The author describes how, after being diagnosed with cancer, he enlisted the aid of six men from key stages in his life, asking this "Council of Dads" to be present at all passages in his daughters' lives, should he not survive, and offers lessons he learned from these six men.
Travel and religious writer Bruce Feiler (WALKING THE BIBLE) shares the touching and courageous story of his battle with cancer, focusing on his efforts to ensure that his young twin daughters would have a paternal presence in their lives even if he were to succumb to his illness. Shortly after being diagnosed, Feiler wrote a letter to six of his closest male friends, asking them to form a "Council of Dads" who would look after his girls and teach them life's most important lessons in the event that he should die. Fortunately, with the support of his family and friends, Feiler triumphed over his disease, though he still retained the services of his council, insisting that they all play a larger part in each other's lives. As he recounts his struggle, and the daily strength he drew from his wife and his girls, Feiler writes poignantly about his own council of dads, consisting of his father and two grandfathers, and looks optimistically ahead to the continuing joys and challenges of parenthood.