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The Man in the Mirror

Solving the 24 Problems Men Face
Narrated by: Stu Gray
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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The Man in the Mirror has established itself as a cornerstone in men's literature since its 1989 release. Winner of the prestigious Gold Medallion Award and appearing on the best-seller list 18 times, it has helped thousands of men understand the person who stares back at them from the glass each morning and know what to do about his 24 most difficult problems. Written by a foremost Christian men's leader, this powerful audiobook invites men to take a probing look at their identities, relationships, finances, time, temperament, and most important, the means to bring about lasting change. If life's demands are constantly pressuring you to run faster and jump higher, this book is for you. Rich in anecdotes, thought-provoking questions, biblical insights, and featuring focus questions in each chapter suitable for personal or group use, The Man in the Mirror offers a penetrating, pragmatic, and life-changing look at how to trade the rat race for the rewards of godly manhood.

©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan

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Probably a very good small-group study

Man in the Mirror was recommended to me and I don't regret listening to it. A few thoughts, however... The same person who recommended it to me later described it as written east-to-west, meaning it's a sweeping book rather than something that builds upon itself, and I agree with this. A hint of Morley's style is found in the title: 24 Problems... or 21 or whatever. This is a bit daunting (and presumptive), but his list of 24 problems quickly turns into myriad sub-lists of 9 reasons why, 12 things men.... It just got tiresome. It was heavy on reasons why men stumble and fail and light on practical solutions, save for a smattering of scripture.

I am confident Morley's heart is in the right place, so there's that. And it's thought-provoking, which I appreciate. I'd just caution readers (listeners, as it were) against holding Morley up as any kind of an expert. This is largely a book of opinions and observations; if you're looking for expert advise, look elsewhere. I found his position on fear, for example, to be questionable. He tried to prop up a theory that Christ was not fearful in the garden prior to his crucifixion and death, and therefore since Christ didn't exhibit fear then being fearful is like to sin, so if you're afraid you're doing something wrong. Ummmm, I take issue with that. Yeah you don't want to walk around living a life of anxiousness and fear, but I think experiencing (and processing through) acute episodes of fear isn't sinful. Come on, Morely.

Since he uses a Pascal quote in his book, I'll use one as well: I would have written you a shorter letter but I didn't have time. Often, in writing, long is lazy and short is hard. I think Man in the Mirror could have been 1/2 or 2/3 the length and twice as powerful, but the author took the easy way out and gave us way too long of book. Still worth reading, I think this book is best suited in a physical format as a guide for a small group study. As an audio book, it's a long, sometimes tedious listen.

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Some teenager telling me how to be a better man...

Theme: I downloaded this book to be informed on how to be a better person through some Christian concepts.

Narrator: This was a failure. When discussing a man's life and bringing to the surface his shortfalls, needs, wants, and regrets from a Christian perspective, please consider your audience. Any experienced man/father/professional does not want to hear the voice of a adolescent cherpy male on the other end telling him how to a better man. The narrators voice was unbearable for this subject.

Literature: Do good and don't do bad.... 99% of all adult males and 100% of anybody downloading this book already knows this. We all know the obvious and we all want to be better if we downloaded this book. That said their is no need to state the obvious, but unfortunately that's what this book does. The book spends a lot of energy telling you that you have problems (duh I know that already) and spends very little energy providing information on the resolution of these problems outside of "pray to Jesus." On top of this, the book has some strange desire to continually cite Christian literature at the end of quoted statements as if that makes that statement any more impactful to the subject (it doesn't). This ends up feeling like your listening to some college read his term paper.

Bottom Line: People want specific examples and clear strategies for self improvement from a mature educated sounding adult. Not vague religious threats regarding our very personal imperfections .

Book narrator example: "do you pray for your kids every day? If not then your a bad parent"...... Me: pshhhhh please, when you have kids we can talk.



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can I get my credit back ?

I wonder if there's a way to get my credit back, really disappointed in this book 🙁

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what an eye opener!

I love this book. Even though it's painful to read, it says what I need to hear.

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A very inspiring Bible based message

A very inspiring Bible based message that every man should read and apply. God bless.

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Challenges for Godliness

It started slowly for me, but as it progressed it got moving & challenged me. I read this in prep for a men's group & now I'm looking forward to the discussions.

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Required reading for all men!

This book along with the Bible will change your life if you let it. All men should read this in addition to any women who what to understand the Biblical man.

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Solid Read for Men Looking to Live Strong

There wasn't much I disagreed with on the book. In many ways it was a wake up call! Great book.

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Every Man Should Read This!

Definitely not what I expected, I got so much more out of The Man In The Mirror. Causes you to do some serious soul-searching on what it means to be a man. Wow!

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I'm Happy to be Done With the Rat Race!

I was EXTREMELY encouraged by this Book. I now know, nobody wins the Rat Race!

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  • Paul O'Shaughnessy
  • 02-22-18

Great book

I highly recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians. The book has a depth which I haven’t seen in many books. Such rich content and actual tools to be the best person possible. Topics touch on with such great honesty and even greater insight. Please read this, you will not be disappointed.