How God Makes Men: Ten Epic Stories. Ten Proven Principles. One Huge Promise for Your Life.

How God Makes Men: Ten Epic Stories. Ten Proven Principles. One Huge Promise for Your Life.

by Patrick Morley

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ISBN-13: 9781601424631
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 472,525
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Patrick Morley is one of America’s most respected authorities on the challenges and opportunities facing men. The author of many books, he is best known for The Man in the Mirror, with more than three million copies in print. He and his wife, Patsy, live in Winter Park, Florida.

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When I travel and meet strangers, someone will often say, “You work with men. That must really be hard.”

My response is always the same. “You’ve got the wrong guy! I have the best job in the world. Every day we see men coming to Christ and growing as disciples. God is powerfully at work in men’s lives!” With that said, we need to do a reality check. Men today are under severe attack. A counter-Christian pop culture ridicules men in general and Christian men in particular. The battle line against biblical manhood is clearly drawn and fiercely contested. As a result, legions of men struggle to sustain what they started and finish the race.

Because I get to work with men as my vocation, I’ve been watching this battle play out and intensify at an alarming rate. Every week at our Bible study, I meet men who have professed faith in Christ but who, for the last five, ten, fifteen, or more years, have been living by their own wisdom. Many were told, “Just pray this prayer and everything
will turn out okay.” But it hasn’t. They enlisted and were issued a weapon they’ve never learned how to clean and shoot. These men are not bad, just confused.

Most men I talk with feel like there’s another man coiled up inside of them who desperately wants to get out. How about you?

• Maybe your faith is being tested to the breaking point.
• Maybe you’ve been down so long you feel God has abandoned you.
• Maybe you thought God was going to use you, but now you feel like you’ve been sidelined.
• Maybe you feel inadequate for your roles in life.
• Maybe you’re in a tough situation and see no way out.
• Maybe you are not genuinely content with who you are and what you do.
• Maybe you feel like giving up.
• Maybe you find it difficult to let go of the cares of this world.

Can you relate? If so, I’ve got some really great news for you. It’s all wrapped up in the one sentence that best describes my own life: Because God is good, your life will not turn out like you planned. That’s because God has a better plan. A much better plan. So what is this plan, and how can you make it your own?

God’s plan is made up of strikingly relevant, time-tested lessons written down and preserved for us in the Bible. It pulsates with stories about men who released and sustained the passion of their faith. They became the men God created them to be.

And you can too.

However, it’s shocking how many of these life-changing principles are gathering dust. It’s as though we’re afraid to tell men, “Following Christ is harder than it looks and takes longer than expected. But God does have a plan, and it comes packed with real answers and genuine hope.”

So in How God Makes Men, I want to share with you the most powerful principles of manhood from ten of the most well-known men in the Bible. In each of their epic stories, we can see the hand of God at work—shaping them, leading them, making them into the men He always planned for them to become. That “always planned for them to become” is for you too. And it’s one of the main features we’ll be exploring together.

How did God mold and mobilize these men? What were the obstacles they faced? What held them back? How did God get them uncoiled? And what was their part? As we spend time listening to their lives, we will come face to face with the gritty truth that can release and sustain the passion of our faith too. When added together, they’re not just ten amazing stories but one big story—yours!

Here’s the promise of How God Makes Men. And it’s a huge one. If you will absorb and embrace the timeless principles offered by these ten men, you can get past the shallow cultural Christianity that wants to gut your manhood and get to—or back to—a more biblical Christianity.

If you will let these ten men mentor you, then, like them, you will become the man God created you to be. You will release the power of God in every direction and detail of your life. You will know how to sustain the passion of your faith. And you will be well on the way to writing your own epic story. Why? Because God is way too good to let our lives merely turn out like we planned!

You always knew that one day you would be called upon to take your place on the battlefront, right? This is that call. Together, we can turn this around. This is a battle we can win. We cannot, we must not, and by God’s grace we will not fail.

If this is what you want, turn the page. I have some guys I want you to meet.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Abraham: The Principle of Believing God Anyway 1

How God Makes a Man's Faith Stronger

2 Joseph: The Principle of a Greater Good 18

How God Shapes Men for a Higher Purpose

3 Moses: The Principle of Personal Transformation 37

How God Changes a Man's Character

4 Gideon: The Principle of the Unexpected Leader 53

How God Turns a Man's Fear and Weakness into Strength

5 David: The Principle of Correction 69

How God Rescues Men When They Go Astray

6 Solomon: The Principle of Success That Matters 87

How God Shows Men the True Path to Happiness

7 Nehemiah: The Principle of a Passionate Calling 103

How God Calls Men to Action

8 Job: The Principle of Suffering for No Apparent Reason 119

How God Molds Men Through Suffering

9 Peter: The Principle of Making Disciples 136

How God Equips Men to Reach Other Men

10 Paul: The Principle of a Surrendered Life 157

How God Empowers Men to Fully Follow Christ

Discussion Leaders Guide 179

Acknowledgments 183

Notes 185

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How God Makes Men: Ten Epic Stories. Ten Proven Principles. One Huge Promise for Your Life. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faith Farrell for Readers' Favorite How God Makes Men is a book for the man who is slowly discovering his purpose as one of God's men, and also for the man who has been God's man for a long time and who needs refreshment for his soul. In this book, Patrick Morely uses plain speaking language to communicate Rock-of-Ages eternal truth, the truth that has always guided God's men. This is big stuff we're talking about here; heavy theology made chewable but not watered down. This is the rich, Biblical, meaty truth that strengthens God's men. There are thoughts on suffering when it seems like there is no purpose for the pain; thoughts on God's sovereignty and on surrendering control when all you want to do is "fix it" with your own actions. There are thoughts on laying aside your own agenda when it runs contrary to His, and on still believing that he has a purpose for you when it seems that all your work is coming to nothing. This stuff resonates with the man in the trenches. Why would you feel called to start a business to do God's work and then have to close that business due to America's economic recession? Where is God in that? Whether it is fiscal collapse or cancer or a car wreck, how do God's men stay on their feet when the world seems to be caving in around them? How God Makes Men is not a book full of platitudes, and not full of easy answers to a man's dilemmas. It is a look at the faithfulness of God in the lives of some great men (Gideon, David, Solomon, Nehemiah, Moses, Abraham, Joseph, Job, Peter and Paul) men who weren't great because they were perfect, but because the LORD was their God. A great spiritual and uplifting read.
deaconjames2010 More than 1 year ago
Great book! I'm glad I got it!!!!!!!!!!!