Friday, February 4, 2011

Book "Flight Plan" by Lee Burns and Braxton Brady

About the Book: A life of greater possibilities, potentials and passions awaits the emerging young man. Flight Plan is a resource and source of instruction and encouragement for boys, their parents, and other adults who work with boys. This book is written with the aim of offering boys a vision and definition of manhood before they get there, a framework for considering the challenges of adolescence, and tools and strategies for making healthy and appropriate choices during those years.

About the Authors:
Lee Burns - Lee Burns serves as headmaster of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), an independent school serving over 630 boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis.
A Chattanooga, Tennessee, native, Burns graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, and he earned his master’s degree in educational administration at Harvard. He has also studied at the London School of Economics and worked at a law firm in New York City. Prior to being appointed PDS headmaster in 2000, he served as a teacher, coach and administrator at Christ School in North Carolina and as the Director of Day Student Admission at the McCallie School in Chattanooga. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and as Vice-President of the Elementary School Headmasters Association (a group of approximately 200 headmasters around the country), and he is a member of the Country Day School Headmasters Association and the Visionary Heads Group. He served as a task force member to help the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) develop Principles of Good Practice for Middle School Educators. He has been a presenter at annual conferences of the National Association of Independent Schools, the International Boys’ School Coalition, the Educational Records Bureau, and the Elementary School Headmaster Association.
Mr. Burns has been an avid tennis player, winning six state championships as a junior or adult and is a former All-American player. He still enjoys tennis, squash, and most any sport, as well as reading and writing. He has authored a book on a boy’s journey to manhood, Flight Plan: Your Mission To Become A Man.
He is married to Sarah, and they have three children. They are members of Second Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a deacon.
Braxton Brady - Braxton Brady serves as Chaplain of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), an independent school serving over 630 boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis.
Brady, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from Memphis University School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis. He is currently completing his master’s degree in theological studies from Covenant Theological Seminary. Before coming to PDS in 2004, he served as Bible teacher, athletic director, and assistant principal at Central Day School in Collierville.
Mr. Brady has served on the boards of various inner city ministries in Memphis. He is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, a program that helps disciple and develop spiritual leaders in the city of Memphis. He is the founder of Strategic Dads, a ministry that seeks to provide fathers with practical ways to disciple their sons and lead their families.
Braxton loves the city of Memphis and the University of Memphis. He enjoys spending time with his family, serving in the inner city, watching the Tigers football and basketball teams and playing golf when there is an opportunity. Braxton is married to Carrie and they have three children (Preston, Bennett and Emma Sanders). They are members of Fellowship Memphis Church.

My Review: This is a very well written book with general guidelines on how to pursue the life of a godly man.
The authors try to cover most of the common problems facing a teenager boy, the choices he must make to be "accepted" by his peers and they propose some situation and ask which would be the correct action for that situation. Those situations vary from peer pressure to myths we should not believe, the search of a true friend, virtues we should develop, problems with drinking, drugs and pornography, and also sex. Everything is discussed and  what the proper action should be taken is proposed.
After every chapter there is a set of "Questions for Reflection and Discussion". There is a total of eleven chapters in this book and the analogy with a real flight situation is very much appropriate.
Excellent reading for a young boy, but nevertheless good also for grown up readers, because it is never too late to change courses. It would have been wonderful if this book was available many years ago.
B&B Media Group were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their blogger book review program. Thanks to the authors for this excellent book!
If you are reading this review, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

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