Perhaps you've read Every Man's Battle and have rejuvenated your commitment to sexual integrity - and now you're ready to take the next step toward spiritual maturity. Or, maybe this is your first encounter with the best-selling "Every Man" series. Regardless, you are about to discover life-changing encouragement and practical, man-to-man guidance in your Christian walk. Every Man, God's Man is tailor-made for any man who may feel incomplete in his commitment to God. It's for the man who wants to become even more authentic, more courageous, more intimate with God in every area of his life. It's for every man who desires to walk in true spiritual integrity every moment of every day. Like other books in the best-selling "Every Man" series, Every Man, God's Man boldly gets into your head, gives you hope, and equips you to persevere in your individual pursuit of God.
As I progressed through the book, I wondered when there would be a presentation of the gospel. There is none. Neither is there record of the strong testimony of St Augustine. Mr Luck is correct in that the men’s movement has been challenging men to “do what their hearts and characters cannot deliver.” Yet he does not explain that the only way to overcome our fallen nature, irrespective of how that presents, is by understanding that God has given all authority to his son and that our trust in Jesus’ life and final work on the cross is the only way God’s promises may be relied upon (2 Corinthians 1:20 CJB).
At the end of his book, Mr Luck reiterates that he hopes we will “with all [our] physical and mental strength, push [ourselves] to the limit.” The bible tells us that it is only when we are weak, that we can be strong (2 Corinthians 12:10 CJB). It is in realizing that we cannot heal ourselves that we find the strength to allow Jesus, the man in the Godhead, to help us. God is sovereign. Jesus is our savior and he has invited all who are struggling to come to him (Matthew 11:28 CJB).
Recommend this book not be read by especially woman, children, and young men due to these authors’ stereotyping of the male personality, specific generalization that all men are sexually immoral, and report that it is the our strength and the careful help from people that we avoid remaining in that trap. All men are not the same nor are all men sexually immoral. It is true that all who are born into this world, both male and female, are born in a state of rebellion against God…and…that God has provided grace through Jesus the Messiah (Romans 3:21-24 CJB). It is the Holy Spirit who works towards our accepting Jesus’ invitation to follow him; he alone will help us to become as he is (John 3:3-8 CJB).
The book is mostly the work of Luck, and it is better written than some of his previous works. This time around he does much better at writing in a clear and understandable way without nodding too much to
The book is less about specific challenges and more about the general challenges men face in life-- their propensity toward isolation, unwillingness to open up to a small group of men, bottling, secret sins and their originating influences, and the like. He also addresses how believers ought to be serving God wholeheartedly, the need for prayer, a bit on the work of the Holy Spirit, and so forth. Illustrative stories are presented (more often than, Scripture sadly enough), and direct and challenging applications of the principles are made.
The author is Evangelical but few doctrinal peculiarities are stressed. An extremely interpretive Bible version is used when Scripture is quoted, which is too bad.
Nevertheless, the book remains one that all men should read, as difficult and as often painful it can be to have to come to grips with many of the practical difficulties in life.
*- book received as part of early review program
General thoughts: The author, Kenny Luck, seemed like a real person to me. He didn't seem overly or submanly and had a way of laying out what we face in the world today. This book, although easy to read, started off slowly building up to my buy in. It seemed rather simplistic and boring but because it was a book I said I'd read and review I continued reading. I am grateful I did and that I was selected.
Why I finished this book: The end of this book really created my buy in. I believe we’ve been put on this earth for a reason and are meant to live a life for God. At the end of this book I really started to see its use in a men’s group and it had some really good perspectives in becoming “God’s man.” I actually flipped back through the earlier chapters too
I rated this book at a 3 stars because I would have rated much lower but it came from behind for me at the very end so it earned its way into the middle of the star range.
One major issue that I have with the book is the absence of any clear gospel articulation and how it impacts the lives of believers. A person grows in holiness in the same way that he was saved: by acting faith in a crucified and risen Savior (cf. Gal. 3:1-6; Col. 2:6). Every Man God's Man seems to relegate this fundamental truth to the sidelines, spending most of its time in the Old Testament. Surely, there is help to be found in the Old Testament, but it must not be the primary tool that we use to try to formulate godly character. We need the grace of the new covenant and the working of the Holy Spirit to make progress here.
Every Man God's Man also seems to minimize the relationship of Christ to the believer. Christ is set forth more as an example than as an expiator. The authors write: "If God alone measures our lives, we are free to live for God without apology or reservation. That's when we feel most like Jesus" (p. 29), and "On that dark evening, the most important thing Jesus might have ever shown us was how to completely let go of our hearts to God" (p. 30). This sounds much more like Jesus our model, than Jesus our Substitute.
I am grateful for the Every Man Series. We need more books that deal directly and bluntly with the issues that men face. But the books that address these issues must not rely on story and psychiatry over and above the gospel message. May God give us books that are firmly rooted in the sin-destroying and heart-sanctifying power of the cross of Christ.
by Stephen Arterburn and Kenny Luck, with Mike Yorkey
Review by misterehmuseseh
This book is part of a series, of which the first 3 books were described by the authors as being "technical books... filled with strategies,
"This book is different. We're going to come alongside you and talk about what we see along the way to becoming God's man.
This isn't going to be as easy as it sounds. It's easy to be frank with a guy when you are talking about his penis or his wife. A man is attached to both. But for most men, God does not have the same kind of proximity. Men, in general, are not spiritually deep and don't posses the same connection to spiritual issues as they do to sexual and marital issues."
I found the book hard to get into. Even to open it up. But my reasons may be completely without any rational basis. It just "looked" unattractive. And the back cover blurb perhaps made it sound like it was promising all the answers and I am suspicious of those kinds of promises. BUT if it were to deliver what it promises then it is a great book.
AND I guess I have to admit that it really does go a long way in supplying the thoughts that could fulfill the promises... IF they are heeded.
So, here is the promise from the back cover:
"You are about to discover life-changing encouragement and practical man-to-man guidance in your Christian walk.
Every Man, God's Man is tailor made for any man who feels incomplete in his commitment to God. It's for the man who wants to become even more authentic , more courageous, more intimate with God in every area of his life. It's for every man who desires to walk in true spiritual integrity every moment of every day."
As I began the book I began to get the impression that apparently every man, (except me) are jocks and the two things that consume them must be sports and sex, (but not necessarily in that order.) Once I got over the idea that this must have to do with "relating" to real guys, and that maybe it really is true of "most guys" then I got on with the actual message.
For the man who wants to be 'God's Man" this will certainly address the issues. It gives the usual "spiritual" advice that we get in "inspirational" books concerning spiritual disciplines, but it goes beyond that. Besides telling us what to do to BE SPIRITUAL, it also tells us what to do to STOP being carnal. (I don't think they use that phrase anywhere, but that is how it strikes me as being "different") By giving many examples of fellows they have interacted with, and counselled, we see quite readily where we have the same issues that need to be dealt with. The authors encourage all the "spiritual exercises" but also expose all the subtle traps that the devil.. or our own lying hearts, can come up with that derail us from our objectives. Taken step by step, we do come to see, "what hinders us from running the race set before us", and gives hope that "we can overcome".
This edition of this book includes a "Workbook" that takes up 75 pages and is designed for personal and group consideration. The questions are arranged in such a way that they could be done in an 8 week or 13 week study session. (And based on each chapter.)
Overall, I would say that the book is in fact very penetrating, and perhaps explains on another level why I have found it hard to "get through" as I might most other books. Is there an element here that I just can't take in large doses? Does it do too good of a job, in searching out the real me, and my motives or ambitions? Or is it that it is just not the kind of book (and considerations) that one can run through without serious meditation... if the goal is really to become God's Man?
In any case, I can recommend the book. It is of value when read on my own as I am doing, and no doubt increases the value when shared among other men.. if honest discussion (and confession) can take place that allows the Holy Spirit to do His work of convincing and convicting and then building up.
As a process, and when the truths are accepted and put into practice, it should indeed go a long way in making "Every Man, God's Man".
As noble as the intentions of the book may be, the lack of a gospel presentation and stressing of Christ as our Redeemer (making us into "God's man")--as opposed to our own physical and mental strength--causes me to worry that it might put the wrong idea in a reader's head.
I would only recommend this book to men mature in their faith and solid in biblical foundation. If you're not sure that is you, find a man in your life who is and possibly go through the book together as a study.
For those that use the workbook, if it