A Guy's Guide to Life: How to Become a Man in 224 Pages or LessJason BoyettThomas Nelson / 2010 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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PastorWisconsinAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Fun readJune 15, 2011PastorWisconsinAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"A Guy's Guide To Life" subtitle "How To Become A Man In 224 pages or less" was written by Jason Boyett. It was written by teenage guys. I really enjoyed the book as the author has a good sense of humor which you would need in writing and reading such a book. He kept me chuckling throughout the book.
The book has many practical tips such as:
How to shave
How to tie a necktie
How to communicate (even with girls)
How to build and bulk up your faith.
The author answers questions young men have but would never ask out loud. I found myself agreeing almost all the time with his answers. I amgoing to encourage my teenage sons to read it and then keep it as a guide for the practical tips and advise it gives.
The book is divided into three parts: The mind, the body, and the soul.
I appreciated to author's honesty in saying that becoming a man is a lifelong journey, but this book certainly makes it interesting and less confusing.
In the end, Jason puts the emphaise of life where it needs to be, on Jesus. As a Christian, I feel that is where it needs to be. Each indivual must put his own faith there.
Eric3 Stars Out Of 5August 18, 2010EricA Guys Guide to Life is very soft and written as more of a be your friend than a youll thank me later book. As I read the book, I kept picturing the parent who wants to be cool with his childs friends so he talks the lingo, is more lenient, and brushes off the real issues. While this book is a good basic boy-to-man book, it fails to provide strong Biblical guidance that is so needed by men to young men. The author opts for coolness as opposed to taking the genuine opportunity to give straight from the Bible, how to deal with life, instruction. Boyett had the audience and perfect opportunity to make the Bible relevant and cool to a young man and passed on it. I will not dismiss the book entirely as the chapter on Faith is good as well as the several pointers on volunteering, serving, and loving, etc. Additionally, Boyett covers respecting parents, others, and treating girls appropriately. Therefore, while Boyett does not offer the sound Biblical references I was hoping for, he does give some good advice. Boyett sometimes resorts to vulgar or crude language and dismisses values to make points that could have easily been made in good taste. Perhaps I am just old, or old fashioned, but after working with youth for over fifteen years I have not seen many that would take this book seriously. If I had to recommend a reader, I would say a parent who needs some ideas on breaching tough subject matter with their son or who isnt really a talker. He could steal some humor or ideas from Boyett to start the conversation rolling. I will give Boyett credit for covering practical topics such as shaving, tying a tie, how to dress, respect, and so on. Not a bad book, but could have been a lot better.
Sylvia5 Stars Out Of 5July 23, 2010SylviaA Guy's Guide to Life, by Jason Boyett and published by Thomas Nelson, provides practical, humorous, and timely advice for a teenage guy. The book covers everything from grooming to family to friends to development to intimacy to a relationship with God. Boyett's language is casual and appealing to teen guys, making the tips he gives appealing to the teen reader. This reader, a mom of six girls and ONE young adult guy, even gained some insight into how her son might be thinking! Boyett begins by breaking down the "Myths of Manhood," as he calls them. These myths are some of the societal stereotypes about men that can place undue pressure on a teen. He also discusses communication, family relationships, and women. He gives the teen guy some valuable understanding about how a woman or girl might think or feel. There is a tasteful chapter covering sex. This reader does recommend that the parent read through this chapter before giving it to their teen, as it could prove a springboard for discussing this topic with him. All in all, "A Guy's Guide to Life" is enjoyable, insightful, practical, and readable, even to this seemingly unlikely reader!
Momof4CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 20, 2010Momof4CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleHow to become a man in 224 pages or less...A Guy's Guide To Life, by Jason Boyett. This new book delivers! As a mom of two young men, I could not wait to read this book. I read it and have given it to my oldest to read, and I must say Jason you have outdone yourself. I would recommend this to everyone, it tackles all of the hard issues from what it takes to be a man in today's society to what is going on with your body and mind. It answers the age old question of how far is too far, and pretty much every other question known to man..or woman. The book addresses clothing issues(how to tie a necktie), purity, STDs and faith. This book is chock full of answers told in a straightforward, easy to read manner, with question and answer style for the majority of the chapters. Moms and Dads this book will answer the questions that in today's world we as parents need to address. Great job...5 stars!! This book has been given to me for purpose of review by Thomas Nelsons Book sneeze Program.
Dave Wilson4 Stars Out Of 5July 20, 2010Dave WilsonIve been a big fan of Jasons Boyett for some time. His blog is an engaging blend of belief and doubt, serious insights and frivolous musings, reverence and irreverence. Plus hes a dead ringer for Bob Harper, the macho trainer on televisions The Biggest Loser. Actually, Jillians probably the macho trainer, but I digress.His book A Guys 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 books section on the soul.A Guys Guide To Life wont make men out of boys all by itself. In spite, of its playful subhead, it doesnt promise to. But it is a well-crafted resource that fathers can use in shepherding their sons during this formative season of their lives.Publisher was kind enough to provide a complimentary copy of this book.