Books Which Help Our Boys Become Men

I seem to have had some sort of writer’s block over the past couple of days, very possibly (in my case) otherwise known as laziness.  I have not wanted to write.  This is very unusual and I am wondering if a trip to the doctors might not be out of the question…….

Anyway, as promised here are the four books T14 would have said had the largest impact on him during his early teen years.

Boyhood and Beyond

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From Amazon: ‘Boyhood and Beyond Bob Schultz, a carpenter by trade, has written a timeless book for boys. Wisdom and common sense are gleaned from short chapters covering topics such as authority, inventiveness, and honesty as well as learning to overcome things like fear, laziness, and temptation. Boyhood and Beyond motivates boys to build their lives on a foundation of strong moral principles.’

Yes, I know, I really shouldn’t be quoting Amazon, but I am suffering from a disease (called Laziness).  I am certain our staycation next week will sort it out.  I just need a change of scene.  Yes, that’s it.  Once I have had a change of scene I will be completely cured of Laziness.

Bob Shultz writes in a humble manner, using examples from his job as a carpenter to drum in home truths about life as a boy and teen.  Very simply and cleverly written, T found it easy reading and yet thought-provoking at the same time.

Created for Work

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Do you believe there wasn’t anything worth quoting from Amazon here, so I shall have to endeavor to write a synopsis myself.  Boo hiss!  Does Amazon not realise I am having a lazy moment?!

Again Bob Shultz uses stories from his own life to teach very simple truths about how we were designed to work.  If you have read my blog for a while, you will know work ethic is very important to me and Gary.  The books are written in a format that the child can simply read it as a chapter book, or use it in their morning devotions or in fact use it as a read aloud with the family.  The questions at the end of each chapter encourages the child to think about the lesson taught, in greater depth.

He teaches against laziness (yes, I do see the irony – maybe I need to read it and apply it to myself?), slothfulness, halfheartedness, and greediness, instead pointing his reader to the benefits of working as if working for God, in all that they choose to put their hand at.

Practical Happiness

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From Amazon: Practical Happiness Practical Happiness offers young men counsel as to how they can find the path that leads to inner joy and lasting contentment. Through short captivating stories, Bob Schultz has crafted a book to lead young men toward a life of contentment that can be found only by seeking the heart of God.

This was a particularly useful book for T during those turbulent times when he felt confused and sad.  It teaches against the believe that happiness is found in possessions, or who you are or what you do.  Real, lasting happiness is found when God is your Lord.  Such a good book.

Do Hard Things

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At the heart of this book is the desire to help teenagers today realise they have a voice, they have power and they have a purpose.  God can use them, right now, as a teen.  It debunks society’s low expectation of teens, and shows them that God has a much higher expectation for their lives.

It is after reading this book that T came downstairs thanking us for continuing to have high expectations for his life.  In that moment, he got it.  It is also the book which, after he had read it, I could see T trying to apply its concepts to his life.  There is also a blog which T signed up to, and which he enjoys very much called The Rebelution.

I have included the chapters included to give you a better idea of what this book is all about:




Out of the four, this was T’s favourite.

Do you have any to add?  I’m sure T would love to have further options to read.  Please do leave any recommendations in the comments.

I promise I shall endeavour to get my butt into gear and answer the next Reader Question, which will be about chores and money, and will almost definitely be in two parts 🙂


  1. Excellent choices! Here is some we used.
    Our “boys” are 36. 😁
    For parents read:
    -Raising a modern day knight by Robert Lewis.
    – Preparing Your Son for Every Man’s Battle: Honest Conversations About Sexual Integrity (The Every Man Series by Stephen Arterburn

    For reading that reinforces GODly values, masculine yet compassionate, courageous characters, have your boys read these.
    -The Hunter Brown books by The Miller Brothers.
    -The Kingdom series by Chuck Black. This series is also good for girls and has the added benefit of being a true allegory of the entire Bible without you realizing it. These are also available on audio with the background music written by the author’s daughter. Sheet music is available!
    -The Truth Chronicles by Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook.
    -The Narnia series by C. S. Lewis.
    Have your boys read or listen to any of G. A. Henty’s historical fiction!! These abound with young men making tough decisions based on a Biblical World view, and also offer the conquering action boys need, while in a HIS-storical setting!!!
    -The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien.
    -The unabridged version of Swiss Family Robison.
    -Audio show Ranger Bill by the Moody Company is available for free on the Internet.

    This should keep you busy.

    1. Thank you so much for your recommendations. We have read most of them, but I shall definitely be ordering The Hunter Brown series and the Truth Chronicles. I never heard of either of these. Thanks again 🙂

  2. I read Do Hard Things in about an hour at my friend’s house, but I wish I hasn’t rushed through it so much (I had to leave soon after) because it was so good! Thank you for bringing it to my attention again. 😀 It really challenged my expectations for myself and helped me get a biblical perspective on who I should work to become. But, I could definitely use a refresher course!
    Hugs from Florida!

  3. We also really appreciated the Bob Schultz books and Do Hard Things. I have got another one lined up for our son to read called Be the Change, by Zach Hunter. I think it may have been recommended in Do Hard Things. He is currently reading I Kissed Dating Goodbye, by Josh Harris, and discussing what he thinks about it with my husband. Enjoying this series of posts from you 🙂

  4. We love the Bob Schultz books. Evan is reading one right now. I am going to definitely check out Do Hard Things. Thanks for the recommendation.

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