A Guy’s Guide To Life — a book review

I’ve been a big fan of Jason’s Boyett for some time. His blog is an engaging blend of belief and doubt, serious insights and frivolous musings, reverence and irreverence. Plus he’s a dead ringer for Bob Harper, the macho trainer on television’s The Biggest Loser. Actually, Jillian’s probably the macho trainer, but I digress.

His book A Guy’s Guide To Life is much like his attitude and approach online. Subtitled How to become a man in 224 pages or less, the book is written in a tone that teenagers will find very approachable. He speaks to them, not down to them, and addresses the kinds of issues that young men face at this point in their lives.

This how-to “man-uel” is divided into three sections: mind, body and soul. The first addresses myths that contemporary culture puts forward about what it means to be a man. He also talks about dating and how young men should relate to their feminine peers.

Part two contains a very straight-forward and frank discussion about sex, a topic that is much on the minds of teens, but often off the radar screen at many churches and in many homes. Some may feel uncomfortable with subjects addressed in this section, but I believe that it can provide a useful point of dialogue between fathers and their sons. Personally, I thought a perspective on masturbation quoted from James Dobson was soft on this sinful behavior. But  dads would do well to discuss the section with their teens and communicate their values.

Actually, that would be an ideal approach for the entire book. In fact, Boyett encourages young men to pursue godly men to help them with their spiritual formation in the book’s section on the soul.

A Guy’s Guide To Life won’t make men out of boys all by itself. In spite, of its playful subhead, it doesn’t promise to. But it is a well-crafted resource that fathers can use in shepherding their sons during this formative season of their lives.

The publisher was kind enough to provide a complimentary copy of this book. I, in turn, was kind enough to read said book and provide a complimentary review. In short, there was much kindness involved in this relationship, but no compensation.

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