With Love and Prayers by F. Washington Jarvis
A Headmaster Speaks to the Next Generation

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Here, at last is a book of "uncommon common sense" for young people by someone who has worked with them for thirty-five years. F. Washington Jarvis is one of the nation s most eminent educators, now in his twenty-eighth year as headmaster of Boston's Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in continuous operation in North America.

Jarvis s approach is anecdotal. "If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it is ten times as true when you are speaking to young teenagers. They are gripped by the story of how real people cope with real situations. They are interested when you share with them the concrete realities of your own life and experience, and they are almost always willing to listen to adults who actually believe in something, who actually stand for something."

Jarvis's addresses, reprinted from his school's publications, have enjoyed something of a cult "underground" circulation among young people - and their parents and grandparents. Now his "top hits" have been brought together in a single volume for wider circulation.

The author never talks down to his audience. He knows that - appearances to the contrary - students are asking the deepest questions, questions about whether life has meaning and purpose. He also knows that teenagers often find themselves caught by surprise in situations where they have to make tough decisions. And he believes that they are willing, even eager, to know how others have coped in similar situations.

This is a book of deep and practical wisdom, one of our surprise "bestsellers" in hardcover, and now available in softcover to serve an even wider audience.

Winner of the 2001 Christopher Award
 

About F. Washington Jarvis

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Jarvis is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities. He is an Episcopal priest and ran a city wide youth ministry for teenagers of all faiths (and none) at St. Paul's Church in Cleveland. After three years as history department chairman at University School in that city, he was elected headmaster of Boston's renowned Roxbury Latin School at the age of thirty-four. He has served as president of the Headmasters Association of the United States and as a member of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. For twenty-four years he has been priest associate at the Parish of All Saints in the inner-city Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by Bowdoin College.
 
Published May 1, 2000 by David R Godine. 368 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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