Raising Real Men: A Book Review for Timberdoodle by Adventures in Unsell Land

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2010
Genre(s): Parenting
Publisher(s): Great Waters Press
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Raising Real Men: A Book Review for Timberdoodle by Adventures in Unsell Land

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Raising Real Men: A Book Review for Timberdoodle

Pages: 253
Binding: Softcover
Copyright: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9841443-0-3
Publisher: Great Waters Press

As a member of the Timberdoodle review team we were recently sent the book, Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young to review.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“Six boys!” folks say in mock horror, “Well, better you than me.” We answer them cheerfully – we love our boys and they’re a gift from God…a reward.

Privately, though, we admit to ourselves it’s not always rosy. Teenaged boys put away a startling amount of groceries. Young boys can be downright destructive. They’re noisy, unconcerned with personal hygiene, and the dog has a longer attention span – or so it seems, some days.

If this is God’s chosen gift to us, then why does it seem so hard? How can we prepare these boys to serve God when we can barely make it through the day. Isn’t there a better way?

The answer is yes.

Raising Real Men looks beyond the untied shoes and dirty jeans to what the Lord means your son to be. Learn how to help him focus on schoolwork, find real heroes, stand alone when he needs to, and become a real man one day. Don’t just survive raising boys, succeed at it and learn how to love them as they really are.

A FEW QUOTES/ENDORSEMENTS REGARDING THE BOOK:

“Raising Real Men is for real men who aspire to pass on a legacy of strength, courage and fidelity to Christ our King. It encouraged me as a father. I pray it will encourage you.” Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr., Author of When You Rise Up.

“Hal and Melane Young have six sons and are disciples of Jesus. They know how to raise real men. This book is a treasure trove of practical tips to help you to raise your sons right. It will answer your questions, help you avoid mistakes, bring them up in the Lord, and understand them. I highly recommend it.” Chris Klicka, Author of The Right Choice and Homeschool Heroes.

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a mother of 6 children, two of which are boys. My boys are my bookends, our oldest and youngest, and 9 years apart in age.

This is our oldest son, Houston, who is 14 years of age.

This is our youngest son, Camden, who is 5 years of age.

Add in 4 girls in between our two boys and yes, we have a house full. Female genes tend to dominate around our home and I am sometimes left wondering if I am giving everything to my two boys that they need.

My boys are both very masculine boys. I am a very feminine kind of gal. How do I as a female and mom therefore know if I am teaching them and guiding them as I need to be? Am I helping them to become the men that God desires for them to be?

One of my greatest concerns, especially as a homeschool mother, is preparing my sons for independence one day and this book covers that topic. It’s not a book of do’s or don’ts though. Hal and Melanie present these topics based on their own experience in raising their 6 sons. They do not present their ideas as a “do things this way and all will turn out fine” but merely as suggestions from what has worked well for them. In other words- they avoid being preachy which I appreciated. I also appreciated how candid they were in their sharing and how open they were to share their own short comings as well as their strengths and successes. I do believe we can glean much wisdom from those that have gone before us and that to me, is what this book is all about.

The overall feel of the book carries a gentle and humble tone. The Youngs use a lot of scripture throughout the book as they present their discussions. The book reads much like a conversation, giving the feel that the Youngs are sitting in your living room talking over these matters with you.

This book covers a wide range of topics such as,

  • The importance of heroes in a boys life
  • How to teach your son skills for managing money
  • How to encourage and develop leadership qualities in your sons
  • What we can do to cultivate a learning environment at home
  • Preparing our sons for independence
  • Ideas for encouraging proper manners in our sons
  • Appropriate use of competition for our sons

The Young’s advice spans all ages of boys from young to old. You can read a sample chapter of the book, HERE.

This is a book that I do recommend for moms of boys, whether it be just one boy or multiple amounts of boys. *Grin* It is a book that I will be returning to over and over again through the years ahead.

Thank you to Timberdoodle for the opportunity to read and review this book. You can find many other parenting helps on Timberdoodles website, HERE.

Disclaimer: 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 on this blog. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog are my own.


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