I originally bought this book for my son, whom I will start home schooling next semester. He's been out of my home for 10 years and I fear he hasn't had the "male" bonding time that he should have gotten with his father. He's 15 now.
He's very intelligent but is still like any boy of today's world. Into games and technology. He loves to read though and loves to learn.
I thought that maybe a good read of "old fashioned" ideas would help him better understand that he can still be a gentleman in today's age, but still be "hip" or "cool"
This book broke all expectations. I read it first, to ensure that it had the values and morals that I tend to cling onto. One of the things that worries my son is that he's of a science mind and that religion and science doesn't mix. The very first chapter actually provides a different aspect on this view, where God actually encourages science.
The author was very clever and witty in putting some of the childhood experiences in with concept. A very intelligent book.
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June 22, 2011
Blue Jeans & Teacups
I HOMESCHOOL our son who has just finished 6th grade. We read "CREATED FOR WORK" once a week as part of our Personal Growth area. There are 34 chapters in this book. Last year (5th grade) we started with Bob Shultz' 1st book: "BOYHOOD AND BEYOND" (31 chapters). Because my son spends most of his day home with me, I wanted to make sure he was getting plenty of influence from a Godly man. These books hit the target! Each chapter is about 3 or 4 pages, followed by a set of stimulating questions. I read the chapters aloud to my son (and I always get something from each story as well). As I think of things in our life or my son's possible future, I pause and discuss them. Scripture is woven throughout each chapter in the KJV (I keep my bible handy with the NKJV whenever we need an easier translation). These books have been a wonderful part of school for us! For 7th grade we will start "PRACTICAL HAPPINESS" (36 chapters). I would recommend them for ALL parents of boys; from the single mom, to the dad wanting to help mold his child into a young man after God's own heart, to those parents working in partnership and wanting to do a family devotional with their boys, or other homeschool teachers like me! Ps: If you have daughters, it would not hurt for them to listen in and begin to understand what Godly character to look for in their future husbands, plus many of the character ideas apply to all of us, not just boys. I just found out there is a new book published this year (2011) titled "EVERYDAY BATTLES". I will order it very soon to make sure I have it ready for 8th grade. However, in checking the CBD website, I learned of Mr. Shultz passing away in 2008 (thanks to another reviewer kind enough to share it). I am so sad and deeply moved. Mr. Shultz leaves an amazing legacy behind, both in these books and in the many lives he touched personally, (as you will come to understand through the little stories he shared). I pray that his family is continually blessed and comforted.
Highly recommended! A great resource for our family time - we used it to connect in this busy season. We have 3 sons, 1 daughter, and the values taught, while geared toward raising Godly men, were beneficial for all of us. This should be required reading for every young man - and it wouldn't hurt the girls, either. Short, quick read chapters with thought-provoking questions to open discussion. Especially beneficial for young men being raised by single moms.