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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Lane Press (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984738401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984738403
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who think that men cannot reveal their feelings, this book is an illuminating antidote. The men in the group that Ken Solin describes laugh, cry, get angry, hurt, etc. Why? Because within a group format, they learned to trust each other. Most men never find that safe place, in a group, or in a relationship, where they can speak out freely about their hopes and fears. Society imposes so many restraints on us.

"Act Like a Man" shows real men speaking the real truth to each other. By doing so, the men deepen not only into their relationships with each other, but into self-understanding. People who read this book will understand the struggles of men much more completely.
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Solin expands our knowledge base of what it means to be a man. His work as an author and speaker over the last two decades has given him unique and powerful insights into the topics that men and women want to better understand. The true meaning of fatherhood and friendship are explored. Male intimacy, the trials of marriage and the heartbreak of divorce are all covered with new and refreshing insight. This book better explains the male mind than anything I have read since John Gray's "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," was published back in 1992. If you want to understand the 21st Century male this book is for you!
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Witness the evolution of a group of men build trust and intimacy, enabling most to find peace within. A down to earth read which will help in everyday life with all personal, business, and most importantly the relationship one has with themselves. Should be a mandatory read in college.
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The reader is like a fly on the wall, as Ken Solin lets you in on the confidences of the men in in his men's group during the course of about 20 years.

Solin punctuates the meetings with stories of his own life events that helped him become the man he is. From having an abusive father to becoming a single father himself, to tragic losses and remarkable support from men in his group, the reader share's Solin's journey of growth.

You'll see how men develop ways to better relate to women, how they learn to manage strong emotions and how they tackle difficulties that come up when they become vulnerable.

I should disclose that I met Solin when he hired my company to make a video to promote another one of his books. We connected further because I have been in my own men's group for about 15 years.

While the book is compelling and colorful, it could have benefited from some copy editing. I cringe when I repeatedly see jargon such as "irregardless," and some paragraphs have the same word repeated, rather than the author finding synonyms.

However, these are minor faults; the book helps both men and women better understand the difficulties that men have in expressing feelings and connecting with other men. It is essential reading for men who are in their 30s, 40s and older and the women who relate to them.
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If you want a book you just can't put down and you love eaves dropping on other people's lives then this book is for you! I've always known that men and women were different but I had no idea how emotionally stunted most men were until I read this book. Author Ken Solin takes us through the issues of a men's group he started. We get to read about their biggest life issues and how they come through them together. I've never read so much honesty in one book and for myself, coming from an acting background, that's really great. If you're a woman like me who is curious about how guys think then this is a great way to gain a little more insight in to the men in your life. Aside from a few annoying typographical errors, this was a great read and it's not my usual genre either. I highly recommend it!
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This was an awesome journey of half a dozen men in a men's group, inspired by Robert Bly's men's movement. Today's young men have no rite of passage, no elders that initiate them into manhood, and this causes tremendous confusion, pain, and lack of confidence.

Though I am a woman, it was extremely intriguing to enter this private world of men's emotions, conflicts, fears, etc. For some of these men, being vulnerable with other men would have been "suicidal" in the neighborhoods they grew up in. Yet as the years passed, "Everyone sat back and reveled in the recognition that we were a tight group of men all pulling our oars in the same direction--toward healing."

The men met a couple of times a month. There was no leader. They intentionally broke all the male taboos against being vulnerable, expressing feelings, hugging, etc. They discussed feelings, single parenting, women, dating, abusive fathers, tough childhoods, divorce, abandonment, intimacy, trust issues, boundaries, self esteem, and more.

We get a private peek into these lives, including how the author evolves from being in an S & M relationship to having a very healthy relationship with a woman he wants to marry. We learn how the group helps him when his son dies. One man confesses to the others how an early betrayal completely dissolved his trust in women.

The author explains that "Most of us were working diligently toward self-knowledge, self-improvement, better relationships with women, and greater sensitivity to and openness with each other."

He details how they all benefited from the group: "But every single one of us who dug deep, uncovered his demons, faced them head-on, and did the work, became a better husband, boyfriend, father, and friend. Every single one...
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