Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: Play the Man by:Mark Batterson

 Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be
About the Book:
Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It's into this "no man's land" that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man.
In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, "Play the man." Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men. This is more than a book; it's a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be. Play the man. Make the man.


My Review:
 This book couldn't have come at a better time. We are a family of 6, four of those being male. My husband has had a tough life and raising those boys has taken some definite relying on God. He grew up with father figures but neither of them being the exact replica he would like displayed and lived out in front of his children. I have realized over the past few years that to live out a Godly man for our children has been very difficult for him. He was raised a certain way and he tends to go back to those old ways to discipline our children.

 I plan on giving him this book as a fathers day gift. He so wants to disciple and raise our children in a loving, Christian home. He wants our boys to do the same with their children. We never realized the importance of it until our children were older. There are things that will matter above all else. There will be things that you want your children to take away when they leave home to raise families of their own. God being in the center is important. He made those children and He knows better than anybody what they need and how they need it.

 Mark Batterson, again rising to the call that the males of our society need strong male role models has written a book for these mentors to become better and better through God's guidance. Mark starts this journey from the story of Polycarp and with lessons and advice from several different sources he has placed hope in many of us that see this as nothing but a positive.

 The author lists 7 virtues that all mean can use to becoming the man that God wishes them to be. Mark uses examples from various sources to teach us on the subject. Its a fascinating read and its available just in time for Father's Day. I loved it!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.