Manhood: How to Be a Better Man-or Just Live with One

Manhood: How to Be a Better Man-or Just Live with One

by Terry Crews


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Manhood: How to Be a Better Man-or Just Live with One by Terry Crews

From NFL player turned film and TV star Terry Crews comes a wise and warmhearted memoir chronicling his lifelong quest to become a good man, loving husband, and responsible father.
What does it mean to be a man? Terry Crews, TV’s iconic “Old Spice Guy” and co-star of the hit Golden Globe Award–winning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has spent decades seeking the answer to that question. In Manhood, he shares what he’s learned, telling the amazing story of his rise to fame and offering straight-talking advice for men and the women who love them.
A self-described “super-driven superstar alpha male,” Terry Crews embodies the manly ideal for millions worldwide. But as he looks back on his difficult childhood and shares hard-learned lessons from the many humbling experiences he endured to get where he is today, he shows how his own conception of manhood is constantly evolving.
Crews offers up a lively, clear-eyed account of the ups and downs of his twenty-five-year marriage, revealing the relationship secrets that have kept it going—and the one dark secret that nearly tore it apart. Along the way, he shares his evolving appreciation for looking good, staying fit, and getting it done for the people you love.
Being a man is about more than keeping your core strong. It’s about keeping your core values stronger. With insightful observations on spirituality, work, and family, Terry Crews shows men how to face their inner demons, seek forgiveness from those they’ve wronged, and tear down the walls that prevent them from forging meaningful relationships with others.
From the NFL gridiron to the Hollywood backlot, Terry Crews has survived it all with his sense of humor—and his marriage—intact. In Manhood he shows men everywhere that real strength is not measured in muscle mass—unless that muscle is the heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804178051
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 71,712
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Terry Crews is a former model (Old Spice) and NFL player (Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles). After the NFL he became an actor, and he now has a long list of credits to his name, including work on The Newsroom, Arrested Development, Everybody Hates Chris, and in films including Expendables franchise, Bridesmaids, and The Longest Yard. He now stars on the Golden Globe Award–winning Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and has roles in six movies releasing in 2014. He has been married to musician and inspirational speaker Rebecca Crews for almost twenty-five years. They have four daughters and one son.

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I ALWAYS FELT LIKE A SUPERHERO. AND EVERY SUPERHERO has an origin story. The Hulk got hit with gamma rays, Batman became an orphan, and Spider-Man received that infamous bite from a radioactive spider. My origin story happened when I was two years old. My mother and father were arguing, a common occurrence in our cramped upstairs apartment on Albert Street in Flint, Michigan. An extension cord was plugged into the living room wall to power a nearby lamp. As they fought, I put one end of the cord in my mouth while it was still attached to the wall socket. It blew up, and I got shocked. My mother said I never made a sound. No screaming or crying, just a bloody, smoking lower lip with a hunk of skin hanging grotesquely from my chin. The cord at my feet told her what had happened.

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Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part 1 True Lies // Spirituality

1 Superhero 5

2 Is That What a Man Is? 19

3 Double Life 34

4 A Way Out 47

5 Taking My Shot 61

Part 2 Just Keep Going // Work

6 No Is Negotiable 81

7 As Soon as I Go Pro 96

8 Don't You Give Up 113

9 No Wives Allowed 127

10 It's Not Over 139

11 What I'm Worth 153

Part 3 Falling Awake // Family

12 Attitude Adjustment 171

13 King of the Mountain 186

14 Break Out 201

15 That's Not How It's Done 218

16 D-Day 236

17 I'm Not Like Them 251

18 Manhood 264

Acknowledgments 279

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terry Crews has proven himself to be a triple threat with this book.  My fiance and I took turns passing this book back and forth because we wanted to read it at the same time. Don't let the name fool you, this is a book that's just as important for women to read, and can definitely help you shed light on the oft times unpredictable behavior of the men in your life. I highly recommend this book to fans of Terry and well, just about everyone. 
WilliamBT More than 1 year ago
This is a great piece of work by Terry Crews. Manhood, is a book that all men and women should read. Terry breaks down what it is to be a man in this society we live in. A must read for everyone! William B. Turner Author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! May help you understand a lot of trials and tribulations that may occur in your own life as a man or a woman ;and how honesty, hard work, and and a willingness to learn about oneself can help you eventually discover who you really are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brutally honest book that is of value to both men and women. Thank you.
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