Book Reviews

As reviews come in for the book, they’ll be posted here.

The Integral Leadership Review: Is the Mythopoetic Men’s Movement Ready for the Leap to Integral? A Review of Awakening the New Masculine: The Path of the Integral Warrior, by Gary Stamper, Ph.D. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012.
Review by William Harryman

“When I see a new book coming out from someone involved with the integral movement (Stamper co-founded and led the Seattle Integral salon), and especially the Ken Wilber version of integral theory, I steel myself for the seemingly obligatory two to three chapters that attempt to explain the integral model for those who are not familiar with it. Much to his credit, Gary Stamper, in his new book, Awakening the New Masculine: The Path of the Integral Warrior, has not done that. He has written a book about the work he does with men in his Integral Warrior trainings, work that happens to be deeply influenced by Wilberian integral theory and Spiral Dynamics, both of which require some explication. There is, to be clear, a lot of integralese in this book, but it doesn’t have the heavy-handed feel with which other books based in integral theory are often burdened.”

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Male eXperience: A book Review for Awakening the New Masculine by Graham Phoenix
Gary Stamper has published a new book, Awakening The New Masculine. It’s an important work in the quest to identify the new paradigm for masculinity. Does it go where [men] can follow?

“It’s a brave attempt by Gary to outline a new paradigm for masculinity and provide a path for men to follow. It succeeds in outlining a spiritual path for men who are already on this type of journey, men who have already entered the castle of their own spirituality, but it fails to address what the new masculine means for ordinary men. It fails to account for the issues men face in the world of work and relationships and it fails to describe an accessible new masculine.”

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Gary’s comment: A man who has transcended his fears and limitations is no longer an “ordinary” man, and that’s the point. My book is fully and consciously aimed at a specific developmental level, and intentionally does not provide a “one-size-fits-all” feel good approach to the new masculine, but is aimed at men already well on their way on their spiritual path. For the majority of men, this is a path that is not accessible to most men at their present level of development.

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