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Future Men: Raising Boys to Fight Giants

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,075 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Canon Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About half way through this book I realized Doug Wilson wasn't going to provide a "how-to" for his readers on raising boys to be godly men. The examples from his own family were few and far between.

What he did provide, once I had the ears to hear, was a thoroughly biblical foundation for raising good men. The outcome was far more helpful than a book of "10 tricks for effective parenting". Once rooted in biblical principles, the Spirit can and will guide parents in the day to day discipline and
Leandro Guimarães
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very good and useful book. Loses a star (it would have lost only half a star, were that possible) for its somewhat cavalier usage of the Bible, with some minor occurrences of eixegesis, that is, taking (Biblical) texts out of context and giving it unwarranted interpretations.

Sets a high standard for raising boys. I do feel I fall short, and pray God will supply my many faults in raising my son.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For boy moms, this is a very helpful read. Loaded with scripture, and he discusses topics that seem weighty and confusing to me. I've dog-eared a lot of the pages and chapters for me to return to as my sons grow older. Loved it, and I'm very thankful to have gleaned from Douglas Wilson.
Sean Higgins
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a man, are raising a man, or know a man, I cannot imagine better help to make a godly man than this book.

That said, this is not for faint-hearted, effeminate readers. There may be some gristle to spit out while enjoying big bites of meat.


Read again May 2013. Really good. And important. We need more men to put on their pants and help their sons learn how to do the same.
John Boyne
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This little book is one that I will likely go back to again and again through out the development of my son. Wilson provides excellent advice and a biblical worldview to raising boys in our current culture. Boys are very unique and need to be raised differently from girls in order for them to embrace the true potential that God has given them and Wilson works diligently to show that. I highly recommend this book to new fathers of sons as well as experienced parents.
Anthony Ray
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, wilson
Per usual, Wilson is accessible and succinct. A great read not only for parents of sons, but for young men looking for a theology of manhood. Will probably revisit and reference over the years as a father.
Jessie Wittman
Worth reading, even though I gave it three stars!!! I plan to pick up this book in a couple years to skim through it again to be reminded of some of his good perspectives. Wilson has some great over-arching principles about future men, I gleaned a lot from the opening chapter and the chapter on 'moms and sisters.' However, he fails often in his application of these principles, making things rather legalistic and fundamentalist because of his a patriarchal-colored lenses built on 1950s American ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: The following statement is not to be understood as cliché or an overstatement, "this is the best book I have ever read about raising boys."

Doug Wilson will challenge the way you think about raising boys and he does not pull any punches on the sensitive topics many authors tip-toe around. This book is theologically rich and full of biblical support. You will not agree with everything Wilson says but at the same time you will not be able to disagree with him. The content is directly
Jake McAtee
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. How to raise Dragon-slayers.
Jacob Rush
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very thorough and practical book on what it means to be train boys to be men. An essential read for those who will be fathers one day, and for young men who have a sneaking suspicion that what has been presented as masculinity in our churches and culture (in both the macho and effeminate ditches) is not the real deal.
Davey Ermold
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-parenting
I would consider this a must-read for parents of boys. Wilson aptly writes about pressures facing boys in today’s culture, specifically the trend towards effeminacy. At the same time, it’s clear that Wilson’s views are impacted by his theonomy; his brash, aggressive tone frequently leading to subjective browbeating disguised as objective biblical truth. Read with discretion, but definitely read.
I liked this book much less than I thought I would. He was short on examples and long on his (frankly ridiculous) opinion of stereotypes. Ultimately not the book I'm looking for, but one I might read again.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars because I feel like this book lacks consistent content. Some chapters were really helpful and well written and I will revisit them. Some chapters had a lot of cultural references I didn’t understand at all and heavy use of sarcasm with implied meanings I just couldn’t catch. The book felt like a collection from previous works with some hastily written additions, and not a stand alone thing, which is a problem for people reading this as their first (my second) Wilson book.
Lendl Meyer
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A kick-in-the-pants-style reminder to look to God's word and ways in leading our families and raising our boys.
Samuel Parkison
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the most useful parenting book I’ve ever read.
Gabriel Odhiambo Achayo
Wonderful book

Wonderful book on raising boys to be responsible men. Addresses all aspects of parenting boys that every parent needs to pay attention to. Loved it
Joshua Jenkins
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christian parents ought to read this and get their palates cleansed of the feminization we’ve been fed. A couple dry parts for me, but the meat of the book is wildly inspiring and worth it. The title alone conveys a lost mentality among Christians that we must regain.
Mike E.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Doug Wilson's book helps Christ-centered, Bible-saturated dads (& moms) think and act biblically in rearing godly, boys to be responsible, masculine men. His charge to parents and thesis is "Parents are to believe God _for_ their sons, which is a very different thing than believing _in_ their sons."

The strengths of the book are its clarity, brevity, and seasoned insights from someone with experience as a father of boys, pastor, and practical theologian. The weaknesses of the book are not as
John Gardner
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Honey and Locusts.

I have read a lot of books on parenting, and particularly on parenting boys, and this is far and away the best I’ve yet encountered. Wilson’s counsel is both pastoral and practical, and always tinged with his typical witty prose.

His approach is very different from many other parenting books, mainly because he starts from a different perspective. Rather than beginning with the various challenges associated with bringing up boys, he challenges parents (and
Noel Adams
I would describe this less as a theology of raising men, and more of a collection of essays, loosely tethered to scripture, (lightly seasoned, shall we say). But I do think it makes for an interesting read, which is why I just finished it for the third time.

Ironically, this is one for the girls. What I mean by that is that these are provocative essays which serve to remind me that, as a mother, I really only grasp part of the picture of what it means to be a man. And no matter how many future
G.M. Burrow
Wilson wisdom (here as always) isn't just biblically sound; it is also wildly energizing. Some notable quotables:

p. 16 [T:]o beat the spears into pruning hooks prematurely, before the war is over, will leave you fighting the dragon with a pruning hook.

p. 104 Part of fulfilling the Great Commission involves climbing the beanstalk.

p. 163 The listener to classical music is impressively engaged; the devotee of such rock music is left, with a ringing in his ears, right where he started.
c. hodgson
Ultra conservative, but provides great insight on how to raise 'future men' to know Jesus.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For every man who wants to be a man. My favorite quote is: "The Bible is a story about a dragon fight."
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Wilson' frankness with which he tackles real issues without being crass. I am already thinking about re-reading parts of again!
David Nelson
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not my cup of tea. oh yea that would make me unmanly. While full of scriptural references this is the stuff that turns boys into zealots, lacking compassion or empathy and leading to chauvinism.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, there were paragraphs/chapters that I absolutely loved and felt very inspired by, and then there were paragraphs/chapters that...well... I didn't.

My critiques are as follows:
1) The book needed better editing. I think Doug Wilson is a good speaker, teacher, and pastor, but I think he can improve as a writer. The book felt very choppy, almost as if it was a collection of separate sermons or blog posts all pasted together. I had trouble getting a good sense of flow. Also, the organization
Kevin Godinho
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. It is our job as fathers/parents to prepare our boys/children for life. Not just life, but life walking in obedience to the Lord. I didn't have that growing up. There's a large part of me that feels as if I am scrambling to put all of the pieces together so that I can be faithful in doing what the Word commands us to. "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your ...more
Vincent Stewart
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, family
The advice given in this book is golden. Douglas takes you through a biblical study of manhood. Chapter by chapter, page by page is loaded with scripture and commentary. As always Doug challenged a lot of my own traditional normative thinking. It is time for us to think as Christians again to be biblical minded men raising biblically minded offspring. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Doug points the reader again and again back to the hard ...more
I struggled a little with some of the content in this book. I don’t disagree with the need to address the different aspects of raising boys to be men or the biblical whys behind it. But the lack of example or discussion of methodology, made some of the points come across as pharisetical law instead of helpful instruction to guide a parent who wants to raise their son in a way that is honoring to God.

My frustration with some of the delivery isn’t enough to discourage me from recommending this
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I highly recommend this book. This book has profoundly influenced how I will raise my boys. It also corrected a lot of unbiblical thinking about manhood from our culture that is unfortunately widespread in the church. Any man with or without sons, should read this book, this book is the antidote to the poison of effeminacy that has infiltrated the church-especially if you grew up in the church in the 90s like we did. This is definitely one I’ll be reading over and over again as my boys
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