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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

About the Author

GREGORY L. JANTZ, PHD, is a nationally certified psychologist with a doctorate in counseling psychology. The author of more than twenty books, he regularly counsels parents and children of all ages to develop communication strategies, strengthen family bonds, and raise healthy kids. MICHAEL GURIAN, a marriage and family counselor noted for his secular expertise in brain science and his bridge-building in faith communities, is a New York Times best-selling author of twenty-five books, including The Wonder of Boys.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731685
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Best-selling author Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., founded The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc. as a place of hope based on the concept of "whole-person" care. For a quarter century, Dr. Jantz and his staff have addressed the emotional, relational, physical and spiritual aspects of the healing process for men, women and adolescents, particularly for:

-Alcohol and Drug Addiction
-Anger Management
-Anxiety and Stress
-Attention Deficit Disorder
-Divorce and Separation
-Eating Disorders
-Emotional Abuse
-Gambling Addiction
-Grief and Loss
-Marriage and Family
-Ministry Burnout
-Personal Wellness
-Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
-Sexual Addiction
-Sexual or Physical Abuse

Dr. Jantz is a nationally certified eating disorder specialist, a state-certified chemical dependency counselor and a licensed mental health counselor. From TV to radio, Dr. Jantz has shared his expertise in more than 1,600 interviews, including The Dr. Phil Show and the 700 Club.

Married for 25 years to his wife, LaFon, Dr. Jantz is the proud father of two sons, Gregg and Benjamin.

Based on his extensive one-on-one counseling experience, Dr. Jantz has written more than 20 self-help books so as to reach as many people as possible with his message of hope. His most recent book is OVERCOMING ANXIETY, WORRY & FEAR: PRACTICAL WAYS TO FIND PEACE -- the latest in his continuing effort to help people change their lives for good!

Customer Reviews

I will recommend this book to my friends heartily!
E. Darnell
I found it written very well and easy to understand, particularly while the two author’s words were seamlessly combined to not be confusing or at all contradictory.
"Raising Boys By Design" by Gregory L. Jantz, and Michael Gurian is a book devoted to raising strong, Godly boys who turn into strong, Godly men.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JG on September 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Since I have 3 boys, ages 6-10, this book got my attention. Of course I want my sons to thrive and "grow into the strong loving men God created them to be." The question is...did this book help me as a mother?

While I can't say that I learned much new, I can say that this book took information that I've heard from various sources and combined them all into one resource. In one book, these authors provide info on how boys develop and think differently than girls, what they need emotionally from mom and dad, important character qualities to encourage, sexuality issues, school performance, technology, rites of passage, and faith. Whew! Each chapter concludes with action steps to take.

The drawback to touching on all these issues, and the authors being a psychologist and a counselor, is that I found the book to be dry. These was an occasional story here and there, but most of the text was slow moving and I had a hard time staying focused and interested.

The one new idea that I really liked is providing the adolescent boy a "rite of passage" which allows him to go on a journey toward manhood and connect with older men as mentors. Tim Wright has developed a curriculum that churches can use to offer this program called Following Jesus: A Heroic Quest for Boys ([...] I would love for my boys to participate in something like this when they are at the right age.

Would I recommend this book? It depends. For someone who doesn't read much and wants an overview of all these topics and how they relate to boys -go for it. There is good info in these chapters. However, if you like to read and would rather read multiple books that are more enjoyable (rather than one that is a bit slower), I would keep searching.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By No Ordinary Sparrow on November 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a mother of three boys, the title of this book immediately appealed to me. Knowing that good things rarely happen by chance, but develop more out of intentional actions, I am interested in any tool available that will help me build good Christian character in my sons. Although the Bible is the best source for this guidance, I also look to professionals who have studied far more than I have, to provide some additional guidance. Initially, I was actually slightly put off by the psychological and scientific presence that this book is based on. I have not previously heard of either of these authors, and as a Christian I am very leery of both of these professions. However, as I read the book, I was reassured over and over that these two authors genuinely seek to build strong men based on Biblical principles, not worldly mandates. Often times the authors made sure to stress that the science behind the way boys tick, lines up with Biblical truths. They even took a firm perspective against some popular secular psychological and scientific beliefs.
I really appreciate the topics that the authors highlight in the book. They covered topics such as differences between boys vs. girls, the importance and difference in maternal and paternal influence, building a HERO, character and self-discipline, emotional health, sexuality, school, technology, Christian manhood, and rites of passage. Thoughtful questions and prompts towards action accompany each chapter.
I can see that this book highlights some of the most important aspects of developing an emotionally healthy, strong, young Christian man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Imprints Katie on March 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
This 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.

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.
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