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Will be savored long after finishing the last page.

from DCMetroreader

“Dear Austin is one of those rare books that both parents and young adults will appreciate. The prose is sparse, but penetrating and straightforward. In fact, I re-read a few of the passages because I wanted to reflect further on them.

Dear Austin is easily digested in one sitting, but will be savored long after finishing the last page. In this slim book Perkins has managed to distill the essence of a fulfilling life.

I wish Dear Austin had been around when my son left for college. I highly recommend it to other parents in similar transitional periods!”

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You’ve made me think. You’ve touched my heart.

by Barney W. Ash

“Have you ever regretted allowing an important event or moment to pass without making note or comment, then later thinking; “I wish I'd said something. Anything!”?

David Perkins has done a rare and remarkable thing in sharing this rather personal and heartfelt letter to his son, Austin. David has modeled for us “modern” dads what it means to open our hearts and to put into words what we are really thinking.

In this little book, filled with pictures that reveal the history and intimacy of a relationship gone ‘right,' we are reminded of just how important and how strong the bond between Father and Son is – and always will be. David has said what I wish I'd heard from my father and what I wish my son had heard from me. He has managed to advise without preaching, show concern without fear and, most of all, give the encouragement that only a loving father can and should supply.

Thank you, David, for making this letter public. You've made me think. You've touched my heart. You've helped me be aware of how important a few words fitly spoken can be.  Just maybe, you've helped me be a better father by showing me how it's done.”

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Sound advice to suit any young person.

by Bette Sargent

“A book beautifully written with sound advice to suit any young person and written in a way that is not judgmental. I found a few tears in my eyes. Austin is a lucky young man and the same is true for David. This is a book that you will want to read and reread, and I must say the photos are outstanding. Really shows his personality. I would like to meet both of you.”

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A must have for all parents.

by Peggy Lohr

5-Star rating

“This book is a MUST HAVE for all parents and for the children they love. It is so beautifully written…really straight from the heart. The first time I read this book it moved me to tears. It was exactly what I wanted to say to my own sons, but could never find the right words. I recommend it as a keepsake for yourself and everyone you know. “

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What we all should have heard from our dads.

from The New Book Review

by Ruth Buzzi, Actress-Comedienne

5-Star rating

“Taking parenting to a new level, this book expresses what we all should have heard from our Dads when we first left home.

My Dad encouraged me to follow my dreams and, at the age of 17, put me on a plane to California to attend college at the Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts. Some were skeptical, some laughed at my intentions. But Dad gave me the honor of trusting my judgment and loving me enough to let me go and follow my dreams. I was the first member of my family to have ever flown on an airplane, and had never even been away at summer camp.

Five decades later, I have a wonderful career behind me and not only lots of wonderful memories, a few nice recognitions of my work including the Television Hall of Fame, a Golden Globe award and 5 Emmy nominations. It didn't happen overnight, it took a few years….but the first day I was actually on national television as a comedic actress on the Garry Moore Show was, tragically, the same day we buried my Dad. A wonderful, thoughtful and insightful man, Angelo Buzzi is still with me, to this day, with his words of inspiration and encouragement.

The author of this book shares with the reader a parting letter with his son, who's also going off to college for the first time, and these are words of wisdom, brutal honesty, and encouragement in the stark light of reality. This book took me back to the day at the airport when I hugged my Dad and thanked him for believing in me. His words helped make me what I am today, and I'm sure Austin will set his goals very high and reach a great many of them, based on the way his father empowered him with this letter.

I strongly recommend this – it's a perfect gift for anyone graduating from college or high school, or for any parent you may know who holds the reigns a little too tightly on someone with great potential but who's not blessed with enough freedom to learn to fly.”

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This is the letter we all wanted.

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by Karen C. Mead, “A Peaceful Path”

5-Star rating

“When I read this, my first thought was what an amazing gift to a child.  And then I realized that it is a gift to us all – the opportunity to read a parent's loving advice, given without the usual pompous authority, but words that are straight from David's heart. Yes, he has a definite viewpoint, but it comes from experience and the sincere wish for his son to do well.

We all need this genuine desire for our success in our lives.”

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The perfect gift of words.

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by DiAnne Haberer

5-Star rating

“I tried so many times over the years to put into words things that I wanted to say to my child. All the emotions were there, however the ability to put them on paper was not. Your words are a gift to other parents with my same disability.

Thank you for sharing your heartfelt letter. Although my daughter is grown and has learned so much of this on her own, I will definitely share this book with my grandsons and my friends who have children in their lives.”

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Thank you for sharing.

by S. Hartwig

“I have two sons, and this letter has really hit close to home. I recommended my sons both read it, as they have sons. I have sent it to several friends who I know would find this well worth reading. Love and respect of family are things almost all of us have in common. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful letter.”

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Truly wonderful.

by J. Grayson

“Your words are truly wonderful. I talked like this to my husband during his last days on this earth. We talked about all the things we had done, and what he wanted us to carry on and do. If we had done this more in the years we were married we would have been a better couple, and parents too.

I guess we all wait until ‘that special moment' to express our true feelings when we should make a note to ourselves to do this more often. I commend you on your beautiful, encouraging, and loving words to your son.”

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Such a bittersweet time.

by Janie

“Thank you for sharing the letter to Austin.  I have one son, born in 1992, who is doing the college app thing now, and your letter felt like reading a summation of the thoughts I have as I contemplate his leaving home for this next phase of his life. As you said, such a bittersweet time. I wouldn't deprive him of it for the world, but … he has been my world for so long that it's pretty hard to just say, “Okay then – go ahead out there.”  But I remember that my Mom let me go, and I know that good parents don't hang on longer than what is right.

Like the butterfly that you release, it comes back to you, right?”
With appreciation,

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