On the scale of stranger to bromance, where do your friendships land?
As guys, we tend to get a bum rap when it comes to our ability to relate to other men. We talk work, sports, and buffalo wings, but struggle to move into meaningful conversation with our friends.
Justin Erickson has identified seven kinds of friendships every man needs to thrive and grow as a Christian. Based on the biblical role models of men like David, Paul, and Timothy, these are the relationships that ultimately make you the man that God has called you to be. Delve deeper into the life lessons offered by friendships found in the Bible, and find the kind of men who can enrich your life in a multitude of ways.
God made you to be relational. Stop settling for surface-level connections, and learn to build life-changing relationships that last.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
What It Takes to Thrive as a Man 9
1 You Need a Godly Mentor to Disciple You 15
2 You Need a Solid Peer to Encourage You 41
3 You Need a Best Friend to Uphold You 63
4 You Need a Courageous Brother to Confront You 87
5 You Need a Faithful Disciple to Follow You 109
6 You Need a Lost Seeker to Hear You 139
7 You Need a Gracious Savior to Befriend You 163
8 Anyone Can Finish Well 189
Appendix 1 What About the Difficult Men in Our Lives? 215
Appendix 2 What About Your Wife? 225
What People are Saying About This
“The fact that men need friendships is not an accident. God made us that way. A man without real friends is a man vulnerable, discouraged, and spiritually unhappy. In this book, you will learn about the friendships a man needs—and why this matters so much to Christians.” —Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“I love Justin’s word picture of the kid who climbs up the playground slide to come down rather than using the steps. I see so much of this in the world of sports that I’m involved in—the pursuit of the quick fix, the instant results. But as a disciple of Christ, there are vital steps of patience that must be taken in maturing faith. I love this Gospel-centric reminder of the need for us to take the steps of patience in being discipled by mentors and discipling others for King Jesus.” —Ron Brown, Director of Player Development, University of Nebraska Football, Cofounder and codirector of Kingdom Sports
“Following Jesus and serving my family are my first two passions in life. Racing and racecars are third. My uncle was a racer, so this passion developed while growing near our local dirt track. Justin's book had me hooked from the first page. Using the elements of racing—from the crew chief and every person on the pit crew and even the spectators—to illustrate what a man needs in his life was spot on! This book, while written for men, can definitely apply to women as well. After all, lots of women love Jesus and sports!” —Janet Hunt, wife of Dr. Johnny Hunt, former senior pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Georgia
“Having a front-row seat to history and serving one of the greatest leaders of our era, President Ronald Reagan, I saw the value of being surrounded by people who support, encourage, and challenge you. Many of Reagan’s achievements wouldn’t have been possible without friends and advisers who helped him be strong and successful while still maintaining his faith, his marriage to Nancy, and his visionary patriotism and optimism. Seven Friendships Every Man Needs provides you with a road map for staying on the path toward a successful life, meaningful friendships, and godly excellence.” —Peggy Grande, Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, 1989–1999
“Someone has said that a friend is someone who walks in when everyone else walks out. Justin articulates well what that kind of friend looks like in Seven Friendships Every Man Needs. There are friends who stick closer than a brother. Find a friend, and be a friend.” —Ken Whitten, Pastor, Idlewild Baptist Church