A great read on raising boys:
Boys “Shaping Ordinary Boys into Extraordinary Men” by William Beausay II
This book is not “preachy” but biblically based. I used it almost as a manual.
Another great one is “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge.
ABUSE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
Abuse is something everyone confronts at one point or another in their lives, be it a spouse, a boss, a co-worker. I highly recommend the following books, as they are great resources for anyone in an abused relationship. Although stats are readily found on abuse of women, rarely do we find stats on male abuse, however it happens. That was one of my main reasons for reading books on boys, as well as men, as I was a single mom. I don’t want some heifer abusing my son, or a boss abusing my son. It is important that we raise our children with strength and boundaries coupled with a lot of prayer. Although most abuse is inflicted upon women by men, I can personally attest to the fact that I know of many men who have been abused by their wives, manipulated and several have and still are in active ministry. Yes, male abuse is a problem as well that must be addressed. As a mother, a past abuse victim/now a VICTOR, I wish for NO ONE TO BE ABUSED.
One of the best books on the subject of abuse in the Christian home is: If you are a male being abused by a woman, just flip the genders around when you read the books as most are written from a female perspective.
Battered Into Submission “The Tragedy of Wife Abuse in the Christian Home 1989. by James Alsdurf & Phyllis Alsdurf.
Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You Feb 1, 2003 by Patricia Evans
Verbal Abuse: Survivors Speak Out on Releationship and Recovery Feb 1, 2003 by Patricia Evans
The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond May 1992 by Patricia Evans
Victory Over Verbal Abuse: A Healing Guide to Renewing Your Spirit and Reclaiming Your Life Dec 18, 2011 by Patricia Evans
The Emotionally Abusive Relationship: How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing Aug 13, 2003 by Beverly Engel
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself Nov 1992 by Melody Beattie
Codependent No More & Beyond Codependency
May 2001 by Melody Beattie
You're Not Crazy - You're Codependent.: What Everyone Affected by Addiction, Abuse, Trauma or Toxic Shame Needs...
Jan 18, 2012 by Jeanette Elisabeth Menter