Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to ThriveDr. Gregory L. Jantz, Michael GurianWaterBrook / 2013 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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Ralph5 Stars Out Of 5Raising Boys by DesignMay 24, 2018RalphQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I ordered this book after hearing one of the authors on a podcast. This is a well-researched book, with much added anecdotal support for the proposition that boys need to be treated differently than girls, in educating them, disciplining them, molding them. As a father of only girls, I found this compelling and valuable to me as a grandfather of 6 grandsons. I found it so valuable I bought copies for all my sons-in-law for upcoming Father's Day. Don't tell them.
Momof4CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another great tool for your parenting ToolboxOctober 5, 2015Momof4CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Having just studied the function and design of the human brain, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the book, Raising Boys by Design, by Gregory L Jantz, PhD and Michael Gurian. With a unique blend of science and the truths of the Bible, the authors carefully craft a well thought out set of instructions that detail the divine design of your boys life, and than put an action plan in place for you as a parent to implement during your sons journey to manhood.
Having raised one son into adulthood, and still headlong into the journey with our youngest son, all while having two amazing young ladies in our home; I especially enjoyed the chapters that dealt with the structural differences in the brains of male and females. Many times the words on the page rang true, especially during the discussion of gray and white matter circuitry areas of the brain. It became quite obvious that there are ways that I as a parent could implement, to make our day to day household tasks run in a smoother fashion.
Raising Boys By Design, doesnt just read like a textbook, but rather transitions into a how to manual, with practical advice for parents of boys. They call this section of the book, Putting it to Work. After all, parenting does take work. Lots of work. With a roadmap for success, like that of Raising Boys by Design, I believe parents will be given a new set of tools to make the repairs necessary in their household.
I was provided a free copy of this book by Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
AmyT5 Stars Out Of 5Such a Great BookApril 16, 2014AmyTQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Raising Boys by Design by Gregory L. Jantz and Michael Gurian is an amazing book. I am having such a tough time getting through it, not because it isn't a good read, but because it is packed with so much good stuff.
As a mom of 3 girls and 1 boy - I see the difference between boys and girls every day. This book helps me to realize I am not alone in the unique craziness of my boy. Not only is it helping me understand my son, but also my husband. Realizing that they are not like us girls, is key to helping both little boys and men be who God created them to be.
Any one who has boys, anyone who is married, anyone who wants to teach a parenting class - this book is for you! Seriously, I highly highly recommend this book. It is an easy read, not to heady and an application at the end of each chapter. You won't be disappointed. Pick it up!
Katie MegAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Raising Boys to Become MenMarch 26, 2014Katie MegAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book actually is helping me become a better wife. As I learned about the male brain I began to understand that Hubby is not being a jerk when he doesn't remember all twenty-five things I spew at him in a five minute conversation, but his brain is created to process the world differently. Duh! I have heard this before, but the candid way the authors' drive this point home, helped it sink in. I realize I need to alter my approach and stop expecting Hubby to respond with a female brain. Each gender is created by God's design, differently, and that is a good thing!
My three favorite sections were at the end of the book. These chapters addressed: the male brain and technology, providing a rite of passage into manhood, and how the church needs to improve its approach in connecting with males and their design. The practical content in these chapters alone makes this book worth reading (you can read Chapter One here).
Our boys are on a quest, and it is our job to help them emerge a hero..."Boys go and out and do dangerous and high-risk things as part of their hunger and as their attempts of self-maturation. This behavior is driven by their hormones and developmental design, and it's a series of action-oriented ways of saying, 'Look, folks, I'll keep attempting these dangerous (and sometimes downright stupid) rites of passage into power and adulthood until you, my elders, help me grow into adulthood in even more accomplished and thrilling ways'" (Raising Boys by Design, pg. 182).
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for a honest review.
Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5December 12, 2013Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Raising Boys By Design: What The Bible And Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs To Thrive, written by Gregory Jantz and Michael Gurian, is a book centered around guiding its readers into an understanding of how to raise unique, God centered boys.
Try as we might, sometimes as parents we find ourselves at a loss when it comes to properly guiding the growth of our children, especially boys. Seeking advice from others verbally or from print materials does not classify us as bad parents. It simply means we understand the importance of raising our children properly.
For the Christian, it can be difficult to find materials that combine logic, science, and Godly perspectives in way that they are intertwined without the need for the compromising of faith. Raising Boys by Design is one such publication that utilizes these important resources in a way that draws upon logic and science with a strong base of Godly perspectives.
Greg and Michael comparatively describe raising a boy and the transformation of a hero, in that as we raise our boys properly, they become what they desire most--to be a hero. They utilize an archetype for hero which transforms the word HERO into the following: Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, Originality, all of which are characteristics most desire to find within their children.
For it's wonderful message, powerful lessons, and Godly perspective, this book is a recommended read for all Christians seeking to raise their boys into Godly men.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski