- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (November 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0834123908
- ISBN-13: 978-0834123908
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons Paperback – November 15, 2008
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About the Author
Jean Blackmer is the coauthor of Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of Women’s Perseverance and God’s Provision and has written numerous articles for various publications. In addition to writing, she is currently the publishing manager for MOPS International. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jean and her husband, Zane, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their sons: Josh, Jordan, and Jake.View Jean’s website here
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From the start, I could barely put this book down. The book, filled with tons of humor and personal stories from Jean Blackmer's life, was simply hysterical. It's filled with a variety of true-life stories - all from the point of view of a mom.
I think it takes a special person to raise boys. I often find myself trying to understand the plight of a friend, who is raising four boys - ages 5, 6, 8, and 9 - laughing or crying with her when it comes to their crazy stories and actions.
Blackmer's book was almost like reading a "field guide" to little boys. It opened my eyes to some of their actions - especially those that seem to involve loud or breakable things.
I laughed out loud as I read the chapter, where Blackmer talks about finding her son jumping on a trampoline with a hammer. (Note: he was trying to fix a basketball goal hanging above the trampoline.) She never guessed that she would have to say "don't jump on a trampoline with a hammer." After a visit to the hospital, she learned.
It's kind of like the lesson I learned the night a group of the kids at church played a game of "hide and seek."
I never imagined, as I gave the ground rules for the game, that one of the boys would decide to hide in one of the oversized refrigerators. Fortunately, it was too full, so he didn't get stuck in it - and just smashed a few desserts. But now, thanks to the book and experience, I've learned to give pretty specific instructions to the kids - especially the boys!
As the mother of three boys herself (now grown into teenagers), Jean Blackmer has penned an inspirational, humourous, slice-of-life title which jumps from topic to topic with ease. One moment discussing sports, the next writing on the importance of mothers connecting with other women, Blackmer covers a little bit of everything in her fast-paced, lighthearted read. Primarily written to moms, there is a single chapter written for dads as well.
In each of the 18 topically focused chapters, Blackmer first shares personal anecdotes from her family's life with boys, experiences from friends or, if at a loss for intimate first-hand stories, from books she has read. Some of the adventures she digs up are absolutely hilarious; the time her son accidentally blew up a toilet with firecrackers most notable among them. Others are frightening, moving, or thought-provoking.
She then draws upon the experiences shared to illustrate the universality of these episodes, and the significance the underlying principles hold in family life. She often writes about how to strengthen certain aspects of Christ-like character in the lives of boys, how to teach appropriate boundaries, foster communication skills, etc. as she makes practical applications.
Each chapter closes with "Digging Deeper," a section in which Blackmer asks moms probing questions and asks them to commit to a plan of action -- small things that will strengthen their relationships with their sons. The "Recommended Reading" section always includes a selection of relevant Bible verses, and at times includes books that Blackmer has found particularly helpful in further exploring the issue she just covered.
With each chapter ranging between four to ten pages, Blackmer doesn't have time to dig deep into any of the topics she touches upon. Moms looking for an in-depth, thoughtful guide to raising Christian boys would be better served by another title. At times the treatment specific subjects receive seem somewhat superficial, only gliding over surface concerns. She does dig into some tender spots on occasion - such as letting go, and letting dad.
Those of us on the more conservative spectrum may find several chapters that don't apply to our experiences. Unless your boys play sports, video games, and have girlfriends (or some day will), there will certainly be entire chunks of text that are largely inapplicable to your family situation.
Blackmer has clearly learned to delight in the differences between herself and the rest of the all-male home she lives in. Her sense of genuine delight and rejoicing in the God-given differences between male and female certainly shines through her words. Mothers of boys looking for a quick, inspirational round of humorous commiseration will be encouraged to count their blessings anew. Readers looking for something a bit meatier should continue their search.
So I was pretty excited to read the lastest book by Jean Blackmer called "Boy-sterous Living - celebrating your loud and rowdy life with sons". After all I do know there is a difference, but I can't claim to be an expert (yet) on what boys really like.. I don't know if we ever can but having someone who's been there done that advice and help sure would be nice.
Boy-sterous Livng had me laughing from the preface. Through the rest of my book my emotions rollercoasted up and down and even tears ran down my face and a big lump in my throat thru some parts. I could easily relate to her examples (even with my boys as young as they are now.) I wasn't really expecting ALL of what she had to offer. Her witty writing style made me relaxed and feel like she was sharing with me rather than lecturing me on "how it really is". I love that she's included Bible verses to help, reading materials and questions to think about or ideas to try out. For example on the first chapter it suggests writing down a funny story about your son and than telling it him. I did that and my 5 year old loves it. He loves being my main character when I'm telling a funny story.
One thing that struck me and I found prevalent for myself was her chapter on technolgy and how we are suppose to handle it as Christians. She says
"To some, technology is scary or evil, but it doesn't have to be. Jesus mentions several times in the Book of John, chapter 17, that we as Christians live "in the world," but he cautions Christians not to be "of the world." to me, this means we don't have to fear technology. We live in the world and need to know how to function. We can embrace the advances in technology and stay informed about the newest games, gadgets, and Internet opportunites as long as we don't let them be all-consuming."
That spoke to me on several levels for myself and for my family as we dabble in computers (and having a past technological career myself).
You'll find Jean providing you with solid information and heartfelt stories that only a mother could share and laugh about. This is one of those few books I want to savor a lot! I'll be keeping it for a long time to go over and ponder. I think whether your boys are 5 or 25 you'll find this book useful and insightful. You'll be blessed and dare I even say you'll find someone who understand just what it's all about.
My only comment about the book is chapter 3. - the Bible verse is Proverbs 10:19 not 10:8 if you're looking them up!
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