“This is an inspiring book, without being preachy. It’s not a self-help book—despite all the sage advice contained therein. There’s no conversation about taking Bob’s advice and applying to our lives. And yet, perhaps its reading community will do just that.” — Barbara Searles of The Bibliophage

“The notes, which often included puzzles and drawings, ranged from snippets of love and encouragement to pages of thoughts on what it means to be part of a family, deal with life and say “I'm sorry." As insightful and charming as the notes themselves, Guest's narration winds between photographs of the real deal. Folded Wisdom is a wonderful testament to love and to Bob's success in perpetuating thoughtfulness and value in expressing ourselves to others.” — Lauren O'Brien of Malcolm Avenue Review in Shelf Awareness

“A delightful collection of illustrated notes that remind us of what matters and will undoubtedly make readers smile.” — Library Journal review for Barnes & Noble

“This book covers a broad range of themes and I genuinely recommend it for anyone. As a parent, I was inspired by the dialogue that Guest’s father was able to have with his children through this medium. As a daughter, the depiction of the love inherent in this father-child relationship was deeply moving.” - Beth M., contributor at The Nerd Daily

A Q&A With folded wisdom author joanna guest

Why are these notes so important to you?

One of the reasons I find the notes so endearing and rewarding to read is because of their honest imperfections. My dad didn’t know what he was going to write to either one of us when he sat down at the kitchen table every morning. Writing the notes was a way for him to organize his thoughts and express himself. Sometimes he’d struggle to figure out what to say, and other mornings he was happy to just let his thoughts run wild. Seeing how his thoughts trickled out to me versus Theo on any given morning, during any given phase of our lives, is part of what makes them so special to me. The whole experience of reading the notes is about understanding the value of human communication, and how we all differ in the preferred method of sharing ourselves with others. Not only did my dad have a unique drive to write to us about his thoughts, feelings, frustrations and more, but he wrote to each of us individually—because we were unique and different people. The repetitive nature of the notes, and the messages found within them, taught us that what he was saying was important, hard, and worth it.

Celadon books acquires non-fiction gift book by joanna guest

Now, with over 3,000 of her father’s colorful, vibrant, touching notes in hand, Joanna has collected them into this beautiful book… Her father’s sentiments are heartfelt and full of possibility for the future; any reader will find them applicable to his or her life. 

“Based on concept alone, I knew I needed to meet this author,” says Deb. “Literally thousands of notes demonstrating a father’s love. What a special book; I knew Celadon would be the perfect home to share this beautiful father-daughter relationship with the world.” 

FOLDED WISDOM will be published in time for Father’s Day 2019. It’s the perfect gift to share with a father in your life, but also with any child, young adult, or reader of any age who appreciates good advice beautifully presented. 

Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up is going to be a book!! Pre-order at your favorite local bookstore or reserve your copy online today!


Daily Reminders - Esopus Magazine

In Spring 2008, Bob’s notes were the cover story of Esopus Magazine’s Issue 10 - the feature highlighted 19 notes written to Joanna and Theo.

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Bob Guest’s Morning Routine - My Morning Routine

I’m sixty-four as I write this, so my routine has really evolved through the life of my family over the course of those years. I’m not a single guy in my thirties, preoccupied with myself and my career. I’m a father and a husband and a business owner and a dog lover and a friend and a biker—all of those things. And my relationship with all those things has affected the amount of time and space that I have in the morning. It also affects the things that concern me in the morning. When I had young children, up through when they were eighteen, their days, their lives, their childhoods, and their growth were the most important things to me. Having the morning time to meditate on them, their personalities, what I wanted them to know about me, about life, how I could contribute to their growing up—that’s what was important to me.

When my children went off to college to look for life and love in the big world, my routine shifted. I was able to spend more time with friends; four-legged and otherwise. It’s not that I forgot about my kids but that part of my morning routine morphed into time to think about my own life, my wife, and our next phase of life. I now think about that and so many other things and bounce those thoughts off of my friends and the trees.
— Bob Guest

The truth is that the lessons they impart are folded in each piece of paper and can be interpreted, digested, and embraced differently by anyone who gets their hands on them.

So after all these years, they’ve become not only a joy for me to revisit, but to share.
— Joanna Guest