August 2, 2021

85 Man Making Books Every Young Guy Should Read

We’ve heard it said so many times: “I can’t find any good books for my teenage son to read!” By “good,” parents are usually referring to the man-making kind. Searching for edifying books that encourage biblical masculinity in a society that reeks of feminism, denounces chivalry in place gender fluidity, and is obsessed with zombies, death, and child-rendering make-belief is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Our boys have been stunted and we enforce the problem when, instead of understanding the teenage years to be an age of opportunity, we assume an age of permissible rebellion. We are not raising boys, we’re raising men; it’s time to start treating them that way!

Without further ado, here’s a list of 85 man making books every young guy should read. We think these titles are appropriate for ages 15 and up, but please use your own discretion. You know your child better than anyone!

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Business/ Career

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t Hardcover by Jim Collins
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Lawn Maintenance and the Beautiful Business: How To Start Run and Succeed in Lawn Maintenance by Dave Tucker
Starting a Micro Business by Carol Topp CPA
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments by Richard J. Maybury
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber


1984 by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West by Kevin Swanson
Control: Exposing The Truth About Guns by Glenn Beck
Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal by Joel Salatin
Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin
Take Back The Land by Rick Boyer
The Second Mayflower by Kevin Swanson
What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality by Kevin DeYoung
Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard J. Maybury

Economics & Finances

Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn
The Money Mystery: The Hidden Force Affecting Your Career, Business, and Investments by Richard J. Maybury
The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn
The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security by Richard J. Maybury
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? A Fast, Clear, and Fun Explanation of the Economics You Need For Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments by Richard J. Maybury


Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption by Melanie Ellison
Conform: Exposing The Truth About Common Core and Public Education by Glenn Beck
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Indoctrination by Colin Gunn
Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto


America’s Struggle To Become A Nation by Rick and Marilyn Boyer
Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today by Richard J. Maybury
George Washington: The Crossing by Mark E. Levin
Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address by Jack E. Levin
Miracles and Massacres: True And Untold Stories of The Making of America by Glenn Beck
The Fight For Freedom: True Stories of America’s War for Independence by Rick and Marilyn Boyer
The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today by Richard J. Maybury
World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, 1870 to 1935 by Richard J. Maybury
World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, 1930 to September 11, 2001 by Richard J. Maybury


Deadline by Randy Alcorn
Deception by Rand Alcorn
Dominion by Randy Alcorn
End of the Spear by Steve Saint
Lord Foulgrin’s Letters by Randy Alcorn
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin by Douglas Bond
The Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy Alcorn
The Thunder: A Novel on John Knox by Douglas Bond


A Time For Truth by Ted Cruz
Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? by Richard J. Maybury
Rules For Patriots by Steve Deace


Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom For Becoming A Man by Bob Schultz
Created For Work: Practical Insights For Young Men by Bob Schultz
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
Practical Happiness: A Young Man’s Guide For A Contented Life by Bob Schultz
Searching for Truth: Discovering the Meaning and Purpose of Life by Joe Boot
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
The Mark of A Man by Elisabeth Elliot
The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard D. Phillips
Thoughts For Young Men by J.C. Ryle


Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship by Joshua Harris
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
What He Must Be by Voddie Baucham

Spiritual Life

A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You by Paul Tripp
Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics by R. C. Sproul
Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes
Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth by Jr. Richard L. Pratt
Everyone’s A Theologian by R.C. Sproul
God Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life: The Myth of The Modern Message by Ray Comfort
Gospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer
Grace Works! by Douglas Bond
Hell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort
Holy War by John Bunyan
Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Not Even a Hint: Guarding Your Heart Against Lust by Joshua Harris
Now That’s A Good Question by R. C. Sproul
Paved with Good Intentions by C. S. Lewis
Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne
The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard
The Gospel Call and True Conversion by Paul Washer
The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer
The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul
The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney
What Do You Think Of Me? Why Do I Care? by Ed Welch
When People Are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch
Why I Still Believe (Hint: It’s the Only Way the World Makes Sense) by Joe Boot
World Religions In A Nutshell by Ray Comfort

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