See what readers of "Winning Back Our Boys" have to say...
“With the right mindset and mentorship, young men can accomplish anything they desire. Parents and teachers now have the tools to help them do just that with Cannon’s book”
Bob Proctor, Featured in The Secret
"Winning Back Our Boys is intriguing, inspiring, and informative. It offers
solutions that many parents and teachers are desperately seeking."
Michael Gurian, Author of THE MINDS OF BOYS and THE PURPOSE OF BOYS
“Winning Back Our Boys is a valuable new contribution to the small but growing genre of books concerned with the essential psychological, educational, social, and parenting needs of boys and young men. It is very well researched and written with clarity and passion. It's ease of reading readily gives anyone concerned with assisting the well being of boys useful insights and helpful guidance.”
Aaron Kipnis, Ph.D.
Author of: Angry Young Men: How Parents Teachers and Counselors can Help "Bad Boys" Become Good Men. and: Knights Without Armor
“Operation HOPE applauds Chris Cannon on his new book, “Winning Back Our Boys” and hails it an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, mentors, family friends and anyone who is trying to help a child headed in the wrong direction. It’s never too late for HOPE.”
Founder, Chairman and CEO Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant
"Chris Cannon is a hero at the front lines of saving our boys. In clear and direct language, propelled by common sense and compassion, Cannon offers solutions that, if followed will help us to win back our boys and secure for them a safe and successful future."
San Antonio Express-News Columnist
“Winning back our Boys is the answered 911 call that parents and teachers have been frantically dialing. It gives practical, yet powerful solutions that can be used in everyday situations by adults dealing with young men.”
Retired Professor of African American Studies
University of Texas San Antonio
“As a father of three boys I applaud Cannon’s effort to help parent’s and teachers guide our future men to a brighter tomorrow.”
Gerry Robert, Bestselling Author of the Millionaire Mindset
"As a man who has witnessed firsthand the cultural war that is being waged against our nation’s youth, it is truly refreshing to know that "watchmen" like Chris are still manning their posts. From his perspective as a national youth advocate and a passionate father, Chris boldly unveils the issues and challenges facing children today, while offering practical solutions on how to address them. This book is a vital resource for those who have sons or interact with young men on any level."
David Mahan, CEO of Frontline Youth Communications
"In a day when our society aggressively purports a flawed logic tainted by an equally flawed, "politically correct" ideology for identifying the causes, and finding solutions to the continually growing problem of reaching young men who find themselves without hope, Chris continues bringing his insight and hands on experience into play by accurately defining causes, effects, and viable solutions into this arena that work. In my current 40 years of working with young people, it is refreshing to read a work that is practical, yet not trivial, and one which also brings a renewed sense of direction, and plan of action to our desires for success. This book is a "must read" for anyone who seriously wants to make a difference in the lives of young men."
Administrator, Teacher/Counselor, Youth Minister
Chris Cannon has created a great tool to help in the daily battle of teaching boys to become productive young men. As an employee in an Urban School District, it is plain to see the factors that contribute to young men taking the wrong forks in the road. Chris brings to light the numerous factors starting from childhood that lead to the mental, emotional and physical destruction of our young men. On a personal level, I was forced to deal with some of my very own personal feelings and the reasons I had them. This book is also a great tool for not only identifying and understanding problems, but it also provides answers and root causes. I think every man who works with young men should read this book. Not only to assist and understand, but also to grasp the reasons behind our own insecurities about being productive men in today’s world.
Michael Fleming, High School Teacher
It is rare that I read an entire book in one day. However, I could not put this book down. It communicated vital information in such an interesting and powerful way that I was compelled to not stop reading it until I reached the end. Mr. Cannon puts forth a plethora of facts that are completely sobering regarding the forces that are against youth today. The good news is, he does not stop there, but he shares useful tools that any parent can immediately put into practice with their children. It is easy to be a bearer of what all is wrong with the world, but it takes a man of courage to challenge you and convey what you can do about it. I must mention I do not have any children, yet I was still deeply impacted by this book.
Chef Tracey (San Antonio, TX)
This book needs to be in the hands of every educator, principal, superintendent, pastor, youth leader, and most of all every young man struggling to find his place in society. I have been asked to give the public address to a group of school administrators in one of the counties I serve. They are having a back to school rally and all the teachers and administrators will be there. I am going to recommend your book as mandatory reading material for the teachers. I am considering putting together a PowerPoint of what I have learned from the book in order to convey your point to the audience.
Eric Love, Coordinator of Youth program in East Texas
My 13-year-old son and I read this book independently. This allowed us an opportunity to discuss the material weekly over dinner and stimulated numerous conversations regarding peer pressure, becoming focused, responsible for one’s own actions, manhood, and raising our level of expectation. This book definitely raised my level of awareness, as well as, my son’s. As we both continue to grow. We appreciate the effort and level of information prepared in the text. The author is unique in his frank explanations and as a result, my son and I will move through the remainder of the teenage years with greater emphasis on priorities and open communication to assure that he becomes a young man of positive influence.
Elise Buggs (Ann Arbor, MI)
Chris Cannon explains why so many of our young men get into trouble starting at early ages, and writes a prescription on how to stop this epidemic. Anyone interested in the future of our children, our educational system, or our society in general will not be able to put this book down.
Beatrice Tumbleweed (Montana)
Chris Cannon really knows this generation and cuts through all the hurts, deception and misunderstanding with the truth and he tells it like it is because he's been there. He's shares a message that can penetrate even the toughest youth.
George Duncan President Eagles Nest Learning Center, Boston, MA
"Having worked with youth for the last 15 years, I have benefited immensely from reading Chris Cannon's book, as well as, personal interaction with him. Chris not only has a heart for young men, but an understanding of how to effectively communicate to them and to the adult leaders who influence their lives. I look forward, with much anticipation, to learning more from his next offering."
As the father for 2 boys, I have always wondered; is there a difference in the way our society treats boys and girls? And if there is a difference what can we do to assist boys in their development? Author Chris Cannon capsules this dilemma via statistical analysis, and common sense observation. “Winning Back our Boys” is the ultimate examination into what ails our boys., and offers practical solutions.
DonQCitizen, Partners in Crime talk show host
Your book was such a big help at the right time because I was definitely struggling with parenting my sons. It was the how-to book that I had been looking for. So many books give you the psychology run around, yours was refreshingly straightforward and real. I've incorporated it and now, my 11 yr old is doing great in 5 th grade. He's learning to make friends while staying close to what he values. My 6 yr old had a rough time and was the youngest kid in alternative school. But now, after getting out of alternative school early because his behavior improved so dramatically, he has had a smiley face on his report every day. Thank you!
Aimee Knight Hondo, TX
“This book constitutes a solution focused approach with a powerful presentation. It possesses a rationale that will awaken the consciousness of anyone interested in the welfare of the young male.”
Cpl. Carla Wilson LMSW – Therapist, Author and Motivational Speaker
See what readers of "Diagnosing the Destruction of Young Men" have to say...
A Must Read
It is rare that I read an entire book in one day. However, I could not put this book down. It communicated vital information in such an interesting and powerful way that I was compelled to not stop reading it until I reached the end. Mr. Cannon puts forth a plethra of facts that are completely sobering regarding the forces that are against youth today. The good news is, he does not stop there, he shares useful tools that any parent can immediately put into practice with their children. It is easy to be a bearer of what all is wrong with the world, but it takes a man of courage to challenge you and convey what you can do about it. I must mention, I do not have any children, yet I was still deeply impacted by this book.
Needs Saying ... Needs Hearing ... Needs Action
No Child Left Behind is yet ANOTHER in a series of serious failures of our government to attempt a rescue of the educational system. NCLB does NOT teach the material, nor touch the applications or implications of the literature, math and social science skills required. Chris's book goes point by point over our social history pre- and post-NCLB. He also points out serious deficits from his own personal classroom teaching experience, penal system counselling, and current ministry. The real issue, he points out, is the "slavery" social system in this country that ENFORCES (and therefore literally FEEDS) a steady stream of failed children and young adults into programs to keep social workers, special ed teachers, law enforcement, the penal system, pharmaceutical companies and the doctors who prescribe those meds to our children busy in their jobs, productive, in power and in full control. Immigrants, lower/middle class minorities and the poor of all stripes don't stand a chance ... unless we ALL wake up and demand truly revolutionary change. I enjoyed the current research, his energetic speaking style, and the urgent, though not strident, tone. After reading this book, I was asking myself: "How do I get OFF this bus?"