Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Book Review - The Book of Man
New York Times best-selling author William J. Bennett uses stories, essays, historical vignettes, and contemporary profiles to explore and explain what it means to be a man. Fashioning men has never been easy, but today it seems particularly tough. Boys need heroes to embody the everlasting qualities of manhood: honor, duty, valor, and integrity. Without such role models, boys will naturally choose perpetual childhood over the rigors of becoming a man—as many women, teachers, coaches, employers, and adults in authority can quickly attest. Have we forgotten how to raise men, how to lead our boys into manhood? In The Book of Man, Bennett charts a clearer course, offering a positive, encouraging, uplifting, realizable idea of manhood, redolent of history and human nature, and practical for contemporary life. Like his classic, The Book of Virtues, Bennett uses profiles, stories, letters, poems, and myths to bring his subject to life, defining what a man should be, how he should live, and to what he should aspire in several key areas of life.
My Take on the Book
In reading this book I was impressed and amazed at the vision of manhood that as a reader you receive in this book. Whether it was from the prayers, profiles, letters or the reflections on great men of history, this book will open the eyes of any man or boy as they are trying to figure out for themselves what it means to be a man.
In growing up myself there were few role models on manliness that I could turn to, yes I had my father, but outside of this it was few and far between. A book like this would have been a great read through the times when I was unsure myself of what it meant to be a man, and even now, there are times when you have to question this and this book helps you to figure it out for yourself.
The author examines manhood in so many different context. What was great about the book was that he does this with no pretense and instead provides straight forward ideas towards manliness and whether the stories are inspiring or not, they provide the reader with a fresh glimpse into themselves which is a great fresh approach and opens the eyes of any reader!
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