Play the Man by Mark Batterson

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What makes a man? Many people have tried to give an understanding of what it is to be a man. Some have pointed to ancient cultures of warriors, politicians, and leaders. Others point to modern man and the ability to climb the corporate ladder and be successful in business. Still others point to athletics or the military to prove their masculinity.

In his book, Play The Man, Mark Batterson gives seven virtues that make a man. He does this by drawing references from scripture and pointing to how God designed men to be and how this fulfills the purpose for which they were created.

The area that really stuck out to me was that a man should not shirk his responsibilities to others. He is responsible to God, to his wife, and to his family. He is not to abdicate in anyway these responsibilities to the government, to others, or to no one at all.

 

This challenge is really beneficial to me because I am a father of three and want to be active in the development of my children. Sometimes it is easy to just watch sports and remove myself from their world. But having these challenges in my life to remind me that they are much more important than a sports game is something that I need consistently.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and exchange for my honest review.

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Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

225_350_book-2240-coverMarriage is between two people who have faults, shortcomings, and selfish desires. Yet, these two individuals can put aside their selfish wants in order to have an amazing marriage. By focusing on the relationship, and not on personal agendas, marriages can thrive and be enjoyed.

In his book, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas gives 52 devotions, designed to be read weekly, to challenge a man and a woman to be better spouses. Addressing issues like: communication, money, and spiritual growth, to name a few, Thomas’ devotional is intended to get couples to be consistent about strengthening their marriage.

The devotional are not long and should be ideal for a husband and wife to read in a few minutes but then discuss for some time. These devotional may not be easy to read but those who use them, in my opinion, will benefit greatly.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

97808024125912028129Mentors.

Mentors are people who are sought because of their wisdom, expertise, and availability. A mentor is someone who can guide and be a resource to those who are looking to avoid mistakes, grow, and potentially be a mentor in the future.

In the book of Titus, Paul mentions that older women are to be examples to younger women and work with them to grow in Christ; i.e. act like a mentor. Paul then gives some guidelines on how older women and younger women should work together.

In her book, Adorned, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth takes Titus 2 and writes to both older and younger women challenging them to be more like Christ. Wolgemuth highlights key parts of Titus 2 and expands on them on how it may look to live out what the author of Titus is communicating.

At the end of each chapter are a few questions to reinforce what was learned and to spur an older or younger woman to rid herself of what can weigh down her spiritual growth and adopt the mind of Christ to live out her femininity in each season of her life.

A book like this is needed more and more. It seems that fewer people have that grandma in their life who is that voice of reason and wisdom. The older generation is seen as archaic and are often ignored when it comes to navigating life and its rough seas. The Bible speaks differently to this view and Adorned is an excellent book to show that old does not mean worthless.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Strengths Based Marriage by Jimmy Evans & Allan Kelsey

225_350_book-2089-coverGallup StrengthFinders 2.0 is a book and accompanying test that shows the strengths of a person ranking them from first to last. By doing this, the results help a person better understand who they are and what roles/jobs they are most likely to enjoy performing. Ideally, a person will take this information and find a job/passion/vocation that uses their strengths thus giving a person a sense of belonging and purpose.

What if such a test could not only benefit those in the business world but also married couples?

In the book. Strengths Based Marriage, Jimmy Evans (marriage expert) and Allan Kelsey (Gallup Certified Strengths Coach) have teamed up to combined the insight of a Strengths test and the use of this information in a marriage.

I do not have time to discuss this book in an exhaustive manner but will state that every married couple should get this book and complete the recommended test. I was encouraged and challenged at the same time from the information presented. I wished I had read this book earlier in my marriage and I’ve been married for just over four years. It is that good.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Love at First Fight by Carey & Dena Dyer

LoveFight.jpgIt is almost a universal truth that two people, will at some point, have a difference of views. Ideally, this difference will play out in the each trying to understand the other and come to a mutual understanding. However, real life does not always follow the ideal.

One of ways in which differences of opinions arise is in marriage. Two people come together in matrimony for the betterment of each other…right? Not so fast. Marriage often brings about these differences and in the process can create some heated tension.

In their book, Love at First Fight, the Dyers understand that these heated tensions can happen and give 52 meditations on how to seek to understand the other person. In addition, they seek to have these meditations bring a married couple together to grow and connect as partners.

I found this book to a great conversation starter. It wasn’t too instructional in nature which allowed for each couple to express their unique approach but with stated guidelines. These guidelines have, at their heart, the goal of drawing couples to understand before trying to be understood. And that this book does very well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review

I Wish He Had Come With Instructions by Mike Bechtle

Bechtle.jpgI recall a t-shirt that listed some problems women have and the first three letters of each of these problems were m-e-n. The shirt went on to state that men are the start of problems in women’s lives. While the t-shirt was meant to be satirical I can’t help but think if its creator was hinting at a frustration that is as old as time: men and women are different.

This difference is a good thing…if properly understood. In his book, I Wish He Had Come with Instructions, Mike Bechtle seeks to inform women on why their man acts the way he does. Using personal examples, humor, and timeless wisdom, Becthle arms women with understanding to the male brain. He does this so that women can connect better to their man and develop the relationship they desire to have.

I found this book to have great information and was able to put things into language that was difficult for me to relay to my wife. I recommend this to recently married wives so as to avoid some potential frustrations arising from misunderstandings and not from ill intent.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

ESVMens.jpgReading Scripture on a daily basis is one of the most powerful ways to align your will with God’s. By feeding your spirit with the Word of God your soul begins to grow and mature. It is in this maturation that God begins to develop you more and more into the image of his son Jesus Christ.

However, reading your Bible on a consistent timeframe is not always easy. In addition some of the content of Scripture is difficult in relatability to the 21st century man. Enter the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible.

This Bible has 365 articles designed to challenge men in the area of: family, work, marriage, community, and spiritual development. These articles and closing related to the passages of Scripture that precede as one reads through the Bible. In addition, these articles are rich in depth and Biblical foundation. This Bible is not full of self-help articles but rather content that is designed to cause the men reading it to grow and think.

One note to mention is to not get this Bible confused with a daily reading Bible. Those Bibles have passages predetermined for the reader. The ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is more devotional-thought provoking as one reads the Scripture and less about reading the Bible in year.

All this said, consider getting a copy for the man in your life as birthday, Father’s Day, or Christmas present. It will change his life; it has changed mine.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from Crossway in exchange for my honest review.