The much-anticipated "sibling" to Courtney's bestseller Your Girl offers biblical advice on growing godly sons. Tell-it-like-it-is chapters including "Raising Your Boy to Be a Real Man"; "A Mother's Sphere of Influence"; "Surviving a Sex-Obsessed Culture"; "Staying in Line When Online"; "Manhood, Masculinity, and Marriage Redefined"; and more are seasoned with practical, experience-based guidance. 224 pages, softcover from B&H.
When popular speaker Vicki Courtney released the best-selling Your Girl in 2004, and Beth Moore declared it A must read for every daughter’s mother,” it wasn’t long before a fast-growing audience was naturally requesting Your Boy. After all, parents are seeking help to grow godly sons as well. And as the mother of two boys herself, Vicki rises to the occasion with this inspiring, tell-it-like-it-is new favorite.
Vicki Courtney is a trusted speaker and best-selling author. Her books include Your Boy, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter, and the ECPA Christian Book Award winners TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue Confidential. Known and respected as a "mom in the trenches," Vicki has shared her youth culture wisdom on CNN, Fox News, and Focus on the Family. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and their three children.
Simply titled Your Boy, author Vicki Courtneys book takes the reader on a wild ride into the world of boys. For this fasten-your-seat-belt journey, she urges moms to do their part in rearing godly boys in an ungodly world. Courtney hammers home that boys grow up before we know it, so its best to equip them at every stage with the tools they will need to grow into godly manhood.
From Hot Wheels to hormones, the author mentions her own trials and triumphs in bringing up two sons to be godly in a world saturated with sex. Founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, Courtney is not bashful about revealing the moral impurities infiltrating the most unsuspecting places. [A]s mothers, we (need to) rest in the settled peace
that our sons are always under (His) watchful eye.
A moms sphere of influence is huge but is not meant to be polluted with manipulation, like Rebekah did with Jacob (in the Old Testament) to carry out her own schemes. Courtney offers a contrasting biblical example: Hannah knew better than to think that Samuel belonged to her.
Perhaps the author attempted to cram too much between the covers of this book, like encouraging moms not to diminish their high calling by coddling their sons; add to that the mission to rear their boys in godliness. Toss in, yet, a crash course on surviving a sex-obsessed culture, and she may have had material for several volumes. All the more reason, perhaps, for moms busy rearing their boys to get this much for the price of one! Cheryl A. Cecil, Christian Book Previews.com
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