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Sunday, September 02, 2007

To Own A Dragon

I read the book, To Own A Dragon, this past spring and am just now getting around to posting about it. It is written by one of my favorite authors, Donald Miller, and a mentor of his, John MacMurray. They collaborate on this work that deals with manhood, the fatherless, mentoring, and identity. Miller moves through this work with ease, honesty, grit, and tenderness as he explores the ramification of his life without a father, but with significant father/mentor figures in his life.

I think that this is a must read for all those that are working with young people, especially young men and boys. Whether you are a youth worker, volunteer, teacher, counselor, friend, or parent, this book has insight for you. These ideas and observations that Miller writes about are core realities that we struggle with as men from the time we are very young. He brings fresh perspective to timeless issues such as manhood, girls, sex, spirituality, integrity, work ethic, and education.

There are powerful ideas in this book about how we as men can be very influential in the lives of the next generation. The ideas in this book are not formulaic, but instead come from a pursuit of the relational. An intention that we bring something to the table every time we connect with those in this world that we lead as they look to us for guidance.

Like I said before, I think every male youth worker, teacher, coach, counselor, and parent/guardian should read this book. Read this book that there are young men out there dying to have someone step into their world to walk with them, talk with them, and show them the way to own a dragon.

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