Date: March 2014
Page Count: 192
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5780-9
Case Lot Quantity: 68

52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

What Fathers Can Do to Build a Lasting Relationship

Perfect? No. But you’re still the right dad for your boy.

Bestselling author Jay Payleitner, dad of four grown sons (and one amazing daughter), gives you a bucketful of man-friendly ideas on how build a father-and-son relationship. Good news is, you don’t have to say a lot. By your life and example, you can

  • show your boy why it’s good to be a guy
  • demonstrate how to treat women well
  • teach him to work hard and have fun, often at the same time
  • show him how to live with honesty and self-respect
  • give him the inner confidence to live a purposeful life

These 52 quick-to-read chapters offer great ways to relate or spend time as dad and son. And each idea provides a new building block for a father-son relationship that will help your boy along the path to becoming a man.

Meet the author

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States. He has worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio for the Voice of the Martyrs, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and many others. He’s also a popular speaker on parenting and marriage and the...

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A Word from the Author

"My bride, Rita, and I raised four sons-Alec, Randall, Max, and Isaac. Three of them are now dads! The soul satisfaction of seeing these boys become godly men and fathers has been one of the great privileges of my life. I wish the same for you."
Jay Payleitner, author of 52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

Editorial Reviews

"Whether the man reading this text is a brand new dad still juggling the skill of holding his newborn son, or the man who has just dropped off his at college, Payleitner's work will have value and relevance for all. The author, who is completely transparent about the mistakes he made with his own kids, helps all fathers realize it is never too late to start building (or rebuilding) a relationship with their sons that will significantly change both their lives."

"This is my first exposure to the writings of Jay Payleitner—and quite frankly this is hands down the best book on fathering I have ever read."

"Do we need a book that focuses on sons? Yes! I doubt that there is a society in the world that cannot relate to the unique task of nurturing boys who will become men."

"This is a book that will challenge each dad to become better, stronger, and closer to God..."


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“You’ll discover rich benefits in Jay’s 52 suggestions.”
Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author

“Is there anything a man will ever do that is more daunting and rewarding than investing in his son? Jay gives us both inspiration and practical pathways so a dad can reach out to his boy and say to him with passion and conviction, ‘Follow me as I follow Christ.’”
Brian Doyle, founder and president of Iron Sharpens Iron

“You can do this stuff! In 52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads, Jay Payleitner shows you practical ways to be a better dad in the little things now…so you won’t have regrets later. I love this book.”
—Tim Shoemaker, speaker and author of Super Husband, Super Dad and You Can Be the Hero Your Family Needs

“What is the best way to raise boys to be good men? By spending time with Dad. Jay’s new book continues to give parents wisdom and insight into healthy relationships—this time the unique and powerful bond between a father and his son. If you want a close relationship with your boy, I recommend you read this book.”
Rick Johnson, bestselling author of Better Dads, Stronger Sons and A Man in the Making: Strategies to Help Your Son Succeed in Life

“Every son longs for the affirmation and blessing of his father. This book is a great practical tool to help complete that transaction. These 52 things are a great investment for any father to give his son.”
Dr. Jim McBride, executive pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and executive producer of Sherwood Pictures

“Jay’s books have caught on internationally—I’ve been finding them on shelves of bookstores around the world. Readers are inspired and entertained by Jay’s positive, thoughtful, and fun-loving ways. With warmth and respect for his family, Jay takes his responsibility as a dad seriously…without taking himself too seriously.”
—Ellen Banks Elwell, author of The One Year Devotions for Moms and Life Is Beautiful

“Reading Jay’s engaging book 52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads took me back to my youth working side by side with my dad on our farm. I learned about love, hard work, and leadership. The same kind of lessons all dads need to pass on to their boys.”
Bob Tiede, director of Global Operations Leadership Development for Cru

“The most important thing a dad can give to his son is his time. In these 52 easy-to-read chapters, Jay gives you plenty of ways to make that time meaningful.”
—Tom Cheshire, lead servant, Relevant Practical Ministry for Men

“Dads: you’re the best person in this world to disciple your son. That’s not another burden to put on you, it’s an awesome privilege. And Jay shows you 52 ways to do it without your son’s even knowing it, using the real-life opportunities you already share.”
—Leary Gates, venture catalyst, speaker, author, and president of the National Coalition of Ministries to Men

“Who can put a price on the value of the relationship between a father and his son? Jay Payleitner offers candid insights and practical wisdom for any dad entrusted by God to help forge the next generation of men. If you have sons, you won’t want to miss out on Jay’s powerful and easy-to apply ideas in 52 Things Sons Need from their Dads.”
Karol Ladd, bestselling author of The Power of a Positive Mom

“Raising sons is vitally important! And Jay understands that being a good dad is about the everyday ‘stuff.’ The ideas and challenges here will help you raise your son to stand strong and secure in the love of his earthly father—and his heavenly One.”
Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering, radio host of Today’s Father, speaker, and author of Championship Fatherings

"As the mother of three sons I was outnumbered by men in our household. Laughingly I declared that I switched back and forth between Princess and Maid. The truth? Because my husband knew to how to love me well, I spent most of my time in the Princess column. I can still see John smiling and saying to our boys something he could have read in Jay's book: "Be nice to Mom. She's all we've got." And nice they were—all four of them, my three sons and their dad. Thanks, Jay, for encouraging other fathers of sons to do their kids a favor by loving their wives!"
Kendra Smiley, speaker and author of several books, including her latest: Live Free: Eliminating the If Onlys and What Ifs of Life

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