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,

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Comments

  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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