“Get yourself a teacher, find yourself a friend, and judge everyone favorably.” With these words from the Pirkei Avot and a promise never to preach or offer easy answers, The JGuy’s Guide launches its readers on a thoughtful journey through the pressing issues of adolescence. Patterned after the Talmud, with multiple voices and opinions from the past and present, the reader encounters a rich array of counsel on such topics as identity, parents, making a difference, sex, and faith. These writings and probing questions help teens to formulate their own conclusions. Blank space is provided for personal reflection. The book’s guiding voice is that of Rabbi Meszler, whose long experience working with young men gives the opening narratives for each chapter the ring of authenticity. The JGuy’s Guide is addressed to teen boys and is well-suited for one-on-one and small group settings.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming