Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal about What Your Son Needs to Thrive (Paperback)
Your son was created for great things, but he needs your help to appreciate his unique male design and to grow into the strong, loving man God created him to be.
Packed with doable strategies and eye-opening examples of what's really going on inside a boy's brain, "Raising Boys by Design" offers a practical blueprint to help you build a HERO--one who values Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, and Originality. Among other things, you'll learn how to help your son:
- strengthen his character, resilience, and self-discipline
- nurture genuine compassion and empathy
- process words and emotions in ways that fit his brain chemistry
- succeed in school and hone crucial life skills
- develop a healthy perspective of sexuality
- avoid the pitfalls of media and technology
- embark on a lifelong adventure of faith
This unique resource combines the latest research in brain science with timeless truths from the Bible to reveal the deepest needs shared by every boy of faith while also leading you to fresh insights for honoring the unique personality, talents, and God-given design of your son in particular.
You can help your son thrive today as the hero he is meant to be when you learn the secrets of "Raising Boys by Design.
About the Author
Mental health expert Dr. Gregory Jantz is an internationally recognized best-selling author of twenty-six books. Dr. Jantz is the Founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., known as "A Place of Hope," a leading health-care facility based in Seattle.
Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor in private practice, and the "New York Times" bestselling author of twenty-seven books. Michael cofounded the Gurian Institute, a training and research organization, in 1996 and frequently speaks at and consults with corporations, physicians, hospitals, schools, and other professionals. He has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to combine cutting-edge science with people's everyday lives.
Ann McMurray has coauthored several books, including "Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse" and "Every Woman's Guide to Managing Your Anger". She too lives in Washington and works at The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc.
Praise for Raising Boys by Design
“Raising Boys by Design is a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read. It’s marvelously inspiring, well thought out, and academically supported, but it’s also an intuitive guide to raising boys. Every parent, teacher, and grandparent could benefit from this work.”
—Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting
“Blending biblical truth with brain science, Raising Boys by Design is truly a ground-breaking resource that offers much-needed insights for guiding boys toward health and success in every area of life.”
—Tim Clinton, PhD, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University
“Raising boys in today’s world is no easy task. We need to understand how boys process their emotions and deal with bullying, peer pressure, technology and other important issues—all of which are covered here. This must-read resource helps equip families to raise sons who will be well adjusted and heroes for life.”
—Linda Mintle, PhD, author of Raising Healthy Kids in an Unhealthy World
“We live in a society where it’s dangerous to be a normal, rambunctious, healthy boy. High energy is labeled hyperactive, competitiveness to excel is deemed selfish, and single-mindedness in completion of a task is considered insensitive. Society’s constant attack on normal maleness instills a destructive insecurity and sense of inferiority into countless thousands of otherwise normal healthy men. Raising Boys by Design brilliantly exposes this destructive trend while providing meaningful insights and applicable solutions. If you want to protect your sons from the corrosive effects of today’s world and empower them to become men after God’s own heart, then this book is for you.”
—Timothy R. Jennings, MD, author of The God-Shaped Brain, president-elect of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, and chairman, board of regents, of the Southern Psychiatric Association
“Raising Boys by Design is a clearly written and helpful book that integrates biblical truth and findings from brain science to enable sons to thrive as they grow up into adulthood.”
—Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective
“I can’t think of two better men to tackle one of the most compelling issues of the twenty-first century: how to raise our sons into Christ-empowered men. Backed by brain-science research, the Bible, personal experience, and a passion to impact boys, Gregg and Michael have created a playbook for Christian parents that will equip them to call their boys to follow Jesus into HEROIC manhood. If you have a son, a grandson, or a significant boy in your life, you will want to have this book by your side as you guide him on his journey to manhood.”
—Tim Wright, pastor of Community of Grace in Peoria, Arizona, and author of Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys from Church
“I wish I’d had this book when my three boys were young. Chapter 2 is worth the cost of the whole book. A must-read for every parent, this even has great material for raising girls!”
—David Stoop, PhD, author and psychologist
Praise for the Work of Michael Gurian
“There is no one who understands the development of boys better than Michael Gurian.”
—William Damon, PhD, professor of education at Stanford University and author of The Moral Child
“Michael Gurian is America’s most passionate advocate for boys.”
—Michael Thompson, PhD, author of It’s a Boy! and co-author of Raising Cain