Why do some teens thrive as adults while others struggle? What makes the difference?
Gary Chapman, the New York Times #1 bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages®, and Clarence Shuler met when Clarence was still a teen. Gary mentored Clarence and helped him make wise decisions during his tumultuous teen years. Decades later, the two are still close friends and both lead powerful ministries that help people all around the world live better, more godly lives.
Clarence saw the importance of someone coming alongside when he needed to make difficult but wise decisions. That’s why Gary and Clarence are teaming up to give this gift to other young men. In Choose Greatness, they look at 11 important choices every young man faces, and talk through how he can choose wisely and thereby choose greatness. Full of rich wisdom, down-to-earth writing, and compassionate insight, this book is perfect for a teen to read on their own or (even better) with a mentoring adult.
Help the teens in your life choose greatness today.
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About the Author
GARY CHAPMAN--author, speaker, counselor--has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the #1 bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.
CLARENCE SHULER is the President/CEO of BLR: Building Lasting Relationships. Clarence is a counselor, speaker, and author of several books, including Winning the Race to Unity: Is Racial Reconciliation Really Working? Keeping Your Wife Your Best Friend and Single and Free to Be Me. He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado and have three adult daughters. For more information, visit www.clarenceshuler.com.
Table of Contents
Wise Decision #1 Choose to Seek Wisdom from Parents or Trusted Adults 15
Wise Decision #2 Choose to Seek Knowledge through Education 27
Wise Decision #3 Choose to Make Technology Work for You 41
Wise Decision #4 Choose to Be Successful: Work Hard 57
Wise Decision #5 Choose to Respect Girls and Women 71
Wise Decision #6 Choose to Be Sexually Responsible 81
Wise Decision #7 Choose to Live Longer and Happier 101
Part A Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
Wise Decision #8 Choose to Live Longer and Happier 113
Part B Avoid Tobacco and Marijuana
Wise Decision #9 Choose to Build Diverse Friendships 127
Wise Decision #10 Choose to Invest Time in Helping Others 139
Wise Decision #11 Choose to Discover the Truth about God 151
Conclusion: Choose Life by Asking Good Questions 157
About the Authors 169
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We are always looking for good lectures for our 12yo boy, that is why moms are also asking me for ideas for their own children to read. When I saw this title I knew I wanted it for Him. It is a short book with 11 wise decisions the authors explore (with some other challenges involved). My son read one per afternoon, I asked about each chapter and at night he is discussing it with his dad about the questions involved at the end of each chapter. The authors present eleven wise decisions young men need to make. I enjoyed knowing which author is talking each time. I'm so thankful for this kind of resources for young men. Many moms have told me they are happy about wise decision #5. My love language is Acts of service, probably that is why I'm thankful about #10 wise decision "Chose to invest time in helping others" Another mom asked me about the chapter about “choose to be sexually responsible”,I recommend you to read it first and decide how to talk about this with your child, reading along and talking in about it in a way he can understand and with the level of maturity he has. This culture is used to believe that being “responsible” is just to use condom, and it is not, I'm glad the authors didn't share the topic with that light world view. The chapter is clear about consecuences and gives young men 3 higher challenges to be responsible. If you are interested and your kid is young, I recommend you to read it first and then with your son. Is a very short and easy to read book. 170 clean and vivid pages. This book it is important, informative, wise and not toxic at all, it even encourages young men to respect girl and women. I read a very uninformed and false review about it… it is sad people write without reading the book, you need to read the whole book to give an opinion, and also must be validated with education when you write about it. It is sad, because what we need as a society is a well-informed view about this generation. All I read in every page was 2 men educated author trying to help young men with facts, not just opinion. and also being respectful with men and women in the way they wrote.
In Choose Greatness, Gary Chapman, the author of The 5 Love Languages, partners with his mentee, Clarence Shuler to outline “11 Wise Decisions That Brave Young Men Make”. These wise decisions range from “Choose to Seek Knowledge through Education” to “Choose to Build Diverse Friendships to “Choose to Discover the Truth about God”. This book’s premise is that decisions made during the teen years can be critical in determining the trajectory of the rest of your life. Many life decisions that may seem inconsequential at the time can result in tragic endings. Both Chapman and Shuler offer sound advice, largely gleaned from their own life experiences. Their hope is that this book can help young men avoid the mistakes they have made, as well as to avoid unwise decisions that they have seen others make. The “Ask Yourself” questions at the end of each chapter let the reader pause and reflect on choices they have made or will make that will affect their lives. Although this book is geared towards teens, I would personally recommend this book for older teens, rather than tweens or younger teens due to some of the content. Choose Greatness is a great resource for young men who are about to embark into the journey of adulthood.
I read this small but mighty well-written book for young boys/men coming into manhood. It is a simple book for the parents and guardians of young boys to help direct their lives. This book covers many areas in their lives that they will encounter on this road of life. Boys will read a small book that is fast to read over a really big book. This book is easy reading and has questions in the back of each chapter to help them think and ponder their response. It doesn't make any boy or young man seem ignorant because they are reading it or just looking through it. I have an adult son that didn't read this book as it wasn't around then but other books. This will help get the conversation going for sure. It is also good for the parents or guardians to help them start conversations too. This book shows how important it is to wisely live your life as there are consequences to our decisions that will follow us through our life. It would also be a good book to just put on the table where young guys are so they can look at it at their leisure. Some have said this book is slated Christian. Well from my viewpoint after reading the book, it is just wise helpful information that most kids aren't receiving anymore in this day and age. You don't have anything to lose but any young guy going into manhood will be grateful for having read it. It isn't the best book I have seen for this subject matter but it will definitely peek the interest for some and I think be well received. I read and reviewed this book without any $ for doing so. This is my honest review.