Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive by Gregory L. Jantz and Michael Gurian with Ann McMurray (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2013. 228 pp)

Gregory Jantz is a nationally certified psychologist with a doctorate in counseling psychology. The author of more than twenty books, he regularly counsels parents and children of all ages to develop communication strategies, strengthen family bonds, and raise healthy kids.

Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor noted for his secular expertise in brain science and his bridge-building in faith communities. He is a New York Times best-selling author of more than two dozen books, including The Wonder of Boys.

Gave It a Shot

As a newly minted father of a boy, I’ll willingly admit that every day is a learning experience. My boy is 7 months old. I’ve got 7 months of parenting experience. I welcome advice when it’s given; we try our best to provide a loving, safe environment.

So I’ll gladly give any book on parenting a shot.

Raising Boys by Design is a book on parenting focused on the intersection between the Christian faith and science. I was wary—and for good reason—about its Christian roots, as many books on gender head the way of complementarianism rather quickly.

Even though the authors point out on many occasions that not all boys and girls adhere to normal gender stereotypes, the authors then proceed to explain parenting techniques based on those stereotypes.


For this reason, I did not finish Raising Boys by Design. I find it difficult to proceed with a book that operates under the assumption that most boys will be a certain way, when in all my relationships, the boys and men I’ve known are all over the map.

I abandoned the book relatively early and I welcome any feedback if my early deductions are in fact, false. But for the time being, this book is going back to the shelf.

Verdict: Incomplete

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