The Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body

The Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body

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by Walt Larimore, MD, Guy Francis

Everything a boy ever wanted to know about his body and how to take care of it—from a Christian perspective!See more details below


Everything a boy ever wanted to know about his body and how to take care of it—from a Christian perspective!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Paula Gallagher
Serving as a counterbalance to the many books on puberty that strive for objectivity, The Ultimate Guys' Body Book is presented specifically for a Christian audience. Larimore, well known to his fan base, writes with reassurance as he explains the basic biological changes of male puberty. He suggests that this book be used by fathers of boys entering puberty to talk about some of the sensitive issues. All of his advice is rooted in biblical interpretation. While some families will appreciate his approach, not all of his advice will work for every Christian family. Certain issues, such as tattoos or masturbation, are discussed with equanimity. Larimore assails other issues with thunderbolt in hand. Premarital sex, for example, "can cause true, lasting, painful mental consequences, including depression, low self-esteem, guilt, and even despair" (p. 141). Pornography is ill-advised but understandably difficult to avoid since so many young women are "not being modest" (p. 146). Homosexuality is conspicuously unaddressed. For families that adhere to Larimore's expression of Christianity, the book is indeed a godsend. Other Christian families may want to use this book for the biological information and as a springboard for further discussion on religious values. For those looking to prepare boys for the changes of puberty without the Christian emphasis, try Kelli Dunham's The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need To Know For Growing Up YOU (Applesauce Press, 2007) or My Body, My Self For Boys (William Morrow, 2007/Voya December 2007) by Lynda and Area Madaras. Reviewer: Paula Gallagher
Kirkus Reviews
"Dr. Walt" offers advice with a Christian perspective for boys wondering about their bodies as they enter puberty. More specifically, this is a volume aimed at Christian fathers of boys ages 10 to 13, so fathers can be ready with answers to sometimes tricky questions. Topics are covered through 30 questions on how boys' bodies change, how much sleep is necessary, what if friends try alcohol, how to avoid pornography, what's wrong with tattoos and body piercings and even three questions about testicles. It's purportedly information readers can trust, presented "through the lens of a biblical worldview," all reviewed by the Christian Medical Association. God is the common denominator behind all answers here. Differences in penis size? It's "the way God designed each one of us." Masturbation? "Sexual fantasies are forbidden for Christians." In Larimore's perspective, "God invented sex," but only "to be experienced between a husband and a wife in marriage." Parents wanting to stay within the confines of Christian doctrine will find this volume informative. Other readers may want to go elsewhere to find a guide more open to a more encompassing worldview. A useful guide for readers wanting a Christian look at boys' physical and sexual development. (note to parents, appendices, afterword) (Nonfiction. 10-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Prescribed by the author as a "resource for Christian parents, especially the dads of young men ages ten to thirteen," Body Book is meant to serve in any of three ways: as a guide for parents about how to address their sons' questions regarding puberty, as a book that a father and son can study together, or simply as a handbook parents can choose to present to a boy as he faces the changes of adolescence. Bible passages pepper the text and the importance of sexual abstinence until marriage, sobriety, and avoidance of temptation is stressed throughout, but the author successfully avoids sounding sententious. Instead, humorous illustrations, diverting sidebars, and an informal tone help lighten up potentially uncomfortable topics like acne, body odor, jock itch, erections, wet dreams, pornography, and the question of whether or not it's a sin to masturbate. The book concludes with a chapter stressing that real manhood has nothing to do with physical development but is, instead, measured by an abiding faith and mature moral comportment. A good choice for libraries that want to provide guidance on male adolescence in a conservative Christian context.—Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI

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From the Publisher
Have you had….”the talk” with your son yet? Dr. Walt Larimore did a great job inserting humor into an otherwise “difficult” conversation parents tend to have with their growing boys. What a great Christian resource for parents when the time comes to explain things!

Gary Smalley
Author/ Speaker
Guarding Your Child’s Heart -- Dr. Gary Smalley, , Author and Speaker

Dr. Walt Larimore is the perfect person to answer these questions for guys. Some boys don't read many books but I guarantee the guys in your life will pick this one up and read it cover to cover. Great advice about their bodies and their life.

Jim Burns PhD
President, HomeWord
Author of Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers and Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality -- Jim Burns, Ph.D., , President

Okay, where was this book when my boys were young? This book is so much more than its title. In addition to being a one-of-a-kind resource of valuable information, it helps boys see how practical God’s word is for the real issues of life and it provides a unique opportunity for strengthening the father/son relationship during a critical period of life. It’s realistic, practical, humorous and answers the most delicate and difficult questions in ways that are honest and make sense. This book is an investment and I promise you that it is a book you and your son will read again and again.

Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology
John Brown University -- Gary J. Oliver, , Executive Director

I wish The Ultimate Guy’s Body Book was available when I was growing up. I wish I could have given it to my sons. But now, I will be sure my grandsons gain from its wisdom.

Gene Rudd
Senior Vice President
Christian Medical and Dental Associations -- Gene Rudd, , Vice President

When Dr. Walt Larimore writes a book, it is wise to read and apply. The Ultimate Guy’s Body Book is his best one yet!

Pat Willliams
Orlando Magic Senior Vice President and author of Leadership Excellence -- Pat Williams, , Senior Vice President

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