New Book Provides Sage Advice to Young Men Without Father Figures

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Educator M.R. Pickard shares the influential impact her father had on her with the next generation

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I want to help mothers, guardians and young men start conversations about what it really means to be a man.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services children who grow up in fatherless homes are twice as likely to drop out of school and twice as likely to end up in jail at some point in their lives.

Luckily for Maryanne Pickard she grew up with a phenomenal father, who provided her with sage advice, guidance and support. As a teacher she became fully aware of the lucky straw she pulled. She has tried to help pass her father’s wisdom onto the next generation of young men who seem to have become lost in a world where the media has no limits.

Pickard’s new book, “Agape,” collects her late father’s life lessons and wisdom to be shared with a broader audience. Finding a positive role model for children can be extremely difficult, so Pickard hopes this new book can help parents, teachers or even older siblings set a good example.

“I wanted to help mothers, guardians and young men start conversations about what it really means to be a man, the negative effects of graphic media, the importance of marriage or even just what romance truly is,” Pickard said.

“Agape” aims to help answer the questions most boys have, but are afraid to ask.

By: M. R. Pickard
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4525-1362-1
SC-Retail price: AU $14.99
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About the author
Maryanne Pickard worked in the corporate world and then spent 14 years as a secondary educator for boys with two years of co-ed teaching under her belt. She was born in Australia, has travelled through Europe and seen what modern boys and men act like globally. Knowing how profound of an affect her father had on her, she hopes to share that experience with others.


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