Solomon Says: Directives for Young Men


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If you don’t learn to govern yourself, you will be governed by others, and your own impulses will be the reins they use to lead you. That’s how Mark Horne’s new book, Solomon Says: Directives for Young Men, captures Solomon’s warning to young men in the Book of Proverbs, advising them how to avoid sinful lifestyles and seek the wisdom of kings.

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If you don’t learn to govern yourself, you will be governed by others, and your own impulses will be the reins they use to lead you.

That’s Solomon’s warning to young men in the Book of Proverbs. Solomon asked God for wisdom so that he could rule righteously, and God wants each of us to become, like Solomon, wise kings in this life and the next. We must rule well, and that begins with ruling ourselves.

Mark Horne packs Solomon Says: Directives for Young Men with robust exegetical insight into several passages from the Book of Proverbs that caution young men to stamp out sloth, flee from immorality, and curb other habits that might impoverish them.

Drawing on the biblical text and other 20th century thinkers, Horne advises young men on ways they can become husband material, or how they should battle pornography, drunkenness, and a gluttonous lifestyle while also training their bodies for honest work and their tongues for righteousness instead of toxic talk.

As Solomon warned, a young man who does not learn to parent himself will be ruled by other “parents,” whether wicked people or wicked desires, that do not have his best interests in mind.

Book Details

Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Mark Horne


Athanasius Press



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Editorial Review

The book of Proverbs is a puzzle, and an insoluble one, if we think the Bible is only concerned about the eternal destiny of our souls. When we see that the Bible is about how men and women are created and redeemed to relate to God and rule creation, Proverbs snaps into place. It is, as Mark Horne shows, a “meditation on Genesis,” instructing the young to become the kings they’re created to be. Solomon Says isn’t just a study of Proverbs. Like Proverbs itself, this insightful book is a guide for life that helps the reader make wisdom part of his body.

- Peter J. Leithart, PhD., President of Theopolis Institute, author of Matthew Through New Eyes (Athanasius Press) and Solomon Among the Postmoderns (Brazos Press).

This is a very accessible and practical guide to a very accessible and practical guide: the Book of Proverbs. Mark Horne ably demonstrates that rather than being a grab bag of random bits of wisdom, the Book of Proverbs has the singular purpose of equipping believers for lives of kingly freedom. This is a wonderful book for fathers and sons, for mothers and daughters, and for growing disciples everywhere. Highly recommended.

- Rev. George Grant, PhD., Pastor at Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Tennessee, and author of The Courage and Character of Theodore Roosevelt (Cumberland House Publishing) and The Micah Mandate (Moody Pub)

There has been an explosion of interest in reaching alienated young men with a message of self-control and the importance of growing up. Much of it has been pagan or syncretistic. But the answers won’t come from Jung, they’ll come from Solomon who wrote the only book in the Bible specifically dedicated to teaching a boy how to become a man. Horne’s commentary on Proverbs speaks with the same realism and bluntness as the book it comments on. We live in a time of leadership crisis and Horne’s book comes at exactly the right time for us. Self-control beats victimism (even conservative and Christian victimism) every time. Jordan Peterson tapped into the need. Horne’s book points the lost boys to go deeper into the real answer to their problem:Biblically defined wisdom.

- Jerry Bowyer, editor of Townhall Finance, contributing editor of, Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership, and author of The Maker vs. the Takers: What Jesus Really Said About Social Justice and Economics (forthcoming).