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Reviewed by Jeffrey Brooke-Stewart for Readers' Favorite
Raising Men from Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails addresses an important issue in our society. The author, David Brown, states his case by writing '...manhood is at the crossroads - crossroads being a metaphor for destruction ... we are standing on a path that leads to destruction'
That is a bold statement and at first read might be taken as an over-statement to make a point. But Brown takes the reader back to the fall of mankind in Eden and traces the path that has been taken so far. From the disobedience of Adam and the selfish action of his son Cain in murdering his brother, Brown concludes that the current situation is not new. The rate of suicide today, the incredible prison population, the level of chemical addiction, and other societal problems can, in Brown's opinion, be traced to the lack of effective fatherhood.
In Raising Men, David Brown presents an alternative Biblical based route towards true fatherhood. The basis of this alternative is a better understanding of 'strength.' Traditionally, the strength of manhood has been based on physical attributes and Brown develops an alternative where strength is derived from love. He includes a short and effective summary of that: "Acceptance of the basis for strength is essential in the preparation needed to reach manhood. No strength, no manhood. No love of God, no strength. The conclusion is clear, where there is no love for God there is no manhood."
Fathers and all men who are involved in helping boys and young men can take a strong lesson from this short and easily read book.