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Publisher's Summary

What can parents, mentors, and educators do to shape boys into exceptional men? Michael Gurian, a respected therapist, storyteller, and recognized expert in family systems, explains the basic needs of every boy: a primary and extended family, a relationship with mother, father, and mentors, and support from his community. He also tells how to satisfy a boy's desire for his own sense of tribe and initiation through healthy, structured competition, discipline, and work coupled with moral and spiritual values. Gurian's training videos for parents and volunteers are used by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies throughout North America.
©1996 Michael Gurian (P)1996 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.
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Critic Reviews

"[Gives] us what we need to raise strong, responsible, and sensitive men." (John Gray)
"[For] every parent and every young man old enough to comprehend its wisdom." (Beverly Engel)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Janine on 05-20-09

Great Book for Mothers and Fathers

I see my boys struggling to be successful at school and have found this book to be very helpful by providing a framework for giving them what they need to feel good about themselves and feel good about life in general. Raising children isn't just having them, feeding them and making sure they get to school - it's a full time commitment if you want them to have rich lives and be happy with the expectations society and our Creator has for them and for the human race to thrive in general. If you believe this and are looking to understand what is needed to develop your son to fulfill his role in life, then this is a book for you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shalisha Larson on 03-10-18

good read. I don't agree with only one part.<br /><br /><br /><br />

I can agree with most of what is taught in the book with the exception of the idea that masturbation is harmless and necessary. I don't believe in shaming a boy if he does it but would encourage him to not. Self control is what should be taught.

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