Book Review : A Man in the Making

Do you know who Rick Johnson is?  Have you read any of his books?  If not, read my review of  That’s My Girl to hear some advice for fathers and daughters.  I have enjoyed getting to know Mr. Johnson through that book and this new one that I get to share with you!

A Man in the Making: Strategies to Help Your Son Succeed in Life  -     
        By: Rick Johnson

A Man in the Making – Strategies to help your son succeed in life – is a book for boys, really for Dads to read about his boy, but even for a mom would gain some great insight and wisdom in this book.

I love the way Mr. Johnson laid out every chapter, first there is a different character in each chapter which represents a certain character trait.  First is person featured is Martin Luther, followed by other favorites such as Robert E. Lee, George Washington, and even Leonardo da Vinci.  The theme of each chapter is a character trait that we all seem to want to teach to our boys : courage, duty, self-discipline, and even common sense.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through these chapters and I am looking forward to having my oldest even read a few.  My husband even read a few chapters and enjoyed it.  He is expecting to read more of it.  I think this is a great book for parents of adolescent boys – there is so much good stuff in each chapter!

The chapter begins with a brief intro for each person, then there is a biographical section.  After you get to know each person you are able to see how they embody the specific character trait for that chapter; but my favorite part is the practical application with how to teach that particular trait to our children.


rick johnsonRick founded Better Dads, a fathering skills program, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick’s books have expanded his work to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth. Inspiring and equipping through innovative multimedia presentations and seminars, Rick’s resources, methods and personal approach have been transforming the lives of men, women, and their families for over ten years.
Rick speaks at many large conferences across the US and Canada including MOPS International conventions, Promise Keepers Canada events, Design 4 Living women’s conferences, and Iron Sharpens Iron men’s conferences. He is a popular keynote speaker at men’s and women’s retreats and conferences on parenting and marriage.

NOTE : I was offered a copy of A Man in the Making at no cost, in exchange for an honest review, by Revell Publishers.

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