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Extreme Pursuit: Winning the Race for the Heart of Your Son Paperback – June 21, 2007

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Teen boys face an uphill battle on the road to becoming men of integrity, character, and personal excellence. At every turn, they are under siege by a culture trying to reshape their values. Today’s youth are more likely to encounter pornography, alcohol, drugs, and sexual temptation earlier in their lives than ever before. And influential peers are pulling them toward tragic choices. When our teens are slipping away, how do we get them back?

According to adolescent therapist and certified addictions counselor John Davis, extreme opposition calls for an extreme pursuit. Parents of preteen and teenage boys must be informed, courageous, and proactive in order to maintain positive and potentially lifesaving connection with their developing sons.

Davis reveals that young men are driven by design to be extraordinary, to build, to make an impact on the world. But left unchecked, this intensity can fuel destructive behavior. Davis shares practical advice for connecting with teen boys, understanding their world, and dealing with tough issues. When the stakes are this high, parents need to be strategically involved in a whole new way to pursue their sons with a fearless love

About the Author

John Davis is the founder and president of 2xtreme, P.C., a counseling center that serves families and at-risk youth in the Colorado area. He is also an in-demand speaker for schools, businesses, youth organizations, and churches. John lives with his wife and four children in southwest Denver.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (June 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600061001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600061004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a 23 year old student at Seattle Pacific University, I'm healthy, active, emotionally intelligent, and I have a wonderful relationship with my parents. I'm not bragging, I promise, it's just that I didn't always have these skills. This is a sincere thanks to John Davis for being a key player in my life when I was at vulnerable ages and places. You see, I'm a graduate of John's 2Xtreme counseling program. What this means is that much of who I am and many of the skills I've acquired, came directly from my relationship with John Davis. When I was struggling with finding healthy ways to connect with my family as a teenager, John and I were hammering out concrete ways for me to talk with my mom and dad. When I started making bad decisions in high school, John and I went to work on those issues. I was blessed with a friend who walked through the pain with me, and mentored me back to a place where I could start making positive changes in my life. This is the most concise testimony I can make about John's work. There's so much more that is needed to do the man justice, so here's my email address: aldrin@spu.edu I feel so strongly about furthering the message of John's work that I will gladly return questions from parents.
While reading Extreme Pursuit I was taken back to the office where we used to do our sessions. I was taken back to the literal cliffs that we rappelled from together. I was taken back to the Andes that John and I actually climbed together in the summer of 2003. I was taken back to the times when John and I had nothing else to say, so we just cried instead. And I'm not ashamed to say it. I'm also not ashamed to say that when I saw my name in John's book, I was giddy like a school girl.
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As a single mother of a teenage boy, I was deeply moved by the empowerment of this incredible book. Author John Davis reveals the struggles and adversity his young clients have faced and the victory each of them have worked so hard to achieve! His vision and dedication to working with young men is inspiring. This book provides essential tools for every parent dedicated to developing the character of their sons (even daughters!) as well as guiding you through the process of overcoming the "very real" challenges our sons face in today's society (drugs, alcohol, sex, anger, peer pressure). John Davis is an authentic writer ~ his book is poignant, emotional, uplifting, raw, and very direct in teaching parents what to look for when there is a breakdown, either physically, emotionally or in communicating with your son. After reading this book, I have a clearer understanding in knowing how to "reach" the heart of my son and the best way to respond when challenges arise! John Davis has given all of us an incredible resource!! I have no doubt "Extreme Pursuit: Winning the Race for the Heart of Your Son" will be the marker in which all other parenting / relational books will be compared!
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I felt every emotion rise to my throat in reading this wonderful book as my husband and i race to win the heart of our 5 precious sons. John tells of the struggles as well as victories that many of his adolescent male clients experienced and you can't help becoming empassioned to fight for the very heart of your own son whether you are the Dad or the Mom. We have one chance to parent our children and we are so thankful we have this practical, hands on resource to guide us, help us, and strengthen us in our pursuit of having a close connected, honest, and healthy bond with our sons.
TO JOHN---after reading how you chased and captured the heart of your clients we are encouraged and excited to run "shoulder to shoulder" with our boys and experience the victory you experienced. You are amazing at what you do!!!
TO THE READER--In our house, the RACE IS ON FOR A LIFETIME!! Don't delay in starting your race today!! You'll be glad you did!!
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John Davis has written a fantastic tool which will be useful for every parent, especially parents of young men. John understands young men. He offers simple tools and suggestions which are invaluable. As example - the 90 second rule (A parent has 90 seconds to communicate a message to a young man before his attention begins to fade). As a result, package your message short and to the point. And the "shoulder to shoulder" method of communication (most teenage men prefer to talk while occupied with another task such as working side by side, walking together, etc).
As the father of two young men, John has quick and easy suggestions which have immediate application and results. Thanks John. A must read for parents!
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John Davis's "Extreme Pursuit" represents a true opportunity for all parents to learn valuable new techniques in connecting with their sons. As a parent of five children(two sons) I've been able learn how to join my sons in their journeys and prepare myself to be much effective in my role as a father. This book is like a new tool for every fathers toolbox. We all need to keep learning positive ways to help impact our sons lives. These opportunities of discovery don't come around very often, Mr. Davis's experence with thousands of young men can help us all. Dare to push yourself to a new level of understanding and dive into these helpful words of wisdom and insight.
Bottom line, the tangible approaches and principals put forth in this book will have an immediate and pronounced effect in your ability to help your son build a foundation for a healthier and more productive life.
Respectfully,
Dirk Eldredge
President, Surrender Interventions
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