The Map: The Way of All Great Men


A cleric appears out of the rain-spattered darkness, bearing a mysterious message: a long-lost map with the power to transform men is on the verge of being discovered. Thrown headlong into a global chase, author David Murrow must race to find the map before it falls into the wrong hands and disappears forever.

The Map, which begins as an action thriller and then transitions into a modern-day parable, reveals the path every great man-including ...

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A cleric appears out of the rain-spattered darkness, bearing a mysterious message: a long-lost map with the power to transform men is on the verge of being discovered. Thrown headlong into a global chase, author David Murrow must race to find the map before it falls into the wrong hands and disappears forever.

The Map, which begins as an action thriller and then transitions into a modern-day parable, reveals the path every great man-including Christ himself-has walked.

In this dynamic follow-up to the best-selling Why Men Hate Going to Church, Murrow cleverly translates the masculine spiritual life into an actual, ink-on-paper map. Then he shows men where to find the map in the New Testament and how to walk its ancient paths today.

Would you like to see the map? It's on page 79.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780785227625
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 241
  • Sales rank: 1,394,691
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Murrow is an award-winning television producer and writer based in Alaska, most recently working for Sarah Palin. A best-selling author, he is also director of Church for Men, an organization that helps churches connect with men and boys. David and his wife, Gina, have three children.
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The Map


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Copyright © 2010 David Murrow
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ISBN: 978-0-7852-2762-5

Chapter One

Out of the Black

My eyes snapped open, but I saw nothing. I blinked-and paid the price. My eyelids felt as though they were lined with sandpaper. I tried to sit up, but pain shot through my legs. Slowly I rolled onto my back, trying to remember where I was. Through a slit in the roof, I saw a black sky dotted with stars. I knew just two things: I was awake, and I was alive.

I pressed the glow button on my watch: 4:32 a.m. What had wakened me? The rooster. His crowing was like a poorly timed snooze alarm, with just enough of an interval between cock-a-doodle-doos to lull me back to sleep and then jerk me back to consciousness.

Why is there a rooster? I heard something stirring-maybe three meters from my head. I lay very still, trying not to breathe. Something metal scraped against a stone floor. Then I heard the sound of a body shifting its weight, followed by a heavy exhale. I felt as though I was in danger, but I had no idea why.

My thoughts began to clear. I was in a barn. Somewhere in Greece. This was not an American-style barn with a steep, pitched roof and a spacious hayloft. My shelter was a crude, single-story, stone-walled structure that had been built around the time young George Washington was chopping down cherry trees.

I soon realized that the sounds that had frightened me came not from an assassin but from a draft horse, dragging an iron shoe across worn pavement. Moments later my nose was assaulted by the smell of freshly dropped manure. Yes, I'm definitely in a barn, I thought.

I'm not in the habit of sleeping with livestock, but stranded travelers take whatever accommodations they can get. It was coming back to me: I had no transportation, no cell phone, and I couldn't speak a word of Greek. I was hiding from men who were trying to either help me or kill me-I wasn't sure.

I shared my crude accommodations with the horse, a cow, a donkey, and my travel companion-an Anglican priest from Wales who went by the name Benson. The vicar had been snoring proficiently through the night, but at the moment he was silent. If the cock had awakened him, he showed no sign of it. The two of us shared our bed of straw with a number of scurrying creatures, probably mice or rats. Their constant motion had kept me on edge all night.

The barn was located in the tiny Greek monastic state of Mount Athos. The priest and I had journeyed to this backwater in search of a treasure map.

Now, stop laughing. This was no Pirates of the Caribbean treasure map. This particular map led to something even more valuable than gold. I wasn't even sure the map existed. But if the rumor was true, we were on the verge of a discovery so explosive it had the potential to shake the foundations of Christianity-or lead to its rebirth.

I rose stiffly and stumbled out of the barn with two goals: (1) tap a kidney and (2) kill the rooster. As I stood in the barnyard working on my first goal, my eyes scanned the dark countryside. I took a moment to assess my current situation: eight thousand miles from home, searching for a map that may or may not exist-seeking information from a Greek Orthodox monk who may or may not know anything-hiding from men who may or may not be trying to kill me. My life was a bubbling cauldron of uncertainty.

I'm no Indiana Jones. I'm a father of three, whose idea of adventure is booking a hotel on I was drawn into this expedition because the map supposedly had something to do with Jesus Christ and the path to manhood-topics that I've studied extensively and written on. My goal was to find the map and share it with the world. And what the heck-if the discovery led to me writing an international bestseller, I was sure the Lord wouldn't mind.

By now the rooster had gone silent, so I decided to spare him. Back inside, the barn seemed darker, and the smells were even more pungent. To my left, the priest was snoring again, but it was so dark I couldn't make out his form. One of the animals was stirring in its stall-or was it something else? I held very still, fighting the eerie feeling that someone was watching me. Then a thought occurred: Do roosters suddenly go silent once their morning recital begins?

Meanwhile, Father Nigel Benson began snuffling again. I felt safer with him nearby, even though he was about as threatening as the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

My mind wandered back to the first time I met Benson. We were in Wales. It was about five months ago, on February 1.

* * *

I stepped out of the warm church building into a raw Welsh night. An unkind wind blew off the Atlantic. Rain spattered onto the parking lot under an ebony sky that had surrendered its last ray of light hours ago.

Though the night was chilly, my heart was warmed by the love I had felt that evening, addressing a crowd of about 120 at St. Mary's Parish in Cardiff, Wales. They'd come to hear a lecture titled "Why Men Hate Going to Church," based on a book I'd written a few years before. The lack of men in U.S. churches is a bother, but in the U.K. it's a crippling epidemic. I'd found an enthusiastic group eager for my message. I was just walking out to my rental car when I heard a voice from behind.

"Mr. Murrow?" the voice said.

I turned quickly. "Yes, who's there?"

"I was inside, listening to your address. Very interesting."

"You startled me," I said.

"I apologize. I just had to speak to you. Alone."

A chill ran up my back. It had nothing to do with the breeze. "What is this about?" I asked defensively.

"Can you meet me tomorrow? I have some very important information that I must share with you."

"Who are you?" I asked.

"Apologies. My name is Benson-Nigel Benson-and I am a priest living at the vicarage at Churchstoke, about seventy miles north of here. Like many ministers, I am fascinated by your topic. Over the years, I've had only a wee bit of luck engaging men in the church. I came down to Cardiff to hear you speak."

His voice had the soothing tone of a minister, and my unease began melting into a tentative trust. Benson was a bowling ball of a man, about sixty years old, short, with broad shoulders. Close-cropped gray hair framed a large head. A pair of badly dated eyeglasses perched on his bulbous nose. Large, solid hands sprang from the arms of his mackintosh. He held an Englishman's black umbrella over his head.

"Thank you for coming," I said. "What's this information you spoke of?"

Benson looked down at the wet pavement. "Mr. Murrow, I can't tell you that because I don't know what it is. I was sent by a man named Spiro."

"Why didn't Mr. Spiro come tonight?"

"It's Father Spiro," Benson said. "He is in his nineties and in failing health. I would have brought him along, but he's recovering from pneumonia. He doesn't use a computer and can hardly hear to use the phone. But he has read your book and he's keen to meet you."

We were silent for a moment. I didn't know what to say, so I finally joked, "Well, it's good to know I have a ninety-year-old admirer."

"Oh, he's no admirer," Benson said. "He thinks your conclusions are rubbish."

Rubbish? I felt as though I'd been sucker-punched. After a few seconds, I recovered enough to ask, "If he thinks my book is trash, then why does he want to meet me?"

"Because you're the first writer in a generation to address the subject of the missing men in the church," Benson said. "You have a platform. Spiro wants to show you the real reason men are leaving the church, so you can share it with your readers."

The real reason? My mind was red with indignation. Who does this Spiro think he is? Has he done the research? How dare he call my work rubbish!

Before I could answer, Benson continued. "Mr. Murrow, I checked your itinerary online. You are scheduled to speak tomorrow night in Shrewsbury. That's just twenty miles from the vicarage in Churchstoke. We could easily meet Father Spiro in the morning and have you to Shrewsbury in plenty of time for tea. Now, where are you staying?"

"At the Nag's Head." The words tumbled out before I could stop them.

"Very well. I'll meet you in the lobby at eight o'clock sharp. Good evening, Mr. Murrow." The vicar turned and melted into the night.

* * *

The morning dawned under dripping gray skies. I sat in the hotel restaurant, waiting for my English breakfast to be served. A cold rain fogged the windowpanes that faced the street. In the corner a welcoming fire chased away the last remnants of evening chill.

I had spent the morning trying to decide if I should meet Benson or simply jump in the car and head to Shrewsbury. My left brain cried, He's a nut. It's going to be a colossal waste of time. Stick with the schedule.

Unfortunately, the restaurant was short-staffed, and my breakfast was delayed. A harried waitress finally set my plate down at ten till eight. I shoveled in a few bites of egg, tomato, and sausage and then decided to make my escape before the priest arrived. I paid the check and was headed for the door when a stout man in a black mackintosh walked into the dining room, shaking the water off a large umbrella.

"Good morning, Mr. Murrow," the man said. "Ready to go?" Benson's manner was so insistent that I nodded involuntarily. "Where is your suitcase?" he asked.

"Oh, it's at the front desk," I said. In my attempt to flee, I'd almost forgotten that I'd placed my belongings with the staff during breakfast. "I'll go get it," I said.

"Do you have an umbrella?" Benson asked. I showed him my empty hands.

"Very well. Let me have your key and I'll open the boot for you. No sense in you spending one extra second out in this monsoon," he said.

Against my better judgment, I handed the key to my rental car to a character I barely knew. As I retrieved my luggage, I wondered if I'd ever see the four-cylinder Vauxhall again.

I walked out of the hotel into a punishing rain. Fortunately, I had parked near the door. The trunk (or boot, as it's called in the U.K.) was already open and I tossed in my suitcase, slamming it closed as fast as I could. Since I'm an American, without thinking I ran to the left side of the car and jumped in, expecting to be in the driver's seat. Instead, Benson sat at the wheel, which of course was on the right. The priest turned the key, and the engine roared to life. "No sense in you driving, Mr. Murrow. The weather's dodgy, and you don't know the way. Save your strength for your talk tonight."

Before I could object, Benson had the sedan in gear, and we were barreling down the narrow streets of Cardiff. Well, at least he didn't steal the car, I thought. In the background, BBC radio was carrying a story about a massive accident on the rain-slicked M4 highway.

"So your name is Nigel?" I asked.

"Yes, that's what my mum called me, but ever since primary school I've gone by Benson. There were five Nigels in my year one class, so the headmaster put an end to the madness by referring to us by our last names."

"It's tough being a David too," I said. "One time I was in a history class with four Davids. Our teacher had a glass eye. When he called on 'David,' you could never tell which one of us he was looking at."

Benson snickered. Then the car fell silent, except for the clapping of the wipers and a radio report on a financial scandal in the House of Lords. As we drove, the rain let up somewhat.

I finally broke the silence. "Benson, tell me more about this priest we're going to meet."

"Father Spiro? Well, I think I mentioned that he's quite old and fragile. He's originally from Greece. He fled to England during World War II, just before Greece fell to Hitler. He carried some Jewish blood and feared for his safety. He's well versed in ancient Semitic languages.

"Father Spiro eventually ended up in Wales, where he served as a parish priest for twenty-five years. He continued to be a popular vicar into his eighties. He still lives in the vicarage at Churchstoke and had been quite independent until about a month ago when he got pneumonia."

"How old did you say he is?" I asked.

"Ninety-four. Still sharp minded. A good wit. His sermons were always popular because they were so funny," Benson said.

"And you said that he read my book but didn't think much of it."

"He deeply appreciates what you're trying to do, but he thinks your conclusions are off." Benson tapped the steering wheel nervously and then added, "Father Spiro was never one to hold back an opinion."

I kept a respectful demeanor, but inside I was thinking, What a colossal waste of time this is going to be. A ninety-four-year-old vicar is going to tell me why he thinks men are skipping church. He's probably going to tell me it's too much trouble to hook up the horse and buggy on Sunday morning.

I stared out the passenger side window. Thick hedgerows bisected lush pastures. Rain had been falling for weeks, turning the land impossibly green. After a few minutes of silence, Benson spoke. "Well, this is Churchstoke. We'll be at the vicarage in a few minutes." I was amazed-the U.K. is so small compared to Alaska. I felt as though we had only been driving a few minutes, and already we were nearing our destination.

The vicarage was a converted English public house two blocks from St. Stephen's, the village church. The building housed the church offices and several apartments for priests, both active and retired. The structure looked to be from the mid-1800s, with thick, brown walls and a clay tile roof. Spindly vines grew up the south wall. The windows had been upgraded to energy-efficient double-pane sliders.

The rain had stopped. Benson and I got out and walked across sodden cobbles into the building. The priest led me up the stairs to the parish offices, where a prim secretary sat guard.

"Good morning, Rosalind," Benson said with characteristic English reserve.

Rosalind looked over her glasses without smiling. "Oh, Benson, have you heard the terrible news?"

"No, what is it?" Benson asked.

"Father Spiro is dead."

Chapter Two


Benson sat motionless, staring down at a steaming cup of tea. His large hands were folded in his lap. I sat across the table, not knowing what to say.

We were seated at the Long Acre, a pub three blocks from the vicarage. It had been less than sixteen hours since I first laid eyes on this man, but I felt his loss deeply. Maybe God had set me on this wild goose chase to comfort a man who had consoled so many hurting people in the past.

I finally spoke. "You and Father Spiro must have been very close."

"Yes, but there's no time to mourn. I'm trying to figure if Spiro was murdered."

Murdered? You've got to be kidding. Benson was not grieving; he was playing amateur detective! I hid my skepticism enough to ask, "What makes you suspect foul play? He was ninety-four years old, right? He had pneumonia."

Benson was quick to answer: "Spiro was a fastidious man. I visited his apartment yesterday morning, and it was as tidy as the grounds of Windsor Castle. Yet today a number of his books are in disarray. That would indicate that someone went through them."

"Well, what if he was studying at the time of his death?"

"Spiro was bedridden with pneumonia. Rosalind says he spent the day sleeping. It looks to me as though someone pulled his books down, looked at them, and put them back in the wrong order."

I was unconvinced, but I decided to play along. "Will there be a police investigation? Or an autopsy?"

"I doubt it. As you said, he was ninety-four years old."

The lunch crowd was starting to file out of the Long Acre. I was also feeling the need to move along, but I decided to humor the priest a bit longer. "Let's assume for a minute that Spiro's death was not natural. Who on earth would want to kill him?"

"Mr. Murrow, I haven't told you everything Spiro told me. I didn't want to speak for him. But now it's apparent that I'll have to do just that." Benson fixed his gaze on me and lowered his voice. "Spiro appeared to be a humble priest, but he actually had a number of high-level government and religious contacts around the world. It's rumored that he played a role in the formation of the Israeli government after 1948. He used to take long holidays to Greece and the Middle East in the summer, doing unspecified research."

Benson blew over his steaming teacup and took a quick sip. "Spiro had observed the decline of Christianity in Europe over his lifetime, and he thought it was due to the withdrawal of a certain kind of man from religious life. When Spiro was a boy, working men with calloused hands would become priests. But during the twentieth century, seminaries began to attract what he called "eggheads, whelps, and softies." Once the priests went velvety, the men in the pews lost respect for them. Fathers stopped bringing their families to church, and that broke the multigenerational chain of faith.


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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 The Discovery

1 Out of the Black 3

2 Disarray 13

3 The Letter 19

4 Greek to Me 31

5 Lessons 41

6 Slumber Party 53

7 The Fool 61

8 Tempest 67

9 Revelation 77

10 The Awakening 93

Part 2 The Three Journeys

11 Discovering the Map 103

12 The Way of All Great Men 113

13 The Journey of Submission 123

14 The Journey of Strength 139

15 The Journey of Sacrifice 157

16 Where Men Get Lost on the Mountain 169

17 The Map: A Thousand and One Uses 181

18 Manliness versus Godliness 193

19 The Three Journeys at Church 207

20 Finding Gerasimos 219

Epilogue: The Call 227

Notes 237

About the Author 241

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    The Map by David Murrow It's definitely a book for men, it shows a very interesting path that men need to take to become more "Christlike". It was interesting to me (as a woman) to read through it. I didn't realize it was a story and a guide but it is interesting and I have never read a book that was written quite like it before. David Murrow did a wonderful job describing it and I love the way he presented it in this book. I would definitely recommend it to any man. He mentions possibly writing one for women if the Lord wants him to and if so I would love to give it a read. I am going to give this to a male in my life to read I just haven't decided which one yet.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

    The Map by David Murrow

    The Map: The Way of All Great Men by David Murrow

    Let's face it! Developing and mobilizing men for Kingdom ministry can often times be a challenge in the local church. Through a discovery in the Gospel of Matthew, David Murrow, reveals an insightful process that God might utilize to develop men as followers of Christ.

    With a unique style, Murrow captures the reader's attention in the opening pages by drawing one into an adventurous story in the search for this "map." The second-half of the book is written as a parable with great application as Murrow develops the "three journeys" of all great men.

    I found this book to be insightful, especially in regards to the three journeys. The author definitely challenged my thinking and my own spiritual journey. I do find the principles to be rooted in Biblical Truth. However, I only give The Map: The Way of All Great Men 3.5 stars. Although I found the principles to be insightful, I also struggled to maintain interest the book as a whole.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    The Map: The Way of All Great Men by David Murrow


    David Murrow claims to have found something written in code withing the Biblical book of Matthew. A map if you like. Something designed to show men the journey they should walk.

    The book begins in the style of a Dan Brown thriller with the writer as the primary character. Life threatening situations abound but the with the assistance of a seemingly all knowing and incredibly wise monk he survives with an earth, or at least church, shattering secret.

    Murrow thing quickly turns to the real part of the book. Talking about how he himself actually discovered (not the fictional monk) the code cleverly hidden by Matthew in his gospel. He shows how Jesus walked a three part path in his life. The journeys of submission, strength and sacrifice. These journeys, says Murrow, must be walked by every Christian man.

    My Reactions

    I was really cautious picking up this book. The concept of hidden codes within the Bible riles me. Lets face it, the Bible is a Jewish book, written primarily by Jews, mostly for Jewish readers. (There are some exceptions but the book of Matthew is not one of them!). As such, any so called code is not hidden, but would be clear to see by someone reading with Jewish eyes.

    Murrow's style of writing did not improve my frame of mind. Clearly the first part of the book was fictional and contrived. I'm sure Murrow is a good guy and he show's he is a good writer in the second part of the book. But this initial foray into the fictional was a mistake. If you do buy the book, I suggest you simply skip it. It adds nothing and and part two stands by itself quite well.

    When he changes and talks about the actual journey things go much better. I have concerns over some of Murrows exegesis of Matthew. Also I would question some of his terminology (calling a journey of sacrifice as feminine?) and the fact that he only seems to think imitating Jesus' journey is for men only. That said, he states clearly and with conviction his premise. He is persuasive and slowly but surely he got my interest.

    I'm certainly not conviced Murrow has this quite right but:

    his highlighting of Jesus as not always polite and meek is entirely true; and
    the issue with the feminization of the local church as he highlights it strikes a chord.
    Something to rock the foundations of Christianity? Absolutely not but it is something to start an important discussion on men in the church. For this reason alone this book warrants your attention.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    The Map is an interesting read and very thoughtful

    The Map is a book by David Murrow, a follow up to a book he wrote a few years ago entitled Why Men Hate Going to Church. The Map pulls the reader in with a thrilling novel which takes the reader to a monastery to learn the truth behind the map found within the Gospel of Matthew. He brings up a very interesting idea of how men ought to live their lives, going back and forth between the concept of submission, strength and finally sacrifice. His book is a very fast read, with the novel really bringing the reader into the book. The second half of the book focuses on ways to live this out. The font is easy to read and the book is very durable. Overall, the book is very informational and is a great follow up to David Murrow's previous book, Why Men Hate Going To Church.
    The book brings up many valid points regarding masculinity, femininity and the idea of sacrifice. Many men could gain a lot of insight and understanding through this book. The book is very good.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Good Book for Men

    "The Map, The Way of All Great Men", by David Murrow is some what of a continuation to Murrow's book "Why Men Hate Going to Church". If you have read the Da Vinci Code or like mystery movies the beginning of this book is right up your alley! The begins as a mystery over a map unfolds and the author of the book takes up the greatest adventure of his life! Both fascinating and enlightening the first half of the book begs for you to keep reading to unlock more of the secrets of this great map.
    As you read into the second half of the book you will discover all of the secrets Murrow has discovered with regards to this map. What is the purpose of this map? The map is the Christian's guide for life. Murrow shows the readers how this map is applicable in real life, and how it is effecting our church's of today.
    I enjoyed reading this book and found much of the information useful as a lay minister and applicable in my preaching and serving the church. However, as a female I did not get as much out of this book as I think a man would, basically because this book was written for men and not for woman. The first half of the book was wonderful and engaging and the second half while a bit more dry held my attention and at times I was taking notes to remember tidbits that Murrow shared with his audience.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    The Map--Don't Leave Home Without It!

    The first chapter "Out of the Black" plunges the reader into darkness where the he feels the pain and bewilderment of the main character as though he were there. Never a dull moment, the book is part intrigue,part mystery, part spiritual and at the same time, The Map addresses the stages in the journey of life that all men face. Murrow is dealing particularly with the spiritual aspect of men's journey to manhood- struggling between toughness, and tenderness- struggling for balance.. Women reading this book will gain insight into the struggle men have discovering what manhood actually is. Women will gain a better understanding of how to approach the men in their lives with support during the ongoing "manhood struggle" throughout life. This is a great followup to Murrow's book Why Men Hate Going to Church. This is not your usual spiritual growth and insight book. This is a rollercoaster ride to a better understanding of what drives and motivates men in life which helps both men and women in relating to each other and you won't go to sleep reading it!

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Death, adventure and a sunday-school lesson thrown in for good measure from David Murrow, Author of Why Men Hate Going To Church. A roadmap is found that is said to contain the world's greatest discovery since the dead sea scrolls!

    Although I haven't read Murrow's first book Why Men Hate Going To Church, I was familiar with the premise. The Map is a loosely based sequel, although it stands on it's own just fine.

    From the first page, the book is a page turner giving the reader a quick briefing on what has happened to the author since the success of his previous book. Things take a quick turn when David meets an odd stranger while speaking at a small church in the UK. From here the book turns mysterious and you begin to wonder if what you are reading is reality or fiction. Without giving much away, I'll say that the adventure ends just over half-way through the book and the author confesses that his adventure was a made-up story. I felt that this detracted from the book in a BIG way and I must admit, I felt a little confused.

    Murrow is a great writer in both fiction and non-fiction. But I just couldn't help but be confused by the design of this book. It's almost as if the author felt the need to make up a story so that we would accept his concept of a biblical map for men to follow. While I enjoyed both sides of the book, I would have much preferred The Map to be either a practical non-fiction book or a novel with a possible practical study guide. The split personality concept of this book was just too hard for me to accept.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    The Map by David Murrow

    The Map by David Murrow starts off as a fast paced, action packed story that keeps the reader wanting to learn more. The story disappoints in the middle of the book, but there are many great nuggets found throughout.

    The three journeys of Christian men are enlightening, and Murrow's use of parable style writing is very thought provoking.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Great Read

    I normally do not read fiction so I knew going into reading The Map that I would need to prepare myself for a little fiction. It was well worth the preparation. The first half of the book is fiction and the second half is not. I really enjoyed the adventure of the first half of the book in finding "the map". This helped set the stage for the second half of the book which shows us three journeys in a man's life.
    This is a must read for any man wanting to understand his role in life. Understanding the three journeys will help any man bring balance to his life and deeper understanding of himself. While reading about the journeys and related stories for each one, gave me some much needed insight about events that happened in my life. It helped to look back on these events and realize what I could have done differently or the person going through that event could have done differently.
    This book will definitely help me in the future. I plan on reading it over again every six months so I can stay on track and find new ideas that I might have missed from the previous reads.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    I mapped out the two part novel based on a fictional narrative, and a study guide/survey written by David Murrow. The book is based on a three phase study of the book of Matthew. Thrill seekers beware of the transitioning from fiction to survey.

    The Map is written by David Murrow. Mr. Murrow takes you on a personal, but fictional journey in the first half of his book. It is a thriller that keeps you thinking with every turn. His journey spans across the oceans, and involves a mountain that all men should make their personal endeavor to climb. It is a fictional story that could easily be turned into an awesome screen play one day.

    The Map is split into two parts. The first as I mentioned above is a fictional narrative. The second half of the book a survey, and study of the book of Matthew. Mr. Murrow uses simple illustrations and modern parables on how each path, trail, and trial should be navigated. Mr. Murrow explores the Hebrew culture to explain his Map, and how three phases/journey's (submission, strength, and sacrifice) based on the writing of Matthew can lead men to their mountain tops, and fulfill their life long quest to be Christ-like. Mr. Murrow challenges his readers (specifically his male readers) not to abandon one for the other, but to embrace each one, in their maturing.

    I would pray that anyone that I encounter would see without question that I am a Christian by my testimony and lifestyle. However, to know me as a reader you will come to find that I am a thrill seeker. The first ten (10) chapters had my full attention. I couldn't wait to finish reading The Map, so I could rush out and buy Mr. Murrow's first book, "Why Men Hate Going to Church." The thrill seeker in me was a bit disappointed. If I wanted a study guide I would look into a book designed for study. To end such a thrilling fiction novel and then transition into a study or a survey, was a bit of a let down. My overall thoughts would have me conclude that this great fictional novel turned into a mediocre two part book.

    The imperfect Christian received a complimentary copy of this book via the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. The imperfect Christian received no funds for expressing his thoughts at will in his blog.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    The Map is frustratingly complicated to read, let alone review. I find myself both loving and hating it. The short: it's got some really great content, but you have to wade through a lot of crap to get to it. If you're confident in your ability to read critically, pick it up. If you don't think you're up for the mental gymnastics this book is going to require, skip it.

    The Good
    I admire Murrow's story-telling experiment. It was a great change of pace and illustrated a lot of his points really well. Furthermore, he does a great job of highlighting three important facets of the Christian life. We do need to learn to submit to God (and to each other). And we do need (much) more tough love in the Church. And the Church does suffer from a lack of mentoring. So I really do think that Murrow is offering us some helpful ideas.

    The Bad
    Murrow admits several times that his model doesn't quite fit. He doesn't see this as a problem, but it should've stood out to him like a sore thumb. The reason his model doesn't fit is that Matthew is not a map to manhood; it's a map to discipleship. Never once does Murrow give any compelling reason his models and ideas can't work for both men and women. At one point, he even acknowledges that his use of 'masculine' and 'feminine' as categories is severely limiting, but rather than abandoning (or better yet, challenging) them, he embraces them.

    In doing so, he commits grievous eisegesis: he wants to find a solution to the lack of men in the Church so badly that he forces his ideas onto the text. Suddenly, he's a few punctuation marks away from claiming that he's the rider on the White Horse, hand-selected by God to save Christianity from girls (or Satan, I was never quite clear which it was). In the end, Murrow lives within post-industrial, traditional gender roles that are foreign to the Biblical text, but which he nevertheless insists on forcing over the Scriptures. It's no wonder his Jesus comes out looking like Hulk Hogan and his women are seen rather than heard.

    The Ugly
    I took the most personal offense to Murrow's characterization of what counts as 'strength'. He made the classic mistake of equating pacifism with passivity (and called it a foolish position). He then refers to the Sermon on the Mount as 'basic Christianity' or - if you've been reading the book - Christianity for sissies, best left behind once you're ready to become a 'real man'. We should start by trying to love our enemies, but if that doesn't work, we not only can but should respond to their violence with violence. Murrow doesn't even acknowledge that a clever, thoughtful response might be possible, much less preferred. Despite having relegated the Sermon on the Mount to the "Christianity for Sissies, Dummies and Beginners" category, he praises the Jesus who admonishes us to cut off our hands as a Jesus of Strength (this admonition appears in. wait for it. the Sermon on the Mount). Apparently, unless we're willing to throat-punch our enemies, we're not really very manly (and if one more person uses the Temple Cleansing as evidence that Jesus wasn't a pacifist I might finally go insane).

    The verdict? If you're willing to put on your waders, you can find some gems in this book. I'm just not sure it's worth it.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    Great Read

    I questioned this book at first thinking is this going to be a fiction type book or is there some truth to the book. Well I got a little bit of both. David Murrow new book titled The Map is a book that is twofold. First is start with a thrilling fiction type story, some of it seemed a little out there but you have to remember is fiction. The second part of the book gets into the depth of the The Maps that is found within the book of Mathew.
    I found this book to be very interesting I have read the bible many times but know when I go back a read Mathew again I will read it a little bit different this time and really understand what Christ was try to teach. I like that there is three journeys a man must go through (please pick up a copy of the book to find out those three journeys) I never really thought of it that way.
    If you are thinking about buying this book and you are reading this review I say go for it and read it and really have an opened mind as you do so. This book it great and I am going to go and get his other books and read them. Thanks to Thomas nelson Book review for my advance copy of this book.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Definite read for mature Christian men

    This book paints an intriguing picture, in two parts. The first part is a fictional journey of the author traveling around the world in search of an elusive "map" that is supposed to change the course of Christianity. The second part is an explanation of this "map" and how men should tie it into their spiritual walk.

    The first part of this book for me, was one of the better books I've read in quite awhile. While the fictional account might have been far fetched, I did enjoy the journey. The second part of the book was more analytical as we are transformed from "The Amazing Race" to the classroom that is the author's mind.

    I consider this one of the better books I've read in quite awhile, even with the letdown of discovering that the story is fiction halfway through the book. I also think the it's rare for a Christian author to actually suggest to his mature Christian male readers that perhaps they don't necessarily need to attend church every Sunday. I don't recall ever seeing an author suggest that approach before, especially a Christian author. And while "the map" is actually pretty simplistic, it is worth reading this book to glean from it several points that each man can utilize in their own spiritual walk.

    I am definitely going to pass this book on to a fellow disciple of Christ in the hopes that once they read it we can compare notes. But I would encourage all Christian men to give this a read. Definitely not a waste of time.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    Book Review: The Map by David Murrow

    David Murrow, known for his books challenging Christian men, has written a new book providing further encouragement to those men. In The Map: The Way of All Great Men, Murrow divides the narrative of our Savior Jesus Christ found in the gospel of Matthew into three separate sections, each section being part of a map which men can emulate. In discussing the portions of Christ's personality or mission that displayed qualities that we normally associate with femininity as well as the more traditional masculine parts of Christ's life, Murrow provides insight into some of the internal conflict that many Christian men face today. Throughout the book though, especially the second-half, Murrow's call of boldness from Christian men is loudly proclaimed.

    I personally enjoyed this book. The first half of this book is one of the more interesting stories I have read of any sort in some time and belongs in any discussion of great short stories published in 2010. I'll say that the surprise in the middle of this book left me frustrated at first but I soon came to appreciate it for what it was. Murrow cuts no corners in this book reminding today's American Christian man that we are in danger of becoming extinct. Murrow does some damage to his map's validity when he points out some of the flaws in his map's reliance on the book of Matthew at the first of the second section but, again, I came to appreciate this more as I read. I could relate in my own Christian walk with a great deal of what Murrow maps out in his book and I believe that Murrow and myself are not the only two thinking the thoughts he presents. If you are interested in ideas and ways to revitalize or shake the men in your church to begin walking more closely in Christ's footsteps, this unique view of the book of Matthew would be a good jumping off point. I would recommend this book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

    The Map By David Murrow

    The Map is a spiritual growth book written by David Murrow.It talks about a map that leads to Christs path.

    The Map is laid out in two parts.In the first part, Murrow himself discovering a "map" hidden in the Gospel of Matthew, given to the Apostle by Jesus himself.
    The existence of such a map and clues to its whereabouts are found in an ancient scroll titled the Three Journeys of Jesus.
    This map describes three journeys: the journey of submission, the journey of strength and the journey of sacrifice.

    At the end of the first part of the book, Murrow acknowledges the story is fiction and explains how he stumbled on the Map and its lessons.Second Part of The Map is an explanation of his fiction story.
    He analyzes several Biblical heroes, such as Paul, David, Moses and Samson and relates their stories to the map.

    Overall, "The Map" is an Good book.Itis a pleasant read and never bores.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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