10 Books for Boys Who Are Man Training

10 Books for Boys Who Are Man Training


To go along with the “Man Training” series that I’ve been working on… I thought what kinds of books should my son be reading?


I am always looking for good books, that fits our Christian worldview, to put on our bookshelves. My kids prefer fiction over non-fiction so I love it when we find a book that is an allegory for real life. I have a 10-year-old boy, so these books are mostly for ages 9 and above. My teen daughter has read #10, as will my son one day. Use your own judgement when helping your son {or daughter} pick out books that they can read alone.



Here are my top 10 picks:


1.) Christian Heroes Then & Now books by Geoff and Janet Benge – We love these books! They teach kids about the lives of those in history who’ve stepped out in faith to make a mark on this world. George Muller has been one of our favorites so far.


2.) Chronicles of Nania books by C.S. Lewis – We are huge Narnia fans! We have the box set of books and they look well read. 😉


3.) The Boy Knight: The Tale of the Crusades {and other books} by G.A. Henty


4.) Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers {and other books} by Ralph Moody


5.) The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan – Personally, I love this story as it relates to the walk of a Christian so well.


6.) The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann WeisGreat story of a family working together on a deserted island.


7.) Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man by Bob Schultz {for ages 9 and up}


8.) Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz


9.) Heroes and Villains of the Bible by Thomas Nelson


10.) Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris {for teens} – “Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to ‘do hard things for the glory of God.'” (Source: TheRebelution.com)


Also, while searching for books for this list… I found this list online. We have not read most of these… but I am looking into them now to see if they are something we can add to our home.



What is your son reading?


Many days growing and learning in Him,







  1. Jamie Oliver says:

    We love Swiss Family Robinson as a family and it’s excellent fiction for boys! :) We also like Bob Schultz.

    I have to admit, I have DO HARD THINGS on our shelf and I’ve read it and wasn’t crazy about it. I liked the message–definitely something that needs to be said–but I think it’s clearly written for a youth/teen audience and I found it a little hard to swallow after spending a lot of time with real, quality literature. It just felt very…young?…to me. Which probably makes it perfect for their intended audience! LOL.

    I also really liked Cliff Graham’s fiction series Lion of War and think it would be good for older/mature boys–but his non-fiction, Call of Duty, disappointed me.

    • Yes, I agree… ‘Do Hard Things’ is for teens, definitely. I just wanted to throw a few in there for the older boys. My whole list would be way more than 10, for sure. I will have to check out ‘Loin of War’. Thank you for sharing Jamie! : )

  2. As the mother of 3 boys, I loved your list.

  3. Max Elliot Anderson says:

    I like your list. By the way, years ago, I shot the dramatic film, Pilgrim’s Progress staring Liam Neeson. Here’s a list with more books for boys http://www.amazon.com/lm/R3EPYQRR8USNPJ/

  4. Heather says:

    Hello! I’m Heather and I just have a quick question about your blog! My email is Lifesabanquet1@yahoo.com

  5. laura says:

    Hello Heather! Love the list- so many books I am unfamiliar with- I need to go check them out.
    I am a mother of 4 boys (oldest 16) and I love the idea of reading books that promote development into manhood! if you don’t mind.. I would love to spotlight you and your list on my blog: http://www.bookclubs4boys.blogspot.com in September! (I need time to create my own list– lol— and would love to mention yours!)
    love the site!
    so glad I found you!

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