Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys
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Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys  -     By: Robert C. Dykstra, Allan Hugh

Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys

Westminster John Knox Press / 2007 / Paperback

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Revealing that adolescent boys often identify themselves as losers, loners, and rebels, this book investigates the interior lives of boys as they develop their sense of self and begin the spiritual journey that will carry them throughout their lives.

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Title: Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys
By: Robert C. Dykstra, Allan Hugh
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2007
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 0664229611
ISBN-13: 9780664229610
Stock No: WW229611
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The early years of adolescence are a tumultuous time, full of challenges and opportunities that can shape one's whole life. In recent years several books have analyzed this period of life for girls, but this is the first book that investigates the interior life of boys as they develop their sense of self and begin the spiritual journey that will carry them throughout their lives. The authors contend that adolescent boys often experience themselves at various times as losers, loners, and rebels. As self-defined losers, boys begin to realize self-awareness; as loners they begin to understand their own relatedness to the larger world; as rebels they gain a sense of self-sufficiency. Through these common experiences of life, boys gain self-awareness, self-transcendence, and self-sufficiency, concepts that take root in the spirituality that will last their lifetime.

Author Bio

Robert C. Dykstra is Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Images of Pastoral Care and Counseling Troubled Youth.

Allan Hugh Cole Jr. is an ordained Presbyterian minister and Nancy Taylor Williamson Professor of Pastoral Care at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is the coauthor of Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys, and author of Good Mourning and The Life of Prayer.

Donald Capps is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written many books, including The Decades of Life and Jesus the Village Psychiatrist.

Publisher's Weekly

Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails are not the only things of which little boys are made, according to seminary professors Dykstra, Cole and Capps. Each author draws upon his own autobiographical story in this important examination of the spirituality of boys. Boys' spiritual lives, according to the authors, are influenced much more by their negative experiences than by positive ones. These negative experiences are gathered under three archetypes: the loser, the rebel and the loner. Each of these experiences can give rise to spiritual virtues, in this case, self-awareness, self-transcendence and self-sufficiency. While the authors are not psychologists, they have done exhaustive research in this field, and their backgrounds in pastoral care and theology help convey an authentic and holistic approach to an underresearched topic. The practical application of this work, the authors posit, is "to demonstrate that by connecting with one's boyhood one is better able to connect with one's own and other men's sons." Many men will find the book's insights and frank honesty enlightening. The authors use the word "spirituality" ambiguously at times, but this is a minor nuisance in an otherwise important work. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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