Reviews for Ultimate Guys' Body Book : Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body


Booklist Reviews 2012 April #2
This book provides a summary, from a Christian perspective, of the many changes wrought by adolescence on boys. Topics are covered in a question-and-answer format, each spanning three to five pages, thereby making the information easily digestible for kids. Subjects covered include acne, tattoos, piercings, differences in body types, and a host of sexual issues. In many ways, the answers provided are similar to the information in manuals that approach the subject from a secular perspective, and the author adopts the reassuring avuncular tone common to these books. Supporting Bible verses are frequently quoted, and topics such as homosexuality, venereal disease, and the use of contraceptives are not mentioned. The black-and-white illustrations, featuring gawky boys with quizzical or mock-terrified looks on their faces, help to keep things light. No index is included, but the short chapters can quickly be scanned in the table of contents. Parents and boys who prefer to approach these topics from a religious point of view will find this useful. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 February #2
"Dr. Walt" offers advice with a Christian perspective for boys wondering about their bodies as they enter puberty. More specifically, this is a volume aimed at Christian fathers of boys ages 10 to 13, so fathers can be ready with answers to sometimes tricky questions. Topics are covered through 30 questions on how boys' bodies change, how much sleep is necessary, what if friends try alcohol, how to avoid pornography, what's wrong with tattoos and body piercings and even three questions about testicles. It's purportedly information readers can trust, presented "through the lens of a biblical worldview," all reviewed by the Christian Medical Association. God is the common denominator behind all answers here. Differences in penis size? It's "the way God designed each one of us." Masturbation? "Sexual fantasies are forbidden for Christians." In Larimore's perspective, "God invented sex," but only "to be experienced between a husband and a wife in marriage." Parents wanting to stay within the confines of Christian doctrine will find this volume informative. Other readers may want to go elsewhere to find a guide more open to a more encompassing worldview. A useful guide for readers wanting a Christian look at boys' physical and sexual development. (note to parents, appendices, afterword) (Nonfiction. 10-13) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 May

Gr 6-8--Prescribed by the author as a "resource for Christian parents, especially the dads of young men ages ten to thirteen," Body Book is meant to serve in any of three ways: as a guide for parents about how to address their sons' questions regarding puberty, as a book that a father and son can study together, or simply as a handbook parents can choose to present to a boy as he faces the changes of adolescence. Bible passages pepper the text and the importance of sexual abstinence until marriage, sobriety, and avoidance of temptation is stressed throughout, but the author successfully avoids sounding sententious. Instead, humorous illustrations, diverting sidebars, and an informal tone help lighten up potentially uncomfortable topics like acne, body odor, jock itch, erections, wet dreams, pornography, and the question of whether or not it's a sin to masturbate. The book concludes with a chapter stressing that real manhood has nothing to do with physical development but is, instead, measured by an abiding faith and mature moral comportment. A good choice for libraries that want to provide guidance on male adolescence in a conservative Christian context.--Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI

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VOYA Reviews 2012 June
Serving as a counterbalance to the many books on puberty that strive for objectivity, The Ultimate Guys' Body Book is presented specifically for a Christian audience. Larimore, well known to his fan base, writes with reassurance as he explains the basic biological changes of male puberty. He suggests that this book be used by fathers of boys entering puberty to talk about some of the sensitive issues. All of his advice is rooted in biblical interpretation. While some families will appreciate his approach, not all of his advice will work for every Christian family. Certain issues, such as tattoos or masturbation, are discussed with equanimity. Larimore assails other issues with thunderbolt in hand. Premarital sex, for example, "can cause true, lasting, painful mental consequences, including depression, low self-esteem, guilt, and even despair" (p. 141). Pornography is ill-advised but understandably difficult to avoid since so many young women are "not being modest" (p. 146). Homosexuality is conspicuously unaddressed. For families that adhere to Larimore's expression of Christianity, the book is indeed a godsend. Other Christian families may want to use this book for the biological information and as a springboard for further discussion on religious values. For those looking to prepare boys for the changes of puberty without the Christian emphasis, try Kelli Dunham's The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU (Applesauce Press, 2007) or My Body, My Self for Boys (William Morrow, 2007/VOYA December 2007) by Lynda and Area Madaras.--Paula Gallagher 3Q 2P M J Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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