The Single Dad Detour by Tez Brooks | $150 Visa Cash Card Giveaway and Blog Tour

The divorced father is often portrayed in movies and television as an object of humor, ridicule, or pity. Where does that leave real single dads trying to do their best? It can easily make them susceptible to overcompensation or apathy, which is why Tez Brooks has written The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce

Tez is celebrating the release of The Single Dad Detour with a “Day with Dad” $150 cash card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $150 cash card (perfect for taking your kids for a “day with dad” at a baseball game, at the movies, or at home video gaming with pizza)
  • A copy of The Single Dad Detour

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 31st. Winner will be announced April 1st on Tez’s blog.

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The Single Dad Detour (Kregel Books, February 2015)

Practical steps to embrace God’s mission for single Dads

Conventional wisdom holds that fathers have few parenting skills and that mothers always know best. The single father is often considered a mythical creature, found only in sitcoms as an object of humor or pity. Where does that leave real single dads? Too often, it makes them susceptible to overcompensation or apathy.

Tez Brooks knows those feelings all too well. He’s traveled that road with his own children after an unexpected divorce. The Single Dad Detour is the result of his journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way. It’s a guidebook for the rocky road of single fatherhood, extending encouragement, confidence, and challenges, using specific examples from dads who’ve survived parenting and have hope to offer.

There are no unreachable requirements for perfect fatherhood here and no twisty theological mysteries—just authentic, down-to-earth wisdom from one dad to another.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Tez Brooks

{More About Tez Brooks}

Tez Brooks is the father of four children and a missionary filmmaker for The Jesus Film Project. He has also been a journalist for Cru and a Florida law enforcement officer. Tez has been speaking and writing books and articles for over thirty years.

Find out more about Tez at http://www.everysingledad.com.
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Resetting Your Parenting GPS after Divorce

Book offers encouragement and advice to dads detoured by the pain of divorce

12/15/14 || Seattle—The saying used to be “father knows best,” but with changing cultural tides, a man’s role in the family has been greatly diminished — especially when it comes to single dads. The divorced father is often portrayed in movies and television as an object of humor, ridicule or pity. Where does that leave real single dads trying to do their best? It can easily make them susceptible to overcompensation or apathy, which is why Tez Brooks has written The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce (Kregel/February 27, 2015/ISBN: 978-0825443602/$14.99).

Brooks understands how modern single fathers feel all too well. “Divorce was not something my family did, but you can’t make someone love you, and you can’t make someone stay. So although I didn’t want a failed marriage, I found myself single again. It was a lonely time for me, but I ran to the Lord to survive,” he explains.

The Single Dad Detour was born out of the difficult and painful lessons Brooks learned along the way. Using the metaphor of a car accident encountered while on a road trip, the book is interactive, with each chapter offering steps to take, questions to consider and suggested scriptures and prayers.

With an honesty and vulnerability that will appeal to men, Brooks admits divorce is ugly and depressing, totaling families and denting parent-child relationships. Without a strong connection to God, it can leave a dad feeling hopeless. “As I interviewed men in my research for The Single Dad Detour, I ran into guys who said they were tempted to be absent,” Brooks admits. “There’s already an expectation from the world that they are going to fail. Coupled with the normal low self-esteem that comes with a failed marriage, a guy can be left feeling like maybe his child would be better off without him in his or her life.”

Study after study discredits this fear and affirms a dad’s critical role. Without him, children are more likely to be involved in crime, promiscuity and other risky behaviors. Through this practical guidebook for the rocky road of single fatherhood, Brooks extends hope and compassion, instills confidence and addresses difficult challenges.

Brooks says his time as a single dad ultimately made him a better father and husband. “The Lord spent those seven years of singleness re-building me into more of what he wanted me to be. My wife, Christine, has always said she would not have been attracted to the kind of man I was before,” Brooks reveals. “I can’t say I blame her, Thankfully, God’s timing is perfect.”

Offering down-to-earth wisdom from one dad to another, Brooks wants fathers to finish The Single Dad Detour filled with the grace to forgive themselves and the courage to be the dad God is calling them to be. 

Learn more about Tez Brooks and The Single Dad Detour at www.everysingledad.com, on Facebook (everysingledad) or on Twitter (tezd63).

Advance Praise

“When life doesn’t mirror our dreams, we can respond in anger, denial, depression and escape. Tez speaks from his experience as a single dad with practical help and no-fuss straight talk. With humor, biblical truth and disarming frankness, this easy-to-read book shines a light, providing practical steps to embrace God’s mission for single-again dads.”

~ Bill Hodgson, former national director of Cru Australia

The Single Dad Detour takes us along a journey that too many have traveled and where too few maps exist. Tez’s narrative resonates and his authenticity is liberating. If I were a single parent on this journey, I’d want Tez’s comforting voice on my GPS. It’s a warm and understanding voice that’s traveled the back roads and knows where it’s going.”

~ Rick James, publisher for Cru Press and author of Jesus Without Religion and A Million Ways to Die

“Honest, vulnerable and often hilarious, Tez Brooks reveals the raw sorrows and transcendent joys of fatherhood after divorce. The Single Dad Detour is a graphic roadmap drawn from the personal experiences of single dads. Along this byway, in a comfortably conversational way, Brooks reveals unexpected signposts of scriptural wisdom collected from years of both crashed guardrails and triumphant victory laps.”

~ Dr. Alan Kent Scholes, seminary professor for Cru’s Institute of Biblical Studies and author of Enjoying God

“Single fathers are busy and often emotionally mangled. They need information like The Single Dad Detour that’s easy to read and use. There’s no delusion, only sincere assistance for men on this detour, offering real help to see them through.”

~ Mike Klumpp, solo-parenting expert for Divorce Care Ministries and author of The Single Dad’s Survival Guide

About the author

Tez Brooks has been a writer since 1980. His experience includes serving as editor-in-chief for TODAY magazine, a publication of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) and as managing editor for The Jesus Film Project. His articles have been published in magazines including Australian Family, Eternity and Worldwide Challenge, among others. Brooks has also authored two other books: Imagine Australia and Somewhere in the Journey.

As a former law enforcement officer, his ability to relate to the everyday man with transparency and humor sets him apart. He is an international speaker and a certified Stephen Minister whose passion is to see husbands and fathers succeed as courageous men of God.

Tez and his wife, Christine, are full-time missionaries who recently returned from living overseas. They have two children together and two adult children from Brooks’ first marriage. They reside in Orlando, where Tez serves as a film writer/producer for The Jesus Film Project.

Learn more about Tez Brooks and The Single Dad Detour at www.everysingledad.com, on Facebook (everysingledad) or on Twitter (tezd63).

Suggested interview questions

 — The Single Dad Detour shares insights and encouragement from your time as a single dad. You’ve said it was difficult to write it because of the memories that surfaced. What led you to write it anyway?

— Why did you use the metaphor of cars and navigating the road in your book?

— Would you be willing to share a little bit about your road to becoming a single dad?

— Many men build their lives on the idea that a wife, kids and house equal success. When that crumbles, where can they find their identity?

— Divorce often leaves a man feeling broken and depressed, yet pressured to put on a brave front. How can a dad authentically lead his children during such a dark time?

 — The Single Dad Detour is also filled with practical advice on topics from what food to keep in your fridge to how to decorate your new house or apartment. Why are these things important?

— It’s common for single dads to feel overwhelmed by their financial and relational responsibilities. How is The Single Dad Detour designed to bring meaningful change to a busy dad’s life?

— You have now been remarried for thirteen years and have two young children. How did navigating the difficult years of single parenting prepare you for the challenge of a blended family?

— Why are some men tempted to become absentee fathers? What are some of the consequences for their children if they do so?

— Some believe the court system can be unfair to men in divorce and custody decisions. What advice do you have for those men on fighting resentment and bitterness?

— Men are “fixers” by nature, but it can be tempting for them to fix parenting problems without the Lord’s help. You had one such moment after Christmas shopping with your daughter once. Tell us about that.

— How can a dad have a strong spiritual impact on his children, even when not living with them all the time?

— What is the number-one thing you want single dads to get from reading The Single Dad Detour?

Buzz

“When life doesn’t mirror our dreams, we can respond in anger, denial, depression and escape. Tez speaks from his experience as a single dad with practical help and no-fuss straight talk. With humor, biblical truth and disarming frankness, this easy-to-read book shines a light, providing practical steps to embrace God’s mission for single-again dads.” — Bill Hodgson, former national director of Cru Australia

The Single Dad Detour takes us along a journey that too many have traveled and where too few maps exist. Tez’s narrative resonates and his authenticity is liberating. If I were a single parent on this journey, I’d want Tez’s comforting voice on my GPS. It’s a warm and understanding voice that’s traveled the back roads and knows where it’s going.” — Rick James, publisher for Cru Press and author of Jesus Without Religion and A Million Ways to Die

“Honest, vulnerable and often hilarious, Tez Brooks reveals the raw sorrows and transcendent joys of fatherhood after divorce. The Single Dad Detour is a graphic roadmap drawn from the personal experiences of single dads. Along this byway, in a comfortably conversational way, Brooks reveals unexpected signposts of scriptural wisdom collected from years of both crashed guardrails and triumphant victory laps.” — Dr. Alan Kent Scholes, seminary professor for Cru’s Institute of Biblical Studies and author of Enjoying God

“Single fathers are busy and often emotionally mangled. They need information like The Single Dad Detour that’s easy to read and use. There’s no delusion, only sincere assistance for men on this detour, offering real help to see them through.” — Mike Klumpp, solo-parenting expert for Divorce Care Ministries and author of The Single Dad’s Survival Guide

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Reviews

  • REVIEW: THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR

    I’d never come across a book like this before as either a Dad or a Christian. It’s refreshing, down-to-earth and practical, offering helpful advice and the opportunity to reflect and improve on our own fathering. While it is designed for single dads and I’m sure that those in this situation will find it incredibly useful, there is tons of wisdom in there for those of us simply trying to live as God’s people and survive as Dads!

  • Read more of this review at: http://daddyjoeblogs.com/review-the-single-dad-detour/#more-820

    Written by Daddy Joe Blogs on March 30, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Single-Dad-Detour-Directions/product-reviews/0825443601/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  • BOOK: THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR – AUTHOR: TEZ BROOKS & TEZ BROOKS’ ‘THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR’ $150 GIVEAWAY

    Let me start off by saying that I love a book that gives me a new perspective. This one did exactly that. I am familiar, first hand, with the struggles of a single mother. I had never put much thought into what a single dad goes through when a marriage or relationship falls apart.

    Tez Brooks does a fantastic job of creating a guidebook of sorts for men, lessons learned from his own experience as a Christian single dad.
    read more of this review at:http://gettingbettergodsway.blogspot.com/

    Written by gettingbettergodsway.blogspot.com on March 29, 2015

  • THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR

    I had a harder time knowing how to review this book, but that has nothing to do with the book! It is a wonderful resource for churches and those who find themselves in the position of being a single dad.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on March 23, 2015

  • REVIEW: THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR

    Where Brooks really shines are his personal anecdotes and stories that give a personal account of his own failures and parenting potholes. I laughed out loud more than once, reading about some of the crazy stuff he did, and then what he had to do to make things right. His stories about losing his children were heartbreaking, and his experiences are real in a way that we can all understand, even if we haven’t been in his shoes. This is a voice and a perspective that is needed. I may not be divorced, and I hope that I never am, but my parents split up when I was in third grade. Whatever else you may take from this review, I can tell you this with full sincerity: I wish my dad had had this book thirty years ago. It would have made a world of difference.

    Written by Tenor Dad on March 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R37X222QD12AGU

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR

    While not a title I would have sought out, this is a great book. When the complimentary copy for my review arrived, my doubts about the book were quickly cleared up after thumbing through a few sections.

    Tez’s writing style is open and honest, sprinkled with a bit of humor. The approach to the struggles of a divorced father deals with more than just the simple mechanics of making sure the dad nor the children starve. The book deals not with survival, but healing the soul of the dad so he can, eventually, thrive. But it doesn’t stop there. Getting Dad functioning again gets him back into the game for raising his children.

    The Single Dad Detour sets out a clear map to get around the unexpected road construction and begin moving forward in a new and healthy life for dad and his kids.

    Written by Warriors & Arrows on March 18, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2J9ZNIIAYJ8B/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • AMAZING BOOK ABOUT SURVIVING A DIVORCE!

    I would recommend this book to every single divorced father who is struggling in dealing with the painful effects of a divorce and raising their children. This book is very unique because there isn’t many books written primarily to single Christian dads. I liked how Tez Brooks shared what the divorce taught him and how he dealt with the many changes he encountered. I appreciated how honest he was throughout the book about the mistakes and the things he learned. I also enjoyed how he included scripture at the end of each chapter and a prayer meant to be prayed. This book will encourage dads that there is in fact life after divorce and healing can occur and their heart will mend. If you’re looking for an inspirational book about surviving a divorce, then read this book!

    Written by Andrew Smith’s Blog on March 17, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1VQBTDOQZR668

  • REVIEW: THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR

    I chose to review this book because I thought it might be a valuable asset to the many men who find themselves in this life situation – and I was exactly right! This is a much-needed book, functional and practical in the topics covered, and very well written. Tez is someone I’ve grown to admire through these pages – because he’s been in a rough place, endured the unthinkable, made mistakes, failed, succeeded, and come through it closer to his children and to God than ever before. There’s nothing “preachy” about this book; Tez just writes in a conversational style from the heart, with raw honesty and humor, drawing from his own experiences and those of others he has met. Highly recommended.

    Written by The Power of Words on March 15, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R29T050OK3UHGY

  • THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR

    What an amazing book! This book is much more than just a “how to” encyclopedia. Its strength and beauty comes from its heartfelt stories, wise advice, and vulnerable reality. This, in my opinion, is why this book is a must read for Christian single dads and divorcees and every Christian counselor and pastor should own a few copies to give away.

    Tez encourages his readers to not run away from relationship but rather to embrace them all. He explains that men “become feral” when they don’t have other involved in their life and he reminds us that it’s in community that we learn important life skills. His pastor let him know that crying was healing and his counselor coached him to a healthier place.

    MORE HERE: http://bit.ly/1GtmFvs

    Written by Not A Male Fail on March 7, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R322J0BLWEHQ1E/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825443601

  • THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR

    I loved the book and found the lessons that the author learned to be very beneficial to ALL singles out there struggling to survive. I think that without God as your primary focus and gauge, you will probably fail at surviving such detrimental circumstances such as divorce. It is hard enough as it is trying to have a successful marriage but trying to navigate divorce with kids in tow can be equally as hard if not more so. This book is perfect for that and it teaches you how the author relied on God to do so.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on March 4, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1B9XXZ0YDT5TL

  • TEZ BROOKS’ ‘THE SINGLE DAD DETOUR’ $150 GIVEAWAY

    The book is great for the single dad and can help with great tips and information from one dad to the other. The author does a wonderful job expressing his wisdom and feelings and I think other men would benefit and connect really well. It also offers a bit of insight into the world of a single dad which would be beneficial to some women who might not even realize that they exist or are any good.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on March 1, 2015