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Wrestling with Adulthood

Wrestling with Adulthood

Unitarian Universalist Men Talk About Growing Up

What does it take to become a man? To travel the distance from boyhood to adulthood? Eleven Unitarian Universalist men look back at the experience, boldly exploring the challenges and the choices of their journey.

Editor: Ken Beldon

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Ken Beldon, James Coomes, Erik Kesting, Joseph Santos-Lyons, Anthony David, Kent Matthies, Forrest Gilmore, Greg Pelley, Nathan Ryan, Scott Gerard Prinster and Manish K. Mishra talk openly about their own experiences becoming adults-relationships with parents, children, and spouses and partners, as well as the search for a calling. What unites these stories is their authors' commitment to justice, love, compassion and the kind of self-understanding and wisdom it takes to make yourself a better person. Here are young Unitarian Universalist men boldly and honestly exploring the challenges they faced while growing up and the choices they made.
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Foreword by Neil Chethik

Introduction by Ken Beldon

Younger Than That Now by Ken Beldon

Caught in the Whirlwind by James Coomes

The Larger World by Erik Kesting

Being the Change I Want to See by Joseph Santos-Lyons

Wrestling Matches by Anthony David

Receiving Grace by Kent Matthies

Longing for Adulthood by Forrest Gilmore

A Path Diverted by Greg Pelley

Getting Ready for the Real World by Nathan Ryan

The Ties That Bind by Scott Gerard Prinster

The Call of Self by Manish K. Mishra

Discussion Questions

My friend's words were exactly what I needed. They were simple and direct and reached way down inside me to soothe me where I felt the worst: "Remember, we're both only thirty-three, and a good deal of the important stuff that's going to happen to us in this life hasn't happened yet." His words were a saving grace, a reminder that what seemed to be a life sentence might one day be lifted. Eventually I'd be okay.

—from "Younger Than That Now" by Ken Beldon

"Ken Beldon and the fine crew he has assembled here prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that liberating our inner adult beats the daylights out of coddling our inner child."

—Forrest Church, author, So Help Me God, and minister of public theology, Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City

"As a seasoned veteran of 35 years in the men's movement in our Unitarian Universalist ranks, I was heartened by the gutsy and transformative stories of my younger brothers captured in this splendid volume. We're all blessed to be turning over the globe to these maturing men and their supportive sisters."

—Tom Owen-Towle, author of Brother-Spirit and Save the Males

"What makes this collection so valuable? Most of all, it's the honesty. These are not the puff-chested boasts of macho men, nor the whining of the defeated. They are, rather, a well-kneaded blend of troubles and triumphs, directly from men who have experienced both."

—Neil Chethik, author, VoiceMale

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