Author M. R. Pickard spent years collecting thoughts and ideas, storing them away in the back of her filing cabinet in a nondescript manila folder labelled “BOOK.” Years of staring into the faces of her students—teenage boys in desperate need of good male role models—inspired her to jot down one jewel of wisdom after another. Channelling her late father, Ronald Ernest John Pickard, she has always endeavoured to display the qualities most in need of sharing while in the classroom. Now she’s ready to transcend the classroom and share the lessons she learned from her beloved father with the world.
As they ever have, young men today need answers to important questions. What does it mean to be a man? What are the effects of pornography on men, women, and children? Why is there suffering in the world? How do we fall in love with God? For most young men, these are questions that they will never ask. The answers lie in the actions of their role models.
In today’s age, it can be challenging to make sure children are exposed to positive male role models. Pickard, who is an author, artist, and secondary school teacher, bore witness to this deficit daily in her years at the head of a classroom. Breathing life into the profound lessons she learned from her late father, she now offers parents and caretakers a resource for helping show today’s young men how to live lives of true greatness.