The Purpose of Boys

The Purpose of Boys

Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives

Book - 2009
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The final and conclusive book in the groundbreaking series on boys and their development

In this climax to his series of landmark books about boys, Michael Gurian offers a powerful new program to help us give our sons a core purpose–a program based on building morality, character, career goals, the ability to form intimate relationships, selflessness, personal and community responsibility, and an accelerated process of developmental maturity. Gurian reveals how important purpose is for the success and happiness of boys and explains how a boy's core personality, nature, and genetic predisposition functions to create both strengths and weaknesses in their journey towards maturity.

  • Includes an innovative program for support and interventions according to the unique needs, weaknesses, and strengths of each individual young man.
  • This book is the follow-up to Gurian's bestselling The Minds of Boys
  • Draws on the latest science and field research on how boys develop neurologically
  • Gurian explores the unique issues boys must confront, and shows how their strategy for moral development and success in life is predicated on their nature and genetic predispositions.

Baker & Taylor
The author assembles invaluable insights and resources, especially mentoring resources that will assist in the transition of boys to men and eventually help propel them into a purpose-driven life.

Book News
A resident of Spokane, Washington, Gurian is a family therapist, educator, consultant, and the author of 25 books; he has studied the biology of boyhood for 25 years and led an international effort to help families, communities, and corporations understand brain-based gender issues. Based on the latest scientific research on how boys develop neurologically, this text is the third work in his definitive trilogy on boys, building on concepts from the previous best-selling books The Wonder of Boys and The Minds of Boys. Gurian explores how the previously clear role of males in American culture has altered in recent decades--and the confusion this change has caused. He then offers parents a practical, eight-chapter tool kit for helping their sons, as boys, adolescents, and young men, deal with everyday life events and growth to become fully loving, wise, and successful men. Jossey-Bass is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2009
ISBN: 9780470243374
Branch Call Number: 155.43209 G962 2009
Characteristics: x, 248 p. ; 24 cm


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