The Dangerous Book for Boys

This is a classic collection of all things boy.  It ranges from famous battles, knot tying, and bugs and mud.  I bout this for the little bug so when he is older we can explore the world of boyhood together again.  I highly recommend this book for both grown men and boy a like.


From Amazon:

Equal parts droll and gorgeous nostalgia book and heartfelt plea for a renewed sense of adventure in the lives of boys and men, Conn and Hal Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys became a mammoth bestseller in the United Kingdom in 2006. Adapted, in moderation, for American customs in this edition (cricket is gone, rugby remains; conkers are out, Navajo Code Talkers in), The Dangerous Book is a guide book for dads as well as their sons, as a reminder of lore and technique that have not yet been completely lost to the digital age. Recall the adventures of Scott of the Antarctic and the Battle of the Somme, relearn how to palm a coin, tan a skin, and, most charmingly, wrap a package in brown paper and string. The book’s ambitions are both modest and winningly optimistic: you get the sense that by learning how to place a splint or write in invisible ink, a boy might be prepared for anything, even girls (which warrant a small but wise chapter of their own).

Inside The Dangerous Book for Boys

Figure 8 Knot

Sheet Bend Knot

The Battle of Waterloo


Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul

So at first I was reluctant to read this book.  I thought it was just another one of those self-help, find your feelings books.  Then I heard is was a book that took manhood to the extreme and just made excuses for men acting the way they do.  Then my father in law read the book and told me it was great.  So after at least one positive review, I finally decided to read it.

Boy was I wrong, it is one of the best and more challenging books I have read about discovering yourself as a man.  It is christian based, as are most books I read, but even for the non believer, I challenge you to get thru this book and not re-examine your life.  I wont go into too much detail as the amazon review below explains it much better.  All I can say is, READ THIS BOOK.


From Amazon: Review

If Christian men are going to change from a pitiful, wimpy bunch of “really nice guys” to men who are made in the image of God, they must reexamine their preconceptions about who God is and recover their true “wild” hearts, writes bestselling author John Eldredge in Wild at Heart: Discovering a Life of Passion, Freedom, and Adventure. Eldredge throws down the gauntlet–men are bored; they fear risk, they refuse to pay attention to their deepest desires. He challenges Christian men to return to authentic masculinity without resorting to a “macho man” mentality. Men often seek validation in venues such as work, or in the conquest of women, Eldredge observes. He urges men to take time out and come to grips with the “secret longings” of their hearts. Although the book succeeds best in its slant toward a male audience, it also strives to help women understand the implications of authentic masculinity in their relationships with men. Eldredge frames the book around his outdoor experiences and appealing anecdotes about his family, sprinkling the text with touches of humor and overlying everything with heartfelt passion. Even as he mixes eclectic ideas about masculinity from popular movies such as Braveheart with classic words from Oswald Chambers, and lyrics from the Dixie Chicks with stories from the Bible, he points to only one answer for men searching for their true wildness of heart. Writes Eldredge, “The only way to live in this adventure … with all its danger and unpredictability and immensely high stakes … is in an ongoing, intimate relationship with God.” –Cindy Crosby –This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product Description

John Eldredge revises and updates his best-selling, renowned Christian classic.

God designed men to be dangerous, says John Eldredge. Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy: To be a hero, to be a warrior, to live a life of adventure and risk. Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires-aided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a “nice guy.” It is no wonder that many men avoid church, and those who go are often passive and bored to death. In this provocative book, Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to be-dangerous, passionate, alive, and free.

No More Christian Nice Guy: When Being Nice–Instead of Good–Hurts Men, Women and Children

Alright guys, hear is the book that I can pretty much credit all this life changing man hood stuff to.  This one started it all.

This book is christian based, but boy will it sock you in the gut even if you aren’t.  It is the one that made me look at my limp life and realize, I was hurting myself, my family, and others around me by not standing up and being a Good Man instead of a Nice Guy.

I was not doing so bad in life at this point when I came to this book.  Things were ok, but just that, ok.  There was no fire, no drive, no excitement.  I wanted a change, but didn’t know what.  Well this book defiantly light a fire under my butt.  I highly recommend this one for all.  See the amazon review below for more info.


From Amazon:

Product Description

“Recovering nice guy” Paul Coughlin points the way for all men who yearn to live a life of boldness and conviction–like Jesus. Using humorous examples from his own life, powerful and poignant stories, and vivid examples from contemporary culture, Coughlin shows how he learned to say no to the “nice guy” syndrome. After all, Christian nice guys aren’t always so nice. In the name of appearing Christian by being agreeable, they can lie, keep secrets, manipulate, duck responsibility, and much more. Using the biblical model of Christ as his example of a real man, Coughlin shows men how to become both gentle and bold. A powerful challenge and a hopeful message that elevates the true biblical model of manhood above prevailing views in the church and contemporary culture, this important book helps men discover who they are in Christ and how to live for Him.

About the Author

PAUL COUGHLIN hosts a radio talk show on KDOV in southern Oregon and is the author of Married…But Not Engaged, which he co-authored with his wife, Sandy. Paul has been interviewed by C-SPAN, The New York Times, and numerous radio and television stations across the country. His articles have appeared in many publications, including New Man, Faithworks, and Ministries Today. He has also been editor of a weekly newspaper and a radio station program director. A former Christian Nice Guy, Paul is a happily married father. The Coughlins live in Medford, Oregon.

The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

I haven’t read this one yet, but from what I can tell it is a great book.  If it is anything like the website, it will be great.  Take a look at the amazon review down below for more info.


From Amazon:

Man Up!

While it’s definitely more than just monster trucks, grilling an d six-pack abs, true manliness is hard to define. The words macho and manly are not synonymous.

Taking lessons from classic gentlemen such as Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt, authors Brett and Kate McKay have created a collection of the most useful advice every man needs to know to live life to its full potential.

This book contains a wealth of information that ranges from survival skills to social skills to advice on how to improve your character. Whether you are braving the wilds with your friends, courting your girlfriend or raising a family, inside you?ll find practical information and inspiration for every area of life. You?ll learn the basics all modern men should know, including how to:

  1. Shave like your grandpa
  2. Be a perfect houseguest
  3. Fight like a gentleman using the art of bartitsu
  4. Help a friend with a problem
  5. Give a man hug
  6. Perform a fireman?s carry
  7. Ask for a woman?s hand in marriage
  8. Raise resilient kids
  9. Predict the weather like a frontiersman
  10. Start a fire without matches
  11. Give a dynamic speech
  12. Live a well-balanced life

So jump in today and gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a real man in the 21st century.