As a rule, I don’t like books about being a “biblical man.” Too often they resort to describing a specific kind of guy: one who’s wild at heart, wants to slay a dragon, climb a mountain and play with power tools.
I am none of those things.
In fact, I’m forbidden from using power tools because I’m so inept. So if those are the things that define being a biblical man, what does that make me?
Fortunately, Eric Mason doesn’t resort to trite depictions of being a man of God in his new book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole. He gets that men aren’t motivated by declarations, covenants and promise rings to do more and try harder to be better men. Manhood needs to be transformed by the gospel. And this book is about how the gospel does exactly that.
Mason tackles four broad subjects, dealing with:
- God’s original intent for mankind and sin’s distortion of it
- “daddy deliquency” and the destruction of the family
- Jesus as the restorer and supreme example of biblical manhood
- a restored manhood’s affect on worldview, sexuality, vision (think leadership), family and church
I was surprised at how frequently I found myself underlining and commenting in my copy of the book. Every chapter is saturated with rich biblical teaching on manhood, the seriousness of sin and our only hope: the gospel. Continue Reading…