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Boyhood and Beyond based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The old saying is that if something is free, it is usually worth only what you pay for it, but happily there are serendipitous exceptions. A few years ago, I ordered some books from The Timberdoodle Co., and this book was sent along as a free promotion. The back cover says, "Bob Schultz, a carpenter by trade, has written a timeless book for boys. Wisdom and common sense are gleaned from short chapters covering topics such as authority, inventiveness, and honesty as well as learning to overcome things like fear, laziness, and temptation....This is a 'life' book designed to be read and lived out in a boy's life, thus becoming one of his building blocks to godly character and, ultimately, manhood." I wholeheartedly agree with this summation. In fact, I do not think that I have read a book as beneficial as this one in a long time. There are thirty-one chapters in the book, each with discussion and thought questions at the end. It was so good to see many traits and attitudes that a lot of us grew up with but find sorely lacking in today's society and want to pass on to our sons explained with simple, everyday, easy-to-understand illustrations, all from an unabashedly Biblical standpoint. There are a few questionable items, such as occasional inferences to God's speaking directly to people's hearts and to going to youth church, and I do not fully agree with the author's description of the nature of worship. However, there is a wealth of practical information and instruction in this book. Every father of sons should read it to help him to prepare his sons for manhood, and then have his sons read it to help them to prepare themselves for manhood. Therefore, I picked some thirty-one day month, had our older son Mark read a chapter a day and then discussed the questions at the end with him. We logged it simply as "life experience training." If I were to use an A to E grading scale for books, this one would be A+!