- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Focus on the Family; Revised & enlarged edition (February 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589973097
- ISBN-13: 978-1589973091
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father's Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood Paperback – Unabridged, February 1, 2007
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I took my older sons and performed a coming of age ceremony based on examples in the book (although customized for myself and my sons.) My sons vividly remember these ceremonies, even more than a decade later.
This book is well written, and covers a topic of immense importance: the raising of Godly men in our culture. I have already bought a couple of these (for myself - I also made a bulk purchase for a men's conference that I attended,) and in addition, I will be purchasing another one of these for each of my kids when they have sons of their own.
Author Robert Lewis equates raising a son to the process of raising a young man to be a knight back in the dark ages. At times, the analogy is cumbersome, but the book still offers a lot of good points. Also, the book is filled with tons of scriptural references, which at times caused my eyes to glaze over. I feel the scripture references needed to be backed by more examples or antecdotes. This book is primarly about teaching your older kid how to be a man, and how to do it through ceremonies. The book doesn't include much discussion on how kids think and act, so don't expect that in here. This book is probably for men with kids approaching puberty and older, because it focuses a lot on guiding your young boys into manhood through memorable ceromonies.
Lewis men need to teach their boys how to be men by providing a strong example in Jesus, living right in their own lives, guiding them through memorable ceremonies and surrounding them with a community of men. The ceremonies are a big focus of the book, and although the author says he provides a lot of examples of different types of ceremonies, they really are all the same. You may not want to give your son a family crest at his college graduation, but the book does stress the importance of ceremonies for your children Some of the most power ful segments of the book are when fathers mention they failed their sons, or when sons said their dads weren't there for them.
Every father should read this book and every father should understand that the role of a father is the most important job they will ever have.
This book is both inspirational and practical. I was challenged by it on a personal and spiritual level, but I also felt equipped by its many practical applications.
Thank you for tho book!
Too often, fathers are the buffoons of the family. At best, indifferent; at worst, abusive. Our culture seems to broadcast the message that men are not important, and that manliness is synonymous with arrogance, homophobia, and chauvinism. We are afraid to say these five little, reveling words: Men and women are different. Children need both parents to develop fully to their potential. More specifically for this book review, boys need a father to have a healthy concept of manhood.
I want to raise our son to be a strong, godly man, and I know that how I model that will influence him in his growth. This does not mean he can only play with trucks and play rugged sports. It does mean that he is a man who rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, and leads courageously. I want my boy to grow into a man who embraces this for the glory of God.
I'm not sure what this looks like in all situations, but books like Raising a Modern-Day Knight help me to think more about the issues. The book is not perfect; in fact, I found much of the story annoying. I do not want to have coats of arms or swords or manhood ceremonies (they seems to have one for each minor event). However, I do like that we must train our boys to be men, and that does not merely occur with puberty or high school graduation. I see many young men in the halls of high school who display their fathers indifference in raising them. They are not young men; they are boys in men's bodies.
May God grant me the conviction and confidence to raise my son differently than the world tells me to. May I be a better model for manhood than our culture is.