“Wise Guys” by Kent Evans

Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around YouWise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around You by Kent Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about mentorship. And The Princess Bride. But mostly mentorship. The author takes metaphors and parables and brings them to the reader to help them get the bigger picture – the wise guys. The main problem here is the lack of fatherhood, the author asserts (and something I can definitely agree with). Having an overall lack of a father figure in my own life, I often find myself asking if I’m “man enough” to raise my children, etc., and I’m not alone. Fatherhood, as the author argues, has been obliterated. It needs a comeback. But for those who it is too late to have that comeback in their own youth, they need to learn the art of mentorship, and art discussed in this book. The author takes the audience to task with the stats on how all social issues today have a father factor in play, and the somber reality that the father figure is more necessary than anyone could realize (on a spiritual note, if HaShem is Abba, then this would make a lot of sense of the necessity of the role).

The purpose of this book is not to help the reader understand the author’s intention or life story. Neither is it to gather something “to learn” from the title. Rather, the purpose is singular: to re-instill in the male reader the need to journey through life with other men and to seek counsel from other men. The need to learn how to learn from other men. The realization that not having a father figure in one’s youth does not remove a father figure in one’s adulthood. The acceptance that not having a dad does not mean not having a father, because there are other men that can help fill that need. These goals, these purposes, are of great benefit to the male reader, and this book is best for any male that struggled with having a father figure or need to learn how to be one themselves. I bet that counts most of us in. The author writes convincingly and in an easy prose to read along, so what’s the harm in spending one’s afternoon seeing what the full book as to say?

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