Defending Boyhood & Parenting with the Beatitudes (2 Book Set)

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  • Defending Boyhood: How Building Forts, Reading Stories, Playing Ball, and Praying to God Can Change the World 
  • Details what a good boyhood once was and what it can be again
  • Parenting with the Beatitudes: Eight Holy Habits for Daily Living
  • Offers deep insights for parents

Defending Boyhood: How Building Forts, Reading Stories, Playing Ball, and Praying to God Can Change the World 

Western civilization has no more eloquent defender than Anthony Esolen, a man who has counted the cost, and paid it, of leading the way in that defense. Following on his compelling prior volume, Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, Professor Esolen returns, this time in defense of boys and an experience of boyhood that is on the wane, if not extinguished in many quarters of the modern world—and to illuminate the threats our precious sons face from harridans, harpies, and all purveyors and promoters of political correctness and of the misguided and ultimately doomed-though not before it has done much mischief-project of blurring the distinctions between boys and girls.

Drawing on his own, in many ways all-American boyhood, Esolen, at times wistfully, at times, playfully, and at times prophetically—in the literal sense of employing the thunder of an Old Testament prophet, details what a good boyhood once was and what it can be again. He does so in chapters inspiringly titled:

The Arena to Enter
Brothers to Gather
Mountains to Climb
The Man to Follow
Work to Do
Songs to Sing
Enemies to Slay
Life to Give

Anthony Esolen prescribes a return to sanity to an insane world. He may not be able to change the world, but enter into the world of boyhood with him and he just might change you and the lives of the boys you love.

Parenting with the Beatitudes: Eight Holy Habits for Daily Living

Parenting with the Beatitudes offers deep spiritual insights for both mothers and fathers about how to strengthen their own virtue formation while also educating their children in moral development.  

This is no “self-help” book . . . it is much more than that. Parenting with the Beatitudes assists families in their spiritual walk toward holiness, strengthening and encouraging them along the way.

Each chapter is based on one of the eight Beatitudes and offers reflections from both Ben and Jeannie Ewing (parents themselves who have experienced the joys and difficulties of raising Catholic children today) on how St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother lived out this Beatitude in their family, respectively.

Each chapter also includes specific “sub-virtues” for each Beatitude. For example, in the chapter on meekness, they explain how to grow in humility (a virtue that is most helpful in teaching meekness) and how to teach children the importance of obedience.

But don’t put it all on your shoulders! Each chapter includes s saint profile (for family discussion or further devotion) and a concluding prayer.

Finally, Ben and Jeannie draw on their own experiences and offer practical tips for three developmental age groups: young children, middle school, and adolescence.

 

Dimensions & Specifications

Defending Boyhood: How Building Forts, Reading Stories, Playing Ball, and Praying to God Can Change the World 

  • Measures: 5.5" x 1" x 8.5"
  • ISBN: 9781505112429
  • Author: Anthony Esolen Ph.D
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 300

Parenting with the Beatitudes: Eight Holy Habits for Daily Living

  • Measures: 5.5" x 8.5"
  • ISBN: 9781505113044
  • Author: Jeannie and Ben Ewing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 168