Book Review: 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son by Vicki Courtney

Publisher: B & H Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2011

Relying on biblical advice and drawing upon her own experience as a parent, author Vicki Courtney has written a “how-to” manual for teaching sons about what it truly means to be a man in the midst of a culture that sends out confusing messages. She outlines five main “conversations” to have with your sons in such areas as defining manhood, learning self-control, an honest look at sex,  and how to launch boys into adulthood.

I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshingly candid book. As a father myself, it was with much interest that I began to read because I wanted to see what a mom had to say on the subject of raising “real men”. The author did not disappoint. Her personal stories and anecdotes kept my interest throughout the book. She  writes in an easy to read, conversational manner that immediately makes you feel like you are sitting down together enjoying a cup of coffee while talking about the joys and trials of parenting. I also liked the interactive nature of the book where readers are encouraged to go to the author’s blog, learn practical ideas for both moms and dads, and share ideas. Although the book is written primarily for mothers, it offers guidance useful to all parents and caregivers and I give this book a solid recommendation. 4 out of 5 stars.

This review is based on an electronic copy provided by the publisher via netgalley for the purpose of completing this review.