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Overview Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood. Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently engaged in clinical work with boys and their parents and who are also fathers raising five sons. Contains chapters such as ?Sit Still! Pay Attention!? ?Deficits and Disappointments,? and ?Rituals, Ceremonies, and Rites of Passage.?
Back Cover Copy Born to be . . . wild!
A boy?s endless imagination, hunger for adventure, and passionate spirit are matched only by his deep desire to be affirmed, esteemed, and loved.
Yet over the past few decades, our culture has adopted a model of parenting and educating boys that doesn?t affirm, celebrate, or embrace a boy?s hunger, passion, or wildness but rather seeks to tame it. As a result, many parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors find themselves frustrated, confused, and wearied by boys? behavior.
The truth is, boys don?t need to be tamed?they need to be understood, loved, challenged, and encouraged.
Wild Things helps parents, teachers, mentors, and others understand and explore the hearts, minds, and ways of boys?and the vital role that parents and caregivers play on the journey to manhood.
Based on clinical research and filled with practical tips and suggestions, Wild Things gives fresh insight and much-needed encouragement on the road to raising boys.
Publishers Description Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book "Where the Wild Things Are, " this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood. "Wild Things" addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently engaged in clinical work with boys and their parents and who are also fathers raising five sons. Contains chapters such as "Sit Still Pay Attention " "Deficits and Disappointments," and "Rituals, Ceremonies, and Rites of Passage."
Citations And Professional Reviews Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James & David Thomas has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 02/01/2009 page 87
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Christian Retailing - 02/09/2009 page 11
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414322275 ISBN13 9781414322278 UPC 031809122273
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More About Stephen James & David Thomas
Stephen James is lecturer in English literature at the University of Bristol.
Stephen James currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Stephen James was born in 1973.
Reviews - What do customers think about Wild Things?
As the father of 3 boys... May 27, 2010
I think this is my ever review of a book on this site. This book is worthy of my praise. The authors are practical and wise in their knowledge of boys and how parents can relate to boys. The insights are amazing and God-given. Next to the Bible, this is the best book that I have ever read. I thought I was just going to learn about parenting my sons, which I did. But I also discovered things about me as an adult boy who is still incomplete in many areas. Men of all ages, in the midst of parenting or not started or just finished, need to read this book. Very well done.
Wild Things... May 1, 2010
I first purchased this book for my son for Christmas not having read it myself. He read it, he read it with his wife and it changed how they relate to their boys. They told me how they switched their thinking and the whole family was better because of it. So next opportunity, I purchased another one and gave it to that family. I have just continued to do that. It's one of those books that really helps in frustrating times at the same time it brings honor to the boys, teen boys, and to young men because they are affirmed and given permission to become who they really are rather than wear a label put upon them by others that doesn't help them in anything. Let's face it, if you're perfectly parenting you don't need this book, but I don't know anyone like that.
really practical and helpful! Mar 9, 2010
I've read a bunch of parenting books - but, I must say that this one is one of my faves. When I read it, I don't feel like I'm wasting my time with a bunch of fluff. There are great sections on practical areas such as developmental stages, learning, relationships, discipline and more. The book is big - 340 pages - but it is well worth reading all the way through.
Section One: The Way of a Boy In this section, James and Thomas describe the different developmental stages that a boy goes through. And they give helpful tips for parents at the end of each description.
Section Two: The Mind of a Boy The first part of this section reviews what a boy's mind is like physiologically, and the theoretical implications of that. It basically puts forth that boys are typically spatial, problem-solving, and may struggle in the schoolroom environment for various reasons.
Section Three: The Heart of a Boy This final section of the book is divided up into 4 chapters: Nurturing a Boy's Heart, A Boy and his Mother, A Boy and his Father, and Rituals, Ceremonies, and Rites of Passage. The book then ends with a few pages on hot-button topics such as: sex, drugs, porno, ADD, etc.. Near the beginning of this section, they say, "No guy makes it past seventeen or eighteen without receiving his fair share of dings to his manhood - and that's if he's lucky. By the time most guys get their driver's license, they have already experienced enough emotional and spiritual fender benders that their hearts are dented for years to come...When a guy's heart has been wounded, the results are significant: Self-protection, distrust of others, suspicion of God, and fervent reliance on the four horsemen of self-sufficiency: training, talent, intellect, and willpower." But, they also paint a picture of how hard it can be to relate to a boy - esp. at certain stages. For example, boys can go through a stage of being inarticulate, hardheaded, annoyed, defensive. But, we as parents need to try to break the emotional code and show unconditional love. They suggest different ways to see him for who he is, "name" him (or use positive/loving nicknames to reinforce to him the positive aspects of his identity), and patiently draw him out - being willing to pick your battles when it comes to making a big emotional push. Something big and overwhelming can't happen all the time, otherwise it will become commonplace and ignorable.
A must read for any Christian family with boys Nov 11, 2009
I absolutely love this book. It has provided quite interesting insights into who my little man is. It also brought up questions and topics I wanted to discuss with my husband. If it were not for the book, I would not have known to bring it up.
Makes me excited about the possibilities with my son Sep 26, 2009
Growing up most of my life with just sisters and then raising a daughter, I felt ill-prepared for raising my son. I was given this book as a gift and found myself absolutely captivated by it, reading every chapter as quickly as I could. I now feel I've been given some tools to help me in the journey ahead and I want to give it to every family with boys that I know. It honestly makes me excited to raise my son into a man of character, comfortable with a whole range of emotions, and confident in himself. It even helps me understand my husband better (and appreciate the great job his parents did with him!!!).