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Book Reviews and Suggested Reading
to Christos Center, the Online presence of Christos: A Center
for Men. This Center started in 1993 to promote a dialogue among
men to explore a new model of manhood in Western, post-industrial
society. This dialogue is based on the assumption that the old,
patriarchal model of manhood no longer works for men.
word christos comes from Greek, and it means blessed or anointed.
My assumption is that every man is called to perform a significant
work in his life, and is given the talents to complete that work.
The Center has been a meeting space for men to listen for that call,
with the help of other men. This site will hopefully be a larger
crossroads where men can help each other find their anointed direction.
dialogue at the Center over these last years has motivated me to
write a book on the psychological, emotional and spiritual journey
toward manhood. The book is called Toward
Manhood. I have now started a second book that continues a description
of a man's psychospiritual path, called The
Spirituality of Initiation. Every month, I will publish a chapter,
or a part of a chapter, of this second book on this site. Feel free
to download or print out these chapters. Feel freer to comment and
suggest revisions. Past chapters are Archived
through links. Possible next steps are outilined on the Eldering
months there will also be a Thoughts
page. These will be random ideas that I have thought of, or guests
have thought of, that relate to themes in the book. There will also,
periodically, be a new
Book Review page describing a book mentioned in that month's
chapter. A Bibliography
page is linked to the book review and lists all the books and authors
covered in Toward Manhood. All these books are suggested for any
man wanting to explore these ideas further. Comments on any of these
pages will be warmly accepted, especially about any of the reviewed
page called Visions
and Voices is a sacred space where men can share the poetry,
fiction, photographs, and drawings that reflect their inner journey.
Submissions gratefully accepted