Douglas Wilson

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  • Future Men : Raising Boys To Fight Giants (Revised)


    Future Men has undergone minor revisions throughout, including a fresh new cover. Order it now, and look for the rest of the revised Family Series, coming soon! (Reforming Marriage up next.)

    How do we build our sons to be tough but not arrogant? mannered but not soft? imaginative but not lazy? bold but not hollow? Future Men is a Christian guide to raising strong, virtuous sons, contrary to the effeminacy and sentimentalism of contemporary culture.

    When Theodore Roosevelt taught Sunday school for a time, a boy showed up one Sunday with a black eye. He admitted he had been fighting and on a Sunday too. He told the future president that a bigger boy had been pinching his sister, and so he fought him. TR told him that he had done perfectly right and gave him a dollar. The stodgy vestrymen thought this was a bit much, and so they let their exuberant Sunday school teacher go. What a loss.

    Unbelief cannot look past surfaces. Unbelief squashes; faith teaches. Faith takes a boy aside and tells him that this part of what he did was good, while the other part of what he did got in the way. And this is how to do it better next time.

    As they grow up, boys will encounter a staggering array of issues. In Future Men, Douglas Wilson begins with a call to fathers, and then addresses the importance of things such as athletics and intellectual tenacity, respecting girls, developing a robust work ethic, avoiding money traps, fighting idols, and secret sin. This book pushes scriptural patterns for masculinity into all the corners of a boy’s life.

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  • Joy At The End Of The Tether


    Joy at the End of the Tether: The Inscrutable Wisdom of Ecclesiastes

    In this lively reading of Ecclesiastes, Doug Wilson reveals its powerful lessons of vanity, joy, celebration, and the sovereignty of God. This is a great book, so we can’t figure out why it hasn’t sold better-especially since it was Doug’s favorite to write.

    Most Christians view the book of Ecclesiastes as an enigma, a puzzle from which we might draw a few aphorisms but little else. Douglas Wilson’s fresh, lucid treatment of this wonderful book enables us to see that its message is not a confused riddle but an incisive indictment of the wisdom of this world.
    -Steve Wilkins, pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church, Louisiana

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  • Easy Chairs Hard Words


    1. Can Salvation Be Lost?
    2. Can Christ Lose A Christian?
    Texts On The Preservation Of The Saints
    3. Ideas Have Consequences
    4. Carnal Reasoning
    5. Is God The Author Of Sin?
    6. Controlled Freedom
    Texts On Providence
    7. Potters And Pots
    8. Election
    9. Gifts And Wages
    10. Definite Atonement
    Texts On The Atonement
    11. Regeneration
    Texts On Regeneration
    12. Death In Sin
    Texts On The Condition Of Man
    13. All Men?
    14. Is Anything Too Hard For God?
    15. Two Kinds Of Freedom
    16. God In The Dock
    17. Study And Work
    18. Systematics
    19. Hard Mercies
    20. Conclusion

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    Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. You will say to me then, Why still find fault? For who has resisted His will? But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Romans 9:18-20a

    Hard words, indeed. But they remain, for all our explanations, God’s words.

    Easy Chairs, Hard Words offers an honest look at many such difficult passages in Scripture. Presented as a series of fictional conversations between a curious young Christian and a seasoned pastor, these dialogues speak with clarity to those new to the Reformed faith. They begin with the question, Can salvation be lost? and from there wrestle with other hard-to-swallow doctrines, including the freedom of the will, election, and original sin.

    Hard words, and yet the understanding given these passages is thoughtful and gentle. For our God ,the God of hard words, is a merciful and loving Father, slow to wrath and quick to pardon, a triune God who graciously rescues men from death and brings them into everlasting life.


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