Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be

Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be

by Mark Batterson


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Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, A Trip around the Sun, and If. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with eight campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801005442
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 71,072
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, A Trip around the Sun, and If. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with eight campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Play the Man: The Seven Virtues

1 Tough as Nails 21

2 A Gentleman and a Scholar 37

3 Unbroken 61

4 The Three-Headed Dragon 79

5 Sockdolager 99

6 Born for the Storm 119

7 Call of Duty 135

Part 2 Make the Man: The Rite of Passage

8 No Man's Land 155

9 The Discipleship Covenant 167

10 The Rite of Passage 185

Epilogue 199

Notes 201

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Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kozlof More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson, author of Circle Maker and Praying circles around your children, brings us a book that is sure to hit the passion of many readers.  His main belief within he book is this: Our culture has forgotten the definition of manhood.  Specifically men have forgotten it, or perhaps they have vacated it for a role that seems more simplistic and, by all measures, easier.  To this culture Batterson releases 'Play the Man'. If I had to sum up the book in one sentence it would come out easy for me: This is not a book to read, it's an exercise to grow in.  Much to Batterson's style of writing the chapters are generated on their subject and for the most part remain there, save a few moments he seems to digress before bringing the point back into view.  This kept me engaged and allowed for not only an easy read but one I was invested in. Honestly, I believe all men should at least give this book a shot, especially those who believe in Jesus.  To that effect I have already sent my copy to a friend, hoping it will make an investment in his life as well.  Really the only thing I can say was poor about 'Play the Man' is a bias on my part - I wish Mark would've been stronger on some areas he discusses. **I received this book free from "Baker Publishing Group" as part of their bloggers program.  I was not required to leave a positive review, these are my personal thoughts.**
coffeeshaman More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read Batterson's take on being a Godly man, and raising Godly men. As a divorced woman, I went in mostly curious to know what I should hope for in a man, should I ever attempt dating again. I am happy to say that I learned a lot about myself as well as getting a great read and a lot of insight. I can easily suggest that all men, sons, fathers, whatever should read this. And I would not hesitate to suggest it to other women as well. You will find questions, answers and more to build and grow on, and really what more could you want from another excellent Batterson book?
EdPA More than 1 year ago
I have read most of the books that Mark Batterson has written, and this is one of the best. It is hard to say what is truly best, because that will vary based on the context one is in at the time. What truly impresses me is how Batterson can take history, science and the Bible – put them together. The result is interesting in that it increases the understanding of the concept. This is not just a book for guys. I read many passages to my bride, and she found them valuable as well.
JamesHauptman More than 1 year ago
Batterson has written THE Book on being a Man of God! I've read many books on the topics of manhood, fathering and marriage. Not one of them is as good as this! The title comes from the life of Polycarp, a man who was martyred for his faith around 160 AD. Moments before his execution in the Romam Coliseum, a voice was audibly heard by all saying “Be strong, Polycarp, and play the man!” This book is a call towards manhood as Polycarp displayed - devotion, passion and selflessness. Batterson has a way of taking deep, nuanced topics and making them accessible and memorable. This book is clear, concise, and compelling. Using the vantage point of seven virtues, Play the Man sets a clear course for a man's life. As a bonus, the last three chapters revolve around the idea of intentionally transitioning boys to become men. Play the Man is filled with essential wisdom, practice suggestions, and unforgettable sayings. While others may take longer to say similar things, no other book is as helpful or succinct on the topic of Biblical manhood as this one.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
About the Book: Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It's into this "no man's land" that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man. In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, "Play the man." Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men. This is more than a book; it's a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be. Play the man. Make the man. My Review: This book couldn't have come at a better time. We are a family of 6, four of those being male. My husband has had a tough life and raising those boys has taken some definite relying on God. He grew up with father figures but neither of them being the exact replica he would like displayed and lived out in front of his children. I have realized over the past few years that to live out a Godly man for our children has been very difficult for him. He was raised a certain way and he tends to go back to those old ways to discipline our children. I plan on giving him this book as a fathers day gift. He so wants to disciple and raise our children in a loving, Christian home. He wants our boys to do the same with their children. We never realized the importance of it until our children were older. There are things that will matter above all else. There will be things that you want your children to take away when they leave home to raise families of their own. God being in the center is important. He made those children and He knows better than anybody what they need and how they need it. Mark Batterson, again rising to the call that the males of our society need strong male role models has written a book for these mentors to become better and better through God's guidance. Mark starts this journey from the story of Polycarp and with lessons and advice from several different sources he has placed hope in many of us that see this as nothing but a positive. The author lists 7 virtues that all mean can use to becoming the man that God wishes them to be. Mark uses examples from various sources to teach us on the subject. Its a fascinating read and its available just in time for Father's Day. I loved it! **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
Jonathan Shell More than 1 year ago
Mark Batterson does it again with his newest book, Play the Man. After reading all of his previous books, I was very excited to find out he would write a book about being a man! Mark talks openly about his family and the way he created a pathway for his sons to pass into manhood. With this book he dives deep into the way he believes a man should not only act biblically but gives historical references to so many great leaders demonstrating authentic manhood. He uses 7 Virtues that should be sought after and then leads into the right of passage he has done with his own sons. Mark draws on his own life and the lessons he has learned over the years to imagine what he wants his sons to learn as they head into the horizon of manhood. He talks about how even Jesus had to learn about what it means to be a man. He speaks of the struggles that Jesus had and correlates them to present day life and how we must strive as Men to not seek anything but God's vision for our lives as men, fathers, brothers, uncles and sons. This is read worth the wait as I have wondered over the years his strategy for his right of passage that he set up for his sons as I am raising 3 sons of my own who are getting close to their teen years. Great read and I recommend Marks book to anyone looking to grow as a father and a man.