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As the grandfather of six boys ranging in age from two to fifteen, I am acutely aware of the need that this book fills, and quite admirably. This is just what the doctor ordered for parents who want to raise capable Christian men of character. --John Rosemond, Parenting Columnist and Author of Parenting by the Book

In a time when our culture seems intent on emasculating our boys, it is a real pleasure to find Christians who are pushing back, responding with biblical answers. Raising Real Men combines a number of important characteristics in giving advice to parents of young boys it is earthy, realistic, humorous and scriptural. Hal and Melanie Young write from a homeschooling setting, but much of what they have to say is also pertinent to Christian parents of boys in private Christian schools. I hope this book gets a wide reading in both realms. --Douglas Wilson, Author of Future Men, Minister of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho

Raising boys can be a tremendous challenge for parents, especially when you have more than an few. We know that God designed them much differently than girls because of the role that He has chosen for them in life. Hal and Melanie in RAISING REAL MEN, have approached this subject from a Biblical perspective and have been true to the Biblical principles laid down for raising boys. However, once the principle has been laid out, then they bring a unique practical aspect to raising boys where the rubber meets the road. This is a book that will give parents a clear road map to follow for having the greatest possibility of success as parents prepare boys for their God-given role in adulthood. This is a book that every family should have no matter the number of boys and even those families without boys as the book gives tremendous insight into understanding how boys think and why they act as they do. This book meets a crying need in an area where there is very little specific direction. Thank you Hal and Melanie for this outstanding work of the Lord. --J. Michael Smith, Esq., President, Home School Legal Defense Association

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Hal and Melanie Young have been blessed with six real boys (and two real girls). They frequently speak on parenting, education and family policy issues, and their articles have appeared in publications in the U.S. and abroad including Homeschooling Today, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Homeschool Digest, School Reform News, and Conservative Citizen.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Great Waters Press (January 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984144307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984144303
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The only problem with the book Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys, is that I regret not having had the opportunity to read it earlier. Just published this January, this 253 page volume (including the detailed index) not only helps us answer those frustrated mommy questions like "WHY did you do that?" when your feisty sons behave oh, so differently than your dutiful daughters.

(The event I was recollecting as I said that was when my now-17 year old son was about seven, and wondered what would happen if he squirted the light bulb in his dresser lamp with a water pistol. The resulting minor explosion was just one of many `experiments' conducted by my now-not-so-little explorer.)

We have only been blessed with one boy, but he has made quite an impact on our family. The authors of Raising Real Men have six, so they are more than qualified to write this book; actually, they are not qualified just because they have six sons; they qualify because they understand that boys - just like little girls - are a picture of the image of God, tragically marred by sin. And that our focus must be on leading our sons into godly manhood, not just trying to manage them to make our lives convenient and more pleasant. p. 25

Hal and Melanie Young, the authors of this book, clearly speak the truth as they describe our culture's desire to feminize men and our misguided attempts to `change' our boys, rather than understand them. The Youngs not only exhort us to celebrate the uniqueness of our boys, they give us very practical suggestions for how to train and ready them to use those special God-given characteristics to be the men God created them to be.
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I found this book full of colourful examples and principles pertinent to the raising of boys. As a father of four (two boys) and as an Anglican minister I would recommend it to anyone attempting the daunting task of raising homosapiens of the male variety in the Christian faith.

The writers are part of the home-education movement (which is much larger in America than over here in the UK) and many of the examples they give arise out of that particular culture. Nevertheless, the principles they are expounding are as relevant to Brits who send their children to state schools as the Yanks who don't.

If I could have made one Biblical critique it would be that of not assuming all our children are destined for marriage and children. There is much written on how to prepare your son for marriage, but no mention that God may call him to a celibate life and ministry (like Paul or Jesus). This is just a small point but I do fear there is a growing tendency in evangelical circles to make too much of the family (dare I say, approaching idolatry at times?) as an over reaction to larger society's family breakdown.

Good book. If you have a son, include it in your reading list.
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This is a much needed book for the times that we are living in. It's full of helpful information and stories. It reads like you're sitting having a conversation with the author. If you are a parent of boys, this book is a MUST-READ! It's especially helpful for dads also. But if your man is anything like mine, he doesn't like to sit and read. So, I got him the audio version that he can listen to in the car on his way to or from work. VERY helpful! And he likes the "book" a lot as well!
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I am extremely impressed with this book. The authors offer advice on a number of topics, ranging from discipline and authority to toy guns and dating. I found the material to be thoughtful and interesting. The Christian point of view was very genuine and they supported their advice well biblically . As a mom to three boys, I definitely can say that it was worth the money.
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According to the back cover, this book is a "practical guide to equipping the hearts and minds of boys without breaking or losing your own." This book, written from a Christian perspective by the parents of six boys (and two girls), explores the differences in how God made boys and girls and in what He intends for them to grow up to become.

I found this book to offer new insights to me as a homeschooling mother. I quite understandably view the world from a woman's perspective, and I see that I've had a tendency at times to try to stifle my nine-year-old son's masculine tendencies rather than to encourage them or to appropriately redirect them. The son who bounds about the house endangering any breakable items (not to mention his family) does indeed need to learn self-control and thoughtfulness to others, but he also needs that energy rechanneled into something productive. It also made me recognize areas in which I believe my son needs further direction in order to grow up to be the man that God wants him to be.

Some of the topics covered in this book include.... A boy's tendency to look for heroes to emulate. Adventure and recklessness. Responsibility and then freedom. Violence and scripture. Learning to obey before learning to lead. Games and competition. Teaching financial responsibility. Developmental differences between the genders. Manners and chivalry. "Women's work" (with the authors disagreeing with the idea that boys shouldn't cook or clean). Sexual temptation. Finding a wife. College. And more.

The book is filled with Scripture references (NASB for those interested). But, it is not a dry theological treatise. The book is written in an engaging, conversational style and is replete with examples from the author's own lives.
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