I have a couple hidden privileges as an author, and one of those is the joy of sharing fellowship with some other Christian authors in a Yahoo group online. It’s a special bunch of people, and many have acted as mentors to me. One such couple is Hal and Melanie Young. I’ve “watched” their lovely, Christ-like attitudes over the last years as they’ve traveled, spoken at countless conferences, and dealt with their customers — all in kind, humble, and biblical ways that I so much want to copy. In addition, Hal has been through some major health problems in the last year, and I’ve watched his wife Melanie respond to his illness and maintain her sweet faith in God.
But to top it off, they have eight children, six of whom are boys! They’re really busy people! They’re just top-notch in my book!
Several months ago, Melanie generously offered to give me a copy of their book, Raising Real Men. I had seen it, so I was truly excited to read it. I only have three sons (and four daughters), but I can attest to how different it is to raise a boy compared to a girl.
Raising Real Men is an extremely practical, fully Bible-based book. Hal and Melanie did a good job of mixing Scripture with how-to advice, all while maintaining my interest throughout. (I kept thinking, “Wow, I didn’t know other people’s boys did that, too!) When I read of very, um, boy-like things their sons did, I felt better! 🙂 But I also appreciate that they tell me what to DO, how to FIX some of these, er, “problems,” and best of all, what Scripture verses they base their advice upon.
So I’m excited to announce several things:
- I have a copy of Raising Real Men to give away to you! All you have to do is enter by submitting your name below. The giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on December 1, 2010, so if you want to tell your friends on Facebook, do it right away! I’ll let my boys randomly choose a winner on Thursday, then I’ll announce the winner on Friday and ship out the book to you.
- Wait, there’s more! 🙂 I’m also including an audio CD called “Hero Tales,” full of some great stories you can share with your boys, read by Hal Young. These are especially useful during these winter months, as an alternative when boys are cooped up indoors and start playing swords in your living room.
- Finally, I want to point out that Hal and Melanie are running a special Thanksgiving sale over on their website, but this sale ends TONIGHT (Monday, Nov. 29). You really should check it out…
So enter below, spread the word to your friends, and enjoy perusing the Young’s website!
P.S. My sincerest apologies to my overseas friends, but this particular giveaway is only for U.S. residents. I’ll do my best to include a giveaway for the rest of you soon!!!!
I would love to have a copy of this book — it sounds wonderful!
Sounds wonderful & would love to own!!
Darlene Brower says
Would love to have this book.
I’d love to win a copy of this book!
This would be a huge blessing.
Tina Piper says
sounds like a great book!
Jen C. says
Have 3 little guys ages 1, 2-1/2, and 4… they are VERY different from their 6 year old sister! Have heard the Youngs at homeschool conferences… this book must be GREAT!
I have 2 boys that are 12 and 10 and I would like some help in this area!
Amy O'Connor says
Sounds like a wonderful book! I only have one boy, but he is definitely different than his sisters.
–would love to read this book and the CD sounds interesting, too!
Monica P. says
I’d love copy of the book. Could use it with my son. 🙂
As a mom of 5 with the boys at the bottom,I need all the help I can get!!LOL I would love some insight into how these guys work and the CD to listen to as they play.
I was just thinking this week how different it would be to start homeschool with my sons (ages 4 & 1). I would love this book.
Marie Zimmerma says
I would LOVE a copy of this book!
This sounds like a great book! I have two sons of my own (possibly another, I’ll know in 3 weeks!) and would love to know how to train them to be real men!
Jerri H. says
I have 5 boys (and 2 girls)….I NEED this book. LOL!! God bless!
JEnnifer Dages says
Would love to have and read this book.
Been hoping to buy this book may be I could win it! (mother of 3 boys …thus far)
Desiree Mathis says
I have 3 awesome boys that the Lord has blessed me with. I have been trying to do my own little poll, and have been asking around: How do you teach boys responsibility? self-control? Would love to have a resource for helping my boys gain the skills they need in life, and I especially love the idea of the back up verse information.
Laura Thomas says
Would LOVE to read this book!!!
Pam Powers says
I have heard that this is a great book and the CD is awesome too.
Cindy Hogan says
My oldest son turned 13 yesterday. I told him that being able to say “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me” is one mark of a REAL man. I wonder if the Youngs would agree. Can’t wait to find out!
Sara Anderson says
Thanks for the book recommendation – we would love it here as we are finding a boy to be FAR more challenging than a girl. 🙂
Tammy Boisvert says
Would love to have the book. Have two boys. Thanks.
The book looks wonderful (so does the bonus CD) – I have 4 boys and would love to read this!
I am a mom of six with five of them being boys, I could use the encouragement. Thanks
Melody Olsen says
I am so thankful for your website! I am enjoying your delightful e-zine. I opened it up this morning to find Psalm 103 that your husband shared over the Thanksgiving holiday. We all need to be reminded of Christ’s vast love for us and all that He continues to doing for us. Thank you!
I am having problems with my son and would love this book to help me. If it’s not God’s will that I have this book, then I will be happy to have your prayers. God bless you.
I have two young “men”, and a little lady I am priveledged to be raising with my husband. We would love to be reassured in our decisions as parents by reading this book.
Sounds like a wonderful book and would be a big help with my son. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Always looking for advice and exhortation as we raise our little men! Thanks for your generosity!
Angela Maes says
Ha Ha! My boy came first, so I keep wondering why my girls are so mellow!
Rebecca B says
Thanks for the chance!
Shannon Ritchie says
Thanks for doing this! I have three boys and would love to read this book!
I’d love to read the book!
I have a teenage boy and would love to have this book. Would be very helpful!!
I would love to read this book. Thank you
I have 3 boys ~ 7, 3, and 2 I also have 2 girls ~ 3, 3. Any help I can get is a blessing to me! Thanks 🙂
What a wonderful resource, with 2 small boys and a military daddy that travels I am sure it would be insightful.
Thank you Anne; what a blessing!
Kelly Cook says
I’m sure this would come in handy with my young son! Thanks for the giveaway!
Amanda Junkel says
I’d love to learn more about good ways to raise my boys!
Thanks for an amazing opportunity.
Sounds like an awesome book!
michelle boles says
I have two little guys! Would love this book!
This sounds like a great book and have it on my TBR list.
Cara Phillips says
Thanks for all you do!
Laura Gladu says
I would appreciate this resource. My first is a girl, and then 2 boys (now ages 5 and 3). I would love some help in training them to be used to further God’s kingdom. I am often puzzled by their behavior!
Oh I would LOVE this book I have 8 boys!!!
Kim T. says
Sounds like just what I need. I have twin 3 year old boys that are a complete mystery to me most days!
Is this where you ‘enter’? I would also love to have this book. My entire brood is boys – 5 of ’em. So although I want it, I also wish it on the lady with 8 sons! 🙂
is this available for canada?
I would love this since 3 out of 4 of my children are boys! Thanks!
I have wanted to read this book as well!
I am soooo excited to even have a chance at winning…4 out of 5 are boys!!
melinda gilbert says
Oh this looks awesome, what a great giveaway. We have 4 boys, and 4 girls, so it will be well used!
This book just keeps coming up! I think I must be supposed to read it! 🙂 Three of my children are boys, so I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to read it. Thanks–what a fun giveaway.
I would love to have this for myself and my 12 grandsons.
I would love to have this! Thanks!
I would love to win this!
As a single mother of a growing boy, this would truly be a blessing.
Sounds really nice! I have four boys out of six, not as many as alot of you, lol ;o)
stacy Gortney says
sounds like a very interesting book!
Sandra DeVoe says
I have wanted to get this book, but have been unable to afford it right now. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.
I would love to win this book. Blessings, Kym
What a blessing it would be to learn more from the Youngs. They always have such wonderful, practical tips to share!
Diana Mourad says
Boys, we got ’em, gotta love ’em. Aren’t they just great?? Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
Misty aka Elvisgirl says
Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win. I got to see Hal and Melanie Young at our local Homechool Conference last year and they were great!
This book would be a blessing for our family. We have 3 girls and a boy. What do you do with boys?
Thanks for the chance to win. I have 3 boys and would love the book.
Tami Lewis says
i would love to win this! i need to win this! 🙂
Jackie Harris says
i am learning so much to help me deal with my son who was so traumatized by my brain bleed and cruel things done to him because of it and i am learning how to help him as well as deal with his frustration and anger i love your site and thank God for the opportunity to use your resources
I am thankful for resources like yours i would love to win but im sure we all feel that way lol but we all know God decides all games of lot.
The more you can read on Raising boys the better men we will raise for our next generation.
Thanks for this opportunity!
I would love to get a chance to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
thanks for the drawing. i’d like to learn more about raising up my boy into a man.
Thank you for this giveaway! I have been wanting to read this book!
With 2 boys and 3 nephews, this would be a wonderful book to have in my library.
Penny Schmidt says
Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity!
I have been looking at this book. It would be a real blessing to my husband and I!
Crystal Wright says
I would love to win this! It sounds like it is coming from such a great couple with great experience. I have 3 children so far, all boys. The mom of 8 boys really deserves this book though!
Thanks for the great giveaway. We’d love a chance to win for our boys, but also for our girls so they know what to look for. 🙂
Elizabeth Tsukayama says
I would LOVE to read this book!
I would really like to read this book and have help with my precious boys.Thanks for the opportunity.
Very interested in the book.
Jodi Demerly says
Count me in for the giveaway!
Elaine Wiley says
I’ve heard great comments about this book and would love to have a copy!
Bonnie Sarver says
Please, please, please! I have three boys and 1 girl. My children have a great daddy but mine nor his was ever around, so we need some help on knowing how to raise real men! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂