Book recommendations for a young man?

Asked: Book recommendations for a young man?

I'm a 19 year old boy and hitting a point in my life where I feel that I have to undergo a transformation and become a man. I was thinking about a talk that I heard from a guy named David DeAngelo that touched on tribal rituals and initiations into manhood from South America and Africa, involving circumcision, 300 style survival in the wilderness and Hallucinogens, all processes of facilitating the major identity change into the institutions and structures of manhood and all of its values.

I feel a sense of lacking in my life of a presence of this path, and I can tell that a lot of my friends who are my age and even older are in similar places and are unconsciously trying to find something but are ending up defaulting to using inadequate substitutions like college to fill the void of a very ancient thing from our collective human past. So if anyone has a book that they recommend, a worthwhile experience that someone like me could seek out or even a bit of personal wisdom that resonates with this I would be grateful and I'm sure a lot of other young men on the internet would be too.

Thank you for your consideration and your time.


A book I recommend, "Hanes 4 Life"
Try reading or listening to Eckhart Tolle
Why not try 'Questions Young People Ask, Answers that Work', found on the wesite of our .
Kind regards, Gunter
Did you think about maybe getting a job?Trancedental experiences and transformative journies into manhood are great and all, but they don't pay the bills.Just a thought.

But if you're really looking for a worthwhile experience, you should visit someplace beautiful in nature, hike/camp around and just take in the natural wonders of our planet.You don't even have to leave the United States for this.

Read Gibbon's The Declne and Fall of Rome.Compare the world today with yesterday.Decide what if anything has changed or improved.
Catcher in the rye
If you need someone else to tell you whether or not you are mature, you are not mature.

Two books everyone should read at some point in their lives are Robert Graves' The White Goddess, and Michael Lewis' The English Verb.

But I think you might find both of them comfortably beyond your abilities.

Young People Ask, Volume 1 (yp1) :
Young People Ask, Volume 2 (yp2) :

"Remember, now, your Grand Creator in the days of your young manhood, before the calamitous days proceed to come, or the years have arrived when you will say: I have no delight in them (…) The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the [true] God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole [obligation] of man. 14For the [true] God himself will bring every sort of work into the judgment in relation to every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad" (Ecclesiastes 12:1,13,14. Bible).

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry will show you that you are lucky and blessed and the world is a difficult place for most to live in so live a life of compassion and care for your fellow man.
Harry Potter and the methods of rationality, see
Almost everything Phil K. Dick ever wrote.
On the road (Kerouac) (Online community, dedicated to thinking correctly and how to reach good decisions)
The C++ Programming Language(by Bjarne Stroustrup )

And yet, I don't think reading will ever get you there. I am about forty years old, I read more than three thousand books, I have two kids and still do not feel really grown up. I am a man, my hair starts getting gray, the wrinkles in my face are getting deeper and I still feel like fifteen on the inside.

A friend of mine has been through this training and is using his knowledge to help others with initiations.

Read all of the New Testament Bible. It will change your life.

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