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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The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution

b00ehmmhwq-01-lBook #16: The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution, Wayne Grudem & Barry Asmus
The last century has seen the emergence economic theories ranging from free markets to centralized planning.  And across the world there are nations that live in prosperity and nations that live in poverty.  The prosperity of a nation is directly related to the economic and social policies of that nation.  In this book the authors discuss the reasons for impoverishment and a plan for how a nation can move from poverty or prosperity.  They blend free market economics with biblical teaching and social ethics to propose a path from poverty to prosperity.  It is a one of the best apologetics I have seen on the benefits of a free market economy.  It is a must read for anyone interested in free market economics and a biblical view of economic/social policy.
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Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family and Foul

b00eeiug8k-01-lBook #35: Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family and Foul, Jase Robertson

A good question to ask when trying to get to know someone is, “What things are most important to you?”  In this book, Jase Robertson talks about the loves of his live – God, his family and hunting.  It is a personal look into the life of one of Duck Dynasty’s duck commanders – Jase Robertson.

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A New Season: A Robertson Family Love Story of Brokenness and Redemption

b00ke4itiw-01-lBook #32: A New Season: A Robertson Family Love Story of Brokenness and Redemption, Al & Lisa Robertson

John Newton once said “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner — and that Christ is a great Savior!”  In this book Al & Lisa Robertson tell their life story.  It is a story of sin, rebellion, infidelity, repentance and restoration.  Through their story, they tell of the grace of God that not only forgives our sin but also restores broken relationships.

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UnPHILtered: The Way I See It.

b00fnvsgqg-01-lBook #31: UnPHILtered: The Way I See It, Phil Robertson

In December 2013, GQ magazine published a piece on Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the famous Duck Dynasty Robertson family.  He received much criticism over a statement that he made regarding what he considered sins.  In this piece and on the show of Duck Dynasty, Phil has become known for his opinions.  This book is a codification of the opinions of Phil Robertson.  But rather than being the thoughts of a back woods, Louisiana, redneck, Phil presents a carefully thought out, biblical defense for his position politics, money, social media, guns, family and much more.  Whether you agree with all, some or none of his positions, in this book you will find Phil to be thoughtful and articulate.  But most of all you will see his overwhelming love for others and desire for others to experience God’s love for them.

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The Good, The Bad and the Grace of God

b00ql9lffs-01-lBook #29: The Good, The Bad and the Grace of God, Jep & Jessica Robertson

Life is complicated.  Sometimes there are highs and sometimes there are lows.  Sometimes we triumph and sometimes we fail.  In this book Jep and Jessica discuss their story, the good, the bad and best of all God’s grace that is able to take broken people and redeem them for his holy purposes.  The authors write this book to serve as a warning not to repeat their failures, but most of all to put on display the grace of God, who is able to “restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.”  Joel 2:25.

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

b010r8b7zg-01-lBook #8: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Nabeel Qureshi

In a pluralistic world, what should we believe and why?  Do all roads lead to God or is there one specific path?  In this autobiography, Nabeel Qureshi describes his life and beliefs, being raised as a devout muslim.  However his worldview was shaken in college when he met a Christian who was able to make a strong defense of the truth and historicity of the person and work of Jesus Christ.  In the ensuing 4 years, Nabeel wrestled with the questions of “Is the Bible reliable?”, “Did Jesus die on the cross?”, “Did Jesus rise again?” and ultimately the implications of the answers for his faith.  It is a must read both for those seeing the differences between Christianity and Islam as well as to encourage Christians in their faith.

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The Gospel at Work: How working for king Jesus gives purpose and meaning to our jobs

b00dl18fkm-01-lBook #31: The Gospel at Work: How working for king Jesus gives purpose and meaning to our jobs, Sebastian Traeger & Greg Gilbert

Is work important or a necessary evil?  God has called each of us to fulfill a particular assignment in his kingdom.  Some are pastors and some are businessmen.  This book is a great discussion about God’s plan and will for our lives from 9AM – 5PM.  It is an absolute must read for anyone who seeks to honor God through their work.

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Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time

b000fc0xri-01-lBook #27: Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at at Time, Stephen Arterburn

All men struggle with purity.  In our thoughts and conduct, God calls for complete purity no matter how insurmountable the task.   This book discusses the Biblical call to purity, its significance and importance and strategies for living a life that God desires.

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