Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dad is Fat

I want to thank Jim Gaffigan for being the sole source of joy in an otherwise dreary day. My apologies to anyone who might do the math and realize that they were with me on the day I listened to this book. But I'm not backing off my words.

Jim Gaffigan, who you may know as the 'Hot Pocket' comic, did everyone a favor when he read his own book. Because now his book became a longer version of his stand-up shows. I, for one, am a big fan. Jim is mostly clean (warning: there are a few spicy parts that I could do without). He avoids the pitfalls of many of today's comics while actually being funny.

I don't want to overstate this, but give credit where credit is due. The fact that so many comics seem incapable of being funny and clean must make Gaffigan a genius at his craft.

Dad is Fat is great parenting advice, which is to say there is very little you, as responsible parents, should try to implement. However, if you appreciate the fact that parenting is likely the hardest thing to do well, and if you are attempting to do it well, then you will appreciate hearing from Jim on his parenting adventures.

Jim waxes eloquent about feeding kids, having kids (he has 5), getting kids to sleep and dealing with parents of other kids. All the while he does so in his classic comedic nature, using multiple voices and self-deprecating throughout.

I don't know how much I'd be able to use this book as material for sermon illustrations. After all, quoting Jim Gaffigan might not have the same punch as quoting Jesus, although Jim attempts to do so throughout the book. But the advantage in listening to the book is realizing you are definitely not alone in this crazy adventure we call parenting.


Anonymous said...

Got this book for my birthday and loved it! Great stuff from a family man!

Rick Nier said...