I had an opportunity to read a sad but in many ways hopeful book during this holiday break. Who Says Life is Fair? is the fictional tale of Phil Temple who manages to survive an emotionally abusive marriage and resultant divorce and who, despite his best efforts, loses the relationship to his children. It was certainly a sad tale as I read about Phil's devastating and emotionally draining experience in his marriage, but it also showed the importance of hope in moving forward after such serious life lessons.
Author Jim Wilson bases his story on the real life experience of a friend of his, Jack Hamilton. Inspired by Hamilton's ability to move on in light of his experiences, Wilson creates the life story of Phil Temple in order to offer a saga that includes the pain of such an experience but also includes specific ways that his fictional character finds to move forward into life as in unfolds a new chapter.
Bets of all, there is a specific prescription at the end of the book for any men who find themselves in a situation like this. Given the context of the overall story, this chapter with 17 key principles for moving forward is well worth the wait.
Check out my review of Who Says Life is Fair? and see for yourself if the story and the advice doesn't change your perspective of family and fatherhood.
More interesting books for divorced dads:
- The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce
- How to Stop Hating Your Ex So You Can Co-Parent in Peace
- The First 30 Days
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