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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guide to Biblical Manhood

A Guide To Biblical Manhood: How to Serve your Wife, How to Mold Men through Baseball, How to Make Men in the Church & More
by Randy Stintson & Dan Dumas
Product Details
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Southern Baptist Theological Seminar
Date Published: 2011
Point: Genuine manhood is found in Christ. It is tough, demanding, scarce, and possible through the Gospel.
Path: This short book is divided into four key sections. The authors first highlight genuine manhood through studies of biblical figures such as Adam, Job, David, Solomon, Paul, and Jesus Christ. The second section focuses on a man and his marriage followed by a section focused on a man and his children. The final section is an encouragement to pastors to model and teach biblical manhood.  
Sources: The authors fill their short chapters with biblical references, helpful quotes, and funny illustrations.
Agreement: I appreciate this short plug for biblical and genuine manhood. This is a book that I plan on buying for guys going on our bi-annual man-a-thons. I plan on placing this book in the hands of my brothers. It is not meant to be a definitive guide on manhood, but a signpost to the comprehensive work - God’s Word.
Disagreement: There were a few slips and typographical errors (ascribing the book of Jude to Paul, etc.). One could complain about generalizations or shallow treatments, but this is meant to be a booklet, not a treatise.
Personal App: I need to love God, love my wife, love others and lead well. Genuine biblical manhood is not natural nor easy - but it is what God expects of me and can produce in my through the Gospel.
Favorite Quote: “Yes, children need to clean their room, to share with their brother and to stop hitting, but more importantly, they need the Gospel” (98).
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

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