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Man Enough

How Jesus Redefines Manhood
By: Nate Pyle
Narrated by: Heath McClure
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Man Enough challenges the idea that there is one way to be a man. The masculinity that pervades our church and culture often demands that men conform to a macho ideal, leaving many men feeling ashamed that they're not living up to God's plan for them. Nate uses his own story of not feeling "man enough" as well as sociological and historical reflections to help men see that manhood isn't about what you do but who you are. It's not about the size of your paycheck, your athletic ability, or your competitive spirit. You don't have to fit any masculine stereotype to be a real man.

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: sons of God who uniquely bear his image.

©2015 Nate Pyle (P)2015 Zondervan

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Interesting perspective but misguided

I enjoy reading books even if I disagree with them. This was one that I felt necessary to read, but disagreed with the majority of this book. I appreciate the author for tearing down harmful gender stereotypes but felt it went beyond helpful and began eliminating the purpose and beauty in God creating us men and women. It felt very much like popular cultural efforts to blur gender lines and identity which also encourages confusion. It left me with the giant question of why did God make men if our differences matter so little?