“Short, pithy, wise, helpful and sprinkled with humour.”
In ‘Reclaiming Masculinity’, Matt Fuller explores seven principles to help men reclaim their masculinity—“not by returning to flawed models of the past nor by asserting [their] own cultural preferences but by looking to the Bible”.
Utilising these seven principles, Fuller sets out to complete a simple yet seemingly challenging sentence, "To be a man means…” or the more crucial assertion, “To be a godly man means…”
While Fuller makes some strong points, I never felt as though I was receiving a lecture from somebody who had it all figured out. Instead, I was reading the words of someone who knows his own faults and failings and who wants to point the reader to Christ with pastoral warmth.
It was nice to see the zeal and natural humour I’ve come to know from listening and reading Fuller’s material. This provided the book with levity when needed.
Fuller was careful not to be too rigid or overly prescriptive in his instructions, which I thought was helpful. It would be very easy to read a book like this and quickly construct a "how to be masculine" checklist, which is not Fuller’s intention.
It’s also worth mentioning, that while the book is generally geared toward men, woman will gain much from this resource as many of the seven principles are simply reflective of a godly character.
In the minds of many, masculinity & toxicity go hand in hand, and being male is seen as more of a vice than a virtue. However, Fuller points to Jesus as the ultimate representation of masculinity, concluding:
“Being a godly man means taking responsibility to lead, being ambitious for God’s kingdom, using your strength to protect the church and serves others, investing in friends, and raising “sons”.
Short, pithy, wise, helpful and sprinkled with humour. A much needed book in this time of confusion.
This book was sent to me by The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.