I wake up each day with a tinge of regret. My devotional time inevitably includes a time of confession and repentance concerning my shortcomings as a man, especially as a father. My kids are grown and I have a good relationship with each of them, but I'm often reminded of the many things I could have done better as their father to prepare them for adulthood and God's calling for their life. However, God's grace is sufficient and His mercy endures forever. I see fatherhood as a life long calling and not just an 18 year duty. My role as father changes, but the responsibility to my kids doesn't go away. So I press on by God's grace, hoping to disciple my kids for the rest of their lives in the appropriate ways that come with each phase of our growth. Each phase comes with unique opportunities, struggles, and victories.
This past Christmas I bought my two sons Stephen Mansfield's Book of Manly Men and asked them to go through it with me. We share texts each week of things we're learning and being challenged by. I wish I had read this book years ago and would recommend to fathers that you take your sons through it. Actually, it would be a good book to go through every year with your sons. In a culture that is absolutely baffled over the roles and responsibilities that come with God's design for men and women, this book is a breath of fresh air. True manhood has been destroyed in our culture. If YOU don't answer the call to recover it with yourself and your sons, it will be lost for good by the next generation.
Martin Luther once said, "Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield beside is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point." The battle is raging against manhood and you must come to the front. If you don't have Kindle Reader, get it today when you order this book. The battle is raging. Men, come to the front!
Please share in the reply any books on manhood that have influenced your life.