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About the Author

Douglas Wilson is pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Reforming Marriage, and Federal Husband.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885767838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885767837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cheryl Dunlop on March 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Would you like to know how to rear sons (or teach others' sons) in such a way that their honor would refuse the lure of pornography? sons who would know how and when to fight, but would never fight for merely selfish reasons? sons with true godly masculinity--strong men who honor women, take responsibility, and refuse excuse-making? sons who honor their mother but don't become feminine in the process? sons who avoid the dual dangers of false macho masculinity and effeminacy? sons who gladly take on the role of fighting dragons, and see the Christian faith as a faith of warriors, not wimps?
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
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Wilson's "Future Men" is another invaluable work in the family series he and his wife have penned. The book spells out solid Christian principles, neither becoming preachy nor overly sentimental, but refutes twin the dangers of false masculinity and the feminization of young men. Wilson never makes excuses for immature behavior, but demonstrating how boys can be forged into men by teaching them through their adolescent foolishness. One of the other reviewers missed this key point, thinking that Wilson would have us believe that punching someone's lights out is his answer to Godliness. Wilson only points out that the child in the story about Teddy Roosevelt was acting on good principles, but did so in an immature way. Roosevelt rewarded the child, not for his immature action, but for his desire to preserve and protect the honor of his sister. Wilson constantly admonishes and encourages parents with the wisdom of the Proverbs, helping them to see through the troubles of teaching a boy to the joy of biblical manhood.
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By A Customer on October 29, 2002
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This book gives a wonderful outline for raising future men, of which I have two (at present). It can be hard to see how much our society has emasculated men (and masculated - if that's a word - women). This book gave me a fresh perspective and reasoning that I needed to hear. My husband and I read it aloud together a chapter at a time. Wilson borrows heavily from "The 5 Aspects of Man" here. I don't have the FM in front of me but the idea is to raise boys who are strong in the Christian faith who stand up for Christ, take responsiblity for all of their actions and defend and provide for the women in their lives.
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.
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I have read a lot of books on parenting, and particularly on parenting boys, and this is far and away the best I've yet encountered. Wilson's counsel is both pastoral and practical, and always tinged with his typical witty prose.

His approach is very different from many other parenting books, mainly because he starts from a different perspective. Rather than beginning with the various challenges associated with bringing up boys, he challenges parents (and especially fathers) to give consideration to the type of men we want our boys to become. In every circumstance, he encourages us to think about how best to prepare our boys for mature manhood. This often results in a very different approach from what society typically advocates, in everything from discipline to roughhousing to education.

If you have (or may ever have) a son or grandson, this is a very worthwhile book to have available as a reference (I expect to revisit it frequently as my son grows older and enters new stages of life). It would also be a great read for school teachers, as there is much that pertains to nurturing masculinity in the classroom.
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Several reviewers of this book seem to be upset over the idea of Biblical patriarchy, which is really a rebellion against the authority of God's Word. True, it is unfashionable to structure one's family and church after the pattern laid out in Scripture, but is our aim is to please God rather than men, we dare not depart from His commands.

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.
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