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. 

Glenn Beck: Here's how YOU can fix the Great Reset's housing crisis

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How's the housing market looking these days? Because under Build Back Better (aka the Great Reset), investors are grabbing up homes at a record pace.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn discussed a recent Redfin News report, which shows that almost one in five homes sold in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2021 was purchased by an investment firm, and many are paying tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price.

"Think of that, one in every five homes that are sold are going to a big investment firm," Glenn said. "Investors bought more than 90,000 homes, totaling more than $63 billion, representing 18% of all homes sold in the quarter. The numbers broke all records."

"The same factors have pushed more Americans to rent, which also creates opportunities for investors, because investors typically turn the homes they purchase into rentals," he continued. "And now they can charge higher rents. Rent for single-family homes surged by more than 10% in the 12 months, through September. The fastest annual rent inflation in 16 years."

"And nearly 77% purchased were bought in an all-cash transaction," Glenn added. "That's not your average person. These investment firms, like BlackRock, are going in and buying entire neighborhoods. They are the people that come in, and say, 'I'll give you $70,000 over the asking price.' ... Now, why would investment firms think they will just be able to make money paying $70,000 over the asking price? What is it that they know, that you don't know? Could they know, as the Great Reset states, that by 2030, you will own nothing and you'll like it?"

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn offer his thoughts on how you can solve the Great Reset's housing crisis:


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On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck exposes the radical plan to flip the United States from capitalism to socialism and into a lawless nation. It's an old strategy that mirrors a communist Cold War playbook. The goal now, as it was then, is this: How do they get a revolution without all that civil war stuff? It’s a five-step plan, and we're deep into several of the main steps RIGHT NOW.

Our justice system has been infiltrated by woke leftists, and something called "the progressive prosecutor movement" is methodically transforming Main Street USA into Main Street Gotham City. We can see it all over the country in places like San Francisco, with the Waukesha massacre as a terrifying glimpse into more of what's coming. And the media? They're currently running interference in one of the largest misinformation operations in history.

It’s happening at the city, state, AND federal levels. And President Trump might be one of the biggest victims of them all, a fact that even Trump critic Joe Rogan has realized on the Russia collusion hoax: “No one is being held accountable!” That ends now, as Glenn calls on Americans to push back on the lies that keep us divided in a cold civil war.

Watch the full episode below:

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A "one-world government" is being formed right now and it’s called the Great Reset, Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. And now, rebuild plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral hint at the formation of a global church, too.

In this clip, Glenn detailed plans for the iconic, 850-year-old church’s "woke" renovations that sound more like a 'politically correct Disneyland' complete with a "discovery trail," "emotional spaces," and 14 themed chapels.

"Notre Dame is now being built back better as a 'woke theme park' dedicated to environmentalism and social justice," Glenn explained.

"There will be several different chapels within, [for example] a chapel for social justice, and then chapel for environmental justice," he continued. "Which leads me to this point. The 'one-world government' is being formed, right now. One-world government. It is being formed and it's called The Great Reset."

Glenn went on to predict that one of the first steps in the direction of a one-world government will be a push for a global religion.

"I think we're seeing the first church now being dedicated to the new global religion — and it is social justice, environmental justice, and all this gobbledygook. We all know, it's not just wrong, it is dangerous. That's the first church, the cathedral of Notre Dame, in France, is the first global church. Mark my words. Christian, Jews, Muslims ... this global church will bring darkness unlike you've ever seen."

Watch the video clip from "The Glenn Beck Program" below:

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The Omicron COVID-19 variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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