Book Review of Raising Real Men

Christian Parenting Book Review of Raising Real Men ~ An Island Family By Grace

I had wanted to read Raising Real Men, by Hal and Melanie Young, for a long time, and in January I finally added it to the books I am reading this year.

Having read nothing for a couple of months due to my pregnancy sickness, I am now pleased to say that I can give a book review of Raising Real Men, as I have been well enough to read again- hurray!

Hal and Melanie Young have six sons and two daughters, (some of whom are now adults), and are well known speakers at homeschool conferences in the US. They have a blog at and also a free podcast at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, called Making Biblical Family Life Practical, which I find very encouraging.

The subtitle of Raising Real Men is ‘Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys’, and the book covers subjects as diverse as role models, leadership, manners, resisting temptation, and leaving home.

Many of the issues touched on in the book could also apply to girls, but the Youngs explore how these relate to boys specifically, and how we might need to handle things differently with our sons.

Review of Christian Book on Parenting Boys - Raising Real Men - An Island Family By Grace

The only section of the book which I felt was not relevant to our family was the one on safety with real firearms, (handguns are illegal here in the UK, and other guns very rare), but play with toy ‘weapons’ was also discussed, so really it is a book that can be used by parents anywhere in the world.

Raising Real Men also deals with raising boys through the full age range from toddlerhood right up to entering college or the workplace. The Youngs give Biblical reasoning for their ideas on parenting boys, as well as lots of practical examples from their own family life.

I would recommend Raising Real Men to all Christian parents of boys. It is particularly, but not only relevant to home educating families, and would probably be especially encouraging to parenting of younger boys, however I found uplifting and practical advice as the parent of a teenage boy too.

Are you reading any books that you would recommend? Please share them in a comment below.

I bought Raising Real Men myself, and did not receive any compensation for this review. All the opinions are my own.

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6 Comments on “Book Review of Raising Real Men

  1. Thanks for this review. I’ve got two boys and am always looking for great parenting advice!

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