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Books

I read alot.  I work for the world’s largest Christian publishing house.  I’m passionate about men’s ministry.  So, naturally, I’m gonna recommend/review/comment on a book from time to time.

Here, you’ll find reviews, links and more to the books that have really spoken to me and that are written specifically with men – and their hearts and journeys – in mind.

John Eldredge's classic

Wild at Heart (Thomas Nelson, updated & revised, 2010)

God designed men to be dangerous.  Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy:  To be a hero, a warrior … to live a life of adventure and risk.  Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires-aided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a “nice guy.” It is no wonder that many men avoid church, and those who go are often passive and bored to death. In this provocative book, John Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to be-dangerous, passionate, alive, and free.

Healing the Masculine Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2003)

In his groundbreaking book, Gordon Dalbey identified the fact that men’s souls have been torn between strength and sensitivity. Today, the situation is even worse. The politically correct crowd cries out for men to be more sensitive, to tame their masculine nature. On the opposing side, the media bombards men with macho images of violence and lust. Is it any wonder men are left bewildered about who they should be?

Dalbey claims that there’s hope for restoration, hope for healing–because Christ has come to heal us. God is calling men out to a relationship with Himself and to authentic manhood.  Our task, he claims,  is not to curse our manhood, but to redeem it.  Tackles the tough issues, including work, sexuality, marriage, and fatherhood.  Book includes Study Guide.

Samson and the Pirate Monks

With no-holds-barred honesty and poignant storytelling, Nate Larkin introduces a model of community and friendship that is reinvigorating men’s ministry across the country, a model he calls The Samson Society. Too many men see the biblical hero Samson as their model for manhood–a rugged individualist of the highest order. Yet, Samson’s solitary successes were eventually overcome by moral weaknesses. Larkin, through the story of his own past and the stories of those in The Samson Society, offers a radical, refreshing alternative.

Confessions of a Good Christian Guy

Dealing with the secret pain in the lives of many “good Christian” men.

In a continuation of Confessions of a Good Christian Girl, Tammy Maltby is back with co-author Tom Davis to get specific about the brokenness and pain in the lives of good Christian men. This isn’t a lurid expose but an honest and courageous look at the secrets most often lurking behind “victorious” Christian facades.  Chapters include:

  • I’ve got a dirty mind
  • I’m a self-made man
  • I want more stuff
  • I need my dad
  • I love booze
  • I don’t like to feel
  • I’m so ticked off
  • I want to give up

In addition to the transparent stories and insight from Davis, Maltby concludes each chapter with reflections for those who care – practical insight for individuals walking beside a man struggling with these issues.

Love & Respect (Integrity Publishers, 2004)

A wife has one driving need — to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need — to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.

When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. “Love and Respect” reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily and biblically.

Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the “Love and Respect” message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other.

What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some “Love and Respect.”

Less than 40% of adults in church are men ... where have they gone? And WHY?

Why Men Hate Going to Church

American men hate going to church, as evidenced by a wealth of statistics that point to an ever-widening gap between female and male churchgoers.  Regardless of denomination,  most Christian churches are unintentionally designed to appeal to women and children.  How to solve the growing gender gap in congregations of every type?  Author David Murrow advocates injecting a strong shot of testosterone.  Churches need to provide a more challenging and confrontational approach to religion and spiritual issues instead of concentrating on more traditional– and female-oriented–calls for conformity, control and ceremony, he contends.  Whether or not you fully buy into his somewhat simplistic hypothesis and solution, Murrow does provide some provocative food for thought on a hot-button topic.

Every Man’s Battle

From movies and television, to print media and the Internet, men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It’s impossible to avoid them … but, thankfully, not impossible to confront them and win.

Millions have found this book to be a powerful resource for overcoming the struggle and remaining strong in the face of temptation. With extensive updates for a new generation, this phenomenal bestseller shares the stories of dozens of men who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual integrity.   Also includes a comprehensive workbook and a special section for women, designed to help them understand and support the men they love.

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION … many more on the way)

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