Mike Fabarez's Raising Men, Not Boys: Shepherding Your Sons to Be Men of God dares to venture into territory that gripes every parent's imagination in our culture: How to raise godly children.
Parents find themselves dealing with challenges that simply didn't exist in their childhoods, and dealing with them drawing upon resources that are already strained. In years gone by, stronger extended family networks and social fabrics like church had a greater impact and role in a parent's ability to raise men and not boys. Now, those two are both in tatters, and have left parents more alone than ever. Into that void steps Fabarez with a gift.
This book is that gift. Raising Men, Not Boys offers hope, as parents envision what kind of man they want their boys to become, and to live in that reality -- not this one.
Just as their environment for parenting has changed, the environment in which children grow and mature has also changed. Fabarez tackles those changes with grace and wisdom as well. From redefining play and leisure to offering hope for the teenage years, Fabarez has certainly spoken a timely and fitting message in this book.
This is a desperately needed book, and one that belongs in the hands of every parent who feels incompetent for the task ahead. If you want a sample, you can download the first three chapters here.
I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.