Defending Boyhood

Defending Boyhood

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 212
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Defending Boyhood, by Anthony Esolen, is a must-read for those who want to reflect and remember the good days of boyhood—while also inspiring today's boys. Bringing his own experiences together in this book, Esolen speaks of the classic all-American boyhood in a way that is sure to spark nostalgia while providing clear vision and direction as to how boys can be nurtured in our modern times.

With chapters full of titles such as "The Glories of Manliness" and "Play", readers are invited into lively stories that allow us to remember the adventures, challenges and glories of boyhood through confident and powerful language. You'll find heartwarming anecdotes about pure childhood simple joys, but beyond the fun tales there lies an impassioned call for adults to religiously defend what is knowable about boyhood and preserve it from unjustified intrusion from adult society. Among other issues, Esolen intrepidly dives into conversations about family life being its own world apart from secularism, teaching children about honor among friends and foes, as well as allowing for true freedom for our sons in a righteous fashion.

Anthony Esolen provides persuasive arguments on why it's important to encourage respect for sanctity of God's work in our lives—all while offering an undeniable reminder that there can be prosperity within playfulness too. With Defending Boyhood , you will come away feeling energized by the joyful path offered through reclamation of boyishness rather than resignation towards its inevitable passing.

Anthony Esolen:
Anthony Esolen

Anthony M. Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College and translator of classic works, as well as writer for publications including the Claremont Review of Books "Magnificat", "Crisis Magazine", "The Catholic Thing" and Touchstone Magazine, of which he is a senior editor. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. He used to write a column for the Inside Catholic website.

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