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Future Men Paperback – 2001
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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
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.
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.
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 7 months ago by Michael Brewer
Overall worth reading if you are looking for specific ways to influence boys toward biblical character and behavior. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan DeGroat
This book is very helpful for anyone desiring to raise their sons to have a biblical view of masculinity. If you're an avid Wilson reader, this book is a must have.Published 16 months ago by Jessica McGehee
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 16 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 21 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 on May 10, 2014 by SLIMJIM
Great read for thinking through raising a boy and a great reminder as to what my own man-ness should take the shape of. Highly recommended.Published on February 21, 2014 by johnb.