It’s a tall order, raising boys.

Godly manhood is under attack.

Somewhere along the way, our culture has forgotten how to produce men who act like men.

The little tow-heads running around in your backyard and mine are the hope for this country’s future.

And it is up to you and me to raise them up in righteousness. 

If you haven’t noticed, books on parenting are almost a dime-a-dozen; every “expert” has coined a few phrases and marketed a new “must read” guide for clueless parents.

So why read another book on child rearing?

Well, it is my humble opinion that godly parents are the best “experts” out there.

Who else should dish out advice than those who are in the trenches with (and ahead of) you?

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Raising Real Men, by Hal and Melanie Young.

My husband and I are blessed with two young sons, so naturally, I was curious about the book.

But, honestly, I wondered,

What could this book possibly tell me that I haven’t already heard or read somewhere else?  How many ways are there to tell parents how to raise boys?! 

By the time I finished the Youngs’ fourteen-chapter book, I knew I would recommend it. 

The tone of the book is decidedly palatable; no “in your face” ideas, or “it’s my way or else” attitudes.  I appreciate that virtue in a book because, if we are all honest, no one set of parents has conquored “the” way to raise and train children.  Remember, we’re all in this together!

The Youngs share their own story of raising six sons (and two daughters) with honesty, humor, and a God-honoring focus that is both challenging and refreshing.

{You can find the Youngs on Facebook here!}


Raising Real Men touches a myriad of topics related to bringing up sons, from homeschooling and heros to work ethic and leadership.  My personal favorites were chapters eleven and thirteen: “Chivalry is Not Dead” and “Love and War”.

You’ll have to read the book to find out why.  🙂

I encourage you to purchase a copy of Raising Real Men from my favorite homeschooling resource: Timberdoodle.  The service is great and the shipping is fast.

Timberdoodle is also a great hub for finding more parenting helps and boy-friendly outdoor learning to help you raise your real men. 😉

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One thought on “Raising Real Men {book review}

  1. My mom loved this book when she previewed it for my brother (Light of Faith Resources). I’m so glad you’ve sharing about it with your readers too!

    Posted on November 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm