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Backbone: The Modern Man's Ultimate Guide to Purpose, Passion and Power

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  8 reviews
'David Wagner is a transformational teacher and dedicated leader on a committed path of service, guiding others to awaken to their inner wisdom and authentic power.'
Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of Miracles Now

You deserve the best of life.
And your life deserves the best of you.

What does it mean to be a powerful happy man in today s world?
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ebook, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Watkins Publishing
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Chris
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Heteronormative.
Hypermasculine.
Garbage.

I took about 10% of the good things away from this book. The rest... absolutely a waste of time. He has no clue how "real" men should work and bases the entirety of his teaching on how to be hypermasculine and enforce gender stereotypes in a society that is attempting to diverge from them.

I would recommend this to no one. I have had a series of Tweets to the author, and he hasn't responded yet. I'd be interested in talking to him about this, but I will not
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Tammy England
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a autistic man

I have autism, and after reading this it's my belief that this will help any man I started using the teachings in this book and I've been doing far better than I have ever been I've learned more from this book than 23 years of my 26 year old life I am actually happier than I thought was allowed for a person of my disability if I can improve my life you can too if you apply the lessons in this book please read this thing.
Darnell Alamgir
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Above average book with very practical information to use. I would recommend for your masculinity library!
Alex Butterman
It's okay and worth a read for men who have never taken a mans course or been part of a brotherhood. It's full of cliches about male dominance, assertion, responsibility and fatherhood/husbandry but well-written nonetheless. I like the concise format with a review and summary at the end of each chapter.

I can't say that this is earth-shattering or stuff I hadn't heard or thought of before, at least at age 50 and having experienced a divorce, but the book did a decent job of integrating and
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Katrina K
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

Even though I am not a man but a woman I found this book to be interesting and enlightening. I do plan on passing this book along. The book was a pretty quick read. It took about two days to read. I loved the size of the font. It wasn't too small and not too big. I can see this book being of help and popular with men and young men. This was a definitive good read. Something I would highly recommend.
Michelle Carrell
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
Honestly, I didn't finish it... I know, I know, I am not a guy so the book wasn't really tailored to me but I was hoping to actually gain something from it. But it really seemed like common sense and stuff that is regurgitated in magazines and on TV. It was just spiced up a bit with terminology and nice formatting.
Michael McCluskey
Interesting. A bit cultish for my taste, but for those needing to be raised, even after reaching adulthood, there are useful bits. I don't think there are masculine standards that we've forgotten, but personal standards are neglected. There is no across-the-board prescription.
M.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won it in a contest and read it for review but I very much enjoyed the zen approach to being a better man. It was a modern, direct and honest way to look at your life.
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David H Wagner is a spiritual teacher, men's group leader, and proud father who has dedicated his life to the exploration of personal transformation. He travels widely leading workshops and retreats for people from all walks of life from all over the world. He is the host of The Whole Manchilada Podcast, is a featured meditation teacher on Yogaglo.com, and serves on the faculties of Kripalu and ...more
“On this path, we are making a bet that underneath all of that, you are big and powerful and good. All of that power, that wisdom, and that excellence is your true nature. All you have to do is carve away and drop the bullshit.” 1 likes
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