Essence National Bestselling Author, Daniel Whyte III Honors Black Fathers Who Stay with New Book, "God Has Smiled On Me"

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It's not easy being a father, because with fatherhood comes responsibility, dedication, obligation, and commitment. 'God Has Smiled On Me', by Daniel Whyte III, is a tribute to his father, Daniel White Jr., who did the mature and right thing by accepting the responsibilities of fatherhood, and dedicated himself to staying with his family, through thick and thin. It was not easy, as Daniel White, Jr. shares in a special interview that Daniel Whyte III conducted with his father before he died. He credits his father's staying for making him a great father today to his children.

Even though I had a few holes in my soul that needed to be filled while growing up, thankfully, the painful hole that could have been caused by divorce was filled by a loving dad who did the responsible and right thing and who, quite frankly, put up with a lot of disrespect and foolishness to stay with his family.

It's not easy being a father, because with fatherhood comes responsibility, dedication, obligation, and commitment. 'God Has Smiled On Me', by Daniel Whyte III, is a tribute to his father, Daniel White Jr., who did the mature and right thing by accepting the responsibilities of fatherhood, and dedicated himself to staying with his family, through thick and thin. It was not easy, as Daniel White, Jr. shares in a special interview that Daniel Whyte III conducted with his father before he died. He credits his father's staying for making him a great father today to his children.

'God Has Smiled On Me' is also a tribute to all black fathers who have chosen to stay and not shun their responsibility to be there for their sons and daughters. In a speech that he made on Father's Day 2008, President Barack Obama said this about the absence of fathers: "If we are honest with ourselves, we'll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing--missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it."

Daniel Whyte III states in the introduction of 'God Has Smiled On Me': "Even though I had a few holes in my soul that needed to be filled while growing up, thankfully, the painful hole that could have been caused by divorce was filled by a loving dad who did the responsible and right thing and who, quite frankly, put up with a lot of disrespect and foolishness to stay with his family."

Throughout the pages of 'God Has Smiled On Me', Whyte discusses what his father's staying meant to him, positive and negative lessons he learned from his father staying, early memories of his father, and special moments he shared with his father. The chapters below will inspire you to be the best father that you can be:

The Importance of Fathers Staying
What Great Men Have Said About Their Fathers
Great Black Fathers Besides My Own Father
A Tribute to My Father's Legacy...and much more

The ultimate aim of 'God Has Smiled On Me' is to help turn the hearts of all fathers--black, white, red, and yellow--to their children, and to encourage fathers to stay with the children they have and raise them for the glory of God. The Black Fatherhood Foundation (http://www.blackfatherhoodfoundation.org), which Daniel Whyte III is the president of, aims to help black fathers do this. The Foundation's mission is to encourage black fathers to stay with their children and raise them effectively. It is also the parent organization of the Black Fatherhood Today Magazine (http://www.blackfatherhoodtoday.com) and the Black Fathers Hall of Fame (http://www.blackfathershalloffame.com). This Father's Day week, Black Father's Hall of Fame is holding an essay contest in which people can write an essay about their father, submit it online, and have a chance to win great prizes. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM, Eastern time, on BCNN1.com, UrbanChristianNews.com, and BlackFathersHallofFame.com. You can submit an essay or place your father in the hall of fame by visiting blackfathershalloffame.com.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of ten books. He is the President of Torch Ministries International, which publishes a magazine called The Torch Leader. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College and a degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University. He is married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica. God has blessed their union with seven children.

For more information about 'God Has Smiled On Me' visit: http://www.GodHasSmiledonMe.com.

'God Has Smiled On Me' is available wherever fine books are sold including: Amazon.com (for overnight or 2-day shipping), Target.com, BlackCBC.com, GospelLightBookstore.com, StPaulChristianBookstore.com, and TorchLegacy.com.

Also, Daniel Whyte III's seven children have put together a book for Father's Day titled, Dear Papa: Letters to My Father. This book seeks to encourage children to honor their fathers and also to write letters of appreciation to their fathers. This book is available at Amazon.com (for overnight or 2-day shipping). Find out more at DearPapa.org.

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