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What does a real man look like? One author’s viewpoint.

Book Review: Good Man: An Honest Journey into Discovering Who Men Were Actually Created to Be, by Nathan Clarkson

Author Nathan Clarkson is a thirty-something actor, author, filmmaker, artist, poet, and full-time wannabe philosopher. In his latest venture, he sets out to tell men who and what they were meant to be. He identifies 15 characteristics of what he believes should be in every true man’s life.

In the Introduction, the author explains how he came up with his list.

For a long time, I’ve wrestled with this notion of what a good man is and how I can become one. Eventually, when it was evident the modern world didn’t have the answers it was looking for, I turned to the Creator of men to see if maybe there, in His words, I could find a more satisfying and complete picture of who I was trying so hard to become.

I went back to God’s Word and looked at what the Creator says, I went through history and looked at the men who made a positive difference in the world, and I looked at the men in my own life who I considered to be good men (there were not many). Then I began piecing together a new image of what a good man might truly be.

The author spends one chapter on each of the 15 characteristics in his list—Adventurous, Devout, Heroic, Honest, Brotherly, Healthy, Emotional, Authentic, Romantic, Wise, Ambitious, Fighting, Simple, Servant-Hearted, and Committed. He uses a number of stories from his own life and experience to illustrate his thoughts.

On the one hand, his list of characteristics is commendable. On the other hand, they are not necessarily biblical. They are good qualities to aspire to, but not ones necessarily commanded in the Scriptures. The early chapters are based more on personal experience and desire while the latter chapters do include some Scriptural content. Overall, however, the book feels more like Christian pop-psychology than a presentation of biblical manhood. While the author has some good things to say, I’m not sure a thirty-year-old single man has the needed life experience to speak authoritatively on the subject. But that’s just my opinion.

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.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2020 in Books, Men, Quotes

 
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How strong is your faith?

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2020 in Quotes, Tim Challies

 
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The blessing of sickness

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2020 in Health, Quotes, Tim Challies

 

Exploring C. S. Lewis’s Literary work

Book Review: The Neglected C. S. Lewis, by Mark Neal and Jerry Root

When most people think of C. S. Lewis, they think of his fiction works like The Chronicles of Narnia or his space trilogy. They might also think of his theological or apologetic writings such as Mere Christianity. But chances are good that very few people would consider his works of literary criticism.

In their book, The Neglected C. S. Lewis, authors Mark Neal and Jerry Root, examine eight of Lewis’s works of literary criticism. Their goal in this volume is to help readers gain a greater understanding of C. S. Lewis as a person. They also want to introduce the reader to books that will in turn lead to other authors of which one might not be aware. The eight books they examine also reveal the development of many of Lewis’s most important ideas. As the authors explain, “In these books that make up The Neglected C. S. Lewis one encounters an open door into a body of literature that leads out of the self and into a wider world.”

While well written, the book is not easily digested. It reads like a college textbook and will require pondering and consideration. You will discover new dimensions of Lewis that you were not aware previously.

I received an ebook edition of this book for free from the author in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2020 in Books, Quotes

 
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Live boldly

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2020 in Quotes, Tim Challies

 

Go deeper with God

Book Review: The Sacred Chase: Moving from Proximity to Intimacy with God, by Heath Adamson

Many people know about God, but never quite know him personally or deeply. We have the idea that religion is a good way to spend our time and never really develop a relationship with Christ. That is the point of Heath Adamson’s latest offering, The Sacred Chase: Moving from Proximity to Intimacy with God.

As the author explains,

Many of us confuse proximity to Jesus with intimacy with Jesus. God did not send his Son into the world so we could have something else to do on Sundays. Jesus came because apart from him all of life’s experiences, successes, failure, and memories are merely temporal, insignificant in light of eternity, and therefor illusory and figments of our imagination.

Using moving stories, encouraging personal illustrations, and sound biblical teaching, the author describes how to develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. Throughout the book, the author tells the story of a demon-possessed man who encountered Jesus (Mark 5). Rather than run away from Christ, he ran towards him and his life was transformed. The author’s message is that a personal spiritual hunger can only be satisfied by Christ. In turn, Christ can provide hope, heal our shame, and take away our excuses.

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.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2020 in Books, Personal growth, Quotes, Scripture

 
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Give up dirt for diamonds

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2020 in Quotes, Tim Challies