How do you raise a boy?
This is easily one of the most daunting tasks that parents face. One that involves great responsibility, strength, and patience. If you have read any of Douglas Wilson’s works before, you will know that this book is not for the passive parent. If you are looking for the easiest and most comfortable way to parent and raise your kids, don’t look here! But if you’re searching for a biblical look at masculinity and raising boys, this is a great place to start.
In Future Men, Wilson hits a lot of topics in easy-to-read short chapters. He begins by looking at biblical masculinity, and how the world’s values have shaped this in unbiblical ways. Understanding this biblical perspective is the foundation. A few chapters focus on molding future men by looking at fatherhood, the home and building kids up in the Scriptures. The majority of the book deals with boys and sin, how they work against themselves, and how they relate to others. Personal issues dealt with include secret sins, laziness, money issues, and Christian liberty. Some of the relational issues include how boys should relate to moms, sisters, school work, reading good books, church, worship, girls, sex, and yes, even fighting.
Manhood is where boyhood should be aimed.Wilson, 13
Wilson is great at wrestling with tough issues. He does not back down from difficult areas and struggles that boys will inevitably face. It is easy as parents to turn a blind eye or pretend as if our children would never have to deal with this or that. But Wilson wisely prepares both fathers and mothers for what our boys are bound to face in their little lives.
Our boys will be future men. Are we preparing for this now? Are we assuming they will just magically become men when they turn 18? How can we start building up and training our boys for manhood now, even if they are only two years old?
Pick up this book for a great conversation surrounding these questions. It will wake you up to the massive task that God has given us as parents of boys. There are “giants” in this world that we all face. Are we raising our boys to fight them well, or to run away? God has both called and equipped us to this tough yet sanctifying task.
*This book was graciously provided by Canon Press in exchange for an honest review.
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