The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives

The purpose of Boys  
Gurian, Michael Ph.D.           (YOB/YOD)
New York, New York USA : Wiley, John & Sons, © 2010
Book 272 pp ISBN-13: 9780470401828    ISBN: 0470401826

A pat on the back. a nudge in the ribs. a kick in the pants. a 2 x 4 along the side of the head all motivated me as I read Michael Gurian’s latest (and I think greatest) book about and in behalf of boys. Thank you Michael!  – anonymous

His reminders about the importance of the extended family, community and other guarantors brought back fond memories of my own youth and the way all these critically committed…

From Michael Gurian, the groundbreaking author of the best-selling books The Wonder of Boys and The Minds of Boys, comes the final volume in his definitive trilogy on boys.

In this remarkable work, Gurian presents a tool kit for parents who want to discover how to inspire the ultimate fulfillment of their son’s life. As he explains, purpose is vital for the success and happiness of every boy. Throughout the book, Gurian shows how parents can help boys build motivation, character, selflessness, meaningful and intimate relationships, a sense of responsibility to family and community, pride in their own good work, and mental and physical health.

Based on the latest scientific research regarding how boys develop neurologically, The Purpose of Boys reveals what it takes to best support boys and address their unique needs, weaknesses, and strengths. The book offers an understanding of what is happening inside a boy’s brain as he grows up, from birth through early adulthood. The author also explores the roles of the nuclear and extended family, communities, and neighborhoods; the best schools for boys; and specific rite-of-passage experiences and how they influence a young man’s personal growth.

The Purpose of Boys outlines a map parents can use to help their own sons wrestle with everyday life events and growth. And the book serves as a model to help all of our sons seek a successful future while still boys, adolescents, and young men.


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