I’ll be returning to update this page from time to time. My hope is that these resources will be helpful as you grow and seek to better understand what it means to be a strong and good man. Not every resource I recommend here is from a distinctly Christian perspective, but these I recommend because I believe they in some way accurately represent genuine masculinity better than the majority of what gets the publicity—including amongst Christians—so much of which is little more than cheap imitation.
– Resources for Men in Pursuit of Excellence –
Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter That Will Last In a World That is Falling Apart by C.R. Wiley (see highlights here)
The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling for Men by Richard Phillips (with questions at the back for reflection and discussion)
Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes
Building a Godly Home by William Gouge (1622)
Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
What Is a Man?: 3,000 Years of Wisdom on the Art of Manly Virtue edited by Waller R. Newell
What’s Wrong With the World? by G.K. Chesterton
Honor: A History by James Bowman
In Defense of Tradition by Richard Weaver
Biblical and Theological Foundations of the Family by Joseph Atkinson
Michael Foster — Foster writes from time to time on sexuality, attraction, marriage, and manhood, but not in the typical way. He’s actually talking about the things we know in our gut to be true, but Christians just rarely talk about or acknowledge. (Follow him on Facebook to see more of his thoughts.
It’s Good to Be a Man — Foster is also working on this project with Bnonn Tennant to bring more practical, real-world, biblical wisdom to men. I highly recommend following their work there, and look forward to their development of a site and podcast.
PaterFamilias Today — Blog of pastor C.R. Wiley, who also wrote one of the best books on manhood. If you do nothing else, subscribe to this blog and start learning from Wiley’s wisdom on building, cultivating, and managing a strong and godly household.
PaterFamilias Email — Pastor Wiley also recently started an email newsletter that, so far, has been well-worth it. Just send him your email address over Facebook and he’ll add you to the subscribers list.
Bacon From Acorns — Speaking of households, professor John Cuddeback has similar musings to Pastor Wiley on the nature of households, philosophy of friendship, some practical considerations, and other important things of life.
The Art of Manliness — Though not from a Christian perspective, this blog was on the leading edge of the ‘Menaissance‘ and has incredibly helpful articles on history, honor, manly skills, finances, relationships, health, and more.
The Masculinist — An excellent email newsletter about “the intersection of Christianity and masculinity” by Aaron Renn.
Warhorn Media — Warhorn has several excellent podcasts addressing various issues; the two I would particularly recommend are Sound of Sanity, and The World We Made.
The Brion McClanahan Show — Brion McClanahan is a no-nonsense conservative historian who’s written several important books on the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. His podcast deals with political history, culture, and current events all from the perspective of the importance of taking responsibility, and is 100% worth the wait every week.
Wolf and Iron — Mike Yarbrough talks about a wide range of topics to help you on your journey toward genuine, mature manhood.
Art of Manliness — Interesting interviews with folks who are experts in manly fields.
“If you do nothing in a time of trouble, your strength is worthless. So rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.” – Proverbs 24:10-11
“Be strong, and prove yourself a man.” – 1 Kings 2:2
In a culture where it is cool to be sheepish and in touch with your “feminine side,” we need to give a call to men to stand up and take responsibility.
We need men with steadfast courage, ironclad conviction, undomesticated manliness, and a fierce loyalty to God. We need men who can hold fast—who bring stability to a world of ever-shifting unsurety, consistency to a culture of non-commitment, and staying power in a nation where men retreat. We need dangerous men. We need men of honor. We need men with the zeal of Phinehas, men with the gentle strength of Boaz, men with the courage of the mighty men of David. Where are these men today? Who will stand up in their place? Who will be a man of God?
Who will play the man?
“In my judgment, the typical evangelical church of this generation has become weak, and womanly. Churchgoers demand that preachers be soft and dainty—especially when they are dealing with hard-edged truths.
If you don’t sufficiently tone down every severe text or hard-to-receive doctrine in the Bible, the tone police will write you up for an infraction before you can get from the pulpit to the front door. All the rough edges of every truth must be carefully sanded smooth and painted in pastel tones. We’ve traded up to cushy seats instead of hard-bench pews and we expect our preachers to fashion their messages accordingly. None of this ‘sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-God’ stuff.
Instead, today’s evangelicals favor feminine themes: Let’s talk about our emotional hurts, our personal relationships, our felt needs… We’re hurting people!
The church has begun to look weak—effeminate—frightened—sissified; like a society of fops and milksops… when we’re supposed to be soldiers!
We’re told relentlessly that we have to be always agreeable no matter what—seeker-sensitive, gender-neutral, effervescent, transparent, sentimental, and delicate in everything we say and do. Those sound like rules for figure-skaters, not warriors in the army of Christ!” – Phil Johnson
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