Mansfield’s Book Of Manly Men (book review)

Mansfield's Book Of Manly MenIn my experience, men today aren’t allowed to be true men, manly men. I’m sure there are a lot of reasons why (but that’s another subject for another time), but for those men who are yearning to be the manly men that God has created them to be, Mansfield’s Book Of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield will make you jump up and growl!

Men are wired by God in a unique way that makes them, well, men. When men embrace their God-implanted uniqueness they become manly men (which is another way of saying God-honoring men) who are better husbands, fathers, friends, and citizens. Stephen Mansfield quickly outlines his four maxims for manly men, and then shares a list of manly qualities to which all manly men should strive.

Each of these manly qualities are introduced by the life story of a manly man from history’s pages. Mansfield presents these men in all their manliness, including both their strengths and weaknesses; there are no perfect men, but there are many real men from which Mansfield allows us to learn. These manly qualities also come with some real in-your-face challenges of how to assess the growth of that quality in a man’s life.

In the foreword, written by retired Lt. General William G. Boykin (himself a true manly man), is this challenge: “This book is a must read for every American male. We must restore the understanding of what it means to be a manly man. The nation’s future depends on getting back to the fundamentals of being men of courage and values.” I couldn’t have said it any better!

I am a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

Thursdays With Oswald—Questions

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Oswald Chambers

Questions

A series of questions Oswald Chambers asked his audience:

  • Can God do what He likes in your life? 
  • Can He help Himself liberally to you? 
  • Can He take you up and put you down? 
  • Can He introduce His schemes through you, and never tell you the reason why? 
  • Can He make you a spectacle to men and angels, as He did Job, without giving you any explanation? 
  • Can He make you a wonder to yourself and to others, while He gives you the implicit child-like understanding that somehow or other things are working out all right? 
  • Can it be said of us that Jesus so loved us that He stayed where He was because He knew we had a capacity to stand a bigger revelation? 
  • Are we making it easy for the Holy Spirit to work out God’s will in us, or are we continually putting Him on one side by the empty requests of our natural hearts, Christians though we be?”

From If Ye Shall Ask

Oswald Chambers was a big proponent of allowing the Holy Spirit to search and examine those who call themselves Christians. He believed the truthfulness of the statement, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

My brother, my sister, can you allow God’s Spirit to test you with these types of questions? Are you willing to pray, as David did, “Search me, O God”? If you and I don’t allow the Holy Spirit to search us, how will we know if we are truly in the faith?

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