It was September of 2012 when I handed in the manuscript for my first book. Not more than an hour later, I began to wonder if readers would enjoy it. Then we sent it out into the world to find out if anyone was interested in reading and reviewing my baby. I can't tell you how nerve-wracking it was to open the first review...
"I was pulled into the book and couldn't put it down. As a pediatrician and a parent myself, I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun but poignant read-- Benner takes stay at home parenting, actually just parenting in general, to a whole new level."
"Scott's wisdom shines even more as he dives into the moments leading up to Arden's diagnosis..."
"Humorous and witty, this book will leaving you laughing in many places and touched in others."
"His unabashed “dad humor” brings a distinct charm to his writing without being mawkish or overly sentimental."
"... it was a joy to read and I would recommend it to anyone. Seriously, anyone. I can't think of a person who wouldn't enjoy reading this."
"The life lessons he shares are extremely powerful and have inspired me in ways that allow me to be a better mother, wife and person."
"Simultaneously funny, poignant, and tear-jerking..."
"I highly recommend reading Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad. Warning! Once you start, you will not be able to put it down."
"This is not only a great book about being a stay-at-home dad, but it is also a wonderful book about parenting generally.The stories and anecdotes guide you through what it is like to love and care for a child with a serious illness, and then lift parents with encouragement and hope, whatever the parenting challenges they face."
"What sets this book apart and takes it from a fun self-deprecating look at parenting to a moving story you will never forget is the chapter on his daughter Arden’s type-1 diabetes diagnosis."
Today 'Life Is Short' has twenty, five-star reader reviews on Amazon:
"I enjoyed all aspects of this book, it makes you laugh, want to cry and be happy all at the same time."
"This was a fantastic book from start to finish."
"Touching, uplifting read! - I was hooked on the first page!"
"Nothing I can remember has ever touched me more."
"It's one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read."
"Sweet, pithy and naughty - I had to finish it right away."
"The book reads quickly. I couldn't put it down and stayed up late to finish it. If this guy plans to continue writing, I look forward to his next work."
"Real, Relatable writing - Scott nails it with very real and relatable writing for everyone."
"A roller coaster ride of emotions, and opens himself and his life in a way that makes you feel you're there with him."
You can click here or go to Amazon to read these and other reviews in their entirety.
'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad' is on sale now in paperback and all of your favorite eReader formats.
Long after this crazy week has passed and we get back to talking about type I diabetes... I will always remember how supportive and loving the DOC was to me. I'm never going to be able to thank you all enough for the support that you have shown me as I brought my book to the world. Thank you for reading, and for taking the time to tell a friend. When you share a FaceBook post, retweet a link or tell someone about the book you just read, well, you are doing more than perhaps you can imagine.
I hope today, just as I did last September, that you enjoy what I wrote. If you do, please consider adding your thoughts to iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Canadian Amazon and the rest. Reader reviews are the best and most effective way for 'Life Is Short' to find a wider audience.
My heartfelt gratitude,