Review: Manhood Restored

Written by Scott

Topics: Archives, Faith, Family, Reviews

Received a copy of Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole by Eric Mason to review.

Initially was drawn to the offer to review because of the title, but when I read the foreword was from Dr. Tony Evans, that sealed the deal, even though I’d not heard of Eric Mason. I liked the book for other reasons as well, though.

The premise of the book is that in order to restore our society and its ills (like the fatherless epidemic), we need to restore manhood. And in order to restore manhood, we need the gospel. Solid stuff.

I do have to say that, for me, it started off slow. Some of that was because of some of the background chapters, which were like building blocks for the later chapters.

Let me illustrate. I’m a dog earing reader (when it’s my own book, that is!)…and the below pic is this book.

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While it may have started slow, when it picked up…it really picked up, as those dog ears show. The parts that really resonated with me were Chapters 7 and 8 (Restored Family and Restored Church). There’s a great balance of theology and practical application in the book, and fantastic illustrations (examples and stories, not pictures).

Throughout the book, Pastor Mason makes a superb case not only for men to be restored by the gospel, but to then take our proper place in our families, in our churches, and in society.  And here’s why:

“We cannot leave the functional leading of God’s people to chance. If we don’t take the initiative, the adversary gladly will, just as he has in the past. Nowhere in the biblical record do we find genocide to be gender-specific to women. There was genocide of nations, but when it came to God’s people, the devil always attacked the seed of the woman–the man. From Adam, to Moses, to the Lord Jesus, Satan knows that systematic change comes from men taking their proper place under the authority of Christ. I don’t mean to demean the glorious place of women; I do, however, feel a great need and urgency to bring light to a great need in our culture.”

Indeed.

Interested in reading more and being challenged in your thoughts of manhood? Check out Chapter 1 here…then pick up the book (the graphic at the top links to it on Amazon…or click here!)

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