When, author, Shayne Gallagher, found The Tao and Lao Tzu in high school, it was the beginning of a lifelong journey of learning and teaching. In a time where he and his friends were asking questions about purpose and being, Gallagher has found a mentor in "the old man" from another continent who was alive centuries ago.
This mentor is Lao Tzu, also known as Old Man or Old Master, to his followers and looked upon by both ordinary citizens and royalty as someone who knows the way to happiness, fulfillment, peace, and justice. Lao Tzu is known to be the author of the Tao Te Ching, one of the most influential texts used by teachers, monks, chiefs, generals, and emperors as a reference for wisdom and leadership for centuries.
Gallagher is a student and teacher of the Tao Te Ching. In his many years working with young people, including at-risk youth, he has lived and applied its principles just as Lao Tzu would help government leaders work with their people. He has helped thousands of teenage children and in his book, The Way with Children: Ancient Wisdom for Leading Modern Young People, he shares the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching to parents, teachers, school administrators, program staff members, coaches, mentors, and anyone who finds themselves in a position of leadership with young people wherever they are in the world.
The Way with Children is a transduction of the Tao Te Ching. Gallagher used more than seventeen English translations of the Tao Te Ching to capture its true spirit and wisdom for The Way with Children. It contains poems, passages, and ancient truths that are still relevant in the modern world. The result is a version that is directly useful for anyone who works with young people.
"Five stars. Great insightful read. Highly recommend."
— Chris Black, Amazon Reader's Review
M. Shayne Gallagher has more than a quarter-century of experience designing and operating behavioral health and addiction treatment programs for adolescent children. He has been a lifelong student of Tao Te Ching, applying its precepts to a career of working with those who work with children. He and his wife, Sheri, have six children and live in the four corners area of the southwest.