How to raise a godly man in a godless world
Perhaps there has never been a more challenging time to raise children than in today’s culture. Parents are having to address challenges that their parents never had to with them. And while the core elements to raising children are the same, parents need wisdom for applying them to this day and age.
That’s what this book is about: navigating the times and raising a generation of men on godly principles—sons who are ready, able, and motivated to represent God during their days of sojourning on this earth. Pastor and author Mike Fabarez will help parents pass the faith on to their sons, in prayer that the promises of God extend to the third and fourth generations… and beyond.
Parents will be equipped to:
- Envision their son’s future every day
- Set his spiritual trajectory
- Build a home that grows godly men
- Address the rebellion in their son’s heart
- Prepare him to face the world and contribute to it
- Help their son toward a right view of play and leisure
- Navigate the teenage years
There is an epidemic of grown men with the maturity of young boys. Be a parent who saves your child from prolonged adolescence. Scripture says, “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him” (Prov. 23:24). Children are a gift from the Lord. Read Raising Men, Not Boys to steward the gift of parenting and shepherd your sons to be men of God.
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About the Author
DR. MIKE FABAREZ is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, California. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Talbot School of Theology, and Westminster Theological Seminary in California. Mike is heard on hundreds of stations on the Focal Point radio program and has authored several books, including Lifelines for Tough Times, Preaching That Changes Lives, and Bible Survey for Kids. Mike and his wife Carlynn have three children, Matthew, John and Stephanie.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Whole New Ballgame 9
1 Envision a Man's Future Every day 17
2 Set His Spiritual Trajectory 35
3 A Home That Builds Godly Men 57
4 Quell the Rebellion of His Sinful Heart 73
5 Make Him Sweat Every Day 93
6 Instill a Manly Work Ethic 105
7 Help Him Foster Dominion Over His Wallet 123
8 Raising Men in a World Half-Full of Women 139
9 Prepare Him to Face the World 155
10 A Righteous Man's Fun and Games 171
11 Wisdom to Navigate the Teen Years 187
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Raising Men, Not Boys
Christians understand that God created human beings as male and female—for His glory and for our good. The differences between the sexes are not matters of evolutionary accident, but are clear indications of God’s sublime and perfect design for human happiness. Yet in our age, confusing cultural signals have led many boys and young men to be uncertain and unaware of their masculinity and proper role in the home and in society. This brave new book by Mike Fabarez is a faithful guide for parents who want to raise their young boys to become true men. Full of Scripture-informed wisdom, this is a message parents and young boys need to hear. May God make us faithful as we seek to lead our boys to become true Christian men.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Raising Men, Not Boys is an absolutely brilliant look at specifics relevant to boys of all ages and the most complete book about raising boys I’ve read. If your son is an infant, read it now. If he is older, read it now. Read sections out loud to him so he understands himself and why you’re making the decisions you are. Underline sections, fold over page corners, and remember to come back to it again and again as your boys experience more of life. Moms should absolutely read this. Differences between boys and girls are very real! Dads should read it, too, of course. Your sons will become men motivated to live for God and equipped to glorify Him if you read, believe, and put into practice just the truths from chapter 2. Mike Fabarez’s explanation of the elements of the gospel and what’s relevant for spiritual growth and wellness is the best I’ve read. This chapter is worth the entire price of the book. Read it all, though. You’ll be glad you did.
Founder/president of Celebrate Kids, Inc.
Author of 8 Great Smarts and Screens and Teens
In this marvelous handbook, veteran pastor and experienced father Mike Fabarez provides a deeply probing discussion of various areas every Christian parent of sons should consider in their raising of those boys to become the men God wants them to be. Pastor Fabarez has thought through this subject carefully and includes so many valuable, crucial, and insightful reflections on areas responsible Christian parents would be wise to implement. Let me put it simply: Raising sons? Get this book! You’ll be so grateful that you did.
Bruce A. Ware
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Author of Big Truths for Young Hearts
You can tell a lot about a man by the children he raises. Fabarez’s sons tell a definitive story about an intentional father. Turning boys into men doesn’t happen by accident. This character comes about by the shepherding of a devoted father. Others now have the chance to learn from him in Raising Men, Not Boys. Read this volume and join the ranks of intentional fathers.
Overseer of the State of Kentucky’s Adoption and Foster Care System
Coauthor of A Guide to Biblical Manhood
As a father trying to shepherd my son into a man, I am thankful for this helpful resource from Mike Fabarez. He tackles hard issues with balance and precision while continually casting a vision for what godly parenting looks like. Every parent of boys needs to read this book.
President of Cedarville University
We’d never consider building a house without a set of blueprints. Yet every day many of us are building families without a blueprint—a vision of what we’re working towards. This book is your blueprint for raising the next generation of men. Read it, soak in the truth, and lead your son intentionally.
Author of No More Perfect Kids and No More Perfect Marriages
No doubt you’ve heard the stories of teen boys who skip class to play video games, or live with mom and dad as adults. Why aren’t more boys maturing successfully into men? This book will help you raise your son intentionally and biblically, with hope and a game plan.
Speaker and author of Parents Rising and Growing Up Social
Boys will be boys, but at some point they must be turned into men, godly men. In this book, Mike Fabarez provides a toolbox of biblical principles and patterns that will help today’s parent to shape a generation of young men who embrace their masculinity, God-given calling, and need to follow the man Christ Jesus. Read this book, and I pray that God will use it to help you raise a Peter not a Peter Pan.
Philip De Courcy
Pastor of Kindred Community Church
Teacher on the daily radio program Know the Truth
Raising sons to be strong, godly men is hard work. Mike Fabarez explains why this work is essential and how to do it well to the glory of God. Fathers, read this book!
H.B. Charles Jr.Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church