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Title: In The Beginning...There Were No Diapers: Laughing and Learning In The
First Years Of Fatherhood
Author: Tim Bete
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Date Published: April 1, 2005
Price: Paperback 12.95
Comments: A humorous look at fatherhood!
Editor & Publisher magazine, commenting on a possible replacement for
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Dave Barry; Nov. 29, 2004
"Outside the major syndicates, possible Barry replacements include Bete..."
Jodie Lynn, syndicated parenting columnist and author of Mommy-CEO
"...In the Beginning... is the best clean, down to earth and funniest book
I've read in years."
Dorothy Thompson, editor, The Writer’s Life Reviews
"Hilariously funny...Tim Bete’s humor will knock the socks right off your
Laura Dempsey, Dayton Daily News, January 16, 2005
"When ranking miracles, Tim Bete puts potty training right up there
with...the parting of the Red Sea."
Tom Allen, Editor-in-Chief, CatholicExchange.com
"A must-read for any new parent..."
From the author:
My first book, IN THE BEGINNING...THERE WERE NO DIAPERS, is hot off
the press. You might describe it as St. Paul meets Dave Barry.
The book is based on my award-winning humor column, which has been
published in the Christian Science Monitor and more than a dozen
parenting magazines. It provides observations on the "minor miracles"
we often overlook in our lives. For example, the parting of the Red
Sea was a major miracle. The day you successfully potty train your
child is a minor miracle. Both involve the miracle of dryness and
release from bondage. In the case of the Red Sea, the bondage was
from Pharaoh. With potty training, the bondage came in the form of
Autographed copies can be ordered through my Web site --
Newspaper columnist and Director, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
Customer reviews from amazon.com:
Bombeck's Back in Bete's Best, February 19, 2005
Reviewer:maggie van ostrand "2dogwoman" (Pine Mountain Club, CA USA) - See
all my reviews
Tim Bete has managed to combine a light and refreshing perception of
parenting with the daunting task of child rearing. How he could envision his brood's
reaction to Jesus' multiplying the fish(es) is one of the many chucklers in his
He's made a believer out of me, and I'll seek out his parenting column from
So funny and so true!, February 18, 2005
Reviewer:Lisa CatholicMom "lisa_catholicmom" (Fresno, CA United States) - See
all my reviews
For years now, I've been a huge fan of Tim Bete's writing through the format
of his weekly column and now I'm thrilled to own my personal copy of Tim's new
book! Tim has a sense of humor I can enjoy as a parent, and also share with
my growing sons. Nothing gets past this guy...the details of day to day life
are examined from a perspective of fun, enjoyment and sometimes downright
silliness, which is as it should be!
Tim's brand of humor is infectious - pick up his book and you'll find your
mood improved and your perspective on parenthood and family life refreshed! This
is a great gift book, but purchase it for yourself as well and you'll see
what I mean. I know Tim Bete will have many more books to come, so be sure to
start your collection with this classic.
Great work Tim, and thanks for the smiles!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Good, clean fun and a whole lot of love, February 2, 2005
Reviewer:Christine Hohlbaum "award-winning author, writer, and mother" (near
Munich, Germany) - See all my reviews
In the Beginning...There Were No Diapers: Laughing and Learning in the First
Years of Fatherhood by Tim Bete is one of the most delightful parenting humor
books I have ever read. Having grown up reading Erma Bombeck, I have read the
funniest and the finest in my day. Tim Bete's humor, laced with a God-based
perspective, anchors his stories in every day life in a way Erma Bombeck never
did. It makes his writing unique and honest -- a cut above the rest.
His wild imagination combined with a nurturing sensitivity towards his
progeny makes this quick and fun read very enjoyable. One of my favorite lines comes
from his imaginary tale of his home life played out as a movie:
"There is only one human being in sight. Except for the tormented look on her
face, she looks vaguely familiar - almost wife-like. She sits mute on the
couch with her head in her hands. I ask her how her day was. She glares." As a
writer and stay-at-home mom, I laughed for ten minutes straight. See, see! Some
men do see their wives the way we see ourselves.
From thinking his children are monkeys taking over the Earth to marveling at
his son's recycling ability, Bete offers his readers a much-needed break from
the mundane, turning our very lives into miracles, too. Thank you, Mr. Bete,
for the reminder that God is with us, even when (or maybe because?) there are
graham cracker crumbs in our pockets.
Christine Louise Hohlbaum, American expat author of Diary of a Mother (2003)
and SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom (May 2005), resides with her family
near Munich, Germany. http://www.diaryofamother.com
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Finally! A gift for new fathers!, January 31, 2005
Reviewer:Julie Clark Robinson - See all my reviews
I've always felt that fathers get left out at gift-giving time around the
birth of a baby and no more! I have four friends having babies and this book is
exactly what I will include with their flowers and rattles. Something to help
dad keep his sense of humor!
Julie Clark Robinson, author of Live in the Moment
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Tim Bete -- Cosby for a new generation of dads, December 10, 2004
Reviewer:Avid reader (Michigan, USA) - See all my reviews
Tim Bete brings humor and insight to the job of fatherhood, capturing the
many miracles of parenthood in this wonderful first book. His weekly column
already charms people from coast to coast. "In the Beginning..." will be the first
of many successful efforts for this up-and-coming humorist. I've only read one
chapter and can't wait to read the rest. This book will be a "must get" for
couple's showers, Father's Day, or any occasion when a gift is needed for a dad
of any age. Witty and wry, Tim's style will keep dads -- and moms -- laughing
for long time.
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