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About the Author

Vicki Courtney is a speaker and the best-selling author of many books and Bible studies. Among her popular writings are the ECPA Christian Book Award winners TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue Confidential. Vicki and her husband have three grown children, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love, and a grandchild. They live in Austin, Texas where they are blessed to have all of their children living nearby. More information can be found at VickiCourtney.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805430555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805430554
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vicki Courtney is a speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books and Bible studies including, Move On, Ever After, "5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter,"(winner of a Mom's Choice award); "Your Girl;" "Your Boy;" and the best-selling "TeenVirtue" magabook series for teen girls and the "Between" magabook series for tween girls. "TeenVirtue" and "TeenVirtue Confidential" are ECPA Christian Book Award recipients in the Children and Youth category.

More info can be found at VickiCourtney.com

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Sears on June 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
* Did you know that children from ages eight through eighteen are referred to as "Generation M?" Can you guess why?

* Did you know that a study completed in 2001 revealed that 55% of American eleventh graders have had sexual intercourse?

* Do you know what Xanga and Myspace are?

If you are a mother and you answered "no" to any of these questions, you'll want to read Your Boy.

Even though Courtney frequently discusses the roles fathers play in their sons' development, this book is clearly addressed to mothers. Courtney acknowledges that, particularly in the early years, mothers are the primary formative influence on their children. Also, since 18% of American children live in households led by single or divorced females, it is safe to assume that, in many cases, mothers carry the bulk of the responsibility for child rearing in American society.

Writing from an evangelical Christian perspective, Courtney addresses a range of issues covering the entire span of boyhood from infancy to adulthood. Do you want to raise a Mama's Boy? Courtney discusses the harmful effects of over protectiveness. Do you want to raise a boy who treats women with courtesy and respect? Courtney provides "A Nice Guy's Dating Rules." Do you want to know what your children are doing when they are online? Courtney provides advice about monitoring computer usage and recommends specific software that assists in that task.

The book is generally written and organized well, but one glaring editorial error will leap out at the reader. In chapter 8, "Surviving a Sex-Obsessed Culture," Courtney promises to address three "basic assumptions that Christian mothers make prior to (or during) the teen years" (p. 105).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
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"Your Boy, Raising A Godly Son In An UnGodly World," is a must have for all mom's who love their sons.The author of this outstanding work, Vickie Courtney, is certainly well qualified and knowledgeable and you can with confidence utilize the information you will find within the pages of this book knowing you are helping your son grow into the man he should be.

Written from an evangelical Christian perspective you will feel as if you are being delivered a glass of cool water as she takes you from infancy to adulthood in your quest to raise a Godly son.

Many fears and turmoil's that you are facing or will face as your child grows are addressed in this book and you are given sound guidelines to follow to help you steer you child in the right direction.

Her suggestions are well researched and written in an easy flow making it simple to understand and implement in your own life as you continue on with your job as a mom. Some of the subjects she covers are; Offering your son advice regarding a future mate; Surviving a Sex-Obsessed Culture; and my favorite, "How not to raise a 'momma's boy." Where was this book years ago when some of the people I know could have benefited from it; including myself? Her writing style is free and easy almost bringing you right into her life as she shares stories, examples and just plain life to help you understand her points. Not only will you find yourself relating to many of the circumstances but you might just have a giggle or a tear along the way. Great book; great advice for Christians and non-Christians alike who truly would like to raise a boy to become a true man.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Nguyen on August 29, 2006
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I could not put this book down! Vicki Courtney gives very practical and useful advice and information that you can start using right away. Some things that called to my heart were a scripture verse that is now part of my daily prayers, checklist on how to raise nice guys, ways to respond to encourage growth, and tips on how to model a virtuous woman for my boys. Vicki includes real life stories from her own experiences with her two boys and she does so in such vivid details. This book is one you will tag, highlight, and refer to again and again. I just can't say enough good things about this book. It is a MUST READ for every mother trying to raise her boy in this UnGodly world!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brook T. Massey on September 13, 2012
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I have never written a review for a book ever, but this subject means so much to me I thought I should. First, there is much good information in the book and I appreciate that. However, some things really bother me. She advises dads to go through the books, "Every Young Man's Battle" and "Preparing Your Son For Every Young Man's Battle". I read the reviews for both and they sound very graphic and not sound spiritually. The author confuses me. She seems conservative in some ways and liberal in others. WHy did she suddenly thrust her children in public schools after first having them in Christian school; especially when she tells the awful things that go on in the local schools. She let her 6th grader start instant messaging? She did have the wisdom to track what he was exposed to, but she herself admitted that his innocence had already suffered as a result. It is just confusing. The book is better for someone who is much more liberal than a conservative Christian in my opinion. Read the book, but don't follow all of her advice.
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