This is a very good book for any man new to following Christ or someone that is not familiar with any of these 10 stories in the bible. Also for others who may be thinking about taking that next step of faith but procrastinating. "How God Makes Men is a good and encouraging read. Our walk with the Lord is not about us but what God wants to do through us.
Well known author Patrick Morley does it again with his book, "How God Makes Men". He uses 10 Bible characters to bring us 10 principles that are sure to help us understand the ways of God and how men can respond and understand God in a way that helps us with lifes challenges. I have read several of Morley's other titles but think this is one of his best. Although it is geared toward men, women could learn from these examples as well. My favorite may have been, the principle of the greater good, where Joseph is the character we study. Joseph had it all only to be falsely imprisoned, only after being sold into slavery by his own brothers. To understand God's bigger purpose, is to appreciate the challenges in our lives and live by faith that God does not abandon us. Pick up a copy and see what is your favorite principle. I received this book for free from blogging for books for my review. And I am glad I did.
Seldom do I rate anything as excellent.I must make and exception and rate this book as excellent. It is completely Biblical and practical for all men. It is where the rubber meets the road.
There was no pie in the sky stuff, just good stuff centered around the word of God and ten great men from the Word.
Patrick does not put these men on a pedestal but lets us look into their lives good , bad and ugly. We learn the strength and the weakness of each of the men. I so identify with Peter and his zeal and his foot shaped mouth.
Thank you Patrick Morely for this practical helpful easy to read guide and leading us into the application.
The author, Patrick Morley, is well known as a leader in preparing and discipling men. He takes giant steps towards developing men alongside biblical characters who have learned the lessons of life. The author takes ten of the most well known characters of the Bible and wraps their life around men. The principles he gleans are just some of the treasures waiting in this book. Get your highlighter, Bible and pen ready to explore God's power for men today.
The author of the classic Man in the Mirror has done it again with his latest book, How God Makes Men. Patrick Morley is a common name for anyone who's read books on Biblical manhood in the last decade, and this book is one that every man should read as well.
Using the stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, David, Solomon, Nehemiah, Job, Peter, and Paul, Morley creates a book which allows readers to grow closer to the Lord through the examples these disciples lived. One of the things I love about the book is it's emphasis throughout on the grace of God as demonstrated and given through Jesus. While there are plenty of instances where the book gives very specific (and biblical) calls for action on our part, it is always in response to what God does first. Morley makes it clear that God doesn't only use "perfect" men to do his work, but rather meets us where we are at and then moves us to where He wants us to be - and the only thing we need is a willing and surrendered heart.
Speaking of the word surrender, one of my "aha's" in the book was his distinction and explanation of the difference between the words "commitment" and "surrender", and his observation that many Americans view their relationship with Christ as one of commitment rather than surrender. But what Jesus calls us to is not commitment - where everything rests on us - but rather surrender, where everything depends on him.
At the climax of the book Morley highlights how men mentoring men can have a profound impact on families, churches, and communities. He doesn't do this is a chauvinistic way, and neither does he dismiss the roll of women, he simply points out the importance of how God wants to use men to reach the hurting and the lost. In fact, I truly believe the vast majority of the book is not specific to "men" but rather to followers of Jesus regardless of gender; the exception to that is some very specific instruction regarding the importance and impact men have in the lives of their families and society in general.
To reinforce how much I thought of the book, I actually shared an entire chapter with the leadership team from my church - something I've never done before. Morley's emphasis on discipleship, particularly men's discipleship, is demonstrated throughout the book. I truly believe if what he highlights from scripture were actually put into practice we would see a transformation in our churches and communities. Morley preaches servant leadership throughout the book, of living a life surrendered to the King of Kings and reaching out to serve and meet the needs of those around us. Throughout the book he also weaves multiple scriptural references, and none of them were taken out of context.
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Overall, I'm giving this book a 5/5 stars - meaning I highly recommend the book. For the record, I did receive a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily favorable, review.