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Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys [Paperback]

By Robert C. Dykstra (Author), Allan Hugh Jr. Cole (Author) & Donald Capps (Author)
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Revealing that adolescent boys often identify themselves as losers, loners, and rebels, this book investigates the interior lives of boys as they develop their sense of self and begin the spiritual journey that will carry them throughout their lives. (Practical Life)

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The early years of adolescence are a tumultuous time, full of challenges and opportunities that can shape one's whole life. In recent years several books have analyzed this period of life for girls, but this is the first book that investigates the interior life of boys as they develop their sense of self and begin the spiritual journey that will carry them throughout their lives. The authors contend that adolescent boys often experience themselves at various times as losers, loners, and rebels. As self-defined losers, boys begin to realize self-awareness; as loners they begin to understand their own relatedness to the larger world; as rebels they gain a sense of self-sufficiency. Through these common experiences of life, boys gain self-awareness, self-transcendence, and self-sufficiency, concepts that take root in the spirituality that will last their lifetime.

From Publishers Weekly
Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails are not the only things of which little boys are made, according to seminary professors Dykstra, Cole and Capps. Each author draws upon his own autobiographical story in this important examination of the spirituality of boys. Boys' spiritual lives, according to the authors, are influenced much more by their negative experiences than by positive ones. These negative experiences are gathered under three archetypes: the loser, the rebel and the loner. Each of these experiences can give rise to spiritual virtues, in this case, self-awareness, self-transcendence and self-sufficiency. While the authors are not psychologists, they have done exhaustive research in this field, and their backgrounds in pastoral care and theology help convey an authentic and holistic approach to an underresearched topic. The practical application of this work, the authors posit, is "to demonstrate that by connecting with one's boyhood one is better able to connect with one's own and other men's sons." Many men will find the book's insights and frank honesty enlightening. The authors use the word "spirituality" ambiguously at times, but this is a minor nuisance in an otherwise important work. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys by Robert C. Dykstra, Allan Hugh Jr. Cole & Donald Capps has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 10/21/2008 page 29
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/11/2007 page 57

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 2, 2007
ISBN  0664229611  
ISBN13  9780664229610  

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More About Robert C. Dykstra, Allan Hugh Jr. Cole & Donald Capps

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert C. Dykstra is associate professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of Discovering a Sermon: Personal Pastoral Preaching from Chalice Press.

Robert C. Dykstra was born in 1956.

Robert C. Dykstra has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Counseling and Pastoral Theology

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Wanting more.......  Sep 11, 2009
In this book, the introduction explained that each sub-topic- loner, loser and rebel has been identified with each of the three authors who collaborated on this book. It was interesting to read about each man's journey through boyhood, family and adolescence. As a parent and a minister (PC(USA)), I was hoping to read more profound conclusions from these three well trained scholars. I was disappointed with some of their insights and even mildly surprised at some of their mini-conclusions. That boys who are loners, losers or rebels at young ages may grow into spiritual beings was more or less the jacket cover summary. I was hoping for more meat once I read beyond the back of the book and I was disappointed.

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