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.