Tuesday, January 3, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Man

The Book of Man Readings on the Path to Manhood

By William Bennett

The culture we live in is at war with men. From entertainment, to advertising, to the news media and academia, authentic manhood is despised, disdained, and under constant attack. Cultural efforts initially intended to promote gender equality have devolved over time to the point that "same-ness" has become the goal, rather than equality. With this mindset pervading society, and with many boys growing up in homes without a present or active father, we are facing a generation of boys who don't know what it means to be a man or how to become one.   

Understanding this issue and it's importance to the future of our society, William J. Bennett has put together "The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood." Through a series of essays and other readings (organized by topics such as "Man at Work," "Man at Play, Sports, and Leisure," "Man with Women and Children," and "Man in Prayer and Reflection"), Bennett provides examples and accounts of manly virtues such as courage, self sacrifice, and devotion to God in action. From the ultimate truth found in the Bible, to the writings of men such as George Washington and Booker T. Washington, the words found in the "Book of Man" will serve to help educate and inspire boys and men alike to become the authentic men they were created to be and I highly recommend it.

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