The Council of Dads



Bruce Feiler’s new book is The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me.  To watch a video of the first-ever meeting of The Council of Dads, and to download tips for starting your own Council Moms or Council of Dads, please visit www.councilofdads.com. 

by Bruce Feiler

Last fall, Glenn Beck invited me onto his radio show to discuss my new book, America’s Prophet, about the influence of Moses on American life.  That visit initiated an ongoing conversation about faith, family, and American life.

What Glenn didn’t know when he reached out to me, is that I was involved in a much deeper personal struggle that taught me more about faith and family than I have ever known.

In July 2008, I learned that I had a seven-inch cancerous tumor in my left femur.  I instantly worried about my three-year-old twin daughters and what life might be like for them.  “Would they wonder who I was?  Would they wonder what I thought?”

Three days later, I awoke with an idea of how I might give them my voice.  I would reach out to six men from all parts of my life and ask them to form a “Council of Dads.”

The men ranged from my oldest buddy to my newest pal, and I asked each of them to teach a different lesson to my girls – how to live, how to travel, how to think, how to dream.

I then asked each for a single piece of advice to convey to my daughters.  Their answers ranged from how to take a trip – “Be a traveler, not a tourist” – to how to make your dreams come true – “Don’t see the wall.”  One counseled that even in hard times they should still “Harvest the miracles” around them.

These answers were intended for my girls, but they’ve already made me a better dad. 

And that has proven to be the magic of The Council of Dads.  We did it for our girls.  But it has transformed us.  The experience helped built a bridge between our friends and our family.  It created an entirely new community in our lives.  It reminded us of the power of faith.

In my first conversation with Glenn, I was moved that he brought his love of history back to his love for his children.  Glenn has spoken emotionally about his own struggle with hardship, about learning resilience from his father, about how all of us can benefit from charity. 

All of those proved true during my own struggle.  When I was facing one of life’s greatest tests, my family helped me heal, my friends started a casserole club, my Council of Dads helped protect and uplift our girls.

And I couldn’t help being reminded that during every hard time in American life – from Valley Forge to Gettysburg to Pearl Harbor – it was the American family that led our nation to recover and thrive.  The goodness of our country begins with the goodness of our families.

The Liberty Bell has a quote from Moses on the side.  It comes from the moment in the Bible when God asks the Israelites to give their fields a year of rest every seven years. Every 49 years, the land got an extra year of rest, during which all families were to be reunited and all people surrounded with the ones they love.  That fiftieth year is called the jubilee year.

That tradition perfectly captures my experience. 

My Lost Year was my Jubilee Year.

In lying fallow, I became more fertile.  In taking pause, I planted the seeds for a healthier future.  In forming a Council of Dads, I reunited with the people I love and built a new community around my children.


Bruce Feiler’s new book is The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me.  To watch a video of the first-ever meeting of The Council of Dads, and to download tips for starting your own Council Moms or Council of Dads, please visit www.councilofdads.com. 

Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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America has always been the land of the free. But as the line fades between the socialist, woke Left, and the Democratic Party that controls our government, are we diving headfirst into Marxism?

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck spoke with Li Schoolland, who grew up under Mao's cultural revolution in China, and never did she think she would see the same warning signs in America. But now, she has a horrifying warning for us all.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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