Book Review: “Man Enough” By Nate PyleOctober 4, 2015 at 1:21 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Non-Fiction
From the back cover: The freedom and faith to be the man you were made to be
It’s not about the size of your paycheck. It’s not about your athletic ability. It’s not about your competitive spirit.
Manhood isn’t about what you do; it’s about who you are.
Man Enough doesn’t just challenge the idea that there is one way to be a man; it obliterates it. Using his own story of not feeling “man enough”, author Nate Pyle exposes the disordered masculinity that pervades our church and culture and offers a refreshing message of grace and hope to men who are exhausted from trying to fulfill an unattainable model of manhood.
In our culture and churches more thoughtful, quieter, or compassionate personalities, as well as stay-at-home dads, are often looked down upon; and sermons, conferences, and publications center on helping men become “real men”. This pressure to have one’s manhood validated is antithetical to Gospel living and negatively affects how men relate to each other, to women and children, and to God.
Man Enough roots men in the Gospel, examines biblical examples of masculinity that challenge the idea of a singular type of man, and ultimately encourages men to conform to the image of Jesus—freeing men up to be who they were created to be: a son of God who uniquely bears His image.
I will never fix a car. I will never score a touchdown. If you drop me in the wilderness I will not make it back to civilization and I just will not survive. Does that not make me a man? God made me in His image and He never fixed a car or scored a touchdown either. Pastor Pyle tells us, “being a man is not dependent on what one does; rather, a man is a man because he is made in the image of God. . . . Masculinity does not need to be proved; it needs to be affirmed” I think that every man should get a hold of this book and read it from cover to cover. I think that each man will give out a relieved sigh as he begins to realize that he doesn’t have to work at it to be a man. It is simply that he already is. Let us break the stereotype. “God does not require people to prove themselves as worthy before he calls them to himself. Rather, in his calling of people, God deems them as worthy.” This book would be a great gift to give to the male friends and family so that they could break the stereotype as well. I recommend it highly!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”