Founding Brothers

51kjtm7pcrlBook #28: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis

The Revolutionary era was an important and iconic era of our history.  And with 200 years of retrospection, it is often easy to romanticize the constitutional era and believe that it was a period of ideological clarity and political unanimity.  We often view the founding fathers as a generation of compatriots who worked together to build the nation we enjoy today.  And while these men were all motivated by a unified vision for an American nation, their ideas for how that nation should be build were often vastly different.  This is a fascinating look into the politics of the 1790’s and is a detailed accounting of a generation who gave of their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to give us the nation that we enjoy today.

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Shadow Divers

91vrvnr7xllBook #27: Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve one of the Last Mysteries of World War II, Robert Kurson.

After receiving the coordinates of a potential, undiscovered shipwreck 60 miles off the New Jersey coast, boat Captain Bill Nagle and wreck diver John Chatterton discover a German U boat covered by 240 feet of water.  Over the next 6 years, Chatterton and his diving partner Richie Kohler make repeated trips in attempt to discover the identity of the mystery U boat. The illusiveness of the quest to identify the U boat proves to be a profound and life-altering challenge.  For Chatterton it is a quest to find his identity in the most challenging of life circumstances.  And for Kohler it is a quest to identify and bring rest to the families of the fallen German soldiers.  This is a fascinating read, not only because of the technical details of diving and the history of U boat warfare in WW2.  It is an insightful look into the character of men and what motivates them through difficult times.

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A Guide to Biblical Manhood

b004u7njdo-01-lBook #26: A Guide to Biblical Manhood, Randy Stinson & Dan Dumas

As our culture has blurred the distinction between manhood and womanhood, and now between the very difference between men and women, it is important for the church to define and defend the concept of biblical manhood and womanhood.  But what exactly is biblical manhood?  Is it some combination of the Bible with macho burliness.  Or does it consist of bible study, prayer and sharing feelings?  Our churches are suffering from a crisis of manhood.  Too often what is presented as ministry caters to and is appreciated more by women than by men.  In a recent article series on the Art of Manliness blog, Brett McKay described the feminization of Christianity?  Why is it that men are checking out in droves?  Why is it that men are bailing on the church? Bailing on ministry?  Bailing on their families?  Perhaps it is that we don’t present Biblical manhood as something that is manly.  This is a topic that I have wrestled with.  There seems to be a disconnect between what other resources have described as manliness and what resonates as manliness.  Which begs the question, is my concept of manliness defined more by the Bible or by culture?  This is perhaps one of the best books that I have read about Biblical Manhood to date.  The authors define manhood as an embodiment of leadership, provision and protection.  They show through biblical examples that these principles are an embodiment of muscular strength and resilient character.

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