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A Father First

How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball
Wade, Dwyane (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Father First

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Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. In 2006, in just his third season in the NBA, Dwyane was named the Finals' MVP, after leading the Miami Heat to the Championship title, basketball's ultimate prize. Two years later, after possible career-ending injuries, he again rose from the ashes of doubt to help win a gold medal for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As co-captain, he helped lead the Heat to triumph in the 2012 NBA Championship. Little wonder that legendary coach Pat Riley has called Dwyane "B.I.W."--Best In the World. As incredible as those achievements have been, it's off the court where Dwyane has sought his most cherished goal: being a good dad to his sons, Zaire and Zion, by playing a meaningful role in their lives. Recounting his fatherhood journey, Dwyane begins his story in March 2011 with the news that after a long, bitter custody battle, he has been awarded sole custody of his sons in a virtually unprecedented court decision. A Father First chronicles the lessons Dwyane has learned as a single dad from the moment of the judge's ruling that instantly changed his life and the lives of his boys, and then back to the events in the past that shaped his dreams, prayers, and promises. As the son of divorced parents determined to get along so that he and his sister Tragil could have loving relationships with both of them, Dwyane's early years were spent on Chicago's South Side. With poverty, violence, and drugs consuming the streets and their mom descending into addiction, Tragil made the heroic decision to take her younger brother to live with their father. After moving his household to suburban Robbins, Illinois, Dwyane Wade Sr. became Dwyane's first basketball coach. While this period laid the groundwork for Dwyane's later mission for fathers to take greater responsibility for their kids, he was also inspired by his mother's miraculous victory over addiction and her gift for healing others. Both his mother and his father showed him that the unconditional love between parents and children is a powerful guiding force. In A Father First, we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane's stunning basketball career--from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat. This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America's top athletes, but it is also a call to action--from a man who had to fight to be in his children's lives--that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves.
Authors: Wade, Dwyane, 1982-
Title: A father first
how my life became bigger than basketball
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 337 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rivas, Mim Eichler
ISBN: 9780062136152
Statement of Responsibility: Dwyane Wade with Mim Eichler Rivas
Subject Headings: Wade, Dwyane, 1982- Basketball players United States Biography. Fatherhood United States. Fathers and sons United States.
Topical Term: Basketball players
Fathers and sons
LCCN: 2012020583
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Dec 06, 2013
  • LadySugar rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I like Wade. He's one of my favorite Ball players. however, I will not be bias because of that. This book was not all that and is overrated if it even concieves more than three stars. I was so excited to read this book because I felt so proud that Wade was taking a stand for something so important: fatherhood. However i must say the book was grossly lacking real depth into the extent of what he will be doing as a father first. Sure, there was the sob stories that really gives the reader a solid context of where Mr Wade is coming from especially the parts about his custody battle. What was failed to be emphasised is how he will be there for his children and what he will actively do-- I expected everything he spoke about...getting his children involved in extra curricular, making sure they know how much their mother loves them but what about the mention of directing them to love the lord and reading the bible?? isn't he a Christian?? how about more info on how hes training them to be men right now? more thoughts on discipline?? respect for themselves and others? I beleive this the book lacked essential details. A book with this Title would be better done by Chris Paul. that is all.

Nov 13, 2012
  • ggbookreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Review title: Setting Your Priorities.This seems to be a story to encourage readers to seriously consider their sex lives, that is to consider how sex may lead to parenthood and how you (as a parent) will be able to balance your school-life and your work-life while being a parent. Over the course of years from age 19 to age 25 Dwayne Wade seems to realize that his focus was on basketball more than on being a husband and a father. Then by age 25 through a series of events (life altering events) he realized the special privilege he was missing by not focusing on his family life. His candid biography will probably assist young fathers to focus on being a father first, THEN focus on career goals and make sure those career goals allow for family communication and positive family energy. Dwayne's biography should, hopefully, encourage readers to start their career life and be on the road to financial stability before starting a family to make sure that you and your spouse are compatible on more than the sexual aspects of your marriage.


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