No Matter the Cost: Igniting a Life of Strength and Honor
A Needed Book!
Men, are you discouraged or broken? Have you even made foolish decisions? Do you need the courage and hope to go on? Then this book by Vance Brown with John BlasÃÂ© and published by Bethany House is the book you have been waiting on.
We have here the call for Ã¢ÂÂimperfect, broken, foolish menÃ¢ÂÂ to step up in the battle and fight Ã¢ÂÂno matter the cost.Ã¢ÂÂ Do not suppose, however, that this book is just a pep talk, or an inspirational challenge. This is a realistic view of us coupled with a realistic view of Christ.
Because of a mix up at my home, I didnÃ¢ÂÂt realize I had this book to review till I just discovered it recently. By that twist of fate I had an entire night in a waiting room to devour this book carefully. It moved me.
He weaves the story of George Bailey from Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs A Wonderful LifeÃ¢ÂÂ and shows that is the story of far more of us than weÃ¢ÂÂd care to admit. He says this defines many of us men: Ã¢ÂÂall alone, exhausted, weary, bone-tired, questioning our worth, feeling much more dead than alive, courage struggling for oxygen.Ã¢ÂÂ We have our dreams, or at least we had them. Years and events mingled with some stupidity and we lose hope.
Amazingly, he also uses the LordÃ¢ÂÂs Prayer to teach us. While it might not be the most exegetically precise thing you have ever read, it really works. It takes you somewhere. Somewhere you need to go. You will notice that he focuses on our relationship with the Lord on the one hand and our Christian brothers on the other. It makes sense!
He writes well. The illustrations are exceptional. The transparency is amazing. He shares real failure and proves that the Lord was not done with him. What could encourage us more?
You may be aware that Mr. Brown heads Band of Brothers. DonÃ¢ÂÂt be concerned that this book is just a selling job for that organization. While the principles of this book underlie that organization, that is rarely the focus of the book. No, he writes at your heart and life. At least he spoke to mine and I highly recommend this book.
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January 11, 2013
"courage in need of oxygen"
I have just begun reading it and already I am deeply moved, motivated and inspired to pull up my bootstraps and take on a more conscientious role in the spiritual war that rages all around us...this book is written with, to and for men...broken men, defeated men, men who are existing as "courage in need of oxygen" as the book puts it...but as a woman I am also deeply inspired as well as enlightened about the inner struggles and warfare that tear into the hearts of the men/warriors we love. Please consider reading this book and encouraging the men in your community/church to read it as well. This book is going to, not-so-gently, nudge/push the "shallow enders" out deeper and the "so close-ers" (as the book calls it) to go "into" the canyon and relish the experience rather than stand on the edge in awe of it's beauty ..BUT BE CAREFUL ~ because I am confident that on the other side of reading this you will find men cloaked in war paint with a rediscovered, unique and purposeful battle cry rallying a band of brothers to go into battle... I hope and pray this does not scare you...
July 16, 2012
Must Have For leaders
With over 10 years in ministry with men, I would say this is one of the best books I have read. If your looking for a tool to lead yourself or others to a deeper level and understanding of the brotherhood of Christ, then you must read this book. The links for follow up are without question a great way to keep in unity with other men, long after you complete the book. The real life stories, are told in a bold and brave way not found in todays teaching. Buy it today
June 19, 2012
Understanding the Cost
In 2009 while deployed to Iraq I started a Brotherhood, taking the existing material and creating a study guide from it using largely my own experiences and situations as reference for our group discussions. The one piece that seemed to be missing from that, however, was the underpinning of where this 'No Matter the Cost' battle cry came from. This book provides that key piece of intel needed to help those of us who struggle daily find strength in knowing that the very foundation of Band of Brothers is not just theory or pie-in-the-sky garbage. It was forged by the very breaking down of men who've counted the cost, cracked open the very depths of their souls and were willing to move forward together; knowing that each one of them no longer had anything to fear. This book provides insight and courage to any man wondering if he has the courage to strike out in his home, his church, his community; living each day forward for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.
June 11, 2012