The author of the groundbreaking bestsellers, "The Wonder of Boys" and "A Fine Young Man", offers a cradle-to-college parenting plan for raising ethical sons. Selected by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the Best Books of 1999.The author of the groundbreaking bestsellers, "The Wonder of Boys" and "A Fine Young Man", offers a cradle-to-college parenting plan for raising ethical sons. Selected by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the Best Books of 1999.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1999-08-16 Gurian (A Fine Young Man), one of today's premier writers on the subject of male development, moves beyond the realm of sociological and psychological analysis (offered in Eli Newberger's fine The Men They Will Become, see p. 71) to provide a timely and practical parenting guide. Focusing specifically on the subject of moral development?a matter of hot debate in the wake of such tragedies as the Columbine High School shooting?Gurian writes from his own experience as a family therapist. Citing an "increase in ethical numbness, moral distraction, and spiritual emptiness among boys and young men," he examines the roots of potential problems?such as the abandonment of our children's moral development to "potentially toxic" visual media?and then lays out a well-organized blueprint for ushering boys into adulthood. Gurian discusses such topics as biological and neurological development as well as building spiritual life and dealing with media influence (for example, he notes that a boy of nine or 10 should not "see images he cannot or should not experience with his own body and soul at this time in his life"). Gurian concludes with a list of age-appropriate books and movies that "stimulate moral growth in boys." Parents and caregivers will welcome the direction and reassurance of this outstanding book in their efforts to guide boys "toward loving, wise, and responsible manhood?the compassionate life." (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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