Rhett Smith’s “What It Means To Be A Man”

30 Apr

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I had the privilege of being part of the launch team for Rhett Smith’s new book, What It Means to be a Man: God’s Design for Us in a World Full of Extremes. The book literally releases today, so it’s brand spanking new. This is an excellent and readable book that walks us through how to walk the path of biblical manhood. One of the things I personally like about this book is that the chapters are quite short, meaning a chapter can be read in a single sitting without devoting an hour to it.

Rhett opens the book by helping us understand which archetype of man we fit best with: king, warrior, sage or lover. He then identifies the dark and light sides of each archetype, to help us navigate to the best we have to offer. From there, he discusses the challenges of being overly aggressive or passive, and how the wounds of a father can change the course of our lives, if we leave them unhealed.

In the second part of the book, we dive right into three of the greatest challenges a man can face—anger, poor communication, and staying in fix-it mode. The third and fourth sections take us beyond identity and into action, answering the big question: How can we make the best of our lives? Specifically, Rhett explores the role of community in a man’s life, how to view vocation and employment, and finding the balance between pondering and acting.

This is a great book to center us in being the best men we can be. It will point us down the path toward maturity, and show us the pitfalls to avoid in this journey.

You should seriously consider picking this book up. You won’t regret it!

(The giveaway has officially closed. Congrats to our winner: J.B. Sisam!)

-Chris Morris

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Chris Morris is a CPA by day, but a creative at heart. He loves telling stories to inspire and encourage. He also loves a great cup of coffee, preferably French press. He writes at http://www.chrismorriswrites.com. You can follow him on Twitter or you can find him on Facebook.

11 Responses to “Rhett Smith’s “What It Means To Be A Man””

  1. Ashlyn April 30, 2013 at 10:52 #

    Yes, I am not a man, but I have men in my life that I would love to share this book with. I would also like to read it b/c it would help me understand them more!

    • chrismorriswrites April 30, 2013 at 11:12 #

      Awesome! Not limited to men at all — this book really will shine some light of understanding on the men in your life

  2. jbsisam April 30, 2013 at 11:27 #

    This looks like it should be a good book!

  3. timgallen April 30, 2013 at 11:36 #

    well, i’m sold. being a man myself, these are issues i’ve long wrestled with and am interested in reading how the author explores and discusses them. honestly, it’s something i’ve wanted to write a blog post about for a while now. thanks for sharing, chris, and the opportunity to win a copy! and thanks to dave wonders for hosting this review!

  4. James Prescott April 30, 2013 at 12:36 #

    Can’t wait to read this book. I am writing at least three posts on the subject this year (including at least one for this site I hope, maybe more hopefully) and I look forward to reading more about it.

  5. For the Love of God April 30, 2013 at 18:44 #

    I need to win it so I can learn to read. Finally.

  6. Steve Erickson May 3, 2013 at 09:09 #

    Looks like a great book!

  7. Susie May 3, 2013 at 09:12 #

    this sounds like verbatim what john eldredge talks about at his bootcamps for wild at heart…

    • chrismorriswrites May 3, 2013 at 09:38 #

      I am very familiar with Wild at Heart. There are some similarities, but this is not at all a carbon copy. Rhett brings some very good thoughts to the forefront that just aren’t focused on in Eldredge’s stuff. For the record, I am a HUGE Eldredge fan!

  8. 33Bear May 3, 2013 at 11:54 #

    I like free books.

  9. Sean Sheehan May 3, 2013 at 12:45 #

    Would love a chance to win this book. Keep up the good work with the site Dave!!

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