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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Good Men Foundation; 1St Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615316743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615316741
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ask most any single woman in her second half of life and she will tell you: a good man is exceedingly hard to find. So, why is that? And just what is a good man? Bad boys are for adolescent girls, for those who are yet too emotionally immature to recognize the lasting value of goodness, and yes, that goodness is about as sexy as it comes. If the good guy finishes last, it is only because once a woman meets one, she holds on. There is no need for anyone to come after him.

This collection of essays isn't about what women think about good men, however, or how women define goodness in a man. It is about what men think about being a good man. And rightly so, because being a good man begins with the man himself, with his taking more than a moment of introspection to consider what this means. Editor James Houghton, in fact, writes that just asking the question is the seed of being a good man.

As one of the editors, Tom Matlack, states in the prologue--"manhood is at a crossroads in America." Companion editor James Houghton writes in his prologue: "Might there be something meaningful in gathering a diverse group of men to write essays about difficult or challenging times in their lives and what they had learned from those experiences? Though I had nothing but anecdotal evidence to draw upon, it seemed that the men of our generation spend a lot of time struggling to balance the competing interests of achieving professional success and being good husbands and partners and fathers and sons. And unlike women, who are much better socialized to talk about how these same pressures affect them, we tend to keep those burdens to ourselves.
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As a Urologist, I thought that I knew all there was to know about men. Thanks to the authors of this book, I have learned so much more. It's rare that men get together and talk about these type of issues- most of us run out of things to say after we talk about our favorite sports team and the car we want to buy. It is so important as individuals and, especially at times like these, that we define for ourselves and for our children, what it really takes to be a Good Man. This book breaks down our roles as Fathers, Husbands, Workers, etc and tells amazing stories of people that either are good men or figured out how to become one. We need these examples. We need to see that it is possible to fail initially, but succeed in the end. We need to show ourselves and our children that we get "it." Most of us will never be on the cover of Sports Illustrated or People magazine, but we need to know that getting there certainly doesn't define anyone as good. Fame and fortune are so far down the list of what's important. If you need to have that lesson retold to you, this is the book. Good men come from all walks of life and we all have it in us, its just a matter of finding it. I am thankful that these authors understand the importance of that lesson and are so willing to share their stories. This book is one that truly makes a great gift for anyone, but, really, I think it is a great gift to give yourself.
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Unfortunately I started reading this book at 12:30 at night... and couldn't put it down till I'd read half of it. I've been involved in two men's groups, occaisionally attend men's weekends, have been on the steering committee for a national church-related men's organization - even given a sermon on fatherhood. Its remarkable to come across a book that cuts across the social and economic strata, that demonstrates the fundamental goodness in men - from those who've spent time behind bars to one slated to become president of a multibillion family-owned corporation. And what a breath of fresh air to find a book written by entrepreneurs !
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Wasn't exactly sure what to expect before I started reading this book. Was it going to be a self-help type deal or a critique of modern guys and how we're doing it all wrong? However, it turned out to be a great collection of essays, memories and perspectives that let you know that you aren't alone in your doubts, confusions and quest for seconds chances.

The fact that the essays come from a variety guys in different walks of life, and not just professional writers, gives this book a really authentic and relatable feel.

Definitely brought back thoughts I've had as to how I'm handling/have handled being the son of a single mother, of how to be a decent boyfriend/husband. In one of my recent relationships, my partner said that I had no goals, no ambition and my response to her was that my goal was to be a good man and eventually good father, but she said only professional(ie monetary) goals are truly goals. It's taken me a few years of soul searching and some of the stories in this book to realize that just isn't true.

Guys these tales/doubts should sound familiar, ladies give it a read so you can see what goes on behind the scenes of the male mind and all the things we'll probably never talk to you about or express out loud.
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An extraordinary point of view of life seen and felt by men. Too often women ask each other about men. Why not to ask men abot men? A book to learn men sensibilities in a different light; revealed truthfully, with humor, with emotion...like our father would tell us old and warm stories. Highly recommended especially to women . ♥♡
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