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Witty, compelling, and shrewd, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self. The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness. It is time to recover what we have lost. Stephen Mansfield shows us the way. Working with timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages pa Witty, compelling, and shrewd, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self. The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness. It is time to recover what we have lost. Stephen Mansfield shows us the way. Working with timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages past, Mansfield issues a trumpet call of manliness fit for our times.  In Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men, you’ll see that: This book is about doing. It is about action. It is about knowing the deeds that comprise manhood and doing those deeds. Habits have to be formed, and actions have to be aligned with the grace received. “My goal in this book is simple,” Mansfield says. “I want to identify what a genuine man does?the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood?and then call men to do it.”


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Witty, compelling, and shrewd, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self. The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness. It is time to recover what we have lost. Stephen Mansfield shows us the way. Working with timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages pa Witty, compelling, and shrewd, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self. The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness. It is time to recover what we have lost. Stephen Mansfield shows us the way. Working with timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages past, Mansfield issues a trumpet call of manliness fit for our times.  In Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men, you’ll see that: This book is about doing. It is about action. It is about knowing the deeds that comprise manhood and doing those deeds. Habits have to be formed, and actions have to be aligned with the grace received. “My goal in this book is simple,” Mansfield says. “I want to identify what a genuine man does?the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood?and then call men to do it.”

30 review for Mansfield's Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self

  1. 4 out of 5

    Big Mike Lewis

    I was really excited to read Stephen Mansfield's new book, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men. As a proponent of someone calling men back to their roles as leaders, I anticipated reading a really good book about this subject. Mansfield does not disappoint. What a fantastic book! Mansfield's Book of Manly Men is a great way to encourage and uplift men to live like men. But this book is no primer of misogyny or feminist bashing. No, Mansfield calls men to what he calls the 4 Manly Maxims. There is a cri I was really excited to read Stephen Mansfield's new book, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men. As a proponent of someone calling men back to their roles as leaders, I anticipated reading a really good book about this subject. Mansfield does not disappoint. What a fantastic book! Mansfield's Book of Manly Men is a great way to encourage and uplift men to live like men. But this book is no primer of misogyny or feminist bashing. No, Mansfield calls men to what he calls the 4 Manly Maxims. There is a crisis in men. And he has maxims that he calls us to. They are: Manly men do manly things. Manly men tend their fields. Manly men build manly men. Manly men live to the glory of God. Again, I don't want to spoil this book for you. You should read it. After the 4 maxims, Mansfield then spends the rest of the book providing examples of men (in Scripture and throughout history) living this way. Each chapter follows a characteristic that we all need. Characteristics like: Honor, Legacy, Humor, Integrity, Forgiveness, and about 10 more. The book finishes with Manly quotes and some further assignments: a reading list of books for manly men and movies to watch that show men doing what they should. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I will gladly be adding this book to my booklist for men that I share with other men looking for some great reading. I give Mansfield 5 out of 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Forged For God

    This is an excellent book that outlines character traits of true manhood. I enjoyed the inspirational aspect of this book, and I think the word 'invigorating' in the subtitle is appropriate. Each manly trait contains the portrait of a man that embodies that trait, a stirring quote, and often a poem. I love the fact that poems were included throughout the book. There are not many things that can stir your heart and soul more than a moving poem. At the end of the book, there are a number of 'manly' This is an excellent book that outlines character traits of true manhood. I enjoyed the inspirational aspect of this book, and I think the word 'invigorating' in the subtitle is appropriate. Each manly trait contains the portrait of a man that embodies that trait, a stirring quote, and often a poem. I love the fact that poems were included throughout the book. There are not many things that can stir your heart and soul more than a moving poem. At the end of the book, there are a number of 'manly' quotes, recommended books for men, and recommended movies for men (I thought this list was a little weak, but everyone's taste is different). I don't know that the book provided any insight I was unaware of, but it is an inspiration to continue my search for authentic and godly manhood.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Alley

    I used this book as as outside-reading assignment for my son and the Christian Manhood Class that I taught in our Christian school. Every man should read this book. Every young man should read this book. Every mother of a man should read this book. Stephen Mansfield uses mostly everyday manly examples from living men and manly men of the past. Though he uses some Scripture and though this book is based on manly biblical principles, Mansfield writes this book through illustrations that men can re I used this book as as outside-reading assignment for my son and the Christian Manhood Class that I taught in our Christian school. Every man should read this book. Every young man should read this book. Every mother of a man should read this book. Stephen Mansfield uses mostly everyday manly examples from living men and manly men of the past. Though he uses some Scripture and though this book is based on manly biblical principles, Mansfield writes this book through illustrations that men can readily relate and readily apply to their lives. Heavily recommended! One of the best books I've read on masculinity and leadership.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Yes, I read a manly book, which was a required category (a book written for the opposite gender) for the Tim Challies reading challenge I've been doing this year. I enjoyed it a lot. It was packed full of valiant mini biographies of great men of faith. I found many truths that will be helpful in training up my own son. Stephen Manfield is an amazing author and his other biographies, God & Guinness, and Lincoln's Battle w God, are well worth your time as well. Yes, I read a manly book, which was a required category (a book written for the opposite gender) for the Tim Challies reading challenge I've been doing this year. I enjoyed it a lot. It was packed full of valiant mini biographies of great men of faith. I found many truths that will be helpful in training up my own son. Stephen Manfield is an amazing author and his other biographies, God & Guinness, and Lincoln's Battle w God, are well worth your time as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey

    3.5 Disclaimer: I did not know this was a Christian book when I bought it. Not that it should matter to me... But anyway, I liked this. Especially the Winston Churchill chapter. Chapters about other historical figures were interesting to read. There are several quotes that I should have marked throughout the book, so I will be reading it again. Also, the Prayer of Sir Francis Drake was thrown in as a break between chapters and it is probably the best thing I have ever read IN MY LIFE. So, there's 3.5 Disclaimer: I did not know this was a Christian book when I bought it. Not that it should matter to me... But anyway, I liked this. Especially the Winston Churchill chapter. Chapters about other historical figures were interesting to read. There are several quotes that I should have marked throughout the book, so I will be reading it again. Also, the Prayer of Sir Francis Drake was thrown in as a break between chapters and it is probably the best thing I have ever read IN MY LIFE. So, there's that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Mansfield's Manly Maxims 1. Men Do 2. Men Tend Their Fields 3. Men Build Other Men 4. Men Live to Glorify God Mansfield's Manly Maxims 1. Men Do 2. Men Tend Their Fields 3. Men Build Other Men 4. Men Live to Glorify God

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    The first part of this book to me seemed pretentious, preachy, and not relatable. Once Stephen got into real men's lives and gave real life examples of what it means to truly be a man, however, is when I fell in love with this book. Every example and person's story given helped me feel connected with my ancestors, and combined with lots of prayer and dependency on God's strength, this book has helped give me a drive and desire to be a man of action rather than just all talk. I highly recommend t The first part of this book to me seemed pretentious, preachy, and not relatable. Once Stephen got into real men's lives and gave real life examples of what it means to truly be a man, however, is when I fell in love with this book. Every example and person's story given helped me feel connected with my ancestors, and combined with lots of prayer and dependency on God's strength, this book has helped give me a drive and desire to be a man of action rather than just all talk. I highly recommend this book to all guys, no matter what end of the spectrum you fall under regarding strength or mental fortitude. The author does a great job lighting a fire under you and encouraging you to take action and change your life, all while pointing you to biblical principles in a balanced way. I also appreciate the poetry, references, and other resources given throughout the book to further your journey in becoming a true man of action and integrity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Kiedis

    I could not have picked a better book to close out my year and catapult me into 2021 than Stephen Mansfield's Mansfield's Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self." Thank you, Stephen Mansfield. In a day of gender confusion and PC speech when it comes to the sexes, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men is unapologetically and proudly male -- and like a refreshing drink of water in a culture parched for good material for guys. I could not have picked a better book to close out my year and catapult me into 2021 than Stephen Mansfield's Mansfield's Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self." Thank you, Stephen Mansfield. In a day of gender confusion and PC speech when it comes to the sexes, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men is unapologetically and proudly male -- and like a refreshing drink of water in a culture parched for good material for guys.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Isaacks

    The book is as described in the title, I would recommend reading it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt Hartzell

    For the most part, I enjoyed the Book of Manly Men. Filled with thematic topics on manhood and brief examinations on men throughout history that exemplify them, Mansfield offers a lot of sound advice on how to embrace manhood in today's world. I was initially somewhat skeptical as I picked up this book, as I'm just not interested in reading a hoo-rah book about how to shoot guns and eat meat and be a man. Fortunately, Mansfield did not write that kind of book. Mansfield perforates the book with m For the most part, I enjoyed the Book of Manly Men. Filled with thematic topics on manhood and brief examinations on men throughout history that exemplify them, Mansfield offers a lot of sound advice on how to embrace manhood in today's world. I was initially somewhat skeptical as I picked up this book, as I'm just not interested in reading a hoo-rah book about how to shoot guns and eat meat and be a man. Fortunately, Mansfield did not write that kind of book. Mansfield perforates the book with many examples of prominent (and not so prominent) men from history, and I certainly appreciated that. His thoughts on passing manhood down to young boys were great, and something that is desperately needed in our culture. His numerous calls to action around loving a wife, rearing children, working hard and sacrificing much almost feel foreign in comparison to our world today, but still ring true. I also really appreciated how Mansfield took pains to make sure his reader knew his historical examples were in no way perfect people. They had their flaws. Yet, Mansfield astutely recognizes that there is much to be learned from great people who had their own hangups. Perhaps one knock against Mansfield's overall premise is that he places quite a bit of emphasis on action and doing. This is certainly a valuable word for many men today, who would rather be a passive participant in life and perhaps embrace a greatly extended adolescence. Yet, this is exactly one aspect of manhood that I have really had to work hard on: that I have an identity that has been given to me, not before and not because of the things I do. My identity and my worth comes as being created in God's image, as his beloved child. I didn't do anything to earn this. It would, in fact, be impossible to do so. My actions and my doing then flow out of who God is and what he's done. I feel like Mansfield flipped the table on this, and I don't think I agree (and as Mansfield is a former pastor, I'm somewhat surprised). Before God gave Adam (and Eve) a job to do, he gave them an identity to embody. Aside from that, I think perhaps the only other downside is what is common to MANY books of this kind, in that Mansfield tends to speak from broad generalizations, and those generalizations often break down as soon as you try to apply them to any given individual. As such, I found myself resonating with some parts of the book but annoyed with other parts. I can't really fault Mansfield for this, as it really is hard to write a book that covers such a large group and have everything apply equally. One thing that I thought was noteworthy, though: Mansfield does appear to be aware of this problem and makes a point to mention several times that there will be some variation. And, he also strongly states that manhood is not centered around certain activities, but is far more concerned with internal character. I think Mansfield's Book of Manly Men would be most helpful as a supplement, if you have not had an opportunity to explore what manhood is, or did not have a father-figure in your life to teach you. If you come from a place where manhood was strongly imparted in you, then you will probably find some of this book less compelling, but will still find some good nuggets to chew on.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tanya W

    Just started this book and love it so far (even though I'm a woman and this is written for men)... a great read for husbands or the men in our life, filled with stories of the great men through the ages (or average, everyday men, who have become great with the help of Jesus Christ). This book is divided into three parts. In the first part, Mansfield defines manhood with 4 "Manly Maxims". 1) Action. "Manly men do manly things." 2) "Manly men tend their fields." 3) "Manly men build manly men." 4) M Just started this book and love it so far (even though I'm a woman and this is written for men)... a great read for husbands or the men in our life, filled with stories of the great men through the ages (or average, everyday men, who have become great with the help of Jesus Christ). This book is divided into three parts. In the first part, Mansfield defines manhood with 4 "Manly Maxims". 1) Action. "Manly men do manly things." 2) "Manly men tend their fields." 3) "Manly men build manly men." 4) Manly men live to the glory of God. In the second part, this book tells the stories of ~16 men, which each exemplify a specific manly virtue including: Honor Legacy: Churchill Friendship: Johanthan Blessing: Patton Humor: Jedediah Smith Restoration: Churchill & G.K. Chesterton Self-Education: Mark the Apostle Wildness: Theodore Roosevelt Integrity: Job Forgiveness: St. Patrick Suffering: Lincoln Vision: Rudyard Kipling Humility: Booker T. Washington Sacrifice: Witold Pilecki Presence: John Wooden The last part of the book has a collection of quotes, books, and movies for "manly men". Stephen Mansfield is prophetic in this statement and doesn't know it (I'm sure he will know it someday!): "If we lived in an ideal world, every man would learn the traits of manliness as part of a dynamic body of righteous men. He would have models in these older men. he would have a tribe. He would be initiated, honored, challenged, trained, corrected, and commissioned by these men. In fact, in an ideal world, a man would barely be able to identify what had made him a great man, a genuine man. It would all be natural and woven into life. It would just be." This statement describes the Holy Priesthood, after the order of the Son of God, or in other words, Jesus Christ's plan for the sons of God. I see it in my family and church every day even in our "un-ideal world". But this great plan for the sons of God makes good, "manly" men... or as Mansfield really means: good men doing and living good works. Quotes: It is an evil of our age... that there is tension and competition between the genders... This book is about men being strong, moral, dutiful, virtuous men-- frankly, great men--in part because it is the best gift [they] can give to women... much of this book is about how a man is measured in large part by who he is for the women in his life. I don't care about your appearance. Manliness... is about doing... True manliness is about the determination to act according to a noble definition of what it means to be a man. While we wait, we miss the opportunities before us and the role we could play in our world. We just do not need thought as a substitute for action. It's killing us. Ultimately... you only know who a man is and what he believes by what he does. The key to powerful manhood is that a man fully owns-- takes responsibility for, tends, stands guard over, assures the healthy condition of-- the field assigned to him. "...doing and the example of others is how I [learn] most everything that [shapes] my life." "[We] cannot do what we are assigned to do without strength and energy beyond [our] own. this comes from being [people] to the glory of God."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yonasan Aryeh

    The contents opens with a classic picture of an old-fashioned Sherlock-style pipe. If that doesn’t bring forth older images of manliness, other than the enlarged mustache on the cover, I am not sure what will. But does the rest of the book live up to the hype and expectations? The Publisher calls the book “witty,” ”compelling,” and “shrewd,” citing it as being “about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self.” The book has been receiving an average of 4.5 star reviews, asserti The contents opens with a classic picture of an old-fashioned Sherlock-style pipe. If that doesn’t bring forth older images of manliness, other than the enlarged mustache on the cover, I am not sure what will. But does the rest of the book live up to the hype and expectations? The Publisher calls the book “witty,” ”compelling,” and “shrewd,” citing it as being “about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self.” The book has been receiving an average of 4.5 star reviews, asserting that while the “Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness,” and for men in general it “is time to recover what we have lost,” Mansfield presents “timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages past, Mansfield issues a trumpet call of manliness fit for our times.” No content shall be given away with this review, but to finish the synopsis, the author reviews four manly maxims for men to adopt, different components of being a manly man, fifty quotes for manly men, ten books for manly men, and ten movies for manly men. In all, Mansfield presents what appears to be a compendium on being manly. That’s right, man, no carry forth. Is the book worth reading? That’s a great question indeed. Retired Lt. General William G. Boykin and former commander of Delta Force believes it is. As Boykin states, “few personalities in the Bible are more recognized for their manly qualities…” Boykin drafted the entire foreword for this book on the belief that it is not prevalently clear what it means to be a manly man in today’s American society, and that the modern feminist movement has done significant damage to the self-esteem of men. This may or may not be true, but it does lend investigation to the matter. The book certainly leans heavy on the Christian faith, which should be expected coming from a Christian Publisher. Irregardless of content, however, the readability of a book does not depend so much on content as it does style, at least for me. Plenty of reviewers have already covered the point of content. But is it an enjoyable read? Reading the experiences of Mansfield, at first I was a bit shocked. The content was not necessarily Christian, but at the same time, it was. I had thought about how this would impact a review, but realized that it needed to mark a good thing. Mansfield is being authentic in his storytelling, including the less “Christian” experiences. While some could argue this is to market to a secular audience, I believe it is more about how the Christian culture does not always intertwine with a manly one. And I believe that can be a good thing. After all, the Christian church has historically slammed masculinity. As far as readability, I am engaged. Mansfield is connecting. He is reliving his experiences and tying it into his narrative. And that makes this a book worth reading. Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Every man, read this book. Don’t make excuses. Just do it. It will quite possibly change your life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Gilmore

    The old cliche of "don't judge a book by it's cover" can be applied to this book for sure. When you first look at the cover, what vision of "manly men" pops into you head? Some sort of physical definition like wrestling bears, or hunting, or chopping down trees on a mountainside, or pressing massive barbells above your head one handed? Men with lots of hair on their chest? If that's what you pictured, then the cover did it's job. It's meant to be a little snarky, a little tongue in cheek. But, t The old cliche of "don't judge a book by it's cover" can be applied to this book for sure. When you first look at the cover, what vision of "manly men" pops into you head? Some sort of physical definition like wrestling bears, or hunting, or chopping down trees on a mountainside, or pressing massive barbells above your head one handed? Men with lots of hair on their chest? If that's what you pictured, then the cover did it's job. It's meant to be a little snarky, a little tongue in cheek. But, that's where the cheekiness ends. In Mansfield's Book Of Manly Men, Stephen Mansfield sets out to try and define what it means to be a man, what traits and characteristics make a good man. And, frankly, almost none of them have anything to do with the caricatures I described above. This book is about traits like honor, friendship, sacrifice, integrity. And DOING. Men Do. Great men have always Done. Great men are intentional, focused, purposeful. Each chapter in the book covers a trait and starts with a figure from history who represents this trait. Men like Churchill, Lincoln, Coach John Wooden, and numerous figures from the pages of The Bible, which is where Stephen draws most of his guidelines on what it means to be a man. He quotes the Bible often, but if you're not a Christian, don't be turned off. The lessons here are for believers and non-believers alike. You don't have to subscribe to the same world view as Mansfield to find this book impactful I've read a handful of self improvement books and the thing that sets this one apart from the rest is it's actionable-ness. Many times when I read these kind of books, I'm left saying to myself "OK, great idea. Now HOW do I do that?". Many books are great at giving you the What, but they never give you the How. At the end of each chapter, Mansfield leaves you with a handful of questions to help you dig deeper into your own situation as well as some actionable things to do in order to work towards achieving your goal. In a culture where many men are found sitting on their hands, not knowing what it means to be a man anymore, this book will help give you direction. It should be required reading and not a bookshelf in existence should go without it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Timmy

    Unbelievable. The book is the still small voice. Yet, the content is a loud voice in the wilderness. Had a privilege to go through with my boss/friend (Matt) for the summer and each section shows what it means to be a man. There are some sections I would still need to understand and chew on but it’s a great book. Being a man isn’t about having a big gun, lifting heavy things or even just being right. A notable quote from the author rocked me. “Being a man is privilege, not an entitlement. It is Unbelievable. The book is the still small voice. Yet, the content is a loud voice in the wilderness. Had a privilege to go through with my boss/friend (Matt) for the summer and each section shows what it means to be a man. There are some sections I would still need to understand and chew on but it’s a great book. Being a man isn’t about having a big gun, lifting heavy things or even just being right. A notable quote from the author rocked me. “Being a man is privilege, not an entitlement. It is a surrender of our priority. It is a laying down of our lives, not physically but inwardly — our preferences, our pleasures, sometimes even our dreams. Our version of Witold Pilecki’s medeals comes in the lives we offer to God, life’s we have bled and sweated and prayed and given ourselves for. This is what it means to be a man.” - the chapter on Sacrifice, Mansfield

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Bowden

    “My goal in this book is simple. I want to identify what a genuine man does—the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood—and then call men to do it.” - Stephen Mansfield Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield, with a foreword by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is a sort of manly guidance book for men and boys of all ages. Stephen Mansfield examines manliness from a Biblical perspective, and finds that our current culture “My goal in this book is simple. I want to identify what a genuine man does—the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood—and then call men to do it.” - Stephen Mansfield Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield, with a foreword by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is a sort of manly guidance book for men and boys of all ages. Stephen Mansfield examines manliness from a Biblical perspective, and finds that our current culture sadly undermines, under-appreciates, and even perverts traditional masculine values. Drawing upon men from the Bible as well as from history and his own life, Mansfield teaches the proper role of a man: from how a man shoulders responsibility, to how he handles defeats and setbacks gracefully, to appropriate use of humor. He takes King David's words to Solomon as a clarion cry to all men, ""...be strong and show yourself a man." (1 Kings 2:2). Each chapter includes a profile of a role model – these men include Lincoln, Churchill, King David, Kipling, Booker T. Washington, and more. The witty and informative profiles show just how each particular man exemplifies a specific virtue or character trait in a manly manner. The book ends with “Fifty Quotes for Manly Men” – page after page of thought-provoking and intelligent inspiration for any man - and for the women that love them and want to encourage them to be their very best. Mansfield understands that a man must cultivate mind, body, and soul – and his proscriptions address all three. As the mother of a son, I am thankful for this book – and I plan to pass it along to him now that I am finished with it. Many of Mansfield’s lessons are lessons I have tried to pass along myself  – and Mansfield’s “man to man” aspect can only enforce what we already believe.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zoe ♫

    1.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danny Lee

    As an ambitious 18-year-old male, this book was fantastic for me. Mansfield does an excellent job identifying "manly" traits and elaborating his argument with historical accounts of manly men (e.g. Lincoln, Churchill, Job...). While some of the masculine characteristics he suggests are not convincing (wildness, humour), many traits he identified are, in my opinion, extremely relevant to many modern men out there. This book much inspired me and will continue to do so through 2018. I plan to read t As an ambitious 18-year-old male, this book was fantastic for me. Mansfield does an excellent job identifying "manly" traits and elaborating his argument with historical accounts of manly men (e.g. Lincoln, Churchill, Job...). While some of the masculine characteristics he suggests are not convincing (wildness, humour), many traits he identified are, in my opinion, extremely relevant to many modern men out there. This book much inspired me and will continue to do so through 2018. I plan to read this book once again. I suggest anyone who is looking for self-improvement but doesn't know where to start. This book provides sufficient guidance for that. Note: This book is heavily Christian-based. For me, the Christian aspect made it even more relevant and motivating because I am a Christian. But for others, be wary when reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    While this wouldn't be my go-to guide for defining Biblical masculinity, this is a really fun book. Starting from the premise that manhood is action, he offers four maxims that define manhood, and assembles a long list of manly virtues illustrated by the life manly man from history (incl.Teddy Roosevelt, WinstonChurchill, Abe Lincoln, and Booker Washington). This is the 2nd book I've read by Mansfield, and I really enjoy his writing. As an added bonus, the manly icons through the pages as well a While this wouldn't be my go-to guide for defining Biblical masculinity, this is a really fun book. Starting from the premise that manhood is action, he offers four maxims that define manhood, and assembles a long list of manly virtues illustrated by the life manly man from history (incl.Teddy Roosevelt, WinstonChurchill, Abe Lincoln, and Booker Washington). This is the 2nd book I've read by Mansfield, and I really enjoy his writing. As an added bonus, the manly icons through the pages as well as the cover design make the book fun to hold and look at. I recommend avoiding the ebook for this reason.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Cain

    While early on, Mansfield states that this “Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self” is not for girls, I found it to be a wonderful, and very enjoyable, book. Mansfield begins by giving four maxims for true masculinity, or what he refers to as being a “manly man”, and then moves to an intriguing review of some of the qualities of a godly, masculine man, ranging from honor, humility, self-education, and vision. While not a man, I found Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men to be an inv While early on, Mansfield states that this “Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self” is not for girls, I found it to be a wonderful, and very enjoyable, book. Mansfield begins by giving four maxims for true masculinity, or what he refers to as being a “manly man”, and then moves to an intriguing review of some of the qualities of a godly, masculine man, ranging from honor, humility, self-education, and vision. While not a man, I found Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men to be an invigorating and inspiring read. Read the rest at http://thenerdybookworm.wordpress.com...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Tanner

    Mansfield's Book of Man Men is an absolute 'must read' for men at any stage of life. As a youth leader, I have found my new go-to gift for the young men in our church with a note attached to make sure they pass it on to their dads once they've finished it! The 4 maxims are well covered by other reviews. Additionally, Mansfield breaks down several qualities of what it means to be the kind of men we are called to be. These chapters touch on such things as integrity, friendship, honor, adventure, et Mansfield's Book of Man Men is an absolute 'must read' for men at any stage of life. As a youth leader, I have found my new go-to gift for the young men in our church with a note attached to make sure they pass it on to their dads once they've finished it! The 4 maxims are well covered by other reviews. Additionally, Mansfield breaks down several qualities of what it means to be the kind of men we are called to be. These chapters touch on such things as integrity, friendship, honor, adventure, etc. Each one is highlighted with an anecdote highlighting that trait from some famous (or, sometimes, not-so-famous) man of history.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    A good book on masculinity. There are no wasted words and sometimes I felt a bit surprised with the author's abruptness. But, I think this is what makes the book helpful; it makes men like me to think and act as men. I have some few issues with his biblical references but I think the author did not intend to make the book a biblical meditation on manhood. I believe he is writing for a wider audience and only explains his faith as an influence in the things he believes constitute a man. I like th A good book on masculinity. There are no wasted words and sometimes I felt a bit surprised with the author's abruptness. But, I think this is what makes the book helpful; it makes men like me to think and act as men. I have some few issues with his biblical references but I think the author did not intend to make the book a biblical meditation on manhood. I believe he is writing for a wider audience and only explains his faith as an influence in the things he believes constitute a man. I like the anecdotes and quotes especially the ones from Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Men of my age will benefit a lot from reading this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    A little predictable in the sense of using several military characters, Mansfield offers some significant insights into otherwise often unknown nor misunderstood men. His plea for men to take responsibility for their territory is worth the price of the book. Following 4 maxims for men, there are numerous character studies that provide insight into what it means to be a man with the character needed for our day and age. While not overtly Christian, it's abundantly clear that Bibilical values under A little predictable in the sense of using several military characters, Mansfield offers some significant insights into otherwise often unknown nor misunderstood men. His plea for men to take responsibility for their territory is worth the price of the book. Following 4 maxims for men, there are numerous character studies that provide insight into what it means to be a man with the character needed for our day and age. While not overtly Christian, it's abundantly clear that Bibilical values underlie this material.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chad Saxton

    Great read on being a manly man of God. Mansfield's Book of Manley Men is in my top three books of being a manly man. The first and second are the Bible and Wild at Heart. This book gives thought provoking questions to help you become a Manly Man. It also has encouraged me to read more books on great men of our past and re-rekindled my love for history especially that of our founding fathers. A must read for those wanting to be a better man, raising manly sons and impacting the world around you. Great read on being a manly man of God. Mansfield's Book of Manley Men is in my top three books of being a manly man. The first and second are the Bible and Wild at Heart. This book gives thought provoking questions to help you become a Manly Man. It also has encouraged me to read more books on great men of our past and re-rekindled my love for history especially that of our founding fathers. A must read for those wanting to be a better man, raising manly sons and impacting the world around you.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shane Free

    Summarily Discredits the Modern Portrayal of Manhood I'm not very liberal with five star ratings but this one is worthy. I learn best by example and by doing. For each virtue Stephen covers, he draws from the well of history and tells the story of a notable man who exemplified it. Then he challenges each of us to get outside of the realm of discussion and take specific action to improve our own manhood. This book is iron sharpening iron in its finest sense across the generations of men from Biblica Summarily Discredits the Modern Portrayal of Manhood I'm not very liberal with five star ratings but this one is worthy. I learn best by example and by doing. For each virtue Stephen covers, he draws from the well of history and tells the story of a notable man who exemplified it. Then he challenges each of us to get outside of the realm of discussion and take specific action to improve our own manhood. This book is iron sharpening iron in its finest sense across the generations of men from Biblical times until now.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Frazier

    A solid book that helps guide men to "being your most masculine self". The four "manly maxims" that Mansfields proposes are as follows: Manly men do manly things. Manly men tend their fields. Manly men build manly men. Manly men live to the glory of God. I wish Mansfield would have fleshed these maxims out a little more, but I agree with the premise of each maxim. Overall, the book is a good read and if you're looking for a simple book on masculinity this book is for you. A solid book that helps guide men to "being your most masculine self". The four "manly maxims" that Mansfields proposes are as follows: Manly men do manly things. Manly men tend their fields. Manly men build manly men. Manly men live to the glory of God. I wish Mansfield would have fleshed these maxims out a little more, but I agree with the premise of each maxim. Overall, the book is a good read and if you're looking for a simple book on masculinity this book is for you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Hilt

    My favorite book that I have read this year. Not only has this been transformative for my own personal view of manhood. It has helped me teach other men how to apply the topics contained in these pages to their lives. It is incredibly challenging and practical. No matter what spiritual background you may come from this will challenge your worldview on what it means to be a man. Every man should pick up and read this book. Especially for fathers to read to their sons!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Billou

    In a an age where masculinity is a dirty word to many, and concepts like honor and duty Lennon out of fashion, Mansfield's book is a clarion call to arms for all men to rediscover their essential nature and step up and be badass men again. This book costs only $20, but it's worth $20 million. If you are a man, or if you have men you care about in your life, buy this book, and 10 copies to give away. God bless In a an age where masculinity is a dirty word to many, and concepts like honor and duty Lennon out of fashion, Mansfield's book is a clarion call to arms for all men to rediscover their essential nature and step up and be badass men again. This book costs only $20, but it's worth $20 million. If you are a man, or if you have men you care about in your life, buy this book, and 10 copies to give away. God bless

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I really enjoyed this book. Mansfield has a style that draws the reader along. His approach to defining manhood by what a man does and then giving examples of manly character traits through the stories of men who embodied those traits is an entertaining and refreshing way to impart or invigorate manly character in the reader.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brent Soderstrum

    My men's group just got done reading this book. Some very interesting stories about famous and not so famous men that I didn't know. Wasn't tied together well. Three sections with no connection between them. Enjoyed the second section the most. Questions at the end of each section weren't really discussion starters for our group. Nothing memorable that I will take away from the book. My men's group just got done reading this book. Some very interesting stories about famous and not so famous men that I didn't know. Wasn't tied together well. Three sections with no connection between them. Enjoyed the second section the most. Questions at the end of each section weren't really discussion starters for our group. Nothing memorable that I will take away from the book.

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