by David H Wagner
Longtime colleague and friend David H. Wagner has found his voice, in Backbone. This modern guide for men is precise, practical, and poignant, with just the right balance of profanity and poise.
Meant to serve men as a guidebook (but I’ve found it pretty enlightening as a woman, regarding my man and his needs), it’s welcoming, introspective and transformative all at once. David asks our men to inquire about their lineage, their examples of masculinity and manhood. He challenges and redefines the meaning of the word “King,” which leads to clearer self-knowledge and more potent self-respect.
David reminds his reader to remain teachable, and that studentship is great power. He addresses the importance of a conscious awareness of sex, masculine beauty, and loving deeply. He takes a thorough walk through the “inner enemies” – the qualities and opinions that keep men from their vision – and then offers antidotes to those states.
This is a brilliant conversation starter, a healthy opening for couples, and a good grounding for all men, with spiritual wisdom, emotional intelligence and real tools to build a purposeful vision for life.
I can already see I’m going to be giving many copies of this book as gifts.