Teenage Guys

 In order to really meet their needs, youth workers  and parents need to fully understand the inner workings and development of adolescents guys. In his critically acclaimed book Teenage Guys, Dr. Steve Gerali unpacks the stages of development that teenage guys experience, providing illustrations culled from his years of experience as a youth pastor and clinical therapist, as well as practical research findings to equip youth workers (both male and female) to more effectively minister to teenage guys.

In Teenage Guys, you’ll get unflinching, no-holds-barred views of what it means to be a teenage guy in the 21st century, along with helpful suggestions on how to minister to teenage guys and their families, process the issues the teenage guys in your life face, and help and mentor them through this tumultuous time. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help you and other youth workers or parents groups to process through.


In addition to concepts like mentoring and rites of passage, Dr. Gerali also walks readers through:

  • Seven areas of development young guys go through.
  • Cognitive development: How a teenage guy’s mind works and develops
  • Social Development: what’s unique about the relationship between a guy and his family and friends, as they mold his masculine identity,
  • Emotional Development: challenges guys are facing today related to depression, suicide, violence, bullying, and substance use and abuse
  • Sexual Maturation: how guys move through puberty to maturity; his struggles with pornography, masturbation, sexual thought and arousal, and gender identity and confusion
  • Faith Formation: how guys accept, challenge, and internalize their beliefs

For men and women who work with teenage guys, this reference guide will open your eyes to what’s going on inside them. You’ll be better equipped to help them walk through adolescence toward becoming mature, confident, Christian men.


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