Masculinity is in disarray. Gender confusion and media stereotypes plague us as men. I believe more than ever Biblical manhood needs to be put on display. Too long have we been characterized as overbearing chauvinists or passive losers letting our kids and wives walk all over us. We need to humbly pursue manhood in a militaristic way. I have not arrived and never will arrive at being the man that God has called me to be, but I do want to share some books that have helped me today one more step towards it.
1. The Bible
We must faithfully behold the God-man Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Scriptures. Christ was the perfect example of a man on a mission. He wholeheartedly submitted to the authority of His Father and conquered sin, death, and hell. He exercised force when necessary while tenderly holding the children. He took care of women and loved them in whole and pure ways. He dealt with opponents and stubborn disciples with complete wisdom, grace, and authority. He knew when to be firm and when to show mercy. We must read the Scriptures faithfully because it is all bout our perfect example of a man.
2. The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick
Darrin Patrick is the pastor of The Journey Church in St. Louis Missouri as well as the chaplain for the St. Louis Cardinals. In The Dude’s Guide to Manhood, Darrin shares his confusion and letdowns form the men in his life, but how Christ gave him the grace to forgive and love. He shares his journey into manhood through the power of Christ’s saving work and the Holy Spirit’s work. He digs into the various dynamics of our lives as men such as work and emotions. it is biblical and very practical.
3. Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield
Mansfield is a believer and it comes out in his book, but this book is not as much biblical as it is inspirational. He shares some pithy and helpful maxims that he has developed in the first part of the book. The second section shares stories from saved and unsaved men alike from history that demonstrated manly virtues. The final section contains some resources for additional manly studies. I greatly enjoyed the not so well-known stories of some great men in history.
I pray that as we behold Christ in his word, pray, and learn for other men we may become the servant leaders that God has called us to be.