Book Review: Raising Real Men by Life on a Back Road

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2010
Genre(s): Parenting
Publisher(s): Great Waters Press
Our Score
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Book Review: Raising Real Men by Life on a Back Road

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Review by Life on a Back Road

Book Review: Raising Real Men

Recently, I was accepted into the Timberdoodle blogger review program. Timberdoodle is a company that sells homeschool curriculum and other educational products, so as you can imagine, I am thrilled to have the privilege of doing some reviews for them! Every time I receive one of their catalogs, there is so much cool stuff to drool over. 🙂 (In fact, if you’ve never heard of Timberdoodle, be sure to click on this link and sign up for a free catalog!)

My first product to review was a book called Raising Real Men. I was super excited to read this book, because just the title alone is great–and Jim and I truly desire to raise our sons to be “real men.” So the title drew my interest right away, and I also loved the subtitle: “Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys.” The authors, Hal and Melanie Young, are themselves the parents of six boys (and two girls) so they have just a *bit* of experience in raising sons. 🙂

Raising Real Men is divided into two main sections. Part 1 is called “Virtues in the Rough,” and it is “a look at some of the masculine characteristics or tendencies which are present in all of our sons. These are meant to ripen into the manly virtues of the adult male when they’ve been properly understood, disciplined, cultivated, and practiced.” (p. 27) Some of these virtues include the adventurous spirit, tendency toward competitiveness, and aggression. The chapters in this section cover things such as the need for boys to have heroes to look up to (the right kind of heroes!), developing courage and boys’ natural love for adventure, teaching responsibility and developing independence, discipline and teaching obedience in order to develop servant leaders, and much more. There was so much practical advice in this section and I found it to be really encouraging and helpful. There is even a chapter called “Taking Up Arms,” discussing toy guns and other “violent” toys, and how we as parents can encourage our boys to be the good guys and defenders against imaginary enemies in their play. One day they may be called to join the military, where they will be defending freedom for real!

{our own little “real men” in the making}

Part 2 of the book is called “Civilization for the Tough,” and focuses on how to “teach our sons the things they will need to interact in society, to lead their families, to serve God” (p. 126). As the authors say, “In the first part of this book, we talked a lot about the things boys do naturally that drive us crazy . . . unless and until they are molded and shaped into the manly virtues. Now we are going to talk about the things we want boys to do that drive them crazy . . . unless and until we help them see the purposes, the goals, and the principles involved.” (p. 127) The chapters in this section address topics such as spiritual training, teaching stewardship and money management, homeschooling, serving others, preparing for college, future marriage, and beyond.

I enjoyed this book wholeheartedly, and found so much practical advice on raising boys. I especially loved the chapter on homeschooling, and found several tips that I’ve already put into use just in the past couple weeks! It was really encouraging to realize once again that my seven year old boy is completely normal. 🙂 I also really liked the authors’ style. This book was really fun to read, due to their down-to-earth writing and all the humor they used to illustrate their points. The final chapter, “Firing the Arrow,” was very challenging and a great end to this book. Here’s a quote that I underlined: “This is why we work to raise real men. There is a time to protect our sons and a time for them to start protecting others. There is a time to teach and disciple and control the influences our sons face, then there is a time for them to instruct others and to meet those influences and conquer them.” (p. 230)

Raising Real Men is an all-around excellent book, and one I will be referring back to over and over. I highly recommend it for all parents of boys! Thanks to the Youngs for writing it, and to Timberdoodle for the opportunity to review it!

Legal Disclosure:
As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Raising Real Men in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 22 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

Leave a Reply

What is 11 + 14 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Pictures

Timberdoodle A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers
Timberdoodle Body of Evidence DVD set
Timberdoodle Body of Evidence Screen Shot
Timberdoodle Buddy Blocks
Timberdoodle Raising Real Men
Timberdoodle Purpllinker
Timberdoodle Purpllinker At Table
Timberdoodle Purpllinker In Car
Timberdoodle WonderMaps
Timberdoodle WonderMaps Samples
Timberdoodle WonderMaps How
Timberdoodle Visual Latin
Timberdoodle Visual Latin DVDs
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 01
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 02
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 03
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 04
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 05
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 06
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 07
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 08
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 09
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 10
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 11
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 12
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Our Side of the Mountain
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Our Side of the Mountain 02
Timberdoodle Co Logo
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 01
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 02
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 03
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 04
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 05
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 06
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 07
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome02
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome03
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome04
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
2 star review
4 stars
A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA reviews
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review Pages
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview1
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview2
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview3
Gabriele of Work Of Childhood
Can You Find Me? Kindergarten
Can You Find Me? Kindergarten sample
Can You Find Me? Preschool
Can You Find Me? Preschool sample
Can You Find Me? Preschool sample
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
5 star review
Building Thinking Skills 1
Building Thinking Skills 2
Building Thinking Skills 3 Figural
Building Thinking Skills Beginning
Building Thinking Skills 3 Verbal
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 2 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 2 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Beginning Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Beginning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Book E, 4th Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Book A, Kindergarten
Mathematical Reasoning Advanced
Mathematical Reasoning Advanced, Teacher's Book
Mathematical Reasoning Book B, 1st Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Book 1, 3 Year Olds
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning
Mathematical Reasoning Book C, 2nd Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Book D, 3rd Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Sample
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Bambino By Beyond 123
Bambino By Beyond 123 Critical Thinking Set 1
Bambino By Beyond 123
Bambino By Beyond 123 Special Needs Set
Bambino By Beyond 123 Starter Set
Bambino Starter Set
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
LEGO Creationary
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess
Simply Draw - Peace Creek on the Prairie
Simply Draw - Peace Creek on the Prairie
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
391-404-5
391-404-6
391-404-7
Inchimals
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Settlers from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Chess_08 from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Chess from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Knot So Fast
knotspics
Knot So Fast
Knot So Fast
Knot So Fast