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Future Men Paperback – June 7, 2001
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As one of its founders, he has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. He is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series. His blog can be found at www.dougwils.com.
All his favorite authors begin their names with initials--C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, J.R.R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse. The one exception is Nancy Wilson, a favorite author to whom he has been married for over thirty-four years. They have three children and fifteen grandchildren.
Top Customer Reviews
Those future men are today's boys, and Douglas Wilson shows great wisdom (and lots of humor) in showing how to avoid the pitfalls of our culture, our community, our media--and even our churches--in rearing truly masculine sons. He covers little and big things with equal wisdom and a charming writing style. I have no sons, but I have many nephews, and I care greatly about the fatherless boys I teach at church (but whom I cannot teach adequately by myself, without godly men alongside in their lives, their church, their community). I read at least 50 books a year, and this one is in the top ten or twenty most profound books I've read in the last five years.
Cheryl Dunlop, author of Follow Me As I Follow Christ: A Guide for Teaching Children in a Church Setting
The only problem I had with this book was that Wilson only gives a bare sketch of how to go about accomplishing this in a practical sense. More concrete examples and less theory (however accurate) would have been welcome. Now...if only Nancy Wilson would write a similiar book for raising girls.
Here lies the rub: if the Bible is fully inspired, and authoritative in all it teaches, then these "troublesome" passages from 1 Timothy 2 and Ephesians 5 are authoritative, clear and binding on the Christian family. My guess is that the negative reviewers above have a lower view of inspiration than Wilson (along with most conservative Reformed Christians) does.
That being said, Wislon does an excellent job of explaining the importance of teaching our boys (I have 2) to be men. Not "persons", but men. Real men. His work is succinct, practical, and inspiring. He writes as an experienced elder, father and grandfather. God bless you, Doug, for this fantastic work. I pray my sons grow up to be as Godly as yours.
Warning: this book chock full of political incorrectness and dang proud of it!
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
Men must learn to be men themselves before they can teach their boys to be men.
Instilling toughness in boys is extraordinarily important. A masculine toughness is the only foundation upon which a masculine tenderness may be safely placed.
Manners for boys should be a means of disciplining and directing strength, and not a means of denying it.
And my favorite of the year...
A young boy who is somewhat timid needs to learn the piety of courage. If he has a good lacrosse coach, he will be urged to knock somebody down to the glory of God. (What would Alan Alda think of that?)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought "Future Men" at the request of a friend who asked my opinion of it. From the start I was turned off by it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Brewer
Overall worth reading if you are looking for specific ways to influence boys toward biblical character and behavior. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan DeGroat
The one thing missing from this book is the most important thing that parents of sons or daughters are charged to do. That is, lead their children to Christ. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
First book by Doug Wilson I have read. I will definitely read more of his books. Challenged as a husband, father, and man.Published 15 months ago by codydeevers
If you have read any of Doug Wilson's book previously, you would expect his style and wordsmiths to shine through in this work. My expectation was not disappointed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SLIMJIM
Yes, our children have a hard time to know who they are because today's world is more complex than ever. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Calistos
Good book. I have read other books by Doulas Wilson and this one is worth reading as well. He writes with clarity and good reasoning. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by shane
Thank God for Doug Wilson. What a fantastic author!
Men are created to lead, to work, to protect, to become wise, and to be glory-bearers. Read more