“What makes a man a man?”, this is a question we ought to imagine more often. If this question were surveyed, it wouldn’t surprise me if answers varied from money, sex, appearance, skills/talents, being a provider, etc. Although all of those qualities can be important, they are only pieces within the puzzle of who a man is supposed to be biblically. Before reading this book, I noticed when it came to many of today’s guys and even when looking at myself, I saw there was something wrong with how we are operating as men and this book confirms my suspicions as truth.
The Masculine Mandate is a great book in addressing the question “what makes a man?” by sourcing various examples of scripture including Ephesians 5:22-33, the early days of Adam and Eve, and Colossians 3:18-25. I love how Mr. Phillips addresses manliness without purposely “out to get people” through outright condemnation; though I did feel convicted throughout many sections. As men we are supposed to work, be providers for our homes, defend our wives or girlfriends, be Christ-like towards our children, to be spiritual leaders, etc rather than be selfish lovers of ourselves, absent or unjust fathers, apathetic or abusive husbands, cowardly scapegoats of responsibility, etc. I absolutely loved this book and I encourage everyone whether man or woman to get this book! Of course I doubt some women will enjoy hearing certain analyzes like how they are ‘cursed by a desire to possess and control her man…‘ as quoted in chapter 7. To be serious though,The Masculine Mandate helped me discover many biblical truths about being the man God wants me to be and that being a man is not based on something simplistic like being an Arnold Schwarzenegger or pro wrestler like muscle man.
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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