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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885767838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885767837
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This very rewarding book will help most dad's who wish to raise their sons to be 'balanced' and respectful. It focusses on Christian values (not a bad thing) and examines things like fighting and moods, relationships and 'father-figures'. Found it very helpful and have tried to act on mch contained in the book.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
profound and godly wisdom 26 Mar. 2002
By Cheryl Dunlop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Would you like to know how to rear sons (or teach others' sons) in such a way that their honor would refuse the lure of pornography? sons who would know how and when to fight, but would never fight for merely selfish reasons? sons with true godly masculinity--strong men who honor women, take responsibility, and refuse excuse-making? sons who honor their mother but don't become feminine in the process? sons who avoid the dual dangers of false macho masculinity and effeminacy? sons who gladly take on the role of fighting dragons, and see the Christian faith as a faith of warriors, not wimps?
Those future men are today's boys, and Douglas Wilson shows great wisdom (and lots of humor) in showing how to avoid the pitfalls of our culture, our community, our media--and even our churches--in rearing truly masculine sons. He covers little and big things with equal wisdom and a charming writing style. I have no sons, but I have many nephews, and I care greatly about the fatherless boys I teach at church (but whom I cannot teach adequately by myself, without godly men alongside in their lives, their church, their community). I read at least 50 books a year, and this one is in the top ten or twenty most profound books I've read in the last five years.
Cheryl Dunlop, author of Follow Me As I Follow Christ: A Guide for Teaching Children in a Church Setting
47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
God's wisdom and shaping young men 24 Oct. 2003
By "fozzy_bear" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wilson's "Future Men" is another invaluable work in the family series he and his wife have penned. The book spells out solid Christian principles, neither becoming preachy nor overly sentimental, but refutes twin the dangers of false masculinity and the feminization of young men. Wilson never makes excuses for immature behavior, but demonstrating how boys can be forged into men by teaching them through their adolescent foolishness. One of the other reviewers missed this key point, thinking that Wilson would have us believe that punching someone's lights out is his answer to Godliness. Wilson only points out that the child in the story about Teddy Roosevelt was acting on good principles, but did so in an immature way. Roosevelt rewarded the child, not for his immature action, but for his desire to preserve and protect the honor of his sister. Wilson constantly admonishes and encourages parents with the wisdom of the Proverbs, helping them to see through the troubles of teaching a boy to the joy of biblical manhood.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
More, more! 30 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gives a wonderful outline for raising future men, of which I have two (at present). It can be hard to see how much our society has emasculated men (and masculated - if that's a word - women). This book gave me a fresh perspective and reasoning that I needed to hear. My husband and I read it aloud together a chapter at a time. Wilson borrows heavily from "The 5 Aspects of Man" here. I don't have the FM in front of me but the idea is to raise boys who are strong in the Christian faith who stand up for Christ, take responsiblity for all of their actions and defend and provide for the women in their lives.
The only problem I had with this book was that Wilson only gives a bare sketch of how to go about accomplishing this in a practical sense. More concrete examples and less theory (however accurate) would have been welcome. Now...if only Nancy Wilson would write a similiar book for raising girls.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Profound and Biblical 5 Nov. 2006
By J. Mearse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Several reviewers of this book seem to be upset over the idea of Biblical patriarchy, which is really a rebellion against the authority of God's Word. True, it is unfashionable to structure one's family and church after the pattern laid out in Scripture, but is our aim is to please God rather than men, we dare not depart from His commands.

Here lies the rub: if the Bible is fully inspired, and authoritative in all it teaches, then these "troublesome" passages from 1 Timothy 2 and Ephesians 5 are authoritative, clear and binding on the Christian family. My guess is that the negative reviewers above have a lower view of inspiration than Wilson (along with most conservative Reformed Christians) does.

That being said, Wislon does an excellent job of explaining the importance of teaching our boys (I have 2) to be men. Not "persons", but men. Real men. His work is succinct, practical, and inspiring. He writes as an experienced elder, father and grandfather. God bless you, Doug, for this fantastic work. I pray my sons grow up to be as Godly as yours.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Must Reading for Fathers of Sons 25 Jan. 2005
By James John Hollandsworth, M.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is full of wit & wisdom that would have been common sense a hundred years ago, but in this age of muddled sexual roles is a rare gem. It made me laugh, it made me think, it made me both cherish and guard my role as father to two sons.

Warning: this book chock full of political incorrectness and dang proud of it!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

Men must learn to be men themselves before they can teach their boys to be men.

Instilling toughness in boys is extraordinarily important. A masculine toughness is the only foundation upon which a masculine tenderness may be safely placed.

Manners for boys should be a means of disciplining and directing strength, and not a means of denying it.

And my favorite of the year...

A young boy who is somewhat timid needs to learn the piety of courage. If he has a good lacrosse coach, he will be urged to knock somebody down to the glory of God. (What would Alan Alda think of that?)
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