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I came across this book in preparing my senior paper, and it's the first book I've read since finishing. Grün's a benedictine monk and spiritual writer who I've read before, and whose writing enriches me.In the book, he analyzes portraits of biblical men as a means of reflecting on the meaning and process of becoming and being a man. He is a psychologist by trade and an experienced spiritual guide, so he has a lot of interesting things to say. He should know men, living exclusively among them for all of his adult life.This book responds to the crisis of masculinity in the West which has appeared since the forceful incursion of radical feminism in public thought. Recurrent themes include the aggressive energy of maleness; the importance of father figures and male friendships; the ability to confront the hardships of life with courage; and the importance of inner freedom and plenitud.Something I admired about the book was the way he dignified the homosexually-oriented experience while always insisting on the complementariness of man and woman. He never denounced homosexuality, but he never conceded anything other than the complementary nature of sexuality.I should note here that the book is not a biblical portrait of masculinity. Indeed, the Bible is read through the lens of Jungian psychology (archetypes and all that jazz), not through the hermeneutical principles it offers as normative. Although such interpretations carry the danger of misconstruing the text, they often offer valuable insights. In its psychological sensibility and dialectical tension, I probably prefer this book to Wild at Heart, although it's been a long while since I read Eldredge. But many evangelical readers will be troubled by Grün's hermeneutics and Jungian ideas.