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Manquest: Leading Teenage Boys Into Manhood

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Athletes. Soldiers. Businessmen. Every victor has a game plan for success. Everyone except fathers. Finally, a resource that gives fathers and mentors a playbook for coaching their boys up on what it takes to be a man. Every boy need a clear and compelling definition of what it means to be a man and Man Quest delivers a healthy set of guideposts to jump start them on their journey of a lifetime. Boys who never become men do a lot of damage in our society. It s an epidemic that society just can t ignore. I applaud every effort to lead boys into manhood and Man Quest enlists dads and mentors to teach the boys what real and true masculinity should look like. --Joe Ehrmann, Pastor, Coach, NFL Legend & Author of InSideOut Coaching

Most of us want to teach our boys about authentic manhood but we don t always know what to say or where to start. Man Quest is the perfect guide for fathers who want to equip their teenage boys with the right stuff and start them on the adventure of a lifetime. --Dave Dombrowski, General Manager Detroit Tigers

Feeling like a spectator in your son s life? Man Quest is the game changer every father needs to have a defining and forever impact on his son. Here s the truth - our window of influence is much smaller than we think and it s over in the blink of an eye. I urge you to get moving and take your son on the Man Quest. Don t waste another minute! --Steve Andrews, Lead Pastor, Kensington Community Church

Most of us want to teach our boys about authentic manhood but we don t always know what to say or where to start. Man Quest is the perfect guide for fathers who want to equip their teenage boys with the right stuff and start them on the adventure of a lifetime. --Dave Dombrowski, General Manager Detroit Tigers

Feeling like a spectator in your son s life? Man Quest is the game changer every father needs to have a defining and forever impact on his son. Here s the truth - our window of influence is much smaller than we think and it s over in the blink of an eye. I urge you to get moving and take your son on the Man Quest. Don t waste another minute! --Steve Andrews, Lead Pastor, Kensington Community Church

About the Author

Mike is the chief executive of a large retirement community in Michigan. When he s not busy serving over 1,000 older adults and leading 700 employees each day, he s a passionate community leader. Mike is a former Division I college basketball player and runs a program teaching basketball to over 300 area kids each weekend. Mike is a church planter, mens ministry champion and youth group leader. He is married with two sons and a daughter. Man Quest emerged when Mike was struggling to figure out how to teach his teenage son the true essence of manhood. This book is a love letter to his two sons.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 104 pages
  • Publisher: ELK LAKE PUBLISHING (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979354331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979354335
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Man Quest is a tremendous way to impart important values to your son as he becomes a man. The guideposts provide life lessons for our sons in a practical way, and the format makes it much easier to broach topics that often may be difficult for parents and sons to discuss. A must for families looking to insure their sons receive positive direction about real life situations they will encounter, and presented in way they will remember as they move into manhood!
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My son and I participated in a ManQuest study with about eight other father and son guys in the fall of 2013. The study teaches boys about crossing over into Manhood. At first, many of the dads seemed uncomfortable sharing, but as the study progressed, the teachings reached everyone. For our last meeting, we took the boys sporting clay shooting (18 dads and sons shooting 50 rounds each!)then cooked steak and ribs over a huge camp fire at a remote location. Each dad spoke about their love for their son - let me tell you, that was an evening I'll never forget! Do not miss the opportunity to share an experience like this with your son.
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I wanted to be intentional about celebrating my son's rite of passage into manhood. This book provides an outstanding blueprint and workbook to celebrate a teenage boy's growth to a man. Raising a modern day night was a great beginning but this book drives you into the how wi lessons to share and work through together! Highly recommended for any parent.
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As a grandmother, I watched how this workbook provided opportunity for fathers and sons to have discussions about very hard and difficult life situations. It is not a blueprint for being a success father. It does, however, provide principles that fathers and sons can discuss and which will hopefully be part of both their lives. The journey through this book has brought more openness and freedom for sharing which is always good for relationship building and moving into manhood. Well worth the time and effort. Your son and your relationship with him is worth the time and effort.
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With all of the noise that surrounds our son's lives, the quiet voice of God has directed the pen of Author Mike McCormick, in creating this remarkable Man-Quest. What an unprecedented approach to providing a way for Men and their Son's to talk and walk through the guideposts to becoming a man. I highly recommend that you and your Son begin the Quest together in what will ultimately be an unforgotten memory for the two of you. Way to go Mike!
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If more adults were as thoughtful as Mike McCormick when thinking about their son's growing to be healthy men, and brought as much creativity to the the process as Mike has done in "Manquest", the world would be a vastly better place. Mike has done Dad's (or the male adult presence in the lives of teenage boys) a great service in this book, a step-by-step guide for mentoring and maturing boys to become healthy male adults.

If more adults were as thoughtful as Mike McCormick when thinking about their son's growing to be healthy men, and brought as much creativity to the the process as Mike has done in "Manquest", the world would be a vastly better place. Mike has done Dad's (or the male adult presence in the lives of teenage boys) a great service in this book, a step-by-step guide for mentoring and maturing boys to become healthy male adults.

I especially like two things about this workbook: 1) Mike uses films from popular culture to get conversations started. What an insightful thing to do! Who doesn't want to sit down and watch an interesting movie? 2) Mike creates flow questions to get the Dads/male presence to show some vulnerability and tell their story. For example, on page 30 the writer asks, "How about you, dad or guide? Lost your passion?" Questions like these are sprinkled artfully thought the book and the power of sharing stories makes "Manquest" a must read for those with middle school sons.

After 25 years of working with men and their sons, I know of no more accessible place to begin mentoring middle school boys in the issues of masculine spiritualities than this book.
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ManQuest: Leading Teenage Boys into Manhood is a must read and action plan for fathers with sons. It goes without saying that boys need their fathers (and other adult men) to provide coming-of-age practices to catalyze and aid them becoming men. ManQuest is a blue print for fathers to engage their young teenage sons in a “rite of passage” journey that will change them both for the better. In clear, compassionate language, Mike McCormick tells his story and presents the ManQuest journey so any father (or man close to or concerned for the welfare of a boy) can take up the cause and act on it. It is very user friendly, but I kid you not: the ManQuest journey can change boys and fathers for the good. Living the Six Guideposts and accepting the Six Rugged Truths brings out the best in men for the benefit of all.

Mike is a man of deep faith that permeates the book. However, regardless of one’s orientation, ManQuest will reliably guide a father through a set of steps and actions, either privately or in a group, to usher his young teenage son into young manhood. Don’t miss the opportunity. If you’re a father of a son, read and use ManQuest: Leading Teenage Boys into Manhood for your son’s sake, for your sake, and for the sake of all people who care that boys grow into manhood potent, purposeful, passionate and serving.

Ted Braude
Author, How Boys Become Men: Transforming Dragon Spirit to Courageous Heart
Director, BoysWork Project
Leader: Bring Your Balls to the Game: Fathering Teenage Boys
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