For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions anyway?
But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys. Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?
Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him all the back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the guys in your own circle.
GENRE: Nonfiction, Christian, Men’s Interest
PUBLISHER: City on a Hill
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2016
PAGES: 164 pages
I am not a guy (hopefully this is not a surprise to anyone), but I have a guy. So when Wise Guys by Kent Evans came across my radar, I asked my husband if he was interested in helping me review it.
The book is laid out in easy to digest chapters, a conversational style, and questions to provoke personal growth. When an author starts out in the introduction by relating his theme to The Princess Bride, you know it’s going to be an enjoyable book, even if it does step on your toes a bit.
But, enough from me, the not-a-guy. Here’s what my husband had to say:
This book takes an honest and clever look at the current state of manhood/fatherhood.
He starts by addressing that our zeal for independence outstripped our need for interdependence. The self-made man is glorified, the fatherless man is honored and as a society starts to crumble we notice a “lack of a father’s influence” in each societal problem.
I’ve been wondering about the role of Men for many months and I see a problem. Men are discouraged to rely on each other and encouraged instead to outperform one another. Men are called to fill in a black silhouette in a wedding picture, baby album or number in a bank account with little to pass on to his own children. Men are not put in mentorships and so there is no guide except for the hero character’s script written by someone in Hollywood.
This book begins to try to offer a better way. Each section has questions to make you think about being a better man. For example: When was the last time you asked your spouse or loved one 3 questions in a row without interjecting your opinion? Do you have relational connections that can benefit the lives of others? The sections of this book layout a plan to introduce the lost handbook of Manhood in a time where we have no idea where we are going knowing we can’t stay here.
For me, this book needs to be my next devotional. Since Kent Evans bases these virtues of manhood on Biblical principles, I see a practical guide on how I can change myself to be a better man on the inside. Other books on being a better man focused on the outside (shine your shoes, get a tailored shirt) but any scoundrel can shine shoes and wear a suit. I’ve been wanting a guide that shows boys how to be men and men to be brothers and not adversaries. This will be required reading for myself and can’t be totally absorbed through one pass. It’ll be hard but it will be worth it.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Great book!
KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men. Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life. Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.
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