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Beausay and Gurian are both clinical psychotherapists, previously published authors, and the fathers of boys. In their new works, they focus on the development of adolescent boys, sharing a concern for boys' complete growth?physical, spiritual, emotional, and religious?to adulthood. The books have different tones, however, and are directed at different audiences. Beausay addresses the parents of teenagers, assuring them that they will survive. Teenage Boys! is very upbeat with a flexible, not prescriptive, approach; suggestions are practical ideas for parents to try. Gurian's book is less a parenting book, although it will interest parents of adolescent boys, and more a work on adolescent male psychology. A Fine Young Man draws from biology, psychology, and sociology to paint a detailed picture of the tasks an adolescent boy needs to undertake to become a mature adult. Although the volume is somewhat scholarly in tone, no detailed bibliography is provided. Gurian helps his readers understand the teenager in depth, but his ideas are sometimes subject to challenge. Teenage Boys! is highly recommended for all parenting collections. A Fine Young Man is recommended for collections in adolescent psychology and larger parenting collections.?Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD
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It?s Time to Show Up for Your Son in a Big Way.
A teenage boy?s world is a dynamic, unpredictable place. That?s why stringent parenting ?techniques? don?t always bring about the results we expect. Though we know there?s a lot riding on our ability to wisely parent teenage sons, it?s hard to know the best way to proceed?and parents are often overwhelmed by the challenge. But now, in this fun and down-to-earth guide, Bill Beausay offers six fresh principles that can help you overcome your fears and powerfully shape the man inside your teenage boy.

You know that you need to be involved in your son?s life. But just being there physically isn?t enough. Parents who enjoy the most success in raising teen boys are present in dramatic, colorful, in-your-face ways. Teenage Boys! Will help you discover how you can develop a clear, do-able plan that will significantly impact your teen?s life?and your own.




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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 4th Printing edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157856042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578560424
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a writer and speaker originally from Ohio, but now splitting my time between Houston and Denver Colorado. All my kids (who were the inspirations for all my early books) are grown and gone. Jake is an attorney in Columbus, OH. Jessie is full time mom (and one of the best I've ever seen), and Zac is a pilot for Continental Express airlines. They're all great people and I'm proud of them.

I continue to write and speak more than ever, and have found myself completely challenged by many questions and opportunities. If I could boil down all that I do into a sentence it would be this: I help people figure out what they want, help them get a vision for it and make it real. I want people to live great, successful lives: be free of limitations from the way they think, dream bigger, go farther, have a more balanced life, enjoy being daring and trying new things, and fulfilling the urge to help others and make a difference.

i have many products that I market as "toolkits" on my website. I take an unorthodox approach. For example, I don't tell you you need more confidence...I show you how to create it. I don't tell you you need to communicate better, I show you how to motivate and direct high potential young people, how to solve fear, how to get past the "shoulda, woulda, coulda's" in life, how to make a comeback and fresh start in life......and much more. Check me out at

You have my word on one thing: Develop an online relationship with me and I'll fill your heart and mind with some can-do ideas and a technology to get you there.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By on November 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
The sons of Bill Beausay, author of Teenage Boys, are lucky to have Bill as their father. With wit, compassion, concern, and wisdom, the author gives us advice and sample scenarios for those of us living with the most difficult, yet potentially delightful of people, teenage boys. I enjoyed the book immensely.
Bill wants us all to remember the power we have to affect our sons. He provides sample dialogues with which to work through problem areas. With sections entitled A Parenting Plan for Man-Making, Shaping the Inner Man at Home, Shaping a Man Ready for Life, and Shaping a Man's Soul, Bill Beausay is concerned with the big questions in life. He wants the absolute best for his sons and describes many of his own experiences raising teenage boys.
In the final chapter " Dreamers and Leaders", the author reprints a letter he published in his newspaper column "Winners". The letter is to the parents of a young man Bill observes in the checkout line of a store.
" I saw your son today and felt compelled to write you this letter. I wouldn't have even noticed him had not my eyes accidentally caught his. Something seemed vacant there. Nothing about him really spoke of life, of energy, or of distinction. I was overcome by the sense that you, as his folks, should see this moment.
... there's not a reason in the world for him to blend in like he does, everything about him is unique and alive and wonderful. I'm certain that unless you tell him, nobody will.
You can teach him to dream bigger, hope larger, see wider, think more... Ask him to stand erect, chance a look into another's eyes, smile and laugh loudly. It's a mom and dad's job to find the spark in a young man's heart and carefully guard it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 24, 1999
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This book gives you a bright and new outlook on dealing with your Son. Mr. Beausay's methods are compationate and yet very effective. The secret is to use it like a refrence book. Read it over and over again always going back when you need to review. You will find a new perspective every time. Very interesting reading with the Bible as a large source of it's wisdom.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ShelbyLyn on January 23, 2010
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Thank you Bill Beausay for writing such a lovely script into the hearts and minds of boys. I was reaching out every way I possibly could for help with my 16 yr old son, and was getting nowhere. I prayed for help and the next day I found this book, Teenage Boys! As a single mom I rarely understand what my teenage son is going through, as I have never been a boy myself! Bill helped me see the fascinating side to my teenage son,he helped me find some grace in the knowledge that all the quirky behavior,and borderline disrespect is actually very normal. Not only is this book helpeng me to identify my son's behaviors, it is also helping me reclaim my own sanity. The only thing I wish is that I would have prayed for it sooner, its so wonderful to have my son back! Within a week of reading and understanding, the results were amazing. I recommend this for any parent who thinks their son "has lost his mind!!", "doesn't listen, is selfish, talks back,etc etc".
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Zenmom on October 4, 2010
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I picked this book up at a bookstore, and after flipping through it, found it interesting enough to buy. I checked the author info for his creds: hmmm, clinical psychotherapist, best-selling author, seminar producer. Okay, sounds good. So I was really disappointed to get into the book and find so many references to Scripture and the Christian faith. I wish the religious slant had been mentioned on the book jacket so those of us who do not share the author's beliefs would be able to make a better decision. No offense to the guy, you know, good for him being a Christian. But if I wanted to be preached at I'd go to church.

Having said that, I did my best to read around the Bible references, and found some good insights and ideas. I'm still kinda miffed about the whole thing, though. Miffed enough to write my first review on Amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Simpson on June 19, 2008
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In constant turmoil because I didn't "get" this now man-boy in my home who I've nurtured and cared for for thirteen years, I was looking for some help. Beausay is the father of two teenage boys (and a younger daughter), a clinical psychotherapist, and a help to Olympic-caliber athletes through the Academy of Sports Psychology. He writes through a biblical worldview but with real WISDOM, not just knowledge--so this book is very different from so much of the "Christian-ese" help books available. He begins the book educating me and being an instrument of change in my attitude and understanding of teenage boys. And he continues with practical help and counsel that, since applying, have transformed everything from communication to consequences within our home. Uncertainty, mystery and trouble still come but we are better armed as parents to love, inspire and counsel this wonderful son we've been given. Thanks Mr. Beausay!
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hailwood1965 on December 14, 2008
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With three sons and one of them deeply mired in his teens I am always looking for any info on how to be a better dad.

I'm not sure how I stumbled on this book and decided to own it (I suspect my sister) but I found it to be greatly disappointing once it arrived. What grated on me more than the very bland and non-specific advice was the overt religious sales job on nearly every page.

I read as much of the book as I could take and then threw it away. Even without the church propganda I found scant actual info or advice in this book.
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