The Broken American Male: And how to Fix Him [NOOK Book]

Overview

Why do American husbands come home from work too exhausted to interact with their families? When did a healthy quest for prosperity become a twisted game no one can win? How did BlackBerries and internet porn become more interesting to men than their flesh-and-blood spouses?

Shmuley Boteach has made a great study of how families live today—both in his work as a rabbi privately and as host of TLC’s “Shalom in the Home”. He’s discovered a disturbing common thread in the families ...

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The Broken American Male: And how to Fix Him

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Overview

Why do American husbands come home from work too exhausted to interact with their families? When did a healthy quest for prosperity become a twisted game no one can win? How did BlackBerries and internet porn become more interesting to men than their flesh-and-blood spouses?

Shmuley Boteach has made a great study of how families live today—both in his work as a rabbi privately and as host of TLC’s “Shalom in the Home”. He’s discovered a disturbing common thread in the families he meets: men responding to the pressure of competition in their work lives by turning away from their loved ones. In a world that judges men by the size of their paychecks and the wattage of their fame, it’s all too easy to lose sight of what is truly valuable in life. Men who consider themselves failures and don’t love themselves turn into stressed-out dads, distracted husbands and miserable human beings. For these men, alcohol, the internet and sporting events serve as numbing stand-ins for read life.

In THE BROKEN AMERICAN MALE, Boteach doesn’t just outline the problems facing marriages and nuclear families. He also offers practical, inspiring solutions, showing how wives can reach out to their husbands, helping them become heroes again to their own families.


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Boteach has been the rabbi of Oxford University for 11 years and is broadly considered the most famous rabbi in America, thanks in part to his TLC show, Shalom in the Home, a kind of rabbinical family-counseling hour. Here, he focuses his homespun wisdom on the American male, whom he believes is obsessed with the appearance of success and money rather than the richer rewards of a happy family life and the self-respect that comes from the esteem of those who love him. We certainly need a writer who is willing to tell us that Donald Trump and Barry Bonds are among America's most broken men, but not all readers will endorse the author's traditional gender role-bound solutions. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429928830
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,241,671
  • File size: 296 KB

Meet the Author

Shmuley Boteach


Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is the star of TLC’s “Shalom in the Home.” The Rabbi of Oxford University for eleven years and the London Times Preacher of the Year in 2000, Boteach is also the author of eighteen books and is an award-winning syndicated columnist.

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Table of Contents

1 I Am a Broken American Male 1

2 The Shattered Male Ego 15

3 Failure 25

4 The Escapes Broken Men Pursue 31

5 Premarital Sex Reinforces The Brokenness of American Men 47

6 The Death Wish 51

7 Hero Without A Spotlight 63

8 The Curse of Ambition 73

9 The American Dream Becomes A Nightmare 79

10 Soulless Capitalism 83

11 Two Great Lies 93

12 Twin Brokenness 99

13 Donald Trump: The Most Broken Man In America 103

14 Ready to Be Broken: The Inherent Fragility of Men 109

15 How Women Heal Men 115

16 The Inadequate American Female 123

17 The Man Who Shuts His Wife Out Emotionally 133

18 The Uninspired Child 137

19 A New Definition of Success 145

20 Rise, Oh Hero! 159

21 The Five Ingredients of Success 165

22 Fostering Healthy Ambition 173

23 Raising Our Sons Differently 195

24 Purposefulness and Direction 203

25 From Career to Calling 211

26 Making The Broken American Male Feel Wanted At Home 225

27 So You Want to Be Rich? 231

28 Rediscovering The Sabbath 237

29 Learning to Be Happy For Another's Success 243

30 Rise, Oh Circle Man! 247

31 Inspiring Our Children 261

32 Reaching Out To Our Broken Men 271

33 The Wholesome American Male: A Day in the Life 279

Conclusion: My Own Healing 287

Acknowledgments 293

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2009

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    Fabulous book!

    Kind of makes you feel bad for the poor guys! I don't know if it can help though, unless they themselves read it and want to change in order to be truly happy.

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