Every guy needs to read this one: "Play the Man" by Mark Batterson

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about the book....

Play the man. Make the man.

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It's in this "no-man's-land" that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man.

In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, "Play the man." Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men who will put God first, family second, and career third. 

This is more than a book; it's a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be.

my review....

Us men may not know exactly how it happened, but we are now living in a culture that seems ever more confused about what it means to be male or female, where masculine traits and characteristics not only seem undervalued but mocked! Most men struggle to even clearly know what it means to be a man!  Mark Batterson rises to the challenge in stellar fashion, clearly laying out the virtues of manhood with a clear Biblical basis for each one. The writing is clear and easy to read, and I guarantee that even if you are one of those guys who prefers the movie to the book, who struggles to get through a couple novels per year, you are going to love this book! Batterson has put in countless stories and illustrations that kept my attention in each chapter. And I greatly appreciate that the author doesn't hesitate to take on the most sensitive of subjects, even broaching the issue of sex and temptations that guys struggle with. He provides clear guidelines on how to be the man, to battle on with God's power, to seek more of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I love his encouragement to fight for our marriages, to fight for our children, to refuse to stay selfish, and to even "invade some hellholes with the light and love of Jesus Christ"! And I absolutely love the idea of the Discipleship Covenant, providing a clear marker in your child's life that they can look back on about their journey to adulthood. As a dad myself who has a son racing towards manhood faster than I am prepared for, I truly take the words of this book to heart. Not only does this book clearly outline my own calling as a man, but it will shape how I call out my son to be a man after God's heart as well.

I truly can't recommend this book enough, and award it 5 out of 5 stars. "Play the Man" is chock-full of challenging words that will have readers closely examining the choices they've made in their own lives, and they will put down the book determined to be the men of God that God is calling them to be. Men, read this book!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Mark Batterson
Mark Batterson is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Circle MakerTheGrave RobberA Trip around the Sun, and If. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with eight campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at www.markbatterson.com.


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