Monday, March 14, 2011

Godly Resources for Raising Sons--- Part 1

"Dear Mrs. Fuentes, I have several sons, would you mind sharing some resources to help me raise them for the Lord?"
---a dear reader inquires.

Unsurprisingly, when I did a survey and asked all my readers what you would like to read more on--the majority vote was for more posts on raising sons!

 Yes, raising boys is a HUGE task and  I have several favorite resources I would love to share. It is important to invest in godly resources that promote the biblical goals you have for your family, as it so easy to crash and burn or even be directionless running on auto pilot.  And just a quick note, if your boys are too young for these, don't think for one minute that these are not for YOU! This is the *perfect* time for mom and dad to learn how and why they should raise their sons and they will be much more equipped to do so after reading and listening to many of these resources below. I can't tell you how much it benefited me to have an understanding of boyhood and manhood before my boys got older.

Twenty-first century Christian boys have much to learn from boys of the past. Issues of courtesy to women, sacrifice, and vision are critical to raising modern boys. Our goal must be to move beyond the pretty platitudes and to aspire to rebuilding an entire culture of virtuous boyhood, such that every aspect of a young man’s life is preparation for chivalrous leadership in the name of Jesus Christ.

This one is a favorite, a classic and would love to pass these on to my children when they have their own family!

Don't be fooled by this title! This excellent book is broken up into chapter explaining how from the ages of 3-5 and up how to begin instilling character in your sons and using their gifts for God's glory. I learned so much from this book and it is still a favorite of mine.

This is what Polished Cornerstones is for daughters--also by Doorposts. Fully loaded with activities, Bible studies and encouragement to help your young son grow into a godly man.

How should young men treat young women “as sisters, with all purity?” Learn how to interact with girls; protect girls; handle flirtatious girls; and how to encourage your sisters in Christ. This message reveals the attitudes that three young men learned to cultivate as they listened to their father’s instruction, studied Scripture, and then interacted with the fair sex with gallantry and manliness.

This is a book that I have my sons working through for the past few years. It is broken up into 45 chapters of valuable Bible study with questions and answers. Everything from how to choose heroes, how to treat women, building relationships with siblings and much more goodness.

Thoughts for Young Men addresses the four great temptations that plague most young men: sloth, lust, love of pleasure, and peer pressure. J.C. Ryle, the last of the great Puritans, tackles each of these subjects with a tenderness and tact that is unsurpassed. First written toward the end of the nineteenth century, it remains to this day the most relevant and helpful book on the subject in print.

Have you ever wondered why so many Christian familes are losing their children to the world? Here is one reason: By failing to win, disciple, guide, and protect the eldest children, fathers and mothers often find a multiplicity of sorrows and divisions within the home.On the other hand, wise parents who seek the help of the Lord and carefully shepherd their eldest children often enjoy blessed reinforcement and encouragement in the training of the younger children. In this practical and scriptural look at the biblical principles of children and mentorship., Dr. S.M. Davis draws from the Apostle John’s letter to Gaius to illustrate how the actions of older siblings greatly influence the paths of younger children, for good or evil.

Still a favorite that I love listening to!

Listen to a sample here.

These are just a few for now,

I will do a Part 2, sometime very soon...


Note: Not only are these resources very affordable but they are easily integrated into your homeschool curriculum as well. And don't forget about investing into grandsons lives too!


Shannon said...

I love Plants Grown Up!!!

Shannon said...

Also, thank you for this post. :o) There are a couple of books I held off on buying because I thought they weren't applicable to a young child. Thank you for the clarification! :o)

Sammy and Missy Parris said...

I need to read this considering I now have 4 boys and they are growing up so quickly. You mentioned Polished Cornerstones, have you used the girls or boys guide by doorpost. I am trying to decide between this or Far Above Rubies for my girls for next year. Any thoughts on these?

Shay said...

Love this post. I don't have any sons other than my husbands son from his first marriage...and he is in his 30's and married with 3 kids on the opposite coast from where I live. I think I did have a good impact in his life...but this post made me think of my 8 month old grandson. His mommy is my daughter who is a Christian and new to raising boys. All that to say, thank you for this informative post on good books to read when raising boys. And yes, like Shannon said, I'm glad you clarified that it is important to know about boyhood and manhood...even when they are younger. Good point.

Thank you...

Lisa Maria said...

Dear Mrs Fuentes.

I don't have any sons but I just had to comment on how beautiful this post was and how much I LOVE the gorgeous vintage pictures you use. I will pass the info on to my sister though whose son is now 7. Thank you and God Bless!

Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook said...

Dear June,

Preparing Sons to Provide for a Single Income Family is a favorite of mine, too. The chapter on "Appetites" is convicting and eye-opening. A refreshing read, and I'm so glad you mentioned it here.

Thank you for this post. So many great ideas!

Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook

Far Above Rubies said...

Plants Grown Up is a book I would like to read.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Anonymous said...

A BIG, HEARTY THANK YOU! I love S.M. Davis and have been meaning to listen to more of his tapes!

Tammy said...

I enjoyed this post. As a Mom of 8 sons, all material is helpful! Parenting is such a huge task!! We've done many of the suggestions you have posted. I highly recommend them :)

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Dear Sammy and Missy Parris,

I own both Far Above Rubies and Polished Cornerstones and I have to say that Polished Cornerstones wins hands down in this home! If you have any specific questions about them, just ask and I will try to answer them.


I agree! The Maxwell's also have a book about keeping children's hearts and it shares alot on appetites there as well--SO GOOD! I even wrote about it awhile back:


I love SM Davis and have my sons listen to his preaching when they help with the dishes! I especially like them to listen to "What to Expect from a 12 Year Old"! ;)

Many blessings...

Shyla said...

Wonderful Post - and might I add Bob Schultz's books?

Boyhood and Beyond
Created For Work
Practical Contentment

All splendid works....

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Dear Shyla,

I am going to post a part two and am including Bob Schultz too! My sons are currently working through Created for Work!

Many blessings...

Rocky Mountain Homemaker said...

My goodness, what a wealth of resources for those of us who desire to raise godly men rather than full grown adolescents. Thanks for sharing them.

Love Alone said...

Thank you so much for this. It's such a shame, but my library system doesn't have a single one of these titles. It just goes to show the secular bias that exists. So many books on Budhism, Islam, Hinduism, but very few on Christianity.

Sammy and Missy Parris said...

Thank you for your opinion on a choice of the two books. I have been reading your blog for quite a long time and I have learned to value your opinion and I have seen that we tend to parent our children in the same way. As I have said before your words are always an encouragement to us.

Frau Guten Tag said...

Thank youso much for this!!!

Cecillia♥ said...


Thank you SO MUCH for this! My husband and I are expecting our first little one in July and he is a boy :) I'm looking very forward to reading and listening to this material!! :D

Mrs. Price said...

Thank you for the resources. I am the mommy to 2 little boys. These will help a lot.

Melodie said...

Thank you so much for this list of resources! I have 2 boys ages 3 and 1 and have been looking for things such as this to help train them to be men of God. I appreciate it greatly!

Anne said...

These are new resources to me. Thanks for the list!

~Babychaser~ said...

Did you ever do a part two to this post?? I've looked around but didn't see it. I'd be especially interested in books they could read, like the one you did for girls!

Love your blog, by the way. Such a great resource for me in itself!


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