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Future Men [Paperback]

By Douglas Wilson (Author)
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As much as it may distress us, our boys are future men. When Theodore Roosevelt taught Sunday school for a time, a boy showed up one Sunday with a black eye. He admitted he had been fighting and on a Sunday too. He told the future president that a bigger boy had been pinching his sister, and so he fought him. TR told him that he had done perfectly right and gave him a dollar. The stodgy vestrymen thought this was a bit much, and so they let their exuberant Sunday school teacher go. What a loss. Unbelief cannot look past surfaces. Unbelief squashes; faith teaches. Faith takes a boy aside and tells him that this part of what he did was good, while that other part of what he did got in the way. "And this is how to do it better next time." As we look to Scripture for patterns of masculinity for our sons, we find them manifested perfectly in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one who set the ultimate pattern for friendship, for courage, for faithfulness, and integrity.

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How do we build our sons to be tough but not arrogant? mannered but not soft? imaginative but not lazy? bold but not hollow? Future Men is a Christian guide to raising strong, virtuous sons, contrary to the effeminacy and sentimentalism of contemporary culture. When Theodore Roosevelt taught Sunday school for a time, a boy showed up one Sunday with a black eye. He admitted he had been fighting and on a Sunday too. He told the future president that a bigger boy had been pinching his sister, and so he fought him. TR told him that he had done perfectly right and gave him a dollar. The stodgy vestrymen thought this was a bit much, and so they let their exuberant Sunday school teacher go. What a loss. Unbelief cannot look past surfaces. Unbelief squashes; faith teaches. Faith takes a boy aside and tells him that this part of what he did was good, while the other part of what he did got in the way. "And this is how to do it better next time." As we look to Scripture for patterns of masculinity for our sons, we find them manifested perfectly in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one who set the ultimate pattern for friendship, for courage, for faithfulness, and integrity.

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Studio: Canon Press
Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   Canon Press
ISBN  1885767838  
ISBN13  9781885767837  


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Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of numerous books. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is currently a senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He blogs regularly at DougWils.com.



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Reviews - What do customers think about Future Men?

Excellent!  Sep 25, 2008
"As much as it may distress us, our boys are future men."

Douglas Wilson touches all the bases in this book. In chapter one, he outlines his premise. He points out that boys are future men and that as men their calling is summed up in five terms: Lords, Husbandmen, Saviors, Sages, and Glory-Bearers. He gives a brief summary of each of these and then moves on to show how Biblical masculinity is being replaced by effeminacy. This problem, Wilson shows, is not only existent in the world but also in the church. He presses the need for masculine hymns to take the place of romantic and flowery songs, the need for men to lead their households and be an example for their boys, and the importance of training boys to work. These are only a few of the issues addressed in "Future Men."
 
Good Book   Sep 4, 2008
I have enjoyed reading this book. It's nice and full of intellectual well thought out chapters. I have really enjoyed this book. Great for young men of faith and fathers of young boys.
 
Excellent!  May 17, 2008
I am not quite all the way through with this book, but nearly, and I can tell you I went through it thus far with a highlighter! This book is excellent. It really speaks to both parents. In my view, it is highly recommended!
 
Very helpful  Nov 27, 2007
I found this book to be very helpful. I especially liked the segment on guns. We live in a society that wants to blame the gun for the violence instead of the person holding the gun. There is nothing wrong with guns, but we must be diligent in our instruction to our boys that they are not toys. They are weapons that can be used for good causes.
(example: protecting our country) This book was a good reminder that our little boys will one day be men and the training must begin now.
 
Buy a better book - this one's not worth your time or money  Jun 14, 2007
Have you ever read a book that starts well and then instead of finishing with a bang, it goes out like a whimper? That's the summary of Future Men. Great start - Wilson dives in and rescues masculinity from the onslaught of feminization. The theory put forth in the first few chapters was good, but as Wilson got more and more practical, his concept of manhood became more and more skewed and distorted. In fact, in one chapter on Christian Liberty, Wilson informs the reader that "one of the duties a father has is that of teaching his son to drink." And, yes, he means exactly what it appears he's saying! Wilson gets so sidetracked that in his first appendix he revisits the whole Christian liberty issue again, this time addressing marijuana - and his "wisdom" on that isn't much better than on the issue of alcohol.

Wilson is a huge home school guy who lives up in Idaho and I guess my impression of him is that while he is biblically-based, he is practically and culturally irrelevant. There are several books much better on the issue of raising godly young men and I would strongly suggest that someone considering this book check out some great books like Vaughn's Letters from Dad, or Ashcroft's Lessons from a Father to His Son, or the classic by J.C. Ryle titled Thoughts for Young Men, or even the short little book by the founder of Chick-Fil-A Truett Cathy titled It's Better to Build Boys than Mend Men. I have a list of books for Dads/Fathers that might be helpful.

Of course, if you do decide to select Future Men, you'll probably mine some valuable gems from the book as I did - just be careful of the landmines along the way!
 

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