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Boy to Successful Man: A Roadmap for Teens & Young Adults, by Rico Austin, Ph.D., and Dr. Suave Powers, is more than a book. This guide is a tool of wisdom and good choices that young boys and girls can carry with them and use as they head toward adulthood. With many good, moral chapters about thinking before you act and doing the right thing, this book can be a solid foundation for young readers who may have had some instability in their upbringing, some gaps in their role models, or need a compass for heading in a positive direction. Being a former social worker, one standout story to me is Chapter 16: How to Treat a Woman. This is just one of the examples of the wonderful, impactful life lessons you'll find within the book's pages.
Austin and Powers write with authority and experience as they impart some of life's most important truths to young, vulnerable people. If you're a young person on the margins, who feels out of place, frustrated, different, without purpose, or challenged, this book is for you. The authors have lived-experience that they pass on to younger generations, and this is the best kind. You'll find advice on proper behavior, how to avoid being judgmental, maintaining a non-violent attitude, how to be more successful, and more. This would be the perfect book to use in a classroom, support group, mentoring situation, or as a gift to a young person in need of guidance. If you've ever wondered where all the handbooks for growing up are, Boy to Successful Man by Rico Austin, Ph.D. and Dr. Suave Powers would be one of them.