Raising Boys By Design

Packed with doable strategies and eye-opening examples of what’s really going on inside a boy’s brain, Raising Boys by Design offers a practical blueprint to help you build a HERO - one who values Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, and Originality.


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In Raising Boys by Design (Waterbrook, September 17, 2013), renowned marriage and family counselor Michael Gurian collaborates with Christian counselor Dr. Gregory Jantz to understand why so many boys are struggling and how Christian and faith-based parents can protect their sons. The authors agree that boys are under a great deal of stress in today’s world, and they have collaborated from their different perspectives (one secular and science-based and one Christian and Bible-based) to build a powerful resource to help Christian parents raise resilient, loving, and wise boys.

Covering the important topics of boys’ lives, including their emotional development, character building, school and home life, maternal and paternal nurturance, gender differences, and rites of passage, the book equips parents to design a boyhood that will help their sons grow into successful men. Parents and educators will gain valuable information about differences in nature, nurture, and culture between boys and girls. The authors also include an insightful chapter on the role of modern technology in a boy’s upbringing and how parents can manage, without completely restricting, its influence on their son’s life.

“If you are raising a son, if you are struggling with your son’s development or his behavior in school, you will find Raising Boys By Design to be a helpful, reassuring book. In a fascinating intertwining of two voices, Gregg Jantz and Michael Gurian, both experienced mental health professionals, draw on biblical wisdom and the science of gender to help parents understand and guide their boys. Their book will be particularly helpful to families who want to raise healthy, Christian boys.”

—Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of It’s a Boy! and coauthor of Raising Cain

Raising Boys by Design is a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read. It’s marvelously inspiring, well thought out, and academically supported, but it’s also an intuitive guide to raising boys. Every parent, teacher, and grandparent could benefit from this work.”

—Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting

“Blending biblical truth with brain science, Raising Boys by Design is truly a ground-breaking resource that offers much-needed insights for guiding boys toward health and success in every area of life.”

—Tim Clinton, PhD, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University

GREGORY L. JANTZ, PHD, is a licensed mental health counselor with a doctorate in counseling psychology. A trusted Christian author and speaker, he is the author of twenty-one books. A regular columnist for the Huffington Post, he has appeared on The 700 Club and has been interviewed for CNN.com, the New York Post, the Associated Press, Family Circle, and Women’s Day.

MICHAEL GURIAN is a New York Times best-selling author of twenty-six books, including The Wonder of Boys, The Wonder of Girls, and What Could He Be Thinking? He has been featured multiple times in nearly all the major media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, The Today Show, Good Morning America, National Public Radio, The 700 Club, and many others.

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July 12, 2022

Sop much valuable information in this book. I wish I had read it when my boys were very young, but grateful I read it now. If you are a parent of a young boy, this is s must read! Highly recommended.

Kim Robinson

March 16, 2018

As a Christian grandmother of 2 small boys, I LOVE this book!!! Just wish the print was a little bigger

Kim Robinson

March 16, 2018

This is an amazing book for any mom, dad or even grandparents wanting to raise their son(s) from a Christian & Brain Science point of view!! As a Christian grandmother of small boys, it is amazing!!! Just wish the print was a little bigger

Adam Taff

November 23, 2015

Simply an outstanding book for parents, teachers and and any leaders of young boys. Dr. Jantz and Michael Gurian really make the topic easy, enjoyable, and give great pointers on how we can change our parenting and teaching style to be more effective at raising young boys. I learned a lot and an so thankful I read this book. I recommend giving it to any parent or teacher you know.