A generation is rising up to care for the hurting and oppressed. Committed to changing the world, they are passionate about justice and willing to fight for it. But what would that same justice look like if we lived it in our private lives—close to home, with our family and friends?
In Chivalry, Zach Hunter dares young men and women to view their lives as a quest, challenging them to develop their own personal code that will prepare them to defend others and live with civility and integrity.
Zach reframes chivalry in a modern context. He looks at everyday life as a grand adventure and shares ancient wisdom from the Bible, insightful stories, and practical examples to help you develop your own code of honor—and live a life of significance.
- Chivalry - a code to live by
Chivalry by Zach Hunter is quite an interesting book on a topic that isn't discussed much these days. However his take on chivalry is slightly different than expected and turns out to be more like a code to live by. A lot of points he raised and stories he told were inspiring but they didn't seem to lead anywhere, which is disappointing because the journey was quite good.
For someone of his age the book sounds very mature and I am sure that future books will be even better as he continues to refine his art. In my opinion this is a forgettable book that was quite interesting to read but didn't really leave any lasting impact.
The narration is very good as the author read the book himself and could add the right about of emphasis and expression that he intended. For me author read books are either really good or really bad and in this case he hits the nail right on the head.
This book is aimed at teenagers and young adults who will no doubt find the chivalry code and stories to their liking and will hopefully inspire them to make a difference in their own sphere of influence.
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- Worth reading, but not all-encompassing.
I enjoyed the read. In the beginning of the book Zach sets up the problem that caused him to write the book. With the world-changing organizations and people he sees the lack of a personal code of honor. He sees a lack of commitment to the some ideals of Christ even in the pursuit of others.
My primary critique has to do with his endeavor to re-frame Chivalry for a modern concept. He does very little to even mention the historical definition, or what chivalry has meant for several hundred years. He brings in a few mythical (of possibly historical) stories but I think dilutes the concept of chivalry to simply a code of honor without capturing its full essence. I might argue that Lewis begins to capture it's essence in his essay entitled "Chivalry".
That aside, the book was well written can came across as genuine. Zach comes across even as vulnerable at times. Personal stories from the authors own experience abound.
In conclusion, it's a short read, has some good challenges and is worth the time.
- Missing something, but great narration
When I first agreed to review Chivalry: The Quest for a Personal Code of Honor in an Unjust World by Zach Hunter, I was skeptical but intrigued by the title. My recent experiences with the term "chivalry" have all involved discussions of male-female relationships and I was hopeful from the title that this would take a broader view of the term. Fortunately, it did.
In the book, the author speaks to millennials, a generation that, as a whole, cares about justice for the oppressed. He encourages millennials to apply that same justice closer to home - in their relationships with family and friends. He does this using personal anecdotes, stories, and scripture.
If you've read my other reviews, you know that I generally love audiobooks read by the author. This audiobook is no different; in fact, given the tone of the book, it's hard to comprehend having it read by anyone else. Hunter's narration is superb and conversational, greatly enhancing the book.
I'm going to give Hunter the benefit of the doubt and assume that I am not a member of the book's target audience. Were I Zach's own age or younger (gosh, that statement makes me feel old!), it's possible that this book would have incited me to something greater and provided helpful insight (notice the homophone?). Unfortunately, all I can say for certain is that it didn't hit the mark for me. It felt like many of the stories were left unfinished while he jumped to the moral and by the end of the book, I was ready for it to be over. It just didn't move me.
That said, I think that teens and young adults might benefit from this audiobook and I encourage them to give it a try.
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- A thin premise
"Chivalry" by Zach Hunter is a thin book based on a thin premise -- that modern-day Christians, specifically young adult Christians, could do well to base their lives on the principles and practices of the knights of the Middle Ages who lived by the code of chivalry.
To be honest, I was at first put off by the fact that the the code of chivalry never really existed in practical terms. It was more a idealized, romantic notion developed in later centuries, up the Victorian era, of how the knights might have lived. The medieval knights themselves were by and large a blood thirsty bunch who usually considered women and the lower classes as inferior human beings, if human beings at all.
Nevertheless, I thought, I'll give this book a chance and soldiered on.
Unfortunately, I found the book to be largely a collection of platitudes. Perhaps it's because I'm not a member of the author's target demographic, but I found the book lacking in real life application. For a teenager or college student with little life experience, it probably would be of somewhat use, but for someone, even a young adult, who is married, rearing a child, and holding down a job, I don't think there is much practical advice here. He touches on important topics of course, like gossip, loyalty, courage to do the right things and to stand on principle. But -- again I'm revealing my age a little bit and my cynicism -- it's all been said before and more eloquently. I certainly agree with his call to social action and justice, but his approach seems to be a little too high-minded. Explain how the person described above -- working full-time, married, children -- does that in his real world. His book is aimed at kids who talk about such things at youth group meetings.
The author himself seems to be lacking in life experience. Much of his experience seems derived from going to school and hanging out (even speaking) at conferences and hanging out with people who hang out at conferences. I came to this conclusion without knowing anything about Mr. Hunter and so later looked up his biography and discovered that this is indeed the case.
At 21, he's already written four books. So he deserves some credit, of course. He has the appearance of a very cool youth pastor and I'm sure he's a big hit at youth conferences. But I can't recommend this book. To be honest, as I was listening to it in my car, I couldn't help think of all the good books on my shelf or my iPod waiting to be read or listened to. It may be worth a quick read. It's not a thick book so your time investment wouldn't be too great.
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- For All Age Groups
Although this is written for a much younger audience, I really enjoyed this and got a lot out of it. I like the personal stories from the author Zach Hunter and equally enjoyed the parables told throughout the audio. Although a lot of this audio is common sense to me, it definitely needs to be told again in this age of social media, where blatant rudeness has become the new normal way of life.
The narration by the author is flawless and isn't at all preachy, but very much like sitting down with a mentor or counsellor. I definitely recommend this to all age groups as an excellent resource to help you to become not only a chivalrous person but also someone who wants to live a passionate life again. I haven't come across this author before but I would love to read/listen to more by him.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for the free copy of this audio.
- Great Insight From a Young Man
As a 20 something male it’s both humbling and challenging to read a book with this much insight by a man 5 years younger than myself. While the book reads somewhat like an essay, and seems to jump around a bit: from chivalry to talking about slavery – it’s not boring. Zack is a likeable guy.
If I didn’t know that Zack was only 21 I’d probably give the book 3 stars, but he gets 4 for his maturity. I can learn a lot from this great young man of God! Thanks Zack! If you want to learn more about being an honourable Christian in a non-threatening way give this book a read or listen!
The audio version of this book is top notch.
A received a complimentary audio review copy of this book courtesy of http://www.christianaudio.com
- There are no "Lone Rangers" in the church!
When I first decided to review "Chivalry", I though it was a book about the changes we have seen in our country and the world. We no longer open doors for others or take our hats off inside.
Even though those things are true, it is not the subject of this book. The definition of chivalry is "the qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry"
Zach shows us that we should have these same attributes as believers.
We need others and they need us. There are no "Lone Rangers" in the church. We are a body, A body has many different parts working together to accomplish a task. Think of what it would have been like in the "Lord of the Rings" if Frodo had no Sam. His journey would have never been a success. In fact there would have been no story.
Instead of working together, we tend to work against each other. Zach shows us that gossip and sarcasm often destroy others when we should be building them up. Instead of attacking other, we should be helping them in their weakness.
I have heard it said that "The Church is the only army that kills their wounded". That is harsh, but true. We have been forgiven of our sins but we want to make sure others pay for theirs.
Through a series of observations and stories, Hunter shows us how to stop gossiping and tearing others down. He then inspires us to show compassion and lift others up.
Even though you can tell the author is very young, he does a great job and keeps the subject interesting. He is also the reader of this audio book version. He does a great job. It is nice to have the author read. He knows what he meant when he wrote it, so he can emphasize things that need emphasizing.
I recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed this book courtesy of the Christian Audio review program at http://christianaudio.com and received the audio book, free of charge, from ChristianAudio.com and The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.
- A timely challenge to live with personal justice
Chivalry. It’s a word we don’t use much anymore. It sounds old and antiquated. The fact that Zach Hunter chose this word for the title of his newest book says a lot about the author himself. Not that Hunter is old; he’s in his early 20s, a sophomore in college. But he is an “old soul.” He’s already written a couple books before this one, and he started Loose Chains to Loosen Chains, a social justice initiative combating modern-day slavery, as a twelve-year-old.
The whole premise of this book is social justice of a different sort: “personal justice.” That is, justice in our personal relationships and daily interactions. Honor, truthfulness, courage, and the like are hallmarks of this concept Hunter wraps up in the word “chivalry.”
Hunter’s intended audience is never clearly expressed, but based on his tone and examples it seems to be high school and college-age students. Even though I am not included in this age group, I found many of his ideas intriguing. For example, while exploring the idea of “speaking the truth in love,” his encouragement is to choose carefully what truths we “lead with” when discussing our faith with others. Another great chapter is the one on pain and suffering in which Hunter encourages his readers to not view pain as a transaction (where we believe the world “owes us”), or as a consequence (as if God is out to get us). This section is framed as a discussion between Hunter and a close friend. Very cool stuff.
This audiobook is read by the author, which I almost always prefer over a non-author narrator. In this case, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Hunter narrating. His style is conversational and his examples are very personal. I would even say the book is conversational and personal to a fault, coming across overly earnest and immature. However, when Hunter reads it, he sells it. It’s impossible not to be drawn in by his enthusiasm.
I found this book inspiring, and I love the approachable way Hunter deals with some big topics. The choice of title could end up being a hang-up for potential readers because it seems to communicate that the book is for guys only. It invokes images of knights in shining armor, and Hunter practically apologizes for his choice of title in the introduction. Also, the quality content of this book could use a less pretentious title. I would recommend this book to any young person, male or female, because it will encourage them to strive for a higher standard of “personal justice.” Hmm, maybe “Personal Justice” would have made a better title for this excellent book!
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- Lots of Insight from a Very Young Man!
As a 20 something male it's both humbling and challenging to read a book with this much insight by a man 5 years younger than myself. While the book reads somewhat like an essay, and seems to jump around a bit: from chivalry to talking about slavery - it's not boring. Zack is a likeable guy.
If I didn't know that Zack was only 21 I'd probably give the book 3 stars, but he gets 4 for his maturity. I can learn a lot from this great young man of God! Thanks Zack! If you want to learn more about being an honourable Christian in a non-threatening way give this book a read or listen!
The audio version of this book is top notch.
A received a complimentary audio review copy of this book courtesy of www.christianaudio.com
- Chivalry Audiobook
Zach Hunter started Loose Change to Loosen Change when he was 12 years old. Now he is a young adult and he has written several books, Chivalry being his most recent.
Chivalry is a book about living by a code of honor. In this book, the author combines principles from the life of Jesus Christ with the code of conduct that the Knights lived by. It is a good book about holding yourself to a higher standard, and is filled with stories that illustrate the ideas.
My only frustration with this book is that many of the stories he told I felt were left unfinished. He would be telling a story, and then before the story seemed to really close he moved on to explain the moral of the story. However, the copy I am reviewing is an audiobook copy, and so it is possible that despite listening to the book 5 times I may have missed the closings to some of the stories every single time. One thing I love about audiobooks is that I can multitask while listening to the book. However, the downside to this is that occasionally I will miss out on part of the book until I listen to it again.
This audiobook is read by the author, who has a pleasant voice to listen to. The book covers topics of honesty, gossip, courage, and overall integrity. It is a good book and one I will certainly listen to again.
I received a free audiobook version of Chivalry from christianaudio in exchange for my honest review.
- A "3" for me, a "5" for tenns - let's call it a "4"
This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute www.desertbibleinstitute.com.
Chivalry, by Zach Hunter, is a straight-forward, practical book for American teens in the Christian church. Hunter expresses how his generation, The Millennials (otherwise known as Generation Y), is a generation in conflict. He tells how they are more concerned about social justice than social civility. In a generation where intimate communication is handled through social networking and text messaging, Generation Y has become filled with activists that are unfortunately also “spiritual anorexics”. His book explores how the youth of this country are primarily concerned with being nice (an external behavior) and pay little attention to being kind and self-sacrificing in a way that reflects Christ.
Hunter is clear about what he is, and what he isn’t, talking about in a clear compare/contrast structure. He uses narrative writing to good effect as he not only tells tales to exemplify his points, but also as he shares personal anecdotes that illustrate his point on a more mundane, day-to-day level. He makes some good spiritual points that should connect with many Christian teens. His writing is made even more accessible through his use of a clear step-by-step thematic structure to his chapters.
Hunter narrates his own book which adds to the easy, conversational tone of the book. He is able to make his prose sound like a discussion between an older brother returning home during a college break and his high-school sibling. The negative to this is that he goes a little heavy on the slang and popular analogies. This is great for what I assume is his target market (teenage Christians) but it will likely lose, irritate, or disconnect older readers. Loosely tied to this is the problem of his paraphrasing of scripture. While many times Hunter quotes scripture exactly, regularly he paraphrases scripture in what I assume are his own words in an attempt to convey relevance to young people today. While the idea of this may be appealing to younger readers, paraphrasing the inspired word of God is inherently dangerous because we risk misleading our readers by both pulling passages out of context and construing them to mean something they don’t. It is due to this that Hunter occasionally hovers on the line between hip and scripturally misrepresentative. Ironically, he does do a good job of repeatedly pointing out that we can’t trust ourselves or our personal sense of right and wrong.
The book moves along quickly and is a reasonably enjoyable read. The later points are a bit overly simplified; however, this is likely due to both the author’s lack of life experience (being a 21-year-old college student) and his target audience. It unfortunately leaves the more discriminating reader wanting more. I would recommend this book to any youth pastor or Bible camp coordinator as a good starting place for discussing the ideas of loving others as we love ourselves. I would also encourage these same counselors to have their teens dig deeper to encourage a lasting walk with Jesus Christ – something I’m sure Zach will do as he grows as a writer.
Trent Nicholson, Ph.D., D.Min.
Desert Bible Institute, President
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