“Through his narrative, he weaves the questions and answers men must confront in a shifting paradigm of what and who exactly a man is to be in our modern world. What are the rules for conduct at work, at home, and in society? I would recommend this book for anyone with a young man in their life – whether it be a family member or in your role as a professional in order to gain a glimpse into the competing expectations placed before men today.”
“I first met Jim at his book release on December 2, 2011 in Port Colborne, curious to hear about his new book “A Man’s Work Is Never Done” as I thought it may relate to my experiences volunteering as a big brother (thru the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara Agency). Two minutes into the release party, I found a huge connection between myself, my little brother and the characters in the book. Everything Jim was saying about the character’s traits, challenges and successes I could relate to.
I have a great respect for Jim, his work and talent to share knowledge thru his books. I would recommend this book to any parent, friend, mentor, social worker, or big brother/sister who is looking to further their understanding of how the children in their lives tick. The title is “A Man’s Work Is Never Done”, and the book explains the “work” perfectly.”
President - Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara
"As a physician who deals with families of every description I see a strong role for literature such as this and room for so many other works that help us raise our children.
I would recommend this book to fathers, grandfathers, mentors and all men who work with boys and teens.
I think mothers and grandmothers will find this book of interest as they understand the unique role that men have in passing on tradition and wisdom from one generation to the next. Some knowledge can only be passed on from one man to the next without our involvement.
A Man’s Work Is Never Done. . . could easily serve as a small group book study, focus for a men’s workshop, basis for a lecture and discussion series and could be used in individual counselling among men, particularly with traumatic backgrounds, addiction histories or absent father figures in their life.
In reading A Man’s Work is Never Done I have come to understand some of the things my son requires only his father can give to him. I respect more fully the integral role fathers play in shaping their son’s transition to manhood."
Amanda Bell, BArtsSc, MD,FCFP
Family Physician - Port Colborne, Ontario
“I found this book clearly laid out issues that, not only young men but adult men as well, struggle with regularly. The author deals with them in a step by step approach within the context of a story that more than held my interest. You could read this book a chapter at a time or as a continuous read-either way is impactful. This is a must read for single parents, co-parents, young men who question their place in todays society, teachers, professionals and anyone else who is interested in not only understanding what is happening in the world for men currently but for those truly wanting to learn how to support and assist them in this time of uncertainty. It will benefit all. The timing of this book is perfect.”
"I, the undersigned and on this date, grant James Cloughley, or agents, use of the following statement or any part of the statement as a testimonial in support of the authors book called:
A Man’s Work Is Never Done: A Novel About Mentoring Our Sons
Male clients of today would benefit from the wisdom in this book. Men need role models which are often non-existent in their lives. Jim’s book would be a great resource for men in my practice but young men overall today. Great Work Jim."
Roxanne Derhodge BSc., MSc.,
“The book is an insightful read into the mind of a man. And yes, I thought I had it all figured out before I had read the book! It brought sensitivity and understanding into the ‘why and how’ of the every day actions and thoughts of our male counterparts. As I was reading, I could feel myself questioning some of my own actions and assessments of men. I truly read a different aspect of the male mind.
The symbolism of the front porch allowed me to evaluate my current relationship with my spouse, giving us both a discerning understanding of why things happen in our own lives.
Our lives are built on relationships and having the power to understand them is a gift. Jim has this gift and relays that through his story.”
Defining manhood is a serious issue in the modern world. What does it mean to be a man, and how do we mentor young males into manhood when many are being raised – as I was in an earlier generation – without significant male influences in their lives? In “A Man’s Work Is Never Done: A Novel About Mentoring Our Sons,” Jim Cloughley tackles this question head-on, in novel form, as he helps a troubled young neighbour understand what it is to be a man, and in the process learns as much about himself and the meaning and purpose of his own life as he teaches his protege. Whether male or female, young or old, this book will help you understand more fully the process of growing into manhood, and the importance of having strong role models and mentors to help along the way.
Rev. Steven Davis, B.A., M.Div., R.N.G.