I took a few minutes this week to catch up on a couple of books on my reading list. One was an interesting and thought-provoking memoir of a father's teachings about life to his children and the other was a book about managing the process of divorce while still remaining a gentleman.
The Immortal Oak - The Conscious Universe by Joseph Marczely was the memoir. In this brief recollection about his father's life, values and teachings, Marczely offers interesting insights into his father's view of how we interact and build relationships and how such ideas can influence our own lives and world view. This was a book that makes you think, but also makes you appreciate the huge influence a good father can have on his children and others.
The other book, The Gentleman's Guide to the Nasty Divorce, was quite different to be sure. The Gentleman's Guide to the Nasty Divorce is written in a straightforward style and doesn't pull many punches in terms of warning a man what he is getting into when he decides to consider a divorce. Gunn takes the process carefully through all its stages, from the use of a private investigator to determine if a partner is unfaithful to understanding family law, finding the right attorney, living life discretely before and during the divorce and making the best of a bad situation when it is all over.
Each was excellent in its own right, but serves a different purpose. So, if either of these books might resonate with your dad's situation, you might consider it for a gift this holiday season.
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