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As a mom to four boys who grew up with 2 sisters and no brothers, I am often at a loss as to some aspects of raising boys. I want to give them a good foundation and have them grow into men who love God and honor their family. But, it isn’t always easy! Six Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy is a phenomenal resource which I know will be well worn by the time the boys are all grown.
I truly believe that this is an incredible resource for anyone with boys in their family. I can not begin to tell you how much it is going to be helping me parent my boys as they grow. I’m sure that a few of the changes that are going to be made will be met with resistance (e.g. not having video gaming ability every day of the week.) But, I am confident that the end result will be well worth it.
As a mom of four boys with no brothers, I most definitely appreciated the glimpses into the different world of boys and men. And, I’m hoping it helps me to feel less crazed when the boys do something that makes no sense to me (but all the sense in the world to my husband!) If nothing else, I won’t be so tempted to take them to a psychologist to fix what I perceived as wrong.
Keep on reading for more information about the book as well as a full chapter to preview. If you love that glimpse, then you’ll definitely want to (affiliate)buy your copy of Six Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy. It will be money well spent.
More about Six Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy
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***Special thanks to Karri James, Marketing Assistant, Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dannah Gresh is a bestselling author, a speaker, and the creator of the Secret Keeper Girl live events. Her books include Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl, 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters, And the Bride Wore White, and Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss). She and her husband have a son and two daughters and live in Pennsylvania.
Visit the author’s website.
SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Bestselling author Dannah Gresh empowers moms of with six proactive ways to raise sons age 8-12 to be honest, confident, and respectful. This encouraging, practical resource shows how the formative years can shape a godly, healthy teen and adult. Includes engaging activity ideas, and Scriptures to pray over sons.
List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2012)
AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:
Is There a Mouse in
That Cookie Box?
A box of cookies and a dead mouse.
Dear Grace Prep:
Recently some boys from your school came here to deliver cookies to my daughter and me. They also raked our leaves. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t trust them. I am sorry. (For the record, they were really yummy cookies.)
I think God sent those boys here.
You see, my husband—my daughter’s father—died recently and it has been tough. Just that morning my daughter and I kind of put a test out there for God. We prayed, saying, “If you’re really there and you really see us, show up!”
When he did, we didn’t recognize him right away. But I have no doubt that God sent those high-school boys to remind us that he sees us.
Where Have All the Good Men Gone?
Not so long ago, average mid-twentysomethings, both male and female, had achieved most of the milestones of adulthood: high school diploma, financial independence, marriage, and children. These days [the males] hang out in a novel sort of limbo, a hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance. 2
- Over 50 percent of young men will have become sexually active in a casual-sex culture where they’re likely to have an average of 9.7 sexual partners before they graduate from college. 4 (There goes his purity.)
- Most of them will be exposed to porn as a tween or early teen, with the median age of first exposure being about 11. This catapults many of them into a world of double-mindedness where they are one boy at home and in public—and another entirely in their private world. (There goes his integrity.)
- Many will have succumbed to an emasculated version of manhood that strips them of their drive to be leaders and protectors who do good. (There goes his honor.)
While Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl cried
out for us to band together against the culture’s pressure for our little girls to grow up too fast, this book pleads with you to join us in raising sons who are prepared to embrace the responsibility of growing up.
Why Are Boys “Bad”?
Bad boys display a “heightened destructive self-absorption, in all its melancholy stages.” In essence, we go bad when “we lose sight of our obligation to others.” 5
Myth Number One: “that masculinity is responsible for the world’s ills and femininity is the world’s salvation.” 6
Myth Number Two: “males destroy, females create; males stand in the way of positive spiritual/social values; males are inherently violent.” 7
Goodness vs. Badness
Good…boys…have learned to take seriously the very notion, the desirability of goodness—living up to the Golden Rule. 8
but overcome evil with good.
The ultimate reason we must raise our boys to be good is that it reflects the character of God. His goodness is a bedrock truth of Scripture and is inseparable from his nature. If we are to be a picture of him, we must possess goodness. He is good not only in a general sense, but he is good to us and forus. This element of his character expresses his selflessness and desire to exist on behalf of others. When people are good, they act toward and for others, as opposed to losing sight of others as their own needs and desires consume them.
Do you have boys in your house and find yourself frazzled during the day?
What is one piece of advice you were given when it comes to raising boys?