From Boys to Men of Heart Hunting as a Rite of Passage by Randall L Eaton Book Review
Dr. Randall L. Eaton has a tremendous international reputation in animal behavior, human evolution and wildlife conservation. He has authored and edited 14 books , published 115 articles from academia to Sports Illustrated. His film, “The Sacred Hunt,” received 11 awards. Dr. Eaton lectures across the entire world, teaches workshops on the sacred hunt, and mentors teens and adults in hunting and is an advisor to Conservation Force. He is more then qualified to write about the world of hunting as a rite of passage for men, women and our children.
“From Boys to Men of Heart, Hunting as a Rite of Passage,” by Randall L. Eaton, Ph.D is a tremendous compendium of information about huntings effect on our bodies, minds spirits and in our sociological structure as humans. This book is filled with great information for parents, scholars, and mentors as well as the adademic world. I recommend it and believe that those interested in the role of hunting in society should purchase and read this great book.
In our world, children are being bombarded daily by anti-hunting messages in all forms of the media from cartoons, nature shows, programming, books and newspapers as well on the internet. Anti-hunting groups have done a tremendous job of pushing out their message into the world which overshadows the fact that 80% of the public believes that ethical hunting should continue. Mainstream media and Hollywood are often swayed by the anti-hunting message often because they are the loudest voice in the room. “Boys to Men,” provides the facts necessary to stand up to this loud voice.
Backed by several experts, educators, psychologists, doctors and authors, Dr. Eaton has filled his book with example after example of how hunters share an attitude of respect, admiration and reverence for the animals they harvest. Dr. Eaton shows that hunting is an instinctual part of man and if we deprive children of the right to learn to hunt and fish we are ignoring an important part of thier development. He also states that those kids who hunt and fish are actually better for the environment as a whole because they have a vested interest. The environmental world would be much better off if they could read and understand this book and put its practices into practice.