There are not many books written about manhood. I personally have not read many books myself about being a better man and a better leader as a man. Most all books about manhood that have been written make me a bit skeptical. It is not a result of the theology or principles in the book, but rather the overall context of the book. Most of these books regarding manhood are going to deal with the outward major problems of the man (and adults in general). As I received this book, I was bombarded with a completely different approach to manhood. Dr. Eric Mason who is the senior pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA gives a completely different approach. Mason deals primarily with the heart of the matter. Sure, he deals with the outward qualities that are seen in the majority of the world’s men, but in addressing the outward, he always deals with the inward life. You see, our outward attitude and actions are a reflection of our inward life. This book could be entitled, a theology of manhood. You see man’s deep problem is sin. This is the root of the issue. The problem is not pornography or some other outward sin, the problem is a heart of sin, and Dr, Mason deals with this issue.
The book begins by talking about the death of manhood in our culture. It does not take a rocket scientist to look and come to the conclusion that we are in need of stronger men. Many homes are run by women, and we should be proud of them, but remembering that God has established the man to be the head of the home. Many kids act out in violence as a result of a home without a dad. The statistics prove this result.
In chapter three, Mason changes from the problem to the solution. The chapter is entitled, “The restorer of manhood.” This chapter is all about Jesus. Mason portrays Jesus as the overall model that each man should seek to emulate. We live in a day and age where we try to emulate as men what is on the television screen or a computer screen, and Mason is challenging men to imitate Jesus Christ. When we imitate Jesus, we can then become better men, better, Christians, better husbands, and better dads.
Mason goes on to discuss the restoration of several elements of a man’s life. The first is worldview. Mason uses a graph that shows that shared values leads to emotional motivation which leads to lifestyle change. What Mason is trying to get across in this chapter is the ability to look at life through the worldview of Jesus and the Gospel. This changes our perception about everything else in life.
Restored sexuality is the chapter that deals primarily with the struggle that men have with desiring sexual pleasure. God created sex, and He desired for it to be enjoyed. The problem is that we as men have allowed the devil to pervert sex in the way that God originally created it. The Gospel is what makes men whole in their sexual life. It is by gaining a better perspective of the Gospel that one can have a pure sexual life.
Restored vision is the next element that Mason discusses. In this chapter, Mason challenges men to be men of direction and vision. Once we get a glimpse of the Gospel, our vision changes. Our vision is not about making money, but now about the Gospel.
Restored Family was one of my favorite chapters in the book. Mason says that as men grow in their relationship with God, they become more eligible for marriage. This implies that men who are not close to God are not even necessarily eligible for marriage partners. Like stated above, becoming more like Jesus makes us a better husband and father.
Restored Church is the final element that Mason evaluates. This chapter is about making the church a regularly part of your day-to-day life.
In closing, let me highly recommend this book for all men reading this review. I recognize the criticism to “another book for men.” “All the author wants to do is criticize us.” That kind of thinking is true in many cases, but with Mason’s new book, it is more about getting to the core of heart. When the heart is in tuned with God, the life will be in tuned with God.