How to Be a Man of Awe

  “Dad,” said my 9-year-old daughter, Addy. “Some kid in the park asked me if you’re a celebrity. Are you?” “What did you say?” I asked, curious about how she answered the question. “That you sign autographs, speak all over the place, and write all those boring books for grownups. So I guess that makes [Read More...]

Give this plan 5 minutes each morning, and it’ll give you a new life

In the 1980s, an 18-year-old named Steve Fonyo made big headlines in Canada, where I grew up. Fonyo lost his leg to cancer, then committed to run across the country to raise money for cancer research. It was an ambitious goal. Fonyo started at the Atlantic Ocean and headed west. Day after day he slogged [Read More...]

Boundaries Make Boys into Men

This past season, several high-profile college head football and basketball coaches have been vilified and lost their jobs due to the perception that they harshly enforced disciplinary methods upon a player or players in their program. I’m not defending these coaches’ methods as I do not know the situation, but here’s what I do know. [Read More...]

3 Powerful Weapons Against Porn

  Early in the morning at a recent conference, I deliberately decided that when lunchtime arrived, I was not going to eat dessert. I wanted to be sharp that afternoon. I was scheduled to interview an author, and I didn’t want a big glop of sugar muddling my system. Lunchtime arrived. I expected to eat [Read More...]

Sex Education—Why Parents are the Best Teachers

With all the negative outcomes regarding promiscuous sexuality, it is especially important that our pre-teens and teenagers be properly educated about the dangers involved. But it’s difficult talking to your kids about sex. That’s why many parents today leave the sexual education of their children to the schools. Because it’s difficult (and it is difficult [Read More...]

Why Young People Should Read Books about WWII

  I’ve authored or coauthored five books about World War II, and one consistently repeated comment that comes my way from reader feedback sounds something like this: ·         “Great book. Every young person in America should read this.” ·         “I read this book, then bought a copy for my son.” (or grandson, or nephew) ·         [Read More...]

Kids Hiding Online Behavior from Parents

“Here’s your iPhone Brandon. Don’t break it.” And that’s all the training and instruction Brandon gets. It’s a sad fact, but most of the parents in America hand their kids devices with Internet access and never give them guidance or boundaries, teaching them discernment. So are kids being responsible with these devices? It’s an assumption [Read More...]

Daddy’s Girl (part 2)

Part two of this article looks at the incredible potential fathers have to influence the choices their daughters make.  This significant paternal influence was illustrated to me very powerfully recently.  The other day my teenage daughter was watching a modeling program on television.  On this episode, as part of their training, the young women hoping [Read More...]