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Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys Paperback – January 29, 2010
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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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(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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Hal and Melanie bring up amazing points about raising little men up, which is great from a mother who has only had a little girl so far! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christina
Great book with precise chapters that are useful and practical.Published 9 months ago by Sophia Monroe
Love this book! So many challenging points and very readable.Published 18 months ago by amy creasap
This is very insightful. It really helped me understand my boys better. I highly recommend this to any parent of boys.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
AWESOME book!! as a Military man and Father of 3 boys ages 4yrs, 15 yrs and 20yrs old and a 15yr old daughter. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by ruben m estrada
A lot of the information in this books was encouraging. I have 3 sons and I wanted something to guide me in raising them well. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Marion