The Wonder of Boys

The Wonder of Boys

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by Michael Gurian
     
 

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"THE WONDER OF BOYS is a provocative book that electrifies the debate over how this nation raises sons." 
— USA Today

 In this insightful and practical book, Michael Gurian describes what boys need to become strong, responsible, sensitive men. Instead of encouraging us to stifle boys' natural propensities for competition and

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"THE WONDER OF BOYS is a provocative book that electrifies the debate over how this nation raises sons." 
— USA Today

 In this insightful and practical book, Michael Gurian describes what boys need to become strong, responsible, sensitive men. Instead of encouraging us to stifle boys' natural propensities for competition and aggression, Gurian offers effective and practical guidelines for channeling them. He shows how the evils boys are susceptible to, including gang activity, sexual misconduct, and crime, become necessary outlets when positive role models and adult support are not available.

Most important, Gurian explains what a boy really needs--a primary and an extended family, relationships with mentors, and intense support form his school and community--and details how we can provide these things for the boys we love.
 

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From the Publisher
"THE WONDER OF BOYS is a provocative book that electrifies the debate over how this nation raises sons." 
USA Today
"Full of good insights and advice."
— Los Angeles Times

"THE WONDER OF BOYS will help future generations open the lines of communication between men and women by giving us what we need to raise strong, responsible and sensitive men. 
— John Gray, author of MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS.
"Writing in a calm, compassionate voice, Gurian delivers a compelling call to action."
— Publishers Weekly

"What Mary Pipher has done to raise our national consciousness in her book REVIVING OPHELIA, Michael Gurian has done in THE WONDER OF BOYS." 
— Betty B. Youngs, author of HOW TO DEVELOP SELF ESTEEM IN YOUR CHILD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101043431
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/07/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
251,371
File size:
441 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"THE WONDER OF BOYS is a provocative book that electrifies the debate over how this nation raises sons." 

— USA Today
"Full of good insights and advice."
— Los Angeles Times

"THE WONDER OF BOYS will help future generations open the lines of communication between men and women by giving us what we need to raise strong, responsible and sensitive men. 

— John Gray, author of MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS.
"Writing in a calm, compassionate voice, Gurian delivers a compelling call to action."
— Publishers Weekly

"What Mary Pipher has done to raise our national consciousness in her book REVIVING OPHELIA, Michael Gurian has done in THE WONDER OF BOYS." 
— Betty B. Youngs, author of HOW TO DEVELOP SELF ESTEEM IN YOUR CHILD

Meet the Author

Michael Gurian is a psychotherapist and bestselling author whose books include The Wonder of Boys and The Good Son. His work reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and American) in which he lived, worked, and studied. He has taught psychology, religion, mythology, and literature at three American universities and at Ankara University in Turkey. He lives with his wife and two children in Spokane, Washington.

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Wonder Of Boys 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I glanced over the bio on the book and the reader comments I pondered actually purchasing it! Then it hit me, I'll use the $13+ and get my fishing license and spend this weekend with my son just seeing what's happening with him and his life. It's been awhile and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for the book...just the same :)
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capriccio More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was quite an eye opener for me as a woman raising a son. It has profoundly effected my decisions in his upbringing and how I have related to him at different ages. I recommend this book, particularly to mothers.
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curnet More than 1 year ago
Although I appreciate Mr. Gurian's efforts and contributions, I did not find this book to be that useful for what to do now, today, with this challenging 7 year-old. It was written in the 90's and is interesting as a response as we came from "women's lib", but I found I lost interest as he opined extensively on primative cultures, the political landscape, and the three sets of families--we have enough challenge right here, right today, and need practical help and specific suggestions as to how to best negotiate the bumpy terrain of this second decade of the 21st century. I'll let him be a boy and know that he is different, but still will struggle for solutions to very mundane but daily problems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is correct. Boys need to be boys! And that they are different than girls yet that we still need to show them that compassion and emotions are things that everyone needs and needs to show! I strongly suggest this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does a great job of pointing out that there are definitive differences in biology between the sexes and it is these differences that may lead to certain behaviors in boys. We all know this to be true, but there are many out there who refuse to belive it. Why would we have evolved into two sexes if there were no differences between them! Once we accept the notion that 'boys will be boys', we can look for ways to help channel their behaviors into positive things. Anyone who read this book and doesn't get that message is reading betwen the lines way too much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
america produces the best brains,it has the best institutions for higher learning, the best academia in the world in diverse fields. why schools have not shaped up? children are the nursery of future,teach the teachers, reward them well, since interactive with screen is current best choice for learning. in e-world,the best practises of other countries to be adopted and adapted, india has huge reservoir of excellent teachers in schools, no wonder india excels in higher fields of engineering and is rushing to states for learning. may be outsourcing to india will be best option to improve quality and create the best for future paddy
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read the book and examined my own upbringing I saw that this book was dead on. As a father, I deeply realize my influence on my sons. I want my boys to be exceptional husbands, fathers and citizens and it wont happen if I dont do my part.