Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Dare to Grow Up

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book Review - Dare to Grow Up

About the Book
What is maturity? People often think it’s something that you gain over the years, feeling that if you live long enough, you’ll end up a mature person. But it’s an achievement, one that not only takes time, of course, but effort and courage as well.

Paul Dunion compares this process of growing up to the cultivation of crops: “Some seed can simply be tossed about and regardless of light, water and nutrients, this seed will prevail and come of age,” he says. “The rest of us resemble the seed in need of stewardship, where attention needs to be paid to weeding, watering and enriching the ground that holds us.”

If, with much effort, and the help of others, we remain open to the mysteries of life, enriching ourselves with all living has to offer, then we may begin to learn who we were meant to become.

About the Author
Paul Dunion is a psychological healer and philosopher committed to promoting the understanding of life as a mysterious, insecure, and unpredictable journey. He offers individual and couples sessions, groups and workshops aimed at deepening a capacity to receive the mystery of life and accept ourselves as those who have chosen to travel such an odyssey.

Often described as an eclectic mystic, Paul teaches how to make peace with mystery. His teachings focus on what it means to be on the descended path, which can be characterized as a commitment to personal accountability, carrying one’s truth with compassion and viewing life as a powerful initiation into personal depths. Paul’s special interests include supporting couples to fully experience the initiation of their marriages and building communities where men can be welcomed into the depths of their maturity.

As for building communities with men, in 1992 he founded Boys to Men, a mentoring program for teenage boys in Norwich, CT. Also, he is the Founder of COMEGA, the semi-annual Connecticut Men’s Gathering.

Writing is one of Paul’s gifts.The first book he published is Temptation in the House of the Lord, focusing on his understanding of Clerical Incest. In 2006 he completed his second book, entitled Shadow Marriage—A Descent into Intimacy which offers a unique perspective on the initiation of marriage. Dare to Grow Up—Learn to Become Who You Are Meant to Be is his latest book, a roadmap challenging us to a deepening of maturity, not commonly found in our culture. Paul’s next book Path of the Novice Mystic will be completed soon. It explores dynamic, alternative ways to relate to Mystery with the major theme of clarifying what it means to create union with self, life and the Divine.

Paul believes that our primary spiritual task is learning how our wills can dance rhythmically with fate, ever revealing the uniqueness of the person we call ourselves.

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My Take on the Book
The author’s writing is fresh and engaging and encourages you to truly think about the process of maturity into adulthood. The book presents an interesting way of incorporating factual stories and allows the reader to truly understand the “life” processes people go through. Of special interest are the poems interspersed in the book. The book itself is quite unique and allows for the reader to think about maturity in a completely different way. A great book that I would highly encourage others to read. It'll make you reconsider your own thoughts on maturity and adulthood.

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