Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a muc...

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Title:Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
Author:Joe Biden
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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Reviews

  • Christy

    Joe Biden is one of those people who have lived an incredible life. He’s done a lot in his lifetime, but he’s also lost a lot. Yet he still manages to be a fun and lovable guy who doesn’t lose his faith and looks on the bright-side.

    After listeni

    Joe Biden is one of those people who have lived an incredible life. He’s done a lot in his lifetime, but he’s also lost a lot. Yet he still manages to be a fun and lovable guy who doesn’t lose his faith and looks on the bright-side.

    After listening to this audio book (which was narrated by Joe himself) I have a new level of respect for him. If I would have lived his life, I don’t think I would have had the same strength he’s had. 

This is a powerful book. A story of one man’s life, his journey, the obstacles he overcame and all the loss he’s had. It’s a book that made me cry loads, but also gave me a lot of hope. I adore Joe Biden and I recommend this touching and heartfelt memoir to all!

  • Cheri

    -- Angel, lyrics by Sarah McLachlan

    - Immanuel Kan

    -- Angel, lyrics by Sarah McLachlan

    - Immanuel Kant

    As this memoir of loss and love begins, Joe Biden and his family were planning their family Thanksgiving gathering, with children and grandchildren, five and a half years since he had become vice president. The family looking forward to together time, and for him,

    And that, an easy, steady, calm rhythm, is the overall feeling of this book.

    This is, in part, a journey alongside him through political events that he was involved with during that year, overseeing much of the international issues in the Ukraine and Iraq, plus the “Northern Triangle” of Central America. Another aspect of this is his internal struggle with the idea of potentially running for president. And then there’s Beau, his son, whose health is questionable at first, and deteriorates as his treatments for glioblastoma, go on. It saps the strength out of you to read this, every parent’s worst nightmare to watch their child, no matter their child’s age. There are also numerous heartwarming family moments, and I could feel the importance of family, his faith, and even his belief in this political system that we have was strongly felt.

    This was heartbreaking to read at times, but I also loved how committed this man was and is to doing the right thing, not only for himself and his family, but for the country, and for the world.

    And then yesterday, when I sat down, taking a momentary break from reading to check the television, I saw the unfolding news on the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida. And today, when I sat down to do the same, it was the current President speaking on the shooting, and I have to wonder at the way things are today.

    There is so much love in this family, in this book. This is such an incredibly poignant read. Not only because of his losses, but also because of the kindness and solace he offers to others.

    I really loved this, I loved how devoted he is to his family, to the country, and to finding resolutions to world problems. I loved the relationship he had and has with the Obamas, who consider themselves part of the Biden clan. I loved how he never really seemed to lose sight of the growth he gained because of his past tragedies, and that he was able to see those blessings that came out of those events.

    Politically, this is worth reading, although it is not particularly heavy on the politics. At its heart, this is really a memoir of a parent who has lost a child, and the wisdom he has gained through his life that helped him deal with this crushing episode. I would hope that this would be somewhat healing for him to write, and comforting for others to read, knowing that someone else has survived this awful fate.

    Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book!

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    Promise Me, Dad

    A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

    By: Joe Biden

    Narrated by: Joe Biden

    This is a book I really liked and it moved me emotionally. I have to admit, I have always liked Joe Biden. He says what he thinks and to hell with it. He has a good moral background. America, family, and common sense are the key phrases I think of when I think of Joe. You may disagree but that's ok, read the book and write your own review. This is mine.

    He is compassionate about a lot of things and none of them

    Promise Me, Dad

    A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

    By: Joe Biden

    Narrated by: Joe Biden

    This is a book I really liked and it moved me emotionally. I have to admit, I have always liked Joe Biden. He says what he thinks and to hell with it. He has a good moral background. America, family, and common sense are the key phrases I think of when I think of Joe. You may disagree but that's ok, read the book and write your own review. This is mine.

    He is compassionate about a lot of things and none of them are hate, war, or bringing anyone else down. His love for his family and America are obvious in his past and present. He has a good disposition in general, and in how he handles situations, even things so horrific as the death of his son. He didn't get bitter, or lash out, or become a terrible person...he remained...Joe. This was very difficult to listen to in parts..I choked up and cried, I am a mom and to lose a son would be so crippling, so devastating..I don't know what kind of person I would become, how I would cope. Joe has strength and courage. It's not like he had a small job he could go take a few weeks off and mourn.

    He also narrated this book so it was doubly hard to hear his voice as he tells of his loss and the anguish. I am glad I listened to this book. I have a deeper understanding to how he made it through that year. I hope I never have to endure this but I do see how strong a man he really is.

  • Elyse

    Reading this extraordinary memoir was so beautifully written- unsentimental-

    but very sad - and searingly honest....I regret not having read it sooner.

    The most poignant sections of this book for me were the family relationships and the intricacies of Beau’s disease, glioblastoma, ....the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain.

    “There was a new crises in Iraq that day, and it needed my attention. Although I knew it was my responsibility, I felt for the first time a sense of resentment t

    Reading this extraordinary memoir was so beautifully written- unsentimental-

    but very sad - and searingly honest....I regret not having read it sooner.

    The most poignant sections of this book for me were the family relationships and the intricacies of Beau’s disease, glioblastoma, ....the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain.

    “There was a new crises in Iraq that day, and it needed my attention. Although I knew it was my responsibility, I felt for the first time a sense of resentment that I had to divert focus to anything other than Beau, even for just half an hour. My son was in one room in extremis and I was sitting in another, forced to deal with a problem sixty-two miles away”.

    There is no question of how much Joe Biden loves his country and family. He takes both jobs seriously. His children - wife - extended family - are all cut from the same thread. GOOD PEOPLE!

    Getting to know Beau and his brother Hunter was especially moving to me. Their birthdays were only a day apart.....and the brotherly bond between them was inspiring.

    *Beau* was a remarkable guy. It’s inconceivable what he went through. He met his cancer treatments head on - never resisting the most uncomfortable aggressive cancer treatments to fight the most aggressive type of cancer that he had. He ‘was’ not giving up. He was concerned for his wife, children, brother, sister, mom, and ‘pop’....( Joe).

    And at one point in the journey ... the doctors actually thought Beau might actually be the first person to come through glioblastoma alive. I was so moved - impressed with the team of doctors - hoping for the possibility even though I knew the outcome. I was literally hanging by a thread trying to comprehend and follow along with the medical procedures. We could ‘feel’ those moments of hope and success

    At one point Beau was ‘running’ again. I was soooo happy for his entire family. God...if I WANTED HIS RECOVERY ( so bad) and I KNEW this outcome .....I can’t imagine the roller coaster emotions of that last year.

    I would love to see Joe Biden as our President right now ....just to imagine it kinda feels good for a few minutes. Don’t even ask me why my eyes water and I could be crying here in seconds. I won’t make this political review —

    I totally respect Joe Biden, though, love this man. I am so sorry for his loss. For his entire family’s loss.

    Taking time for oneself to grieve- is responsible.

    Bless this family!

    Thank you Joe Biden for the gift this book is.

  • Rincey

    How do I convince Joe Biden to write an entire book about his friendship with Obama?

    See my talk about this briefly in my April wrap up:

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