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Monday, June 20, 2011

Boyhood And Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man - Book Review

Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man - Young boy/teen Bible study

The best word to describe this book is, "Wow!" If you're in search of a Christian book that will help guide your son's character development, then this book is a must-have for your library. It is by far one of the best books I have ever read on this subject.

After reading this book, my son (a third grader at the time) brought me breakfast in bed. I asked him what had prompted him to do this, and he responded, "I did it because of what I read in the book." Maybe it was the chapter, Preparing for a Wife, that lead him to do this wonderful deed.

The author shares life stories to impart his wisdom in an easy to understand format. At the end of each chapter, he provides questions for your child to answer. I had my son write his answers down in his Bible journal.

Below is a list of chapter titles, along with a quote from each chapter, to give you an idea of what your child will learn:
  • A Grand Book - "If you want to understand God's ways, go out and observe His handiwork."
  • Admit It - "The easy way out of your troubles is to confess your mistakes."
  • Authority - "Authority is the opportunity to use all of your skill, all your resources, and all your wisdom to make those under you successful."
  • One Degree at a Time - "Diligence is careful, steady effort: today, tomorrow, and the next day."
  • A Man - "The greatest privilege of a man is to display the nature of God."
  • Be of Good Cheer - "A cheerful boy is a light shining in a dark world."
  • Coveting - "Whenever you begin to covet, when you take or keep what doesn't belong to you, remember that you are about to lose something of great worth."
  • Temptation - "Every invitation to do evil, no matter how small, is designed to destroy some valuable part of you."
  • Education for Life - "The man with an education is prepared."
  • Forgiveness and Dirty Diaper - "The word 'forgive' means to send it away from you."
  • Get Up Again - "Whenever you fail, never lie down and quit."
  • Where Do I Belong? - "I'm purposing to do what I know is right, even if it means feeling like a misfit."
  • Mr. Industry vs. Mr. Sloth - "The desire you follow will determine the man you become."
  • Inventions - "All boys are created with the desire to invent."
  • Justice - "Justice is the backbone of a man."
  • Leadership - "The future leader leaves with his thoughts full of the people he met and the opportunities he had to serve."
  • Learn to Like It! - "You have the choice. Either complain and murmur about life or develop a taste for it."
  • Life is Doing - "No boy grows into useful manhood with a spectator attitude towards life."
  • Meeting God in the Morning - "My God, the One who created everything in the world, wanted to meet with me."
  • Misunderstood - "Misunderstandings are opportunities to show God's attitudes, such as patience, forgiveness, and humility."
  • No Rest Without Work - "Rather, have the attitude that you plan your rest and play so that you may be refreshed to work more."
  • Overcoming Fear - "Overcoming [fear] is not necessarily getting rid of fears altogether, but it is learning to succeed in spite of them."
  • Pain - "To become a man, in the honorable sense of the word, every boy must learn to face pain head on."
  • Preparing for a Wife - "God designed perfect classrooms for marriage training. They are called little sisters."
  • The Best Book - "One hour in any other book cannot compare to one hour in the Bible."
  • Morning Watch - "It challenged me to set aside seven minutes every morning to meet with God."
  • The Value of an Old Man - "Age and experience brings wisdom."
  • A Time to Kill - "A man is responsible to protect and provide for the animals and people under his care. Don't kill without a reason [animals]."
  • Worship - "Worship, according to Jesus, was living everyday life by God's standards of justice."
  • Letters - "If you want to be a man that spreads joy, encouragement, and hope, learn to write simple letters, and then write them."
  • Preparing for Your Children - "The man you become will affect the future of your children."
Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man can be read by your child over and over again. I plan on having my son read it again when he's in junior high, and then again when he begins high school. I believe that with each reading, as he gets older, he will continue to gain much wisdom from this book.

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  1. I can't wait to order this! I have an almost 8 year old son that could benefit from this. Thanks for sharing! I am ALL about good parenting books. I am actually trying my hand at an ebook called "11 Things Every Child Should Know." Maybe you could review it for me when I am done :)

  2. By the way, thanks for visiting Unique Family Vision :)

  3. I'd be glad to review it. Just let me know when it's completed. Love the title! Maybe you could follow it up with a "11 Things Every Parent Should Know" ebook. :-)



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