We'd be hard-pressed to argue that manhood in our culture has not eroded greatly. I cannot even open this Pandora box before it becomes to messy to unpack, but we all can attest to the fact and it's highly likely we could do so through our own experience; the majority (if not all) have been hurt by men. So the cries continue to go out, because we desperately need great men. I don't say this lightly because I firmly mean it: Great men are game changers. The Dude's Guide to Manhood, echos and motivates this belief.
Now I know what some of you may be thinking, since people who've seen me walking around with this book in tow have verbalized it to me: "It says 'dude' on the front... why are you reading that?" First off, my home church's lead pastor wrote it, and our whole community started a companion sermon series, so it's like added enrichment. Secondly, while the book is not written necessarily with women as the primary targeted audience, it does give a vision of God's calling on men, which is something we can encourage the men in our lives towards in the various appropriate ways pertaining to the differing relationships (be it spouse, brother, etc.). And thirdly, for us single ladies, it gives us the example of the men we should aspire to marry.
When we think about the great men in our own lives or across history we don't primarily focus on their accomplishment list, but rather their strong character; character refined in the furnaces of life. Character cultivation is what the author wisely stresses throughout the book, but more importantly, Patrick stresses a man's great need for God in order to become all that they should be. All humankind could be accused of mustering up their own strength to achieve and succeed in life, but a life well lived is lived through the strength Christ enables us with.
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