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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Great Expectations Book (January 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975923056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975923054
  • ASIN: 1883934095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dad read it to his two sons - one chapter each night.
Angelina I. Allen
We desire to instill in them practical wisdom and encourage them to become godly men and this book is a great tool to cultivate those qualities.
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I plan to let you know through another review of that book!
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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Ann Blevins on April 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Author Bob Schultz, coming from the background of an outdoor man of the Pacific Northwest, who works with his hands, both for a living and as part of his own service toward God, has managed to craft in BOYHOOD AND BEYOND, a highly useful and relevant work to guide boys into becoming men as God intends, one who protects and provides for his family, yet has enough humility to stoop to help a weaker one in need of a helping hand.

I have been using this book for almost a year now with my eleven-year-old homeschooled grandson, who loves these lessons and the time we spend together discussing them. He has recently begun covering the chapters on his own, with me close by as a sounding board for scriptural truths he wishes to discuss further.

My grandson was particularly looking forward to the chapter, "Preparing for a Wife," but was a little surprised and disappointed at the author's idea of how to do that. On the first page of that chapter, Schultz says, "God designed perfect classrooms for marriage training. They are called little sisters. Hopefully, you have one or more of these little girls around your home." My grandson has two, but even though I have been telling him essentially the same thing as Schultz, it seemed to sink in better for him, coming from Schultz.

The book is organized in thirty-one chapters, so used as a daily devotional, can be covered in about a month. The author has put forth topics relevant for Christian boys, and I have not detected any denominational bias in his writing, yet it is in no manner without backbone. He simply sticks with the essentials.

Schultz does not equivocate on important matters.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on September 15, 2005
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All I can say is "WOW!" This book is fantastic. Today, manhood is something that seems to have been devalued by much of society. As a result, it's become more and more difficult to convey to our sons what being a man means. This book contains several very short stories, each containing a timeless moral, to help you teach your son what it means to be a man. And each story is followed by a few questions that get right to the point. What a valuable resource to help your son become the man that he was created to be!!!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 12, 2006
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Practical Wisdom is so good! I've read many of the Best-Selling books in the "manhood" genre - but I found the author's insights to be much more down-to-earth, moral and useful for me. This is Real Stuff for regular guys who are just trying to do their best every day. Not only for young men, but for grown men who maybe did not have a 'mentor' to explain the practical side of growing up and making wise choices along the way.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. Von Anders on February 8, 2008
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I bought this book on a whim, not something I usually do. I have read a chapter at a time to my three younger boys, ages 6, 9 and 13. But the funny thing is that after I read the chapters, I end up sharing them with my older sons, ages 19 and 17. They are just that good!

Each chapter has exhortation or insight about becoming a man that is applicable, challenging, and memorable. I have even caught myself sharing some of these with my own friends at parties, they are that challenging and meaningful. This author has earned my respect over and over.

Some of the highlights are the chapter on dirty diaper collecting, Mr. Sloth vs. Mr. Industry, Integrity, Justice, being Shy....and wait, we're only about 2/3 done with the book! I HIGHLY recommend this book. I will say it's best to read for age 9 and above...but little ones can read it again some day. The older the reader, the more applicable it will be.

P.S. I'm a mom reading this to her sons...ideally, dad would be doing the reading but I have to say it works with me doing it. I'm the one who is homeschooling during the day and it just fits along with our Bible reading time. Sometimes, my husband will have me read them again at devotionals with all 5 of our sons.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sally anne on October 27, 2006
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This book should be read by EVERY young man and every young man's father! Any young man who understands the principles in this book and lives them will truly be worth his salt :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Drachenberg on April 4, 2009
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I have read all three books by Mr. Schultz and highly recommend them to anyone who is serious about what God intended a man to become. His writing style, real life examples and biblical perspective helped me truely focus on the attributes God wants to be practiced by men (young and mature). Society today has given such an incorrect view of what manhood is really designed by God to be but these books give timeless insight to what God expects men to be. They tell how we can truly fulfill, in this earthly life, God's best for what men need to possess in character and responsibility to Him and our families. I recently read that Mr. Schultz died while at a speaking engagement. I was very saddened by this news. I know he will be missed by family and friends but his books will be a source of encouragment to many men in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NSZ on April 10, 2007
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I would highly recommend this book for parents and young boys (ages from 8yrs). Very good source to help grow a boy with Godly purpose in his life. Good discussion questions after each chapter to go deeper.
Easy to read for this age. Has very practical and enjoyable stories.
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