"Man Shoes" by Tom Watson
“A survivor of child abuse, upheaval and 13 foster homes, Tom Watson learned at an early age to overcome adversity. Rescued at the age of five by the Watson family, he found new hope and love that helped to heal his deep physical and emotional wounds. Encouraged by a community of supporters, Tom learned vital lessons in patience, perseverance, laughter and tradition. Years later, these lessons would be put to the ultimate test as Tom faced heartbreaking losses that threatened to destroy him. A stunning revelation of one man’s determination to live life to its fullest, Man Shoes demonstrates that new beginnings are possible at any age and at any stage of life, no matter what obstacles get in the way. This story is an important reminder that we can live a better life and influence others to do the same!”
If the above summary (found on the back cover of the book) doesn’t make you want to read Tom Watson’s book, Man Shoes – The Journey to Becoming a Better Man, Husband & Father, then I don’t know what will! I read it and was immediately intrigued! Upon receiving my review copy, I didn’t hesitate to begin reading it and was glad I chose to do so. Tom Watson is very honest and open about the journeys he encounters during the events that make up his life and the man that he has and continues to become. With every chapter I found myself anxious to see how he handled the minor and major situations that were thrown in his path, as well as how his life events, upbringing and faith affected his thoughts and actions towards those situations. Through his book, Tom Watson reminds us that we can either allow the hardships in our past to bring us down or we can utilize it and learn from it in order to make the present and the future better and brighter.
At the beginning of each chapter, Tom shares a verse from a country song that he feels relates to the topic discussed. I found this amusing and a fun feature to look forward to, especially since I’m a fan of country music. At the end of each chapter, Tom provides a summary of lessons learned and suggestions on how to make your life journey with yourself and others better and worth it. He also provides a section where you can write down your own reflections and ways you can plan to make your life more meaningful. It helps you think of ways in which you can be a better person for yourself, as a parent, as a spouse and as a friend. I think the key point summaries and areas for reflection were my favorite part of the book because the author invites you to reflect upon your own life, actions and attitudes. Now that I’ve finished, I’m going to pass my copy along to my husband to read!
Overall, if I were to rate this book on a scale from 1 – 10, I would definitely give it a 10! I encourage you to pick up a copy of Tom Watson’s “Man Shoes” for the husband, father, man in your life. I agree with the statement “A must read for men of all ages, and for the women who love them”. Thank you Tom Watson for sharing your story with us and being an inspiration to all!
Tom’s website for Man Shoes is: http://www.manshoes.net
And now for the Giveaway part! Here is your chance to win your own signed copy of “Man Shoes”! To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post stating why you would want to win a copy of this book, as well as “Like” Tom’s page on Facebook – found here. Be sure to do both actions in order for your entry to count. When leaving your comment, be sure to provide an email address or way for me to contact you in the event that you are the chosen winner of the giveaway. The winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond once notified via email. The giveaway ends at 11:00 p.m. EST on November 10th! Good Luck!!
*Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review of the product containing my own personal opinion on the product. I was in no way influenced by the company or individuals associated with this product. Also note that Facebook has no affiliation with this product, post or giveaway provided.