The First Punch: Scrufty’s Guide to Life by Greg Vrecenak Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Greg Vrecenak shares with readers the lessons he learned from his own father as he passes them down to his own child in the book “The First Punch: Scrufty’s Guide to Life”.


The Synopsis

In “The First Punch,” delve deep into the essence of fatherhood, legacy, and the invaluable teachings life offers. Drawing inspiration from the timeless principles of Stoicism and personal anecdotes from childhood, the narrative transcends generations. It reflects on the lessons passed down from a father and how they have shaped a life, laying the groundwork for the wisdom to be passed on to the next generation.

Journey through the complexities of parenthood, identity, and the pursuit of Stoic ideals in the contemporary world. Each chapter unveils a lesson, a memory, and a stepping stone towards understanding life’s true essence. As a new generation beckons and lessons crystallize, this narrative provides readers a profound insight into life’s continual ebb and flow of teaching and learning.

Whether you’re a parent seeking to impart wisdom to your children, an individual on a journey of self-discovery, or someone keen to understand the Stoic way of life, “The First Punch” serves as a beacon, illuminating the path of purposeful living.

The Review

This was a moving and insightful read. The author found the right balance between personal stories from the author’s life learning from his own father and the engaging lessons themselves, touching upon deep philosophical ideas about life and how to live it. The compassion and understanding that the author’s writing style evokes made this book feel compelling to get lost in.

The thing that really stood out to me was the way the author wrote this equally as an ode to their father and a guide for their own child, as well as the amazing sports themes and references to help illustrate these lessons. One chapter that really helped marry these two ideas together was the story of getting out in front of the ball, showcasing the idea of a sport like baseball illustrating something as complex as facing life’s challenges head-on, and the honest and fast-paced of the author’s personal story blends well into this book.

The Verdict

Gripping, thoughtful, and insightful, author Greg Vrecenak’s “The First Punch” is a must-read nonfiction book of advice, parenting, and ethics that will speak to the reader deeply. Whether it is the sports references that help illustrate the author’s lessons or the thought-provoking lessons themselves that bring some incredible and heartfelt life lessons to the reader’s attention, this is one book that readers will fall in love with and come back to time and time again. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Greg Vrecenak is an English teacher who began his educational career in 2003. His journey commenced at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn before leading him overseas to the culturally vibrant city of Abu Dhabi. With a passion for pedagogy and a profound love for language, Greg has dedicated himself to enlightening young minds with the beauty of English literature. 

Away from the classroom, Greg finds joy and fulfillment in his personal life. He resides in Abu Dhabi with his loving wife, Zeina, and their playful cats, Marcella and Moon. Greg’s family recently welcomed a new addition, their son William, who has added a new chapter to their exciting journey abroad. 

As a teacher, a father, and an author, Greg is constantly learning and seeking out the narratives that shape our world, carrying the invaluable lessons from his past into his present life and sharing them with future generations.

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