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Man of God

Leading Your Family by Allowing God to Lead You

Author Charles F. Stanley
Narrator Maurice England
Runtime 3.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date May 15, 2013
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What does it take to be a “real” man? 

You don’t have to be perfect to be a man of God. As Dr. Charles Stanley writes, a man of God is a maturing man, a striving man, a knowledgeable man. And the first step in real manhood is spiritual rebirth. 

In Man of God, Dr. Stanley asks and answers questions such as these: What can we learn about manhood from Jesus’s example? How does a true leader allow God to lead him? Why is a godly man “both velvet and steel”? What does it look like to be a provider? What does it mean to lead with sensitivity? 

Man of God will challenge and equip you to become a better leader, teacher, father, and husband. What makes a man? The answer starts here.

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What does it take to be a “real” man? 

You don’t have to be perfect to be a man of God. As Dr. Charles Stanley writes, a man of God is a maturing man, a striving man, a knowledgeable man. And the first step in real manhood is spiritual rebirth. 

In Man of God, Dr. Stanley asks and answers questions such as these: What can we learn about manhood from Jesus’s example? How does a true leader allow God to lead him? Why is a godly man “both velvet and steel”? What does it look like to be a provider? What does it mean to lead with sensitivity? 

Man of God will challenge and equip you to become a better leader, teacher, father, and husband. What makes a man? The answer starts here.

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Solid Advice To Produce Great Men
Man of God by Charles F. Stanley is a solid yet uninspiring book of advice about being a “real” Man of God and exactly what that means as well as how to become one. There are many chapters of solid, Godly advice that would be very helpful to men of all ages and life situations but it is just lacking that real heart to the material.

I have no previous experience with Charles Stanley , I have listened to his son Andy a few times though, so I didn't know about his personal struggles but I have to agree that this book would have been a lot more powerful and helpful if he did share more from his personal struggles. It is still a good book without the strong personal testimony elements but it is not as good as it could have been.

The narration was good as the fatherly tone of the book was reproduced in the audio and I found it quite easy listening.

This book would be great for men who want sound Christian advice on what it is required of them to become a man of God and truly lead their household or church the way God wants.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/26/2014)
Good, but impersonal
There was a rain cloud over my head while I read Man of God by Charles F. Stanley, famous megachurch pastor and former president of the Southern Baptist Conference. Not a literal rain cloud, but an emotional one. The content of the book—a biblical exhortation on being a godly man, husband, and father—is good. It’s nothing new or revolutionary, but it’s good stuff nonetheless. However, the whole book feels forced to me. It feels fake; with none of the pointed challenges, or “gut check” questions you would expect from a book on this subject.

Conversely, there is no familial warmth or joy to found either. There are a few personal stories of Stanley’s interactions with his children when they were young. He has some great advice for fathers, especially the chapters near the end about being open-hearted with your kids and following the leading of Jesus.

However, when he discusses the topics of marital strife and divorce his tone becomes clinical and he shares no personal stories. Stanley’s highly publicized marital strife, with his wife filing for divorce in 1993, again in 1995, and for the final time in 2000, involved years of separation and scandal. To this day, the Stanleys don’t discuss the reasons behind it all, and it’s really none of our business anyway. But how powerful would it be for the famous Charles Stanley to drop the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” ethos of his generation for just a moment and speak personally to those who are struggling with separation and divorce? An opportunity for powerful ministry via the written word is lost. And, to anyone who is even remotely aware of Stanley’s divorce, he runs the very real risk of coming across like a hypocrite.

Along the same lines, Stanley could also speak personally on the subject of navigating conflict and unmet expectations with your adult children. His son is the equally-famous Andy Stanley, a man I respect greatly. But, sadly, Charles Stanley leaves this stone unturned also. I understand these are probably painful things for him to write about, but how can he write on this subject, advising husbands and fathers, and not share his own struggles?

In all, this is a very well-written book full of great advice. The narration of the audiobook version by Maurice England is also very well done. But because of the perceived lack of vulnerability and honesty on the part of the author, I can’t recommend it. This just isn’t a subject you can write about while keeping your personal life at arm’s length.

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/4/2013)
Are you a real man?
This book is about the real man. Stanley recounts his experiences in the ministry with women looking for the ideal man. The problem is this: every ideal man is different in interpretation, but scores well with listening, feelings, and being a super-spiritual leader at home. Stanley feels that this is distorted. He believes a real man is beyond that: a man of maturity, responsibility, and of G-d. His description of understanding, acceptance, development, and demonstration shows that every man is falling short in some fashion, regardless of what expectations society places. A real man is a process, a journey.

England provides a voice that jives with the text. His narration is deep and authoritative, matching what I would reasonably expect Stanley to sound like as a result of listening to the text. He aligns himself well, and is easy and clear to understand. Despite all this, England’s approach is so strong that long-term listening is difficult, making this audiobook best broken into small segments. Overall, I would give this three stars. It’s good, not the worst, but also not the best. A softer approach would be more welcomed with the message the author is intending to share.

Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/20/2013)
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