Even though my son has not yet entered the teenage years, I found What Your Son Isn't Telling You, by Michael Ross and Susie Shellenberger, great preparation in "unlocking the secret world of teen boys". Having been a teen girl at one time, I felt a bit more equipped when my daughter entered the teen years. However, I recognize that teen boys are entirely different creatures and the turbulent teenage years of boys were not going to look the same as girls.
Through discussion of topics such as the needs of teen boys, risk taking, anger and depression, potential battlegrounds, rejection of Christianity, and sexuality, the authors help parents reach and assist their teen sons though greater understanding. I found the numerous quotes of teen boys throughout the book to be especially helpful.
Ross and Shellenberger give parents a glimpse into issues that concern a teen boy the most, where the greatest challenges lie, strategies to walk along side your teen son, and how to keep the communication lines open. This is an excellent read for both moms and dads, even if your son has not hit the teen years yet. After reading What Your Son Isn't Telling You, I certainly feel better equipped for when I'll be mom to a teenage boy in a couple of years.
This book is a look inside the mind of a typical Christian teenage boy. The authors cover all of the teenage issues and offer sound, biblical advice on how to guide your teenage son through the difficult years of adolescence. The book includes many true stories and questions/comments that teenage boys have sent them.
If you have a son entering the teenage years this is a book I would recommend. However, if you have read other books on this topic, you may not find anything new here.
I have a teenage son who is really struggling and I was hoping to find help here. While there is some valuable advice here, most of it seems to be geared towards boys who have true saving faith. Just being raised in a Christian home does not mean that our sons have been converted and by the time they are teens they may have completely rejected our faith. If that is the case for your son, as it is with mine, there really isn't much help to be found in this book. Having read several other similar books, I didn't really find anything new in this one.
I must mention that I did receive a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.
We have a couple of preteen boys I've had some trouble connecting to as a Children's Ministry director. I got this book to potentially use as a foundation for a mentoring class (taught by a man). In reading through, I gained incredible insight about our guys and have really made huge strides in connecting with them. Read about one Sunday School class here: http://www.growingkidsministry.com/?p=2192
I am a reviewer for Bethany House and I received a copy of this book in the mail recently. As I was working my way through this book I found a lot of the information provided by the author to accurately reflect the average teenage boy. The authors did an excellent job work with some very tough issues that boys face and parents rarely hear about. These issues are not only difficult for teenage boys to go through but they are difficult for parents as well and this is where this book is very helpful. While the authors are limited in the scope they can offer they do provide an excellent general overview of the issues teenage boys face. It would be extremely difficult to get much past the basic generalizations because every teenage boy is different. God did not make two boys the same and this means the authors would not be able to address every single uniqueness or nuance of teenage boys. With that being said this is an invaluable beginning resource. It provides Biblical and practical ways to deal with the average teenage boy. While more specialized information may be needed for your teenage son, this book will start you off in the right direction.