Monday, April 20, 2009

A New Conversation With Men

"I think your message is very current, important, and much in need today. If we can get just a few more men to hear your message, and ask them to pass it on, pay it forward and walk the talk, maybe just maybe we can reach some of those lost men, brothers and son’s".
Debra Owsley

Introduction to the phenomenal new book "A New Conversation With Men"

Introduce us to mission behind writing your book, A New Conversation with Men.

I fervently believe that the greatest challenge we face in this country is to redefine masculinity. What I mean is that we must empower men to embrace new ways of being men in todays fast paced ever-changing world. If we can engage men in this new conversation I believe we can begin eradicating things like high divorce rates, poverty, domestic abuse and addictions. These issues are tearing at the fabric of America and can not be resolved through political means. These issues are emotional, psychological and spiritual, they are not political so we cannot expect politicians to resolve them. What is needed is a new conversation with men because dialog is always the foundation of change. This book is creating a much needed dialog amongst men that I believe will begin transforming their lives in positive ways.

--- What are 3 words that sum up your book.

The three words that sum up this book are Responsibility, Accountability and Integrity. When a man takes complete responsibility for his life there is nothing that can stop him from living his dreams, If a man holds himself accountable for his actions then he never feels victimized by his external surroundings, and when he lives from a place of personal integrity and empowerment he becomes the master of his own destiny.

--- How long did it take you to write?

It is difficult for some people to believe but I wrote the entire book in only 32 days. But you must understand that there is more than twenty years of growth and experience included in these pages.

--- How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?

Approximately twenty years ago I asked myself a very simple question. The question was, "What does it mean to be a man?" This is the question that I have been attempting to answer and I'm sure most men have asked themselves at one time or another. It is a very important question that I believe my book actually answers, as a result of this question I came up with the title A New Conversation With Men.

--- How would you describe the genre in which you do most of your writing?

Most people would call it nonfiction self-help. I call it Transformational Education.

--- What motivated you to start writing in this genre? Will you branch out later with other books?
I have always been an avid reader and the majority of the books I read are non-fiction personal development type books. I only read about things that educate and motivate me to be a better person so I choose to write about the same things. I have committed to writing at least five more books in my lifetime. I already have titles and chapter outlines for these upcoming books. I will complete the follow up to this book before the end of 2009.

--- What, for you, was the most profound chapter?

As a writer I don't see the book as individual chapters. I view it as a single expression of creativity. Therefore neither chapter is more profound than another although the chapters on The Five Illusions of Manhood and Transformation are the most important chapters in my opinion.

--- Would women find interest in this book?

I've actually had more women read the book than men. Although the book is targeted to men the message actually transcends gender. The content provides fuel for contemplation for men and women and I think it's important for both sexes to engage in this new conversation. Women have told me that they learned a lot about themselves from the book even though they purchased it for the men in their lives.

--- What makes your book stand out and would make a reader pick it up?

I believe men are hungry for something new and different. They want to be empowered and they want specific strategies to help them improve their lives. This book does just that. It provides concrete action steps for any man who is ready for positive change in his life. It is written in a very conversational style that is easy to comprehend and relate to.

--- Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?

It's important that we recognize the importance of this new conversation. Because we live in a male dominated culture, most people will assume that there isn't a need for this type of book. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reason this book is so important is because the current male culture simply isn't working. If we really want to resolve the majority of the social issues affecting our country we must get to the "cause" of the problem. I believe the cause is an antiquated male culture that needs to evolve to a more loving, caring and compassionate culture. When we create this cultural shift I believe the world will become a better place.

Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life."

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