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What Aging Men Want: The Odyssey as a Parable of Male Aging Paperback – April 16, 2013
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About the Author
Dr. John Robinson holds doctorates in clinical psychology and ministry and is an ordained interfaith minister. Along with three decades of clinical practice, he has taught extensively and published four previous books. He lives in the USA.
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Robinson often has meaningful things to say about the stages of the journey. Unfortunately his Growth Questions in each chapter and suggestions for organizing men's groups and rituals are not very compelling.
There is no doubt that this is an important and, for many men, difficult transition and Robinson's insights into the process are helpful. For readers interested in a slightly different approach that I think makes more sense, please see Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel Klein.
John Robinson’s book, What Aging Men Want, is an excellent guide for this passage. He uses the mythical story of “The Odyssey” as a way to understand how we boomers have arrived here and what we want now that we are here. Dr. Robinson’s use of a provocative, mythical story as a metaphor for the journey of aging is worthy of serious consideration and thought. His list of seventeen things we seek as elders is amazingly accurate. I found I could identify with them all. If you are over fifty, get and read this book. I’m sure you will discover nuggets of stimulating “aha’s”. For me, it was as if Dr. Robinson and the journey of Odysseus spoke to my soul. Aside from all the wisdom and inspiration, What Aging Men Want is a good read – a damn good one.
This is a guidebook for the journey for those who set sail on their odyssey. Set sail and take this book with you!
to have more intimacy is later years is exciting. The author provides provocative question to help readers stretch into knowing
themselves. The books ends by listing the experiences we really want and suggestions as to how a man might start talking with
other men to create a connective community.
I highly recommend this book to any man who is being the aging process.
Barry K. Weinhold, Ph. D.