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Raising Real Men – Review and Giveaway

Raising Real Men is a great book, whose subtitle says it all:

Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys

The authors, Hal and Melanie Young, have six boys (and two girls) of their own, the oldest grown, so they really have walked through the process of raising them.

The book is written in a friendly, informal style. It’s easy to imagine sitting on the couch having a chat with the Youngs about parenting.

You’ll probably read through the book quickly, then come back to it as a reference again and again. It’s stuffed full of Scripture, experience, anecdotes, wisdom, encouragement, and challenges… Without worldly compromise, pop psychology, shame or blame.

My favorite aspect of the book is that it is not just about “surviving,” but – as the title indicates – moving beyond to enjoying and appreciating our boys.

What may be easiest or most convenient for mom at the time is not always the best thing for the man we want our son to become. This book offers insights into the character and development of Real Men… Something our world could certainly use more of.

I highly recommend this book to all parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, pastors… Heck, pretty much anyone who will ever speak to a boy. Click the picture at the top of the post to buy yourself a copy on Amazon. If you can, please buy a copy for your pastor, or your church library, as well!

Your sons will thank you. Your future daughters-in-law will thank you. Your sons’ future employers will thank you.

The future will thank you. :)

I received this product free from the authors; I was not compensated in any other way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone.
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One lucky As For My House reader will win their own copy of Raising Real Men!

Make sure to leave your email address with each comment. (Used only to contact the winner. If your email is entered in the form it will be saved for me but not displayed).

1. Leave a comment here sharing your biggest boy challenge, or biggest boy joy!

Extra Entries (leave separate comments for each).

Once you have completed #1, you can earn additional entries by doing any or all of the following. For those worth multiple entries, please leave that number of separate comments – each comment is one entry when I draw a number at the end!

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5. Post this giveaway to your Facebook wall (leave your Facebook name), or Tweet about it (and leave the link)! Each may be done daily for extra entries.

In additon to these, there are MANY more ways to earn extra entries. You know, all the usual stuff like sharing on Facebook, Tweeting, and so on? Just click over to our Giveaway Policy page for all the details!

This giveaway ends 10/23 at 11:59pm (Central), or more likely some time around 5 am the following morning when I log in again.

The winner will be chosen using and announced on the blog, as well as contacted by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. Your book will ship directly from the publisher.

** Comments are now closed. Look for a separate post soon announcing the winner! **


25 Responses to “Raising Real Men – Review and Giveaway”

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I just put this on my hold list at the library! Being a mother of a teenage boy is hard. Alex is 16 now. I often struggle since I’ve never been a boy!

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I follow your blog.

  • Beth says:

    I’ve been looking at this book online. It looks like a good read. I think our biggest challenge w/ our son is that he doesn’t talk much! We ask him questions and he gives short, succint answers…or none at all. My greatest “boy” joy is how easy I find pleasure in my son. He is a great kid and lots of fun to be around. I love it when he smiles at me and tells me he loves me.

  • Ginny says:

    my biggest challenge is getting my 2yo son to not drink his pee! dont ask! lol!!! he is a true joy though! love him!

  • Aileen says:

    Having no good example of my own to go to, a book like this would come in handy. Growing up, it was just my mother, my sister, and I. Having a good reference to help raise up my son would be a true blessing! :)

  • Andrea says:

    My biggest boy joy is having dirty rough playtime with my boys. I don’t have any girls to compare to but parenting boys is fun!!

  • Andrea says:

    I follow your feed

  • Andrea says:

    I signed up for the raising real men newsletter

  • Cristy says:

    With 3 boys under 3 this book would be a good read I am thinking.
    Biggest joy is the bigger boys running up to give me hugs for no reason. I love it!


  • Erin Svejda says:

    I have two young boys, and the hardest thing for me is getting used to that nonstop energy. I only had sisters, so it is a new thing for me. I asked my cousin once if her son bounced like that… her response was, “Yes…He still does!”

  • jamie says:

    Having a boy for me is such a new and crazy experience. I didn’t have brothers, grew up in a house with three other sisters…. so it’s all new to me! I would LOVE to win this!

  • sarah says:

    they are very active! my 13 month old is into everything! very different from his sister!

  • Christina says:

    My biggest joy with my boys is that they’re such good friends with each other. Even though they’re pretty rough-and-tumble kiddos they still really watch out for and protect each other. :)

  • Sophie H says:

    My biggest boy challenge is trying to get him to potty train. He of course is so proud of his body parts and their functions he just doesn’t care where it happens. IE: on his walls in the bath in his diaper, well anywhere but the potty is entertaining to him. Are girls this way?

  • Jill says:

    My boy is only 6 months, so our challenges are limited to basic baby problems right now. Although I’m sure there will be many many challenges to come!

  • Melanie says:

    Our biggest joy is watching them grow into wonderful, Godly young men. Yes, the challenges along the way are making us pull out our hair… but the joys are far ahead.

  • Rebecca says:

    OK, so my little ones are still young, so my biggest challenge is all silly (why isn’t he gaining weight on the weight curve he was on?). So my biggest joy is that he is 9 months old and Loves playing peek-a-boo. He even instigates it by hiding behind a chair/vacuum/box and popping out and grinning. Adorable.

  • jerri says:

    We are new to having a boy- he’s 18mos, but already we see so many differences in how he behaves. So much more physical. Every moment with him is complete joy (so far!).

  • Kim says:

    One difficulty about boys is that they think differently than me. I am trying to learn to understand them.

  • Kayli says:

    My biggest boy challenge has been getting them to wear clothes consistently.

  • Michelle Smith says:

    My biggest boy joy is that my 2 are so loving to each other and especially to their 2 month old sister. Warms my heart to see the love they show each other

  • Michelle Smith says:

    Became a facebook fan of Raising Real Men

  • Michelle Smith says:

    Signed up for the raising real men newsletter

  • Michelle Smith says:

    Subscribed to As for my house via google reader

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