Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood  -     By: Nate Pyle
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Men---are you exhausted from trying to become the stoic hyper-masculine breadwinner? Pyle challenges the idea that there's only one way to be "man enough" by examining biblical examples and his own life to discover a revitalizing message of grace and hope---"being a man" isn't about what you do, but who you are. 224 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310343372
ISBN-13: 9780310343370

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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: a son of God who uniquely bears His image.

Author Bio

Nate, Sarah, and their son Luke live in Fishers, Indiana where Nate pastors Christ’s Community Church. Nate also facilitates a joint effort of revitalizing churches and missional engagement in the Reformed Church of America and the Christian Reformed Church.

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Man Enough is a fearless and faithful clarion call for the children of God to conform to the image of Jesus Christ, not to cultural or religious stereotypes around masculinity. With his trademark wisdom and humility, Nate Pyle assesses harmful misconceptions about what it means to be a man, shares his own story and the stories of others who don't necessarily fit the mold, and returns to Scripture to forge a better way forward - a way of freedom, truth, and grace. This book is a must-read, one I'll be recommending to friends and readers for years to come. Every page is an invitation to liberation.
“Blessed are the tough, muscled and masculine.' Jesus never said anything remotely like this but some modern believers act as if he did. Some Christians have transformed Jesus into John Wayne to promote culturally-driven ideas about what it means to be a man. Thankfully, Nate Pyle dismantles false notions of manhood and replaces them with a more Biblical concept of being human. If you read only one book on biblical manhood, it should be this one!
The Spirit of the Lord brings freedom, and I can sense the Spirit of the Lord all over the pages of this book. Men will find freedom from their insecurities, the standards of others, and the combative manliness that has taken hold in some Christian circles. Nate Pyle leads the way toward Christ-centered manhood with vulnerability, gentleness, and a sharp focus on the example of Jesus.
Vulnerable. Honest. Humble. Not words you usually associate with a book on manhood, but Nate Pyle nails them here. I love how Man Enough points us to Jesus, and insists our thinking must ultimately be centered around him. While Nate and I don’t land in all the same places, I was refreshed by his boldness in declaring we must allow Christ to critique our cultural assumptions around what it means to be “man enough,” because he is the One who is more than enough, and frees us from our posturing and pretending to become more truly human.
Nate Pyle’s heartfelt exploration of Jesus-shaped masculinity is both a confrontation and an invitation. It exposes all the places I attempt to hide, but it also beckons me to come out of hiding by choosing the road of risky vulnerability. I have nothing but high praise for Man Enough.
In our sexualized society where confusion reigns, Nate Pyle has written a much needed book. Through powerful, vulnerable story telling of his own journey into manhood, he offers a solidly biblical look at the journey that every man must take. He draws illustrations from academia and popular culture in a book that is both profound and easily readable. I highly recommend this book.
This book sets men free from the culture-driven standards of masculinity and welcomes us into a Jesus-shaped humanity. Going beyond the tired old stereotypes of manhood, Nate gives us a redeemed vision for what it means to be a man after God's own heart. Deeply pastoral, well-written, and insightful, this book will bring healing to many.
Wow! Nate Pyle has written a brilliant and much needed book. He has exposed all our culturally driven views of 'manhood' that conflict with who Jesus calls men to be. The self-made, independent, muscle-bound, don't-take-nothing-from-no-one American man shares little in common with Jesus as he's revealed in Scripture. Thank you Nate for writing this book! Now I don't have to.
Nate Pyle's Man Enough offers a surprisingly unique take on the topic of biblical masculinity. By centering the conversation on the ideals of Jesus, Pyle not only challenges many of the stereotypical concepts regarding evangelical masculinity but also offers a broader and more varied perspective for what it means to be a man in light of the Gospel. Pyle's delivery is gracious and thoughtful, tackling 'manhood' without ego and arrogance. Through a pastoral lens--using both theology and self-deprecation to his favor--Pyle expounds deeply on what it means to be both Christian and man.
In a world where so many of us wrestle with chronic feelings of inadequacy and engage in a constant state of comparing ourselves to both others and invented ideals, Nate Pyle’s Man Enough speaks much needed words of healing and validation. With the heart of a pastor and the pen of a poet, Nate invites us to reconsider the source of our cultural concepts of masculinity and helps us to rediscover a manhood beyond some of the not-so-helpful messages we’ve received over the years. This book is one that I found to be soothing ointment on old wounds--- a message I wished I was given before I transitioned into adulthood, but am tremendously grateful to have now. Rarely does a first time author hit it out of the park on their first swing, but that’s exactly what Nate has done--- Man Enough is one of those books that needs to be moved to the top of the pile.
When we talk about “Being a man” in Christian circles, the conversation often centers around a distorted image of masculinity that doesn’t represent the life, ministry and calling of Christ. To put it bluntly, the church needs a bigger dose of Jesus in its dialogue about manhood. Thank goodness we can count on Nate Pyle for that. In his book Man Enough, we’re finally offered a refreshing perspective on male identity - one that is centered fully on the depth of Christ, rather than the one-dimensional, cage-fighting model of our culture. As a woman married to a man and a mother to a son, I’m so grateful for Nate’s brave writing and leadership in these pages. This is a must-read for both women and men in the church and I can’t recommend it enough.
Man Enough breaks from the pack of man-books to liberate men from false conceptions of masculinity. Male readers will not come away with a deflated sense that they are never man enough. Women readers will encounter a brand of manhood here that gives hope to the men they love. Nate Pyle’s search for answers recaptures a gospel vision of manhood that is good news for both men and women.
Nate Pyle has brought charitable and generous consideration to a topic marked by hostility and resentment. A fine work of biblical meditation, cultural critique, and prayerful study, Man Enough challenges conservative and liberal notions of gender norms while encouraging meaningful dialogue between the two. Pastoral, convicting, Pyle has authored a book well-suited to the needs of our time.
Nate's book is a timely contribution to a sadly one-sided conversation on masculinity. Through an engagement with scripture, sociology, and honest self disclosure, Nate invites us not to conform to some contemporary 'muscular' version of masculinity, but to the vulnerable Lamb, in whom we need not strive, perform, or prove ourselves. His chapter on Jesus is worth the price of the book alone. I pray that it is used as a pathway to freedom and vulnerability for men.

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    Nate Pyle in his new book, Man Enough published by Zondervan gives us How Jesus Redefines Manhood.

    From the back cover: The freedom and faith to be the man you were made to be

    Its not about the size of your paycheck. Its not about your athletic ability. Its not about your competitive spirit.

    Manhood isnt about what you do; its about who you are.

    Man Enough doesnt just challenge the idea that there is one way to be a man; it obliterates it. Using his own story of not feeling man enough, author Nate Pyle exposes the disordered masculinity that pervades our church and culture and offers a refreshing message of grace and hope to men who are exhausted from trying to fulfill an unattainable model of manhood.

    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 ones 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 Jesusfreeing men up to be who they were created to be: a son of God who uniquely bears His image.

    I will never fix a car. I will never score a touchdown. If you drop me in the wilderness I will not make it back to civilization and I just will not survive. Does that not make me a man? God made me in His image and He never fixed a car or scored a touchdown either. Pastor Pyle tells us, being a man is not dependent on what one does; rather, a man is a man because he is made in the image of God. . . . Masculinity does not need to be proved; it needs to be affirmed I think that every man should get a hold of this book and read it from cover to cover. I think that each man will give out a relieved sigh as he begins to realize that he doesnt have to work at it to be a man. It is simply that he already is. Let us break the stereotype. God does not require people to prove themselves as worthy before he calls them to himself. Rather, in his calling of people, God deems them as worthy. This book would be a great gift to give to the male friends and family so that they could break the stereotype as well. I recommend it highly!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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