“Listen carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts and incline the ear of your heart.”
These are the opening words of The Rule of Saint Benedict. Like the Rule, Adam Fletcher Bradley’s book The Adventures of a Stay-At-Home Dad is about careful listening, but if Bradley were to summarize his book in the style of the opening of St. Benedict’s Rule, he would have to reverse it to read:
“Listen carefully, father, to your child’s needs and incline the ear of your heart.”
For both books are about growing into the person God intends you to be through careful listening. Both books are about inclining the ear of your heart. Here’s how Bradley summarizes his book:
“During my time as a stay-at-home dad, I was clueless on how to be the father my daughter needed. This was when I discovered the art of listening to my daughter and that if I listened close enough, she would help me become the dad and man she needed in her life.”
The book contains seven “short stories” (really personal essays) on various aspects of parenting that together trace the journey that Bradley has taken along with his daughter, Lilly, and his wife, Rebecca, from cluelessness to understanding.
Continued at Fatherhood Etc.