It’s been almost two years ago that I mentioned in a review that one of the most popular subjects to write on is biblical manhood. But there’s apparently a need for it. Maybe we men are slow learners or need annual reminders—the books keep coming out, and I keep reading them. This is the second book I’ve read on the subject within the last month.
Darren Patrick’s “The Dude’s Guide to Manhood” is a good overall look at what real manliness entails. The author describes the ideal as someone who is balanced:
“True manhood takes both the strength to stand up against injustice and the softness to hold our children when they’re scared.”
Chapters deal with qualities that men should work to develop. Examples are, “Become a Determined Man,” “ Become a Coachable Man,” “Become a Disciplined Man,” “Become a Content Man,” and “Become a Devoted Man.”
Patrick’s emphasis on the importance of fathers being involved with their children is great. Also, I appreciated his chapter on the importance of developing and maintaining friendships, which, he says, men don’t take the time to do. I know that he’s right, at least in one case.
There’s good information in this book, but little that hasn’t already been said lately. Some has been said so much that it sounds cliché. This book’s strength is not in the message, but in the presentation. Patrick writes with a clear, accessible, and interesting style. He is not condescending or preachy, and he doesn’t try to sound intellectual. That’s what puts this book above many of the others on the same subject.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.