Book Review: Preparing Sons

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

I grew up with two sisters…no brothers. And now I have two sons of my own. I’ve seen good examples of parenting daughters from my parents, but parenting sons is a whole different ball park. And so I was so excited to read this book!

Preparing Sons by Steven Maxwell was well written and very thought provoking. He shared practical ways to train your sons to love God and be responsible adults. The book has such valuable information…unfortunately I can only summarize it here in my post. 🙂

…Instilling in your children the fear of the Lord. Deuteronomy 28 tells of the blessings God will bestow on people who obey Him and the curses that will land on those who disobey. Parents should be an example with their lives of a person who is wholly committed to God.

…Teaching your children that work is a gift from God. Work is not something to be dreaded or complained about, but something God gave men to be able to provide for their families. (Proverbs 14:23 “In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.”)

…Helping your sons to learn from every situation they find themselves in. Starting from a young age, you should be training your sons in character, which will be a great aid to them when they get older.

…Instill a good work ethic in your sons from a young age. Don’t allow him to give up when the going gets tough. As you know, life will get tough. And your sons need to know how to handle difficult situations in a way that honors God. (Colossians 3:23 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”)

…Train your sons to always count the cost before making a decision or beginning a large project. Show your son by example how to seek God with every decision. (Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man forsees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on are punished.”)

I was inspired by reading this book as I saw the potential each of my sons has. I would highly recommend this book to any parent of sons.

~ Carrie ~

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