Three Utahns, including the Provo city manager and Brigham Young University’s men’s tennis head coach, offer lessons they’ve learned on parenting and relationships with their parents and children in these recent books.

"POWER DADS: The 10 Basic Principles Successful Fathers Use to Raise Happy and Responsible Children," by Wayne Parker, Tate Publishing, $18.99, 245 pages (nf)

In “Power Dads,” author and Provo resident Wayne Parker explains 10 principles fathers are encouraged to implement in their personal lives in order to raise happy, successful and responsible children.

Parker, a father of five and grandfather of seven, has written about fatherhood for for more than a decade, answering many difficult questions regarding a father’s role in the home. “Power Dads” focuses on common themes Parker has observed in his personal life and through the experiences of other fathers.

The principles are covered in their own dedicated chapters, and they include communication, responsibility, love, respect and balance. Real-life examples are included to aid with personal application, along with reflective questions at the end of each chapter to help internalize the subject.

Parker, a BYU graduate and current Provo city manager, often quotes his past mentor, the late Stephen Covey, along with other scientific studies. References and links are provided in the book.

There is no foul language or violence. There is a chapter on how to effectively speak to children about sex, and the topic is handled respectfully.

"LIFE LESSONS FROM CENTRE COURT AT WIMBLEDON: Teaching Your Children to Become the Best They Can Be," by Brad Pearce, Plain Sight Publishing, $11.99, 144 pages (nf)

Brigham Young University’s men’s tennis head coach, Brad Pearce, shares experiences and what led him to the Wimbledon quarterfinals where he played against the top-ranked player in the world, in his recent book, “Life Lessons from Centre Court at Wimbledon.”

Pearce, dubbed the “Stormin’ Mormon,” describes the techniques his parents used to help him stay focused on his goal of playing at Wimbledon. He shares through stories, personal experiences and examples how he used those same techniques, as well as the lessons he learned while working toward that goal, to help his six children make ambitious goals and achieve them.

The book is geared toward helping parents rear successful and goal-oriented children, and it is also a great resource for anyone who wants insight into achieving his or her goals and dreams. The lessons taught by Pearce are universal, not just for those rearing children.

Each of the 30 chapters is centered on one lesson, including “Life Lesson No. 1: Encourage Your Children to Dream Big,” “Life Lesson No. 15: Will and Determination” and “Life Lesson No. 22: Mental Toughness and Becoming a Great Competitor,” and each is a short, easy and casual read. The stories and lessons are so intriguing that readers might have trouble putting the book down before they finish it.

Pearce doesn’t just use his experiences; he also brings in quotes from other successful men and women, including leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the scriptures.

Knowledge of tennis is helpful to understand some of the stories, but the lack of it shouldn’t be a hindrance to readers. The terminology might get specific, but the lessons being taught are general.

“Life Lessons from Centre Court at Wimbledon” does not include any swearing, violence or sexual content.

— Boanerges Lewis

"THE SONG OF MY FATHER: 'Good Will Come From This' Was His Anthem of Hope," by Christine Hall, Plain Sight Publishing, $12.99, 119 pages (nf)

“Good will come from this.”

That, in short, is the song of her father.

Utah author Christine Hall weaves together a tender collection of memories of her father that brings both father and daughter to life in her book “The Song of My Father: ‘Good Will Come From This’ Was His Anthem of Hope.”

Saying goodbye, setting boundaries, serving others and being served in return are just a few of the many stories which Hall uses to illustrate her growth from girl to woman and relay the lessons she learned from her father, who was a builder and contractor.

Hall’s portrayal of a flawed yet loving and wise father is refreshing. It is easy to relate to some portion of Hall’s complex relationship with her father. Also welcome is the love, respect and honesty with which her father is painted.

Divided into three parts, “The Song of My Father” shares Hall’s memories from growing up in New York in the first section, from the time her dad helped a homeless war veteran at their restaurant to when their home caught fire. In the second section are her experiences as an adult, including how she applied the song through her health challenges and when she returned to visit her ailing father. The third section looks back at her dad’s parents.

The stories in the sections are each a few pages long. There is no swearing, described violence or sexual content.

“The Song of My Father” hits just the right notes in this season of celebrating fathers.

— Rachel Chipman

If you go ...

What: Wayne Parker book signing

When: Saturday, June 20, 1-3 p.m.

Where: The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City


Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.