Friday, January 7, 2011

Flight Plan: A Book Review

About The Book:

In today’s culture, teenage boys are faced with navigating the turbulent journey to manhood, often without an inkling of what that really means or any direction of how to get there. What does it mean to be a man?Flight Plan: Your Mission to Become a Man offers a vision of godly manhood and a complete and honest guide into the adventures ahead. 

Flight Plan, written by Lee Burns and Braxton Brady, is a natural evolution of their original program, Building Boys, Making Men, a curriculum created by the authors for the 630 boys who attend Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the years, Burns and Brady, colleagues at PDS, have received numerous requests from youth leaders, pastors, parents, and teachers for access to the curriculum that was only available to the boys at PDS. Flight Plan is the answer to those many requests and the culmination of sixty years of research, mentoring, and ministry to more than 3,000 boys.

Throughout his career in education, PDS Chaplain Braxton Brady has learned that there is a void for young men that is not being taught. “I hope to call dads to be strategic with their kids and intentional with their boys, and I also want to help dads navigate their sons through middle school and high school on their way to adulthood,” says Brady.

Flight Plan uses the metaphor of a journey of flight to speak candidly to pre-teen and teen boys about friendships, peer pressure, drinking, drugs, girls and dating, puberty, sex, and school and family relationships. Like any sound flight plan, the book maps out the journey ahead giving practical advice for success and warnings for potential pitfalls any boy on his way to manhood is likely to encounter. The text strategically builds on seven biblically based virtues, “The True Friend,” “The Humble Hero,” “The Servant Leader,” “The Moral Motivator,” “The Bold Adventurer,” “The Noble Knight,” and “The Heart Patient.” Each chapter concludes with questions for reflection and discussion, making Flight Plan an ideal teaching tool for boys’ small groups, mentoring groups, Sunday school classes, fathers and sons, or simply individual study.

Co-author Lee Burns is the headmaster of Presbyterian Day School. His vision is to mentor boys not just academically, but from a life perspective“It’s important to know the person God wants us to be,” Burns says. “I believe God calls us into authentic manhood as we pursue His purpose and passion for our lives.

About The Authors:

The official Flight Plan website has an extensive bio on both Lee Burns and Braxton Brady. I encourage you to read them, and check out their blogs, as they were very informative.

My Review:

As a woman in my thirties, I remember growing up that there were a number of books for girls on how to be a Godly young woman, yet I never really remember seeing books like this for boys. In today's world though, there is a definite change. There are a ton of devotionals and books for young men to read in order to learn how to live a Godly life. Flight plan is one of these books. In my opinion, it is one that NEEDS to be read by all young men.

It is a wonderful guide for young men to check about with topics like dating, friends, drugs, sex and drinking and more. Written and organized in a very easy to read and understand manner, this is the perfect gift for any young man in your life, and also a great idea for parents of boys. Very strong scripturally and will give all readers a lot to process. It includes lots of discussion questions that are also thought provoking, and it completely relevant for boys today.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Flight Plan: Your Mission To Become A Man online here. It is also available through your local Christian bookseller

***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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