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1. Quiet Strength: MensBible Study
2. Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional
3. Study of Man: General Education
4. Irrational Man: A Study in Existential
5. NIV Promise Keepers Men's Study
6. But Some Of Us Are Brave: All
7. The Study of Man
8. Handbook of Studies on Men and
9. What Men Know That Women Don't:
10. Daily Study Bible for Men (Daily
11. 15 Minutes Alone with God for
12. NIV New Men's Devotional Bible
13. The Way of the Superior Man
14. Disciplines of a Godly Man
15. Men and Feminism: Seal Studies
16. The Elephant Man : A Study in
17. A Portrait of the Artist as a
18. Arms and Men: A Study in American
19. Masculinity Studies and Feminist
20. American Paradox: Young Black

1. Quiet Strength: MensBible Study
by Tony Dungy and Karl Leuthauser
Perfect Paperback: 96 Pages (2007-07-18)
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Asin: 0764436627
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This book explores six tough questions men ask. Each of the six Bible studies is crafted especially for men, and provides biblical answers, relationship-building discussion questions, fun activities, and character-building insights from the life of Super Bowl XLI Winning Head Coach Tony Dungy.

In this book you will find six studies that answer these questions:
--What is my game plan?
--What is my strength?
--What is success?
--Where is my security?
--What is my significance?
--What is my legacy?

Good stuff designed for men, by men.
This book releases at the same time as Coach Dungys much-anticipated book, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life. Men in your church will be eager to explore the lessons God has taught Coach Dungy that he is eager to share. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resources for a Men's Ministry
While searching for some bible studies for our men's ministry Tony Dungy's Quiet Strength kept showing up.I decided to purchase a copy and look it over.Within five minutes, I knew this would be great for our men.This bible study is easy to use, takes advantage of different styles of learning, gives everyone an opportunity for input, and is just the thing for men.The men in our group have found it to be excellent, and it is certainly helping to build men of strength and character as defined by biblical standards.

5-0 out of 5 stars great for leadership skills
while the book does talk about tony dungy a lot it also is a great read to enhance your leadership and give you an alternative way of looking at things.

5-0 out of 5 stars Asks important questions
My men's group found this study to be a good one for us. While the questions are important and make each individual think about how they themselves must answer, the book is written in a way that it doesn't intimidate anyone. We have everything from high school guys to guys in their early 50s and all found it applicable to their lives. It made for interesting discussions and caused each man to learn something new about himself. Highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Making That Commitment....Every Day
As a companion piece to his best-selling book by the same title, respected and influential NFL head coach Tony Dungy delves into the knowledge, inspiration and lessons contained in the Bible.

The study sections are built upon six questions:

* What is my game plan?
* What is my strength?
* What is success?
* Where is my security?
* What is my significance?
* What is my legacy?

An excellent guide to be used by an individual or in groups, coach Dungy styles this playbook for any male wishing to open his heart and make a strong commitment to live a better life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quiet Strength
I bought this for my son who really does not read much.He completed the book and the study lessons.He really enjoyed it. ... Read more

2. Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture
by Ann Spangler, Robert Wolgemuth
Paperback: 448 Pages (2010-03-16)
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Asin: 0310328896
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Men of the Bible offers both men and women a fresh way to read and understand the Bible---through the eyes and hearts of the men whose stories unfold in its pages.This unique book takes a close-up look at fifty-two men in Scripture---complex flesh-and-blood characters whose strengths and weaknesses will seem strangely similar to your own. Heroes and villains, sinners and prophets, commoners and kings ... their dramatic life stories provide you with a fresh perspective on the unfolding story of redemption.Though our culture differs vastly from theirs, the fundamental issues we face in relation to God and the world remain the same. We still reach for great dreams and selfish ambitions. We wrestle with fear and indecision, struggle with sexual temptation, and experience the ache of loneliness and the devastation of betrayal. And, like many of these men, we long to walk more closely with the God who calls us into an intimate relationship with himself and who enables us to fulfill his purpose for our lives. Men of the Bible offers men and women today a unique devotional experience that combines five elements. Each week becomes a personal retreat focused on the life of a particular man:Monday: His Story---a narrative retelling of the biblical storyTuesday: A Look at the Man---focusing on the heart of the man and how his story connects with your own lifeWednesday: His Legacy in Scripture---a Bible study on principles revealed through the life of the manThursday: His Legacy of Promise---Bible promises that apply to his life and yoursFriday: His Legacy of Prayer---praying in light of his storyDesigned for personal prayer and study or for use in small groups, Men of the Bible will help you make Bible reading a daily habit. Whether you dip into portions or read every page, this book will help you grow in character, wisdom, and obedience as a person after God's own heart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Devotional
Great book , for daily devotions or just to study.Thanks for a great book at a great price good job carry on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great 52 Week Men's Study
Highly recommend this book to any men's group that wants to take a look at the lessons we all can learn from a wide range of men in the Bible.You actually end up reading through the Bible as you study these 52 men since they are listed chronologically from Adam to Paul.Buy an extra one for your accountability partner and sharpen each other as you study these men together.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for Men's Group
We use this book for a Men's Group at church.We normally spend 2 weeks going over each man.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good tool to help you use the Bible
I purchased this book for my husband, who is a new Christian. He is not very familiar with the Bible and found the idea of reading the Bible very daunting. I've had this book's counter part, "Women of the Bible" for a long time and have really enjoyed it. My husband loves Men of the Bible, he has found it very helpful in helping him understand the Bible and how it relates to our everyday life. This is a great devotional tool.

3-0 out of 5 stars Men of the Bible stimulates conversation

Good review of sometimes difficult to understand Bible verses. Written for daily readings with Bible verse references and good summary at the end of each chapter. Questions in each chapter help stimulate a hearty conversation. ... Read more

3. Study of Man: General Education Course
by Rudolf Steiner
Paperback: 190 Pages (2004-08)
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Although these lectures were given to teachers as preparatory material, they are by no means concerned only with education. Study of Man is Steiner’s most succinct presentation of his human-centered spiritual psychology, and it is accessible to anyone genuinely interested in the questions of human existence. His approach is unique because it considers not only the influences that affect humanity from the past, but also future states of consciousness and being.

Reprinted here in the original "classic" translation by A.C. Harwood and Helen Fox, these lectures were given in 1919 to the teachers of the Waldorf school in Stuttgart—the first to be based on the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner. After eighty-five years of Waldorf education—and exponential growth around the world—this volume remains the basic study text for teachers in Steiner schools. As well as providing a basis for the work of educators, Study of Man will be of special interest to parents, counselors, psychologists, and students of Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy—for whom this volume provides a fundamental picture of the human being according to the anthroposophic understanding of the world.

Another translation titled Foundations of Human Experience. German title: Allgemeine Menschenkunde als Grundlage der Pädagogic ... Read more

4. Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy
by William Barrett
Paperback: 314 Pages (1990-01-01)
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Asin: 0385031386
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist Philosophy, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett discusses the views of 19th and 20th century existentialists Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre and interprets the impact of their thinking on literature, art, and philosophy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars We exist. Deal with it.
Years ago, this book convinced me to throw Atlas Shrugged out the window. It is on my top ten list of works that have personally influenced me. Along with George Orwell's essay Notes on Nationalism, Irrational Man has instilled in me a deep distrust of systems that provide easy and simple solutions, but it did so without turning me into a cynic.

Why are we here, what's it all for, what's the meaning of life? Are these empty questions? I think they are but where does the obsession to answer them come from? What can we do to satisfy this urge? The Existentialists sought to answer these questions and now their program is pretty much over, but did it fail or succeed? I'd say both.

Existentialism fails utterly in providing a clear picture of what Man is. It doesn't resolve our angst, it doesn't tell us where we fit in the universe. On the other hand, Existentialists had the courage to ask these questions out loud at a time when physics and engineering seemed to be making us Masters of the Universe.

Barrett first makes a successful case for modern art. Abstract art was quite controversial even as recently as the 50s but Barrett argues that artists could not have produced anything else. Certainly they could have copied the styles of the Renaissance masters, but such work would have been stale, limp, lifeless. We then are shown the limits of reason. When politicians were extolling the virtue of the "clean" hydrogen bomb and when all accepted the assertion, something just had to be wrong. We had mastered things but finding we were on the brink of self destruction and that it was our own fault, could we say that we had we mastered ourselves?

The next section looks at four philosophers that represent Existentialism as it stood in 1957: Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Kierkegaard and Nietzsche particularly deserve our attention. They lived through, in the 19th century, their own personal angst ridden existential crisis, well before the malaise spread to more and more people in the 1940s and 1950s. They were not academic philosophers but they had mastered academic technique and it is by choice and necessity that they expressed themselves as passionately as they did. Their answers were diametrically opposed: Kierkegaard's was to have Faith, while Nietzsche's was that God was dead.

Heidegger had many years of active life left to him when Irrational Man was published, so perhaps Barrett can be forgiven his enthusiasm for this pseudo-philosopher superstar. At least he does a good job of explaining clearly what it was that bothered Heidegger:

"... a table is an article of furniture; articles of furniture are human artifacts; human artifacts are physical things; and then, with the next jump of generalization, I can say of this table merely that it is a being, a thing. "Being" is the ultimate generalization I can make, and therefore the most abstract term I can apply to it, and it gives no useful information about the table at all."

If Heidegger had stopped there, everything would have been fine. Arguing about the meaning of the copulative verb "To Be" yields no wisdom at all. Instead of accepting this answer Heidegger throughout his career deconstructed language for thousands of pages, trying to convince us that this most general of abstraction needs to be abstracted again, that we must go back 2500 years to the dawn of philosophy and change our minds. That's tripe. Verbiage isn't an answer and Heidegger belongs in the dustbin.

Sartre, another philosophy superstar, fares better. As an academic philosopher he was as guilty of meaningless drivel as Heidegger was, but as a playwright and novelist he illustrated the angst of his time with force and clarity.

Barrett does close with an answer and to my mind it justifies the entire Existentialist project. He relates the story of the Furies from the plays of Aeschylus. Orestes killed his mother to avenge her murder of his father, but the primal instinct against matricide is older than society and reason so the Furies, being ancient earth goddesses, move to tear Orestes apart. Apollo intercedes on behalf of Orestes, but the parties find themselves in a stalemate. Athena intervenes to resolve the issue. Orestes is saved but humbled before the Furies. We must respect these ancient urges and instincts within ourselves; we must acknowledge our animal nature rather than repress it. We cannot reason away our urges.

The existentialist project doesn't tell us who we are or what our place in our universe is. I think no philosophy can do that; such questions are unanswerable. But it does tell us what we can do. We exist, we must deal with that.

Vincent Poirier, Tokyo

5-0 out of 5 stars "The best English introduction to the subject [of Existentialism]"
Leo Strauss, in 1958, said that William Barrett's "Irrational Man" "is...the best English introduction to the subject [of Existentialism]." Existentialism is oneform of radical historicism (or historical relativism) that came before its most recent manifestation, postmodernism. The cardinal thinker of radical historicism (or historical relativism) in both forms is the Nazi Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) whose masterwork is Being and Time (e.g. the Introduction and Section 44c).

3-0 out of 5 stars got what I paid for
I paid avery reasonable price but the book was in a somewhat worn condition .it is probably going to fall apart before long. i should have bought a newer version.just thought I would let you know. Patty

5-0 out of 5 stars thumbs way up
A great introduction to existentialism.Easy to read.I read and re-read various sections for pleasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a great book to bring someone into exelstentialism.While Barrett has a slight bias towards Kierkegard and Nietzsche he makes great connections between romanticism and the precursors to modernity.Great quick read that has some great insights. ... Read more

5. NIV Promise Keepers Men's Study Bible
Hardcover: 1600 Pages (1997-10-01)
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- Provides encouragement and empowerment to help men live godly lives as Promise Keepers- Icons, notes, and articles illuminate the scriptural foundation of the Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper- Forty-five character sketches reveal powerful lessons about biblical integrity- Also available in the King James Version and the Nueva Version Internacional ... Read more

6. But Some Of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women's Studies
Paperback: 432 Pages (1993-01-01)
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Asin: 0912670959
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This ground-breaking collection provides hours of enjoyment for the general reader and a wealth of materials needed to develop course units on black women; political theory, literary essays on major writers, guidelines for consciousness-raising about racism, and surveys of black women's contributions to the blues. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Those Interested in Black Womens Studies
This is a seminal novel in the field of Black Women's Studies, and although it was written about a decade ago it is still relevant. If you are a reader who is new to the field, and is striving to better understand Black Women's Studies and its founding principles, as well as the factors that lead to its development, then this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Altering the Racist and Sexist Paradigm in Academia
This compliation of essays lays down the curricular and research agenda for the establishment of a Black Women's Studies program in the academy.It weaves personal narrative, literary criticism, and empirical analysis which cogently argues that Black Studies and Women's Studies in academia do not adequately address the multiple consciousness of Black women through discourses on racism, sexism, classism, and sexuality.The authors of the various articles articulate the need to look at Black women's lives as multi-faceted and complex, neither wholly positive or negative.I am not sure if the authors decided to change the name of the book to make it more marketable but the original title is "All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men,But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women's Studies."I tend to prefer the original title because it brilliantly captures the dilemmas that Black women face in higher education and the wider - negation of their experiences as Black people and as women. The book delivers an historical examination of the Black Women's Studies movement that began in the early 1970's with the formation of the Combahee River Collective, a black feminist organization and the National Black Feminist Organization.It also pushes for the development of a Black Women's Studies program that reaches out beyond the halls of academe and situates its curricular and research agenda in political and economic organizing on behalf of Black women of all educational and economic classes. ... Read more

7. The Study of Man
by Michael Polanyi
Paperback: 102 Pages (1963-06)
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Isbn: 0226672921
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8. Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities
Hardcover: 512 Pages (2004-07-20)
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In the past, research in the field of gender has mainly addressed issues about women, and has for the most part been developed by women. Recently, the study of gender has rapidly expanded and there has been a growing interest in men’s and boys’ identities, conduct, and problems.

The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities is an interdisciplinary and international culmination of the growth of men’s studies that also offers insight about future directions for the field. The Handbook provides a broad view of masculinities primarily across the social sciences, with the inclusion of important debates in some areas of the humanities and natural sciences. The various approaches presented in this Handbook range across different disciplines, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and conceptualizations in relation to the topic of men. Editors Michael S. Kimmel, Jeff Hearn, and Robert W. Connell have assembled an esteemed group of contributors who are among the best-known experts in their particular fields.

The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities examines the construction of masculinities in four different frames: the social organization of masculinities in their global and regional iterations; the institutional reproduction and articulation of masculinities; the ways in which masculinities are organized and practiced within a context of gender relations; and the ways in which individual men express and understand their gendered identities. The Handbook is organized in a way that moves from the larger, global, and institutional articulations of masculinities, to the more intimate and personal expressions.

The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities provides scholars, researchers, and students with the most current, incisive scholarship available for the men’s studies area of gender studies. It is a vital resource for those interested in the practical or cultural issues about men, boys, and gender, as well as an excellent addition to any academic library.

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9. What Men Know That Women Don't: How to Love Women Without Losing Your Soul
by Rich Zubaty
Paperback: 540 Pages (2001-09-01)
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Asin: 1589390393
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Here's a book for both men and women that is guaranteed to start some heated discussions!FOR WOMEN: Eavesdrop on the secret codes of masculinity. Discover what makes men tick. Penetrate the brain-fog of masculine thinking. Peel the cerebral onion of guy-hood. Find out how to get your way with your man. FOR GUYS: Here's a fishing trip down the river of your natural self. A vacation from "relationships." A holiday from all things feminine. A trout stream for your brain, naturally cleansed of "shopping," feminism and other female-borne viruses. A chance to drain the blackened oil from your cerebral engine, and fill it with five clean quarts of good feelings about yourself. Kick off your boots and wiggle your frozen toes on the fireplace of your masculine soul. You'll never be the same again. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wrong about women and religion. However, not totally bad.
The only thing that kept this from getting a 5 rating is this author seems to think feminism and women in general are against Christianity and the church. Total hogwash! Considering thatConservative Christian American churches have a female majority (65% female members) I used to be a born-again Christian for 20 years (no longer, but I won't go there) . The main complaint of the women is "my husband refuses to come with me and the kids to church", OR "there are no single men in the church".
However, on much of the rest that Ive read, the author does make some very good points.

5-0 out of 5 stars Waking up from the matrix
I recently finished reading this book and I must say that while he has some controversial viewpoints I feel that they are true. I feel as though I have taken the red pill and woke up from the matrix with the sense that I can finally see what has been plain to see but concealed from my mind by the blinders placed on us by our feminized society. Since waking up I have to figure out how to carve my niche into this society that I no longer know how to be a part of. Excellently written, and I recommend this book to all the guys out there. I only wish that I had read it when I was a lot younger (It would have saved me from a situation that I am currently in that continues to bring me angst- just like Rich mentioned on page 92!) Read this, and free your mind and your male spirit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Validating! and Insightful
This is a bit different from the usual book review. This is a review of two books which are remarkably complementary. One is What Men Know that Women Don't and the other is The Myth of Male Power by Warren Farrell, PhD.

If you have never had a marital or other long-term committed relationship blow up in your face, then I would suggest that you start with Farrell's book. It is a scholarly and insightful examination of where marriage has been, where it is going and how it is currently being abused as we transition from the pattern of the past (Stage I) to that of the future (Stage II). By the time you reach the end of the book, I'm sure that you will agree that we need to get to Stage II as soon as possible as a culture and as mature individuals who care about one another and about our children.

Zubaty's book should be read as the follow-on that feelingly describes the injustice, pain, anger, despair and hatred that all too often erupts from a typical modern marriage that is neither Stage I nor Stage II, but instead, is a mishmash of aspects of each. If nothing else, it is a vivid statement as to why only damned fools should get into anything other than a Stage II relationship and why we as a culture need to transition our mores and legal system to encourage the development of Stage II relationships and discourage Stage 1.5 time bombs. Secondarily, Zubaty's book is valuable because it is told from a perspective that is seldom heard these days, that of a male.

For the walking wounded who have "survived" the dissolution of what was probably a Stage 1.5 relationship, start with Zubaty's book. For men, and a few women, it will validate what you experienced and what you are feeling. For women, and a few men, it will demonstrate what happens on the other side of the detonation of a Stage 1.5 relationship.

Farrell's book is the ideal follow-on for the "survivors" who have read Zubaty's book. It gives a well-researched understanding of most likely why the disaster happened and points toward what a more successful relationship ought to look like the next time around.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I am not much of a writer, but if you are guy who wants to understand this world and while it's so un-happy for most of us, this is the book to read.

Gals if you really want to understand men instead believing shallow stereo types, read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic
This book is a look at our excruciatingly feminized world through the eyes of a man who has suffered divorce, lost everything and made a comeback through a long arduous and dangerous route to write it.

Rich Zubaty uncovers why men in the West are so angry and frustrated. He pinpoints how those in power have let them down to feather their own nests. And he does it in a refreshingly funny way that often had me in stitches.

On reading this book you'll understand why the greatest scientists, artists, writers, engineers throughout history have been men. You'll understand why those who have suffered the most and been oppressed the most have also been men.

But moreover, you'll understand why men and women are different -- why this doesn't merely stop at the obvious biological differences, as feminists would have us all believe.

This book filled me with a sense of optimism that the Golden Age of Feminism will eventually start to crumble.
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10. Daily Study Bible for Men (Daily Study Bible for Men) [New Living Translation (NLT)]
Paperback: 1536 Pages (1999-10-01)
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Isbn: 0842333290
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Daily Study Bible for Men provides adult Christian men a fresh vision and understanding of God's Word with notes that focus specifically on men's concerns. Over 330 daily studies by Stuart Briscoe guide men to Scripture passages and key verses that apply to issues facing men. The devotionals are arranged in topical tracks that include "Excellence at Work," "Standing Firm in Faith," and "Following Christ." The study includes a track outline to assist readers in navigating the daily studies, introductions for each book of the Bible, and other helps to get men into the Bible easily every day. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Men's Group
8 to 12 men meet eveery Sat.at 6 AM because we like each other. We take o0ne topic per week and trade off as facilitator. No preachy stuff. Share, discuss, etc. the Daily Study Bible is perfect. Thanks for the reasonable price and good condition!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift for the man in your life
I ordered this for my husband and he has been really enjoying the experience of a study bible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very thrilled
The Daily Study Bible for Men is a wonderful and useful Bible. My husband just loves it!
Very happy with our purchase!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Bible Ever Owned
This is a great bible for any man out there, if you are a beginner when it comes to doing daily devotions this is a great starter bible, or even if you are a long time devotional person this is the perfect bible to continue your love for them. I am a devoted christian but I am new to daily devotions but this bible has helped me through all my ups and downs in life and always has the answer I am looking for. This is truly the best bible I have ever owned and I highly recommend it to any man who is a christian.

3-0 out of 5 stars Expecting More
This bible is a great price reduction for a leather bound new living translation bible.The new living translation is an easy to read and easy to follow along with especially for new beleivers.The only think that this bible lacked was good study notes.The devotional aspect of the bible is excellent but there are hardly any footnotes within the bible to actually call it a Study Bible. ... Read more

11. 15 Minutes Alone with God for Men
by Bob Barnes
Paperback: 288 Pages (2003-10-01)
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Asin: 0736910832
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Updated and with a handsome new cover, this popular guide(170,000 copies sold) provides men with everything they need for dailyspiritual refreshment and renewal. Like an older brother, Bob Barnes encouragesmen to develop their character as they enjoy intimate, life–changing encounterswith God.

Each day’s offering includes a short Scripture reading (anda key verse to focus on throughout the day), a simple but thought–provokingdevotion based on everyday life, a prayer, and action points that help guysapply what they read. These dynamic 15–minute devotions will inspire,challenge, and equip men to grow closer to God and more effectively love andlead the people God has placed in their lives.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Husband Loves It!
I was looking for something my husband could use for prayer time in the morning, and he absolutely loves this book! He wants to give it as a gift to some relatives at Christmas as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great guide to help you spend time with God everyday
This book has been such a blessing. I have been reading it for about two weeks now and it has been awesome!

Having reached a point in my life in which I decided to seek God more, I was looking around for a men's devotional bible that can sort of help me get a jump start. I am sure that there are others which are also great, but you won't regret if you buy this one. Each entry has a "verse for the day", a passage (sometimes short, sometimes long) or commentary, and "action items", which I especially like because it motivates you to write down things or things to start doing.I have never really kept a journal but this book motivated me to do so and it has been great.Each entry is not dated so you can skip around, and ends with a prayer and further verses for reading.

I can tell that the author is a wise man because of the advice that is given. Some entries relate to marriage which are still relevant for young, unmarried or soon-to-be married men like myself.

Great devotional! Thanks Bob Barnes!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great devotional for busy men
My husband spends every morning at 5:30 in prayer and Bible reading before starting the rest of his day. He was looking for a devotional that was neither too heavy nor too simple. 15 Minutes Alone with God for Men, let's him tailor each chapter to that's days specific need and time limit. A perfect gift for that man whose life is too busy for God to be left out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Daily Mediation Book
This is an excellent daily mediation book. My dad turned me on to this. One of the many things I like about this book is at the end it was several Bible verses to look up that adds to the daily reading. I highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enriching Faith
This was a purchase for a teenage grandson that was searching for a way to restore some of his faith. ... Read more

12. NIV New Men's Devotional Bible
by Zondervan
Hardcover: 1408 Pages (2006-09-17)
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Asin: 0310928559
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An all-new devotional Bible, the New Men's Devotional Bible helps apply God's Word to a new generation of Christian men. It includes a full year of all-new devotions by well-known---and not-so-well-known---men of God. Added features from its bestselling predecessor make this Bible more engaging, practical, and versatile than ever.Features:* Complete text of the NIV---the most read, most trusted Bible translation* A full year of weekday and weekend devotions along with application statements, questions for reflection, and more* Devotions written by a gifted author team also feature insights by Rob Bell, Chuck Colson, Brennan Manning, Brian McLaren, John Piper, Lee Strobel, Rick Warren, and Ravi Zacharias* Multiple reading plans for year-after-year use* Introductions for each book of the Bible* Over 400 callouts spotlighting key verses of the Bible for memorization and contemplation* Author index with biographical information on each contributor* Subject index to help you locate topics easily* Presentation page* Easy-to-read typesetting in a double-column format ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my husband for his birthday last month, and he never goes a night without reading it.
My husband loves this Bible. We don't see each other too often because of work schedules, so we haven't been able to do devotions on a regular basis. This gives him the chance to get into the Word when it's convenient for him, and he's able to get closer to God and be a stronghold for me during this difficult time in our lives. I would DEFINITELY reccomend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars men's devotional bible
I bought this as a gift for my husband. It took twice as long to receive in the mail than promised, but when I gave it to him he was very happy. He loves to read it because the wording is simple to understand and he says there is a daily section that he really enjoys that he never had in any other bible he's had before.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for my soldier!
I purchased this book for my husband who is currently in Iraq.He asked for a better bible he could use during his time from home and I came across this book.I happened to mail it to myself then to my husband.The first thing that caught my eye were the colors!Great, calming color of blue and deep brown!The pages have a light blue tint to them and the font and size is easy to read.The pages are quite thin though!This might be a problem if he happens to use a Hi-Lighter or ink pen to write notes.

The book has a great 'day by day' format and at the end of each section, is a 'suggested reading' of that particular section!It is amazing!My husband was very happy to receive this book and was very happy to get started on reading.He says the book is easy to read and each section is short and to the point.The chapters give you short questions to think about while/after you read.There are small parts that give you a few short 'need to know facts'.

In the back of the book there are a few pages that give reading suggestions: Read the Bible in a year, Read the Bible in 60 days, One with God, Famous battles in the Bible,Unknown People of the Bible.

Overall, a SUPER great book!Couldn't have gave my husband a better Bible!
Amazing for my deployed soldier!

3-0 out of 5 stars The product itself is awesome, a little disappointed with the condition of the book however.
The quality of the contents is really nice. If you are looking for coresponding devitional scriptures in both the mens and womans version (meaning you want to have your discussion together on the same passage) this would not be the book to chose. You may want to simply get two of the couple devotional bibles instead.

I purchased matching bibles for me and my husband so when we read at night we can follow along. We find it difficult to simply listen and try to comprehend the readings.

Imagine my disappointment when I got his (brand new) bible and saw that the dust jacket was torn about 3"

Imagine my disappointment when I got my (used, but great condition) bible and saw that there was a blood like looking stain along the entire outside page edges.

I will not request a return as the reason I got the books will still work, but just wanted to let each seller know so they can watch, and possibly handle or report the books condition a little more accurately.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Very easy to read and the issues discussed are up to date.

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13. The Way of the Superior Man
by David Deida
Paperback: 207 Pages (2006-03-01)
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What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want? What makes a good lover? If you're a man reading this, you've undoubtedly asked yourself these questions-but you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now. In The Way of the Superior Man, David Deida explores the most important issues in men's lives-from career and family to women and intimacy to love and spirituality-to offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom. Join this bestselling author and internationally renowned expert on sexual spirituality for straightforward advice, empowering skills, body practices, and more to help you realize a life of fulfillment, immediately and without compromise. "It is time to evolve beyond the macho jerk ideal, all spine and no heart," writes David Deida. "It is also time to evolve beyond the sensitive and caring wimp ideal, all heart and no spine." The Way of the Superior Man presents the ultimate challenge-and reward-for today's man: to discover the "unity of heart and spine" through the full expression of consciousness and love in the infinite openness of the present moment. Book jacket. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Awsome book

This is a really great book especially if you view each short chapter as a invitation to experiment.

5-0 out of 5 stars The way of a superior book
Now I know in part at least why one marriage failed and why women have always been an enigma to me - Mars and Venus personified. I have only read Mr. Deida's 'The Way of the Superior Man' once but I wilThe Way of the Superior Manl be reading it many more times along with my significant other.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book reads like "a complaint with no content" to me; offensive, narcissistic, myopic and dated
Sorry to be so critical but since he's out proselytizing so much I feel it needs to be said that Deida writes in the manner of a narcissistic, primitive man with entitlement issues; he reveals this in a dreamy, rather than violent, way, but he nonetheless seems to have these issues.He also has written a book about sex that weirdly completely avoids discussing the reproductive implications, i.e. that an actual baby could be made.Many people have sex for reasons other than reproduction, of course, but completely avoiding the reproductive potential that is often there and the implications of that seems crazily blind and avoidant to me.And not just from the standpoint of responsibility toward children, but also from the standpoint of the man's life and sexuality missing an important component of its meaning and consequences.

He romanticizes patriarchy, where men control the resources (and exclude women from access), fight with each other for them in a quest for "dominance," and then finally choose from among women based upon their attractiveness as sex-objects and their willingness to be service-objects.Much, but not all, the world has indeed been organized patriarchally in the last 2000-5000 years, but this has changed in the last 50 years, and looks to change even more so toward more adult and integrated functioning in both men and women, on a more widespread basis, in coming years.

In Deida's world "man" does not seek love, and "woman" does not want freedom.We know this is so patently false, that Deida appears cartoonish (to me anyway).

A man who needs to be "dominant" to have sex is revealing weakness in his psychology (as the parable goes, he of the strong front has a weak back).He is attempting to use this dominance to overcome anxiety and other issues he has with emotional intimacy (which usually derive from poor relationships with parents, including often his own father, and/or problems with trauma from being socialized into "masculinity," i.e. patriarchal culture).He is a so-called "man who cannot love (or feel loved) in an adult way."As such an emotionally immature man ages and less testosterone is available to him to override his conscious or subconscious anxiety (making performance more difficult), this is when some men act out and do things like seek out new women and/or obviously fertile women for temporary boosts in testosterone (which don't last), take Viagra, and do other artificial things. Anxiety is often a barrier to arousal in men just as it is in women.See David Snarch's book, Passionate Marriage.It is also, more importantly, a barrier to pleasure for a man of any age.

And the trauma caused to children (of both sexes) of a man with these significant emotional problems can be devastating.This is why it is important not to have children with these men; these problems are perpetuated.I don't see any reference that Deida has any children and this is a relief to me.I am concerned about him promoting this lifestyle to people who do want to have children, however.

These are things men no doubt do not like to read, but without facing these realities, they will fail at the most important aspects of their lives.

I am wondering if Deida was robbed of his full development in childhood?We have a terrible history in our culture of depriving boys and men of their emotional lives.See the book "Raising Cain."I am sorry if this is true in Deida's case, but it needs to be said that adult men and women are much more than he says, much more than the narcissistic quest for dominance, selfishness and grandiosity he values in men, or the inverse narcissistic quest for love, focus on nurturing and dependence he values in women.The strength derived from having access to a full emotional range is non-trivial; I think some people who don't have this access don't realize this.

A spirituality that defines men in this way and considers them this distinct from women is not human spirituality at all; it's ego gratification dressed up into something grandiose and ultimately meaningless.

Self-actualized, financially autonomous adult women do not value dominant men, they find them toxic.Self-actualized, emotionally secure men do not value submissive women, they find them draining.

Adult men and women have much capacity to play all sorts of roles, to make a difference (or fulfill a "mission" in Deida's terms) in the world, to take responsibility for themselves (including financially and in their relationships to dependents, such as children) and their behavior as autonomous adults, to make choices, to give each other pleasure, to love each other and to help and support each other. It is in their self-awareness and integrated selves that the acquire the power and flexibility to do these things, including to become responsible and caring parents. Deida degrades this as "androgynous" and sexless.(In fact, I suspect there is much more room for healthy and varied sexual experience, including games of dominance and submission if you're into that, and other role-playing, as well as seeing the real, non-toxic differences between the sexes, in an equal status relationship, rather than in the kind Deida advocates; one person being dominant in a relationship tends to kill the interest the lower-status person has in sex pretty quickly.)And a human spirituality, devoid of toxic stereotypes about men and women, is thus available to both people.Men can also thus find very rewarding, real spiritual connection with their women partners, and also with their children, not the fake kind with themselves or where they project themselves onto women or children.

This is why men in so-called "feminist" marriages (where the man and woman are equal status) get much more sex and more love.See The Shriver Report, A Woman's Nation. Perhaps Carl Jung put it best, "Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."

Deida also says younger women are more attractive to the self-absorbed man because they are more "feminine," whereas nearly all older women have developed a protective, masculine armor, but "should be given their due."In his self-absorption, he does not realize that the younger women are more vulnerable (which he confuses with "femininity" in his preoccupation with the patriarchal polarity) because they are looking for a father for their children, an enormously important decision for women and men to make.Older men, especially ones who are doing it without thinking it through, are often not good fathers for children, both because of damage to their sperm from aging which causes chromosonal deterioration (See The Male Biological Clock by Fisch and Braun) and because, except in some well-considered cases, these men don't have the energy and commitment for real fathering.Autism, for example, is much more common in children of men over the age of 40; it is not known whether this is due to chromosonal deterioration of sperm or because the men who have children at that late age are not men well-prepared for fathering (they may be narcissistic themselves, for example) or because of a combination of these factors and/or other factors related to aging fathers, such as low energy.And, if they are especially old, they die before their children reach adulthood, further traumatizing the children.

Americans have a terrible habit of falling prey to charlatans in part, I suspect, because of the arrested development and "hollowness" patriarchy inculcates in many men and women.Please don't prey fall to this one.

I believe that in lieu of Deida's model, many men and women may find the concept of "self-in-relation" more useful toward developing a workable marriage, including spiritual connection. You can find this discussed by many contemporary therapists, including those who have written books, such as Terry Real ("I Don't Want To Talk About It" or "How Do I Get Through To You").There are also books by women, but since this is a book by a man, I'm assuming readers of this type of proselytizing would give more credence to a man so I would recommend starting with Real or Snarch.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mythopoetic fantasies of an overgrown boy?
Someone else called this book "The Way of the Self-Centered Man" and I could not agree more.

Deida is focused on male fulfillment in a context where the man is the center of the universe.He has the arrogance to attribute certain human qualities, such as having a mission in life, as "male," and others, such as "the quest for love" as female.He misses entirely that these, to the extent they are even true, are byproducts of patriarchy, where men control resources and women are forced to seek connection with men to survive.They are both fallacies as we have learned in our modern age.Why can't Deida move on?

I am most offended by the fact I saw no discussion in the book that a "superior" man in a position of power holds any responsibility for the consequences of his behavior on the powerless; this is especially poignant in the context of children who are neglected or abused by fathers.And no wonder our political system is so corrupt.

Deida reminds me of a cheesy yoga instructor who hits on women in the class who lack mature development themselves and who wraps this is in a guise that he is "servicing" them.

I don't think he knows what an adult passionate relationship is.

Better readings on this subject include, "How Do I Get Through To You" by Terry Real, and "Passionate Marriage" by David Snarch.Any of Michael Kimmel's books are also excellent.

4-0 out of 5 stars A review from the heart
Deida's thesis lies in the concept of polarity - in short "opposites attract." This is something that has been expounded upon in Taoist and Zen Buddhist philosophy - the concept of the yin and yang - two opposing forces, both necessary for the balance of the physical world, sociologically in the political and social sense, and spiritually within oneself. For Deida, in order for balance in sexual matters, there must be both masculinity and femininity. "Feminine" attributes are a desire for love, desire to nurture, along with a sexual attraction to dominance. "Masculine" attributes are desire to live "on the edge" and to accomplish a "mission" for freedom, along with a sexual attraction to submission. It must be noted here that Deida's distinctions between masculinity and femininity are more arbitrary than logical. He asserts that 90% of the population falls into either the masculine or feminine category, with the remaining 10% more balanced between the two, who couldn't care less about sexual polarity (and whom, unfortunately, Deida equates with "androgyny" - a potentially insulting and inaccurate connotation). For those 90% though, in order to sustain a truly satisfying sexual relationship, one partner must embody the "masculine", and the other must embody the "feminine."

In short, this is a good read.Not five stars, but good. ... Read more

14. Disciplines of a Godly Man
by R. Kent Hughes
Paperback: 304 Pages (2006-01-10)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Discipline is a subject about which the Scriptures say much—but contemporary authors have been peculiarly silent. Kent Hughes fills a gaping void with this superb volume.… If there is a spark of spiritual desire in your soul, this book will surely kindle it into a blazing passion for godly discipline."—John MacArthur, pastor and best-selling author

"This is a book for men who are eager to learn how to be more effective. It comes from the pen of one who has learned to serve as he has led and who is able to provide the reader with many practical applications of eternal truth."—C. William Pollard, Chairman and CEO, The ServiceMaster Company

"To open this book and find someone taking seriously the biblical call of‘agonizing to enter the kingdom’ and… boxing and sweating like a champion to get victory over sin is the most refreshing thing I could have set my eyes on."—John Piper, pastor and popular author

"An outstanding volume for men and women alike!… Over 250 pages devoted to the practical outworking of discipline on subjects like purity, marriage, prayer, the tongue, the mind, our work, leadership, ministry, and many, many more. I guarantee: Digest this book and you will bid the blahs farewell."—Charles Swindoll, pastor and best-selling author

"I enjoyed reading Disciplines of a Godly Man because it challenged my spirit. I highly recommend it to men who are not thin-skinned."—Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears

"An inspiring and practical guide for men who seek to reflect God’s glory in their lives. This book is a challenging text for personal devotions as well as for assisting young followers of Christ to grow in their walk with God."—Lieutenant General Howard D. Graves (U.S. Army, Retired), Former Superintendent, United States Military Academy (West Point, NY) ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Inspired to be Manly
An excellent book with a plethora of thought provoking concepts.Reaches into the the spaces, thoughts and attitudes that help make a man a Man of God.Good reading for anyone interested in understanding how a man should live his life in the will of God.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a great book! The first chapter is really good and is already challenging me! All men must read!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Man!!
This should be included in every man's library. It is Spiritual Manhood 101! Buy it. Read it. Share it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Encouragement for Men
I had read this book back when it first came out. It is timeless. It has helped me form a more godly world view and realize my calling as a man, a husband, a father, a minister is critical in this generation. What a help!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful to Me Personally
R. Kent Hughes pastored College Church in Wheaton, Illinois for many years. He encourages men of God to be disciplined so that they can grow in holiness toward God. He talks about the discipline of purity, taking steps to make sure that you are reading or reflecting on immoral materials or watching sensual TV programs.

There is a chapter on the discipline of marriage, continuing to court your wife after marriage and to love her and cherish her as Christ does the church.

He also discusses the discipline of the mind and challenges men to read at least a few books a year in addition to the Bible.

There is also a chapter on the discipline of parenting and the discipline of friendship, and a number of others. The book will feed your faith and starve your doubts and make you want to get closer to God. ... Read more

15. Men and Feminism: Seal Studies
by Shira Tarrant
Paperback: 208 Pages (2009-05-12)
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There's no denying that men's involvement and interest in feminism is key to its continuing relevance and importance. Addressing the question of why men should care about feminism in the first place, Men and Feminism lays the foundation for a larger discussion about feminism as a human issue, not simply a women's issue. Men are crucial to the movement — as fathers, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, and friends. From "why" to "how" to "what can men do", Men and Feminism answers all the questions men have about how and why they should get behind feminism.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well-Written, Enjoyable Read
This primer is a wonderful feminist overview. Shira Tarrant makes the case that all genders have a stake in gender equity, and in the process she helps normalize the notion of male participation.

The book succeeds by highlighting feminism's internal critiques. And, by showing the periodic shortcomings of theory-to-practice transitions. It seems to me that occasionally people are timid of, or repulsed by, feminism because they imagine it as a herd of monolithic characters; a doctrine espoused and adhered to. The reality, as shown in this book, is that feminism evolves and continues to re-examine itself. Men and Feminism highlights juxtaposed ideals and practices, the intersections of identity and experience, and the shifting of spheres we inhabit. Hopefully those who are more feminist-minded than they realize will find this as an open door.

The brief history provided in chapter 2 contextualizes some of today's debates, showing how they've morphed over time. It's an important, illuminating chapter.

5-0 out of 5 stars accessible intro!
I'll be sharing this with my son this summer for sure. It's very accessible, entertaining, and covers a lot of ground very concisely. Makes clear that men are not on the sidelines!

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Accessible
Seal Press and Shira Tarrant have put together an entertaining-yet-conscious collection perfect for college students or anyone interested in the intersection of masculinity and feminism. In a field prone to heavy-handedness, this author offers real, though-provoking examples of complex identity issues both sexes are confronted with each day. The 'questions for discussion,' 'topics for research,' and 'ideas for action' section in the back is both thought-provoking and solutions-oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars my ex-wife is a lesbian and I really liked this book
I'm not the sort of person who usually reads this kind of book, but it really grabbed my attention right from the get go, and never let go.The ideas are deep, the writing provocative, and the author, who's carving out a wonderful niche for herself in the area of men and feminism, makes a compelling case for why dudes are important in the fight for equality still being waged by women everywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Man and Woman Should Read this Book!
Ignorance gives feminism a bad name among both men and women.It's about equality, folks, for everyone, regardless of gender.Tarrant is direct and lucid in her writing, setting the record straight. ... Read more

16. The Elephant Man : A Study in Human Dignity
by Ashley Montagu
Paperback: 138 Pages (2001-08)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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After more than a century, the mystery of "The Elephant Man" has been solved.This fascinating story, which has touched the hearts and imaginations of readers throughout the world for over a century, is now complete.The mystifying question has been answered:How could this poor, deformed fellow, so cruelly treated by his fellowman for so long, turn out to be such a gentle, loving creature?Read about it in the new Third Edition of The Elephant Man by Ashley Montagu -- the book whose first edition inspired the movie and the Tony Award-winning play by the same name. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Montagu is a Disservice to the Story of the Elephant Man
Treves' writings I would give 5 stars, but the book as a whole I give 3.

I would only recommend this book for the short story that Frederick Treves wrote and for the pictures, paintings, etc., that are in this book. I believe Ashley Montagu did an extreme disservice to John Merrick (Joseph as he likes to call him and was his given name, it seems). He also did quite the disservice to Treves. Using Treves' book, only to discredit him! It looks to me that Montagu only wanted to further his own book and his beliefs on people who can't quite come to grips with what John Merrick went through. It is unbelievable how much Montagu contradicts himself --- and he doesn't even seem to notice. He was boring ... and this is not the book I thought I was buying! Treves' story of the man he knew and helped, was so beautifully written, so real, and so touching. Montagu tries through out the book to almost say, "I am right and Treves is wrong." His findings have no proof. His logic makes no sense! Either Treves is a liar and Montagu is right --- or Treves is telling the truth and Montagu is just furthering his beliefs on people and because he thinks every person has to have a loving mom to be nice, etc. Treves had no reason to lie. All he says makes sense. I believe Treves without a doubt. I just wish there was more that he had written. Montagu would have you believe that John Merrick was only maltreated severely (if that) for a few years. Treves says it was all his life. There is no way that Montagu could be correct (and most of what he says has no proof) and for John Merrick to be who he was ... i.e. react to things as he did ... to not want to talk about the past, etc. A few years just isn't going to do to a person, what your whole life would ... meaning, being treated horribly, no love, no talking, no nothing ... a nightmare. John's earliest memory is the workhouse. How, then, could it not be of his mother, if what Montagu says is true that John had her up to almost eleven years old? Because it's not true!

As you read Treves beautiful story of John Merrick ... don't let Montagu ruin it for you. Read it to see how much Montagu doesn't make sense, how it doesn't add up, and how he has no proof. Even the so called "Autobiography of Joseph Carey Merrick" supposedly by Merrick, has no proof of authorship! His handler could have written it, or told John what to write. Then, when you're done with the book, read only Treves again, and take in what Treves was telling us. What a humble, gentle, loving, true human being John Merrick was. And realize, that yes, anything is possible through the Lord ... and I believe the Lord was with John and that John trusted in the Lord, and that he is in Heaven today.

The book is worth it to buy for the Treves story and the pictures. But that's all.

3-0 out of 5 stars Book comparisons about Joseph Merricks
Like others I purchased and read this book after reading the book by C. Sparks based on Joseph Merricks life. I also purchased "The True Story of the Elephant Man" by Howell and Ford. I found that to be a vastly superior book in detailing his true life and the ways of the London in that era. Montagu did not enlighten me with any new facts, and filled the rest of his pages with his thoughts.

5-0 out of 5 stars The truth of the elephant man
Upon seeing the movie "The Elephant man" I was immediately possessed by an overwhelming urge to know how much of the movie was true, and how much was false.I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book answered every question I had, and more.Ashley Montagu has researched the subject with such a tenacity that it truly boggles my mind that he was able to collect all this information

Though I respect the reviews of others here, I have to respectfully disagree with what some have said doubting the influence of his mother, for two reasons.The first and foremost being that Mr. Montagu gives more than enough information as to allow the reader to make their own informed decision, even if they do not agree with his views.The second reason being that the idea of Joseph's father being the shining beacon in young Joseph's life is very unlikely.Joseph Merrick's father let him be sent away to work at age 12.Keep in mind, a hip injury had left him practically lame, and he had almost no use of his right arm.One day his father beat him severely when he spent too much money, which money he earned himself, on food.There is no record of him making any attempt to recover Joseph when Joseph left home for good at the age of 14.(Mr. Treves thought Joseph's mother had sent him to the workhouses, however, Mr Montegu proves this assumption wrong)I would say that Mr Montegu places such importance on Joseph's mother simply because it seems quite impossible that such an importance could be ascribed to the father given the facts.

To this day, I can not fathom Joseph Merrick; by all accounts, after everything that happened to him, he should have been bitter and spiteful to the core, yet he was was instead a shining example of courage, dignity, and the human spirit.This book illuminates that undying spirit in a way that is hard to describe.I would recommend this book to everybody.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good book.
I really liked reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.It is about the life of Joseph Merrick.It shows people how that it is what is inside a person that counts.What is in their heart that counts, and not how they look.It's one of the best books I've ever read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Slightly outdated, poorly written, but good information
I read this book after reading Christine Sparks' novel, "The Elephant Man", which is based on the movie based on the true-life story of Merrick.Reading Montagu's book helped me realize which parts of the story were from Merrick's actual life and which were artistic creations.Montagu includes a number of primary documentation in presenting the history of Merrick (including Treves' memoirs, Merrick's autobiography, Carr-Gomm's letters to the Times, etc.), as well as what later researchers have found out about Merrick's history and a description of the disorder he was inflicted with, neurofibromatosis.

After presenting this information, Montagu continues by explaining the moral lessons that come from the story of Merrick.This is where Montagu's book starts to reveals its dated-ness.Though the lesson of the importance of loving a child will never be outdated, Montagu insists on the special role of the mother, whereas modern anthropologists have conclude that fathers can nurture children as well as mothers (men are not as inclined to participate, but do have the ability).In the 70's when this book was written, child rearing was still looked upon as being the sole domain of the woman.Mother-love should be read parental-love.

The second complaint I have is Montagu's actual writing style.Though he has good thoughts and ideas, he has little skill in expressing them and has a tendency to rehash the same thought over and over again.His writing is not well organized (beyond being divided into chapters) and his presentation of moral truths comes off more like pleading rather than as a well-presented argument.The language is simple and easy for children to understand so it is a great book for young readers, but the adult reader will feel the book lacking.

I am glad I purchased this book, and I recommend it for people who want to know more about the life of Joseph Merrick, but the rest of the content must be read with a grain of salt - realize that the writing is poor and the analysis is somewhat outdated.I could not give it 4 or 5 stars because of these faults. ... Read more

17. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
by James Joyce
Paperback: 400 Pages (2005-10-26)
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This critical edition of Joyce's classic novel presents the 1964 text, corrected by Chester G. Anderson, along with critical essays that read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man from contemporary psychoanalytic, feminist, cultural studies, and postcolonial perspectives. An additional essay demonstrates how several critical perspectives can be combined. As in the first edition, the text and essays are complemented by biographical and critical introductions, bibliographies, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms. For the second edition, three of the five essays have been revised, and two new ones have been added. Also new is a selection of cultural documents and illustrations.
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18. Arms and Men: A Study in American Military History
by Walter Millis
Paperback: 384 Pages (1981-04-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Warfare's role in shaping American politics and society
Millis' book is largely a commentary on war as a social phenomenon in America.Its most useful aspect is its blending of military thinking with political theory, demonstrating, as well, war's relationship with society at large.He clearly shows that military policy is not formulated in a vacuum.Millis contributes much to the understanding of American history by arguing that matters of war complemented or even superseded politico-economic motives ever since the American Revolution.The fighting at Concord and Lexington had a significant impact on the creation of America.Beyond this, the Revolutionary War unleashed democratic forces--in politics as well as warfare--that its leaders did not intend and could not contain.Millis examines the unpredictability and uncontrollable nature of warfare, arguing that warfare itself has done much to create each "age" of American society.

Warfare matured along with society's political and social processes.The use of military force has long been a "social instrument" in America.Millis identifies several "revolutions" which shaped the public perception and practice of warfare.The democratic revolution in both warfare and politics, engendered by the American Revolution, created the concept of universal military obligation.An industrial revolution provided for technological modernization, along with better communication and transportation of forces.A managerial revolution allowed for quick mobilization of forces.The War Between the States is seen to be a time of transition militarily as well as politically.Plans for the actual use of force went relatively neglected between wars, and the Army existed largely as a "symbol" of power.

Throughout American history, the changing nature of warfare has largely determined policy.America long relied on the idea of voluntarism, mobilizing society only in times of crisis.World War I showed that voluntarism was insufficient to provide the necessary troops for twentieth-century warfare.The preparations in America during 1914-15 were to a significant extent mere political and social posturing; the necessary plans for action were largely neglected until America suddenly found herself drawn into the war.The trend this century of increasingly mechanized, large-scale warfare has sometimes served to push military actions, once engaged, beyond the bounds of political control.The World Wars and the nuclear age have given birth to "total warfare," which affects all aspects of society.For this reason, the nature of warfare has dramatically changed; no longer is it an effective "instrument of policy," Millis tells us.Even a defensive struggle in the nuclear age can invoke great forces of devastation.As a result, the settlement of disputes on the world stage can no longer be solved by going to war; warfare as a social institution no longer offers the solution to such problems.Millis concedes that he cannot foresee the future of world relations, but he calls on America to look to nonmilitary solutions and to avoid unleashing the uncontrollable "dogs of war." The central question that remains unanswered in this book concerns the proper military policy to be employed in peace time. ... Read more

19. Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory
Paperback: 336 Pages (2002-02-15)
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Why is there so much talk of a "crisis" of masculinity? How have ideas of manhood been transformed by feminism? Does feminism hold the key to the development of more egalitarian forms of masculinity? Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory addresses central questions about the analysis and construction of masculinity in contemporary society. The volume examines the ways male privilege and power are constituted and represented and explores the effect of such constructions on both men and women. With subjects ranging from Robert Bly´s Iron John to Tom Hank´s "niceness," this collection overturns old paradigms about identity, victimization, and dominant and alternative forms of masculinity to advance new dialogues between masculinity studies and feminist theory. Looking particularly at literature, film, and classroom practices, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory links the analysis of masculinities with feminism´s ethical and political agenda for the future. Its authors share a conviction that such a link not only reveals the persistence, now more subtle and varied, of male entitlement but also promises to create an enriched and reinvigorated feminism for a new century. ... Read more

20. American Paradox: Young Black Men
by Renford Reese
Paperback: 232 Pages (2004-01)
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Asin: 0890895686
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Over a half-century since Ralph Ellison wrote the classic book Invisible Man, black men have been trying to become visible. In various ways, black men have sought to get the attention of the world. An intense quest to become seen, heard, and felt has manifested itself in rebellious and counterproductive behavior. Whether it is the baggy pants, the bandana, the braids in the hair, the earring, or the tattoo, black men have desperately striven for visibility. Perpetual gang warfare and an overemphasis on living a glamorous lifestyle have derailed many young black men from achieving success in the U.S.

Author Renford Reese examines how young African American males have unwittingly accepted one model of black masculinity. The acceptance of this "tough guy" model is having detrimental consequences on an entire generation of young black men. The book's thesis is supported by a survey the author conducted of 756 African American males from the ages of 13-19 in Los Angeles and Atlanta. This survey attempts to gauge the attitudes, perceptions, and basic knowledge of young African American men regarding black public figures. One component of this survey is a Realness Scale that the author constructed. Along with this survey, interviews were conducted with various young black males to find out why they, or many of their peers, have embraced the gangsta-thug persona. The results of the survey and interviews are fascinating.

Although the primary focus of this book is on the young black male's acceptance of the gangsta-thug image and their enthusiastic embrace of society's stereotypes, this book also looks at the unkindness of the system. One would be naive to dismiss the historical impact of discriminatory policies and the systemic perpetuation of stereotypes in U.S. society. Hence, this book examines the internal and external influences on the current black male identity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read for anyone interested in knowing why our youth
are on the path that they are on. For thoses of us looking to try and change the values that some of our children have grown to embrace, this is a MUST read.

4-0 out of 5 stars an interesting critique
I found this book to be informative about some issues that influence young black males in the USA. I did something I usually do not do - I chapter hopped, reading those chapters I thought would be more interesting and going back to the others to gleam information from them.

I was very interested about what Reese says about anti-intellectualism. I also found other subjects Reese covers to be interesting, all of which he outlines in the Introduction.

I hope what Reese covers will make people stop to think about today's issues regarding race, and how to better ourselves and our communities through rejecting negative stereotypes rather than embracing them.

I am not a sociologist, nor am I black, but I found the information Reese presents to be quite interesting; I think everyone can learn something from his book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for ANYONE interested in cultivating social responsibility!!
In American Paradox: Young Black Men, Dr. Renford Reese discusses how film, media, pop culture, and others often lend themselves to the the development and reinforcement of false representations, negative social stereotypes, and racism.Nonetheless, Reese affirms that the US is still one of the greatest countries in the world where lives, regardless of race or color, can prosper.
Reese's discussion is strongly directed at inspiring Black Americans but is important for anyone.Himself a mentor, Reese pleads that negative social stigmas be rebelled against by way of education, the strengthening of community, mentoring, and other positive forms of leadership in order to bring about positive social action and policy.His ideas about empowering community resonate with John McKnight's, "Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits" in that both authors intend to help move inidvidual and community to higher grounds of shared accountability and social responsibility.

5-0 out of 5 stars African American Mother
This is a scholarly albeit shocking analysis of the dilemmas that young African American males face.It was eye-opening, even for this mother of two African Americans men!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing professor, author, speaker, thinker, and motivator.
I am a former student at Cal Poly, and have had the opportunity to take not just one, but two of Dr. Reese's classes, and I can attest that this man is nothing short of incredible. He is intelligent, articulate, and charismatic, and he truly cared about every single one of his students. I can say with absolute certainty that he has been the most influential person in my life besides my parents. His book is equally amazing, and is a must read for everyone, regardless of race, color, or background. I am not a young black man, but I can still appreciate the concepts of his teachings. If you were not lucky enough to have had Dr. Reese speak to you in person, his words still carry strongly in this book. I am a better person today, and I can honestly credit that, at least in part, to what I have been taught by this man. For that, Dr. Reese, I thank you. ... Read more

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