The Mentor’s Handbook

How to Form Boys Into Inspiring and Capable Men

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Countless adults today lament the loss of our culture’s young men to drugs and debauchery, to drunkenness, video games, and pornography.

The cry goes up, “Today’s boys will never be fit to be husbands and fathers!”

Blaming boys is not the solution.

Men are.

Or, to be precise, men who help boys become the real men they are supposed to be.

Real men crush evil wherever it threatens the good. They speak the truth. They love and protect the beautiful. In defeating bullies and in fighting just wars, real men ensure the safety and well-being of the innocent and vulnerable.

How can we teach our boys to become real men?

In these wise pages, Fr. Peter Michael Henry explains the process in detail.

Using history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and sacred scripture – and a large dose of age-old common sense – Fr. Henry instructs every man who is a dad, grandfather, uncle, coach, teacher, or youth minister how to raise up even unruly boys into the heroic, virtuous real men our world so desperately needs.

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  • Pages: 240
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622826-346
  • Product Code: 6346
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A very eye-opening and insightful read
Coming from an all-boys Catholic Secondary school in Toronto, The Mentor’s Handbook with its subtitle, How to Form Boys into Inspiring and Capable Men was a very attractive title for me. I in fact only started reading this title during my last months of high school and it has been a very eye-opening and insightful read. Fr. Henry has decades of experience working with young men and therefore, was compelled to share his advice for those who serve young men. Throughout the book, Fr. Henry not only lists out statistic after statistic, but he strives to incorporate his own experiences with the young men whom he had ministered to. Some with positive endings, while some ending on a negative note. However, from what I see from this handbook is a reflection of a pastor, a mentor striving to train young men to be strong men – physically strong, mentally strong and spiritually strong. I like how the handbook is consisted of four parts: The Current Situation The Mentor The Disciple The Process The book does not go from fact, to fact, to fact, nor is it just a list of statistics and fixes. As evident in the organization of the handbook, Fr. Henry gives the stats, then addresses not only about how mentors should train their “disciple”, but rather prompts the mentor to look at themselves first. Then, once the mentor has in themselves the tools, then they look at things through the point of the view of the disciple. Finally, it is the application, the process. Fr. Henry presents things in baby steps. The main thing that captivated me the most was actually closer to the end of the handbook. While the stats and facts were interesting, it was how Fr. Henry applied what he said to the story of David and King Saul’s son Jonathan. Fr. Henry talks at length about the figure of David. However, while I have read the story of David many times, I never paid much attention to the figure of Jonathan, his qualities that young men should strive to imitate. After reading The Mentor’s Handbook, whenever I re-read the story of David, it will never be the same again. Some may say, “It’s just Catholic stuff since a priest wrote this handbook.” Well no. While Fr. Henry makes many biblical references to Jesus, David and Jonathan, this priest-mentor also mentions (right in the first page) figures such as Techumseh and his father Chiksika, Dr. Conrad Baars, Winfield Hancock… just to name a few. Flipping to the back of the book, looking through the nine-paged bibliography, while there are some Catholic titles, I can safely say that more than half of it are general, non-religious titles, articles and resources. Fr. Henry certainly did a lot of research to write this book that offer mentors a variety of lenses. Another feature which I’ll speak about is the Appendix which contains “Guidelines for Young Men”. It seems to be a summary of what Fr. Henry is telling mentors to train their disciples. I like this list since it is concise. While the book is great, some may get lost in the facts and statistics and by the end of the book, it is just good to have this refresher. On The Catholic Man‘s Scale ★★★★ 4/5 Overall, I found the book to be a very informative read and I recommend it for fathers, youth ministers, and especially for teachers teaching at all-boys schools. I think The Mentor’s Handbook may change the way teachers see young boys who enter their classrooms, especially in this day and age where boys face many troubles, influences of society that will affect the type of a man they will become.
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A must read for men!
We live in a crisis of men - particularly a crisis of fatherhood. When called to fatherhood, men bear the responsibility of raising up the men of the future. This book inspired me and gave me concrete principles for how to be a father and mentor. Wisdom and insight fills its pages. It is a must read for any man who takes his responsibility seriously. Give this to your husband, your son, and your brother.
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Imperative book for men raising boys.
This book revealed things about myself that I never understood and showed me what my role is as a father that will forever change my relationships with my children. A must read for any father/mentor.
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Awesome
Father Henry has done the Church a great service with this practical guide for helping men become the mentors that our young men need. I am a priest in one of the poorest cities in Indiana, and the need for male mentors is off the charts. Father's book is awesome in that it gets right down to the practical steps men can take to improve. I am considering purchasing this for all the men in my parishes who work with our young men. I highly encourage men and women to pick up this book and put the suggestions within it to use!
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Great book
Fr. Henry doesn't hold anything back when talking about the challenges boys face in today's culture, especially the acceptance of mediocrity. He challenges the societal idea that boys being left to their video games, internet, and pornography will one day "grow out of it" and miraculously be a man a women deserves. He shows and tells stories of the role a responsible mentor can play in a boy's life. If you want a book that is politically correct and will not cause any change in your life, I would not recommend this for you. However, if you want to show a young man the greatness he can become, pick this one up.
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