PRESS COVERAGE OF BAD DAD
Read a book review of Bad Dad by Betty Brink in Fort Worth Weekly newspaper here.
Watch author Dave Lieber talk about his new Bad Dad book on ABC’s Good Morning Texas television show here.
Read columnist Mike Leonard’s review of Bad Dad book in his column in the Bloomington, Indiana Herald Times here.
Hear a fun interview with Dave Lieber on The Bookcast website here.
Here’s the interview on KVIL-FM – The Not So Perfect Parent Show http://www.baddadbook.com/2011/07/audio-bad-dad-author-dave-lieber-on-kvil-fm/
Here’s a Q&A in the Pennsylvania Gazette that was very well done: http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/1111/pro04.html
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MORE REVIEWS OF BAD DAD
“Fantastic” – Good Morning Texas on WFAA TV
“An extraordinary story. An extraordinary book.” – KVIL-FM
“A fascinating read, full of drama, humor and pathos.” – Betty Brink in Fort Worth Weekly
“BAD DAD is another reminder of our responsibilities as parents to love and care for the God-given gifts of children — no matter how annoying they can be sometimes.” — Bill Tammeus, former Kansas City Star columnist and author of Faith Matters blog.
“As a parent, Dave Lieber made a mistake in judgment.
From that experience he has created an eye-opening book.
There are deep lessons to be learned here.”
— Wil Haygood, prize-winning American biographer
“What an amazing story. I was almost shocked that you would share so much information at the risk of…well; humiliation would be the lesser of emotions I suppose. I found myself considering both sides, and this book certainly lends itself to feelings on the edge and as the pendulum swings this one seems to hit both edges. Revealing is an understatement, and I won’t say anything about how it finishes as I wouldn’t want to rob the next reader. Wow!” – R.D. Turner
“Whether you’re a parent or a child – I hope you’ll read this book. It took me on a journey, a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I laughed at the absurdity of people and systems. I cried at the raw emotion and honesty that Dave shares. And my nerves were exposed as I remembered my own moments when I missed the mark of being a Good Mom. This book can’t have been easy to write … but it is an important book…. Most parents and children will relate to this charged story, and probably walk away with some very tasty food for thought.” – Ann Ranson
“I have known Austin Lieber and his parents for a long time now, and have never seen such a devoted dad, who took his son with him to so many places, where Austin was immediately well-liked and included by the adults who were there, because of his engaging personality. After first meeting Austin at a national humor conference where his dad was a featured speaker, it was clear that he was a very grown up kid, like the best home-schooled children you meet. He’s gregarious, funny, engaging, and dynamic…. Austin is awesome, and human, and so is Dave. I have compassion for them both after reading this story. One thing I liked about it is that Dave never blames Austin, but takes total responsibility for what happened….. Dave never denies he made a mistake, but I don’t believe for one minute that Dave Lieber is a bad dad. You don’t raise a kid as amazing as Austin by being a bad dad. And by the way, Dave Lieber is also a great writer. Don’t start this book at night because you won’t be able to put it down.” — Popular singer/speaker Jana Stanfield
“Once you start Bad Dad you will be unable to put it down. Lieber grips you with his story. This book is a must read whether you already have children or just might have them one day. He really shows the tough situations that parents can get into when emotions run high.” – Maura Fleming
“It takes guts to write about a humiliating moment in one’s life, and Dave Lieber has guts. He also has the ability to write a moving, interesting, at times funny story — and Bad Dad is all that. In addition, I like the way Bad Dad takes frequent detours that increase the suspense of (and illuminate) the main plot. Any parent who wonders about how much or little leeway to allow one’s kid will find this book fascinating.” – Dave Astor
“Dave Lieber’s latest book, Bad Dad, has a cogent message. It is a great gift for any parent and an entertaining read with its measures of chuckles and angst. No one disputes Dave’s love for his son, not even the nabobs of the nattering nanny state. And that is how it starts.
“A man with a big heart and a pen in a small town with “secrets” is the backdrop. In characteristic newspaper man style with one sentence paragraphs and foreshadowing teases, Dave sets out the narrative. His story is punctuated with scores of various blog posts, TV and radio show reports, and numerous press accounts so that the reader can make his or her own decision based on all the facts. He does not editorialize but exemplifies the journalistic ethic of bringing the back story into the sanitizing daylight.
“Controversy can be Dave’s companion; he even refers to his belligerent gene. However, what the reader sees are the author’s hallmarks of honesty and courage as a very personal family issue explodes needlessly into a public spectacle. Until there is a parents’ manual attached to every child, this singular work by Dave Lieber is required reading.” – Robert Menard
“Bad Dad is an insightful and sincere story of how an act of bad judgment can almost destroy one’s life, reputation and even threaten to have a child taken away from his parents. Lieber weaves together his work as a Watchdog columnist, which often puts him at odds with the police, and how the “belligerent” gene within himself and his son led to a harmless but thoughtless episode that catapulted his family into a legal labyrinth. Finally, a book that talks about legal “overcharging” and what’s it’s like to be forced to endure a terrifying and expensive experience. Lieber takes full responsibility for his actions, and I think there are many parents who have made mistakes, were netted unnecessarily into the legal system, and are too ashamed to talk about it. Lieber gives them a voice, too. The writing is compelling and I couldn’t put it down.” – Suzette Standring
“I worked with Dave for more than a decade. After Austin was born, Dave was the most attentive father I’d ever seen. To the casual observer, they had an incredibly close relationship. Then, as with most teenagers, the dynamics changed. Children press our buttons and it is hard not to overreact. Dave’s meltdown became very public and “Bad Dad” tells you how and why. It’s a quick read — and well worth your time.” – Steve Jacob
“Bad Dad is a fantastic read. The author really knows how to put a story together well and the subject matter of parenting was fun nd entertaining and really made me think about how hyper-sensitive our society has become on discipline (founded or not). I really enjoyed this ebook written by the author in a very relate-able, honest and authentic voice. Anyone who is a parent will love this book.” – Signe Nichols
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Bad Dad Book by Dave Lieber is a book that looks at parental responsibility, child-rearing practices, child discipline and bad parents unlike other parenting books.
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From Bill Tammeus’ Faith Matters blog:
A father’s confession: 5-31-11
What do all the great religions tell us about children?
To love them. Care for them. Keep them safe. Help them become trustworthy adults. As Jesus himself said, let the kids hang around me for the kingdom of God is made up of these sweet young hearts. (That was a paraphrase.)
Which is one of the reasons child abuse — particularly sexual abuse — is so appalling to us.
Today I want to introduce you to a book by a good friend of mine – David Lieber, a man who loves his children and understands his responsibilities as a father.
But who made on quick, obvious and serious mistake. His 11-year-old son was being a pest and it finally drove Dave to distraction. So to teach his son Austin a lesson, Dave got in his car and drove away from the McDonald’s where they had eaten breakfast together — drove away without Austin.
A few blocks and a few minutes away, Dave came to his senses and returned to get Austin. But by then someone who had witnessed father and son spatting and witnessed Dave leaving had called the police. Oh, my.
In Bad Dad, Dave tells the story of what happened, including the column he wrote about the incident for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he’s been a columnist for years. He sets this engaging tale in the context of his column-writing work and some of the people and events he had previously covered in the suburb where the incident took place.
Was he eventually arrested? Yes. Did child protective authorities come to investigate? Yes. Did the 2008 matter become a hot news story around the country? You bet.
Dave, whom I knew through our service together for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, tells it all in this book. In the end, it’s another reminder of our responsibilities as parents to love and care for the God-given gifts of children — no matter how annoying they can be sometimes.
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