Saturday, August 31, 2013

Raising Boys by Design, By Gregory L. Jantz PHD and Michael Gurian

(Back reads)-"Is your son ready to be a hero? Your son was created for great things, but he needs your help to appreciate his unique male design and to grow into the strong, loving man God created him to be.
Packed with doable strategies and eye-opening examples of what’s really going on inside a boy’s brain, Raising Boys by Design offers a practical blueprint to help you build a HERO—one who values Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, and Originality. Among other things, you’ll learn how to help your son:
• strengthen his character, resilience, and self-discipline
• nurture genuine compassion and empathy
• process words and emotions in ways that fit his brain chemistry
• succeed in school and hone crucial life skills
• develop a healthy perspective of sexuality
• avoid the pitfalls of media and technology
• embark on a lifelong adventure of faith
This unique resource combines the latest research in brain science with timeless truths from the Bible to reveal the deepest needs shared by every boy of faith while also leading you to fresh insights for honoring the unique personality, talents, and God-given design of your son in particular.
You can help your son thrive today as the hero he is meant to be when you learn the secrets of Raising Boys by Design."

The first 55 pages (4 chapters) are "Part 1: The inside Story", the brain side of it. The second part is "Putting it to work", the title kind of explains it, but, it's about how the apply it.
The book is well written, and though I am not a parent, I found it fascinating.
We live in a world where it is frowned upon to be a normal (healthy) boy. Being competitive is selfish, and having high energy is is hyperactive. Raising boys today is no easy task, society is attacking the character designed by God.
Blending biblical truth with brain science, Raising Boys by Design is a great resource that offers much needed insights for guiding boys toward health and success in every area of life. I really enjoyed how at the end of each chapter there was a section called, “Next Steps” where the authors give practical and doable ideas for applying what you've read in your son’s life.
The authors look at real brain research to discover how boys are different than girls (which is a good thing).
I also LOVED the caution raised by the authors about how schools try to get parents to put their sons on medication to "help" them focus and do better at school. The authors then go on and show you how medication is not necessarily the answer - teaching boys in ways they are designed to learn is a better answer!
As I said, I don't have children, but I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it.  It is an inspiring, easy and enjoyable read. 
To learn more, you can go HERE, or if you'd like to read the first chapter, check it out HERE.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this book review. 
Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24

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