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Overview High-school teacher and mother of two boys Elliott exhorts parents and caregivers to choose Jesus as the ultimate male role model for their sons.
Publishers Description High-school teacher and mother of two boys of her own, the author exhorts parents and caregivers to choose Jesus as the ultimate male role model for their sons. Tracing the Gospel stories of Christ from infancy through ministry in Judea and Galilee and even to death and resurrection, each chapter identifies a lesson to be gleaned from Jesus' life. Practical wisdom about facing temptation, exploring leadership, choosing friends, dealing with women, and handling money also yields spiritual insight for raising a young boy into a Christlike man.
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Library Journal - 03/01/2009 page 62
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Studio: Judson Pr
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2009
Publisher Judson Press
ISBN 0817015418 ISBN13 9780817015411
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More About Sharon Norris Elliott
Sharon Norris Elliott loves the Lord, and her passion is teaching biblical truth via the written and spoken word. She has written books, published articles and devotions, and edited magazines, all while sustaining her career as a high school English instructor. Sharon is also a popular speaker who motivates and encourages her audiences at women's and writer's retreats and conferences nationwide. She is a graduate of Biola University and women's Bible study leader at South Los Angeles Baptist Church. Sharon, her husband, James, and their youngest son, Mark, live in South Gate, California.
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Practical Help for Parents Desiring to Raise Young Men of God Sep 8, 2009
Sharon Norris Elliott's book Raising Boys to be Like Jesus is probably the most practical, insightful, and biblically-based book on raising boys since Dr. Dobson. It has proved transformative in the life of my sister, a single mom, and her nine-year-old son. The book, with its "Step Aside" sections for personal application, has opened her eyes to the many ways children's lives are shaped by the simple choices we make. She is now motivated to reshape her parenting approach to one that will better guide her son into becoming a man of God. If you desire to raise your son in His image, this book will show you how.
A Very Influential Book For Conservative Christian Parents Jun 10, 2009
RAISING BOYS TO BE LIKE JESUS offers counsel for a great number of challenges that Christian parents face today. It investigates the tasks of laying effective moral groundwork for young boys, getting through the tough middle years, and then helping them mature into admirable young men. It touches equally on children and parents, delving into what kind of role models we are making for our kids and what they see in us. Self-examination, spiritual devotion and dedication to daily improvement, both for boys and their parents, are a major focus.
Author Sharon Norris Elliott provides great detail, description and interpretation of many biblical passages relating to Jesus Christ. For example, when discussing the subject of men's responsibility toward women, she cites the Bible to illustrate how Jesus handled the situation:
"John 8:1-11 relates the tension-filled story of the woman caught in adultery. The women's disingenuous accusers orchestrated the whole episode to trap Jesus in a disagreement with Moses' teaching. Jesus ignored the challenge and focused on the woman...'If any one of you are without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'...Boys who will be like Christ in their treatment of women will always defend a woman's honor. A woman caught in a compromising position clearly knows her plight. There is no need for her protector to remind her of it too. What is needed is protection and encouragement to go on from there."
Here is how Elliott approaches the subject of Jesus organizing His life and the good that followed from that:
"Jesus sought John's baptism because it was proper (Matthew 3:13-15). He emerged from the wilderness, ready to begin his ministry --- with a routine that was consistent as he traveled from town to town, visiting the synagogues, preaching the gospel of repentance, and healing the sick (Matthew 4:23). He systematically recruited twelve disciples, students whom he would train and to whom he would ultimately delegate the work of ministry. And when the time came, Jesus resolutely turned his face to Jerusalem to face what awaited him there...Your son's integrity will shine when he leads an organized lifestyle that allows him to get everything done. When he makes a promise or a commitment, he will be able to stick to it because he is organized enough not to let other things get in the way."
Elliott's advice is very discerning and detailed, and individual descriptions relating to moral character are particularly thoughtful. What it means to have true integrity, for example, she describes as a character trait of being consistent and not related in any way to how others perceive us, but a mindset where we are committed to one set of values and our actions consistently reflect this. I was thoroughly impressed by her discussions of honesty and integrity and helping others.
The views in this book represent radical conservative Christian ideals. As such, they will have great appeal to some but may not appeal to every reader. For example, while some perspectives here represent interpretations of the Bible and basic Christian values common among many Americans, other perspectives stray into a territory that is blatantly condemning of present-day American culture, individuals, choices and lifestyles. There are also occasional leaps of logic in conclusions drawn and a generally severe mindset denouncing values that stray even a little from the professed ideal.
That said, RAISING BOYS TO BE LIKE JESUS makes a very effective argument in comparing the virtuous qualities of Jesus to the efforts that we make as parents for our own children. Elliott is astute and knowledgeable in her biblical quotations and represents admirable core values. And she advocates a mindset of action and dedication as a means of producing positive results. This is a very influential book for conservative Christian parents.
--- Reviewed by Melanie Smith ([...])
A fine and highly recommended read for Christian parents trying to do the right thing May 15, 2009
Being more like Jesus is what many Christians desire, but how does one foster that desire in one's children? "Raising Boys to Be Like Jesus" is a Christian guide to raising one's boys right, using the role model of the Lord. With advice on facing sin, being a good leader, establishing good relationships, treating women right, and sound financial practices, "Raising Boys to Be Like Jesus" is a fine and highly recommended read for Christian parents trying to do the right thing.