Book Review: Play the Man: Becoming the man God created you to be, by Mark Batterson
As a culture, we lost our definition of manhood. Consequently, we have a generation of men and boys who are confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and purpose. Pastor and author Mark Batterson has set out to fix that problem. In his latest offering, he challenges men to both play the man and make the man.
The first part of the book lays out Batterson’s definition of manhood. He includes seven qualities he believes men need—toughness, childlike wonder, will power, raw passion, true grit, clear vision, and moral courage. He challenges men to play the man and develop these qualities. In the second part of the book, he describes how he built those qualities into his own sons through a year of discipleship and a rite of passage. He encourages fathers to make the man and develop the qualities in their sons.
The book combines humor, personal stories, biblical principles, and encouraging thoughts. While the book was encouraging, after a while I felt like I could not relate or measure up to his examples of what he did with his kids. Having read several other books on manhood by John Eldredge and Robert Lewis and having gone through a video series by authenticmanhood.com, I did not feel like Batterson’s book added anything new to the discussion.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.