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Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  281 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Each of us face decisions and stages in life that demand courage. Big or little, complex or straightforward, these

choices let's call them battles matter a great deal.

In the new book Stepping Up by Dennis Rainey, he identifies five stages of a man's journey through life boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor, and patriarch and examines a man's responsibilities at each step.
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Family Life Publishing (first published 2007)
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Mar 09, 2013 Matthew rated it it was ok
This book's intended audience seems to be men in their late 40's to early 60's who enjoy hunting, football, and who have a son. If you fall into that subgroup of men then I have good news, this book is chock full of stories and advice that are geared towards your concerns/responsibilities. This book is a tool that will help many.

But as for me (and probably a lot of guys that are either younger or don't have kids, etc.), I felt disappointed in it. For starters, the book never attempts to differen
Jan 01, 2016 Reid rated it it was amazing
Rainey's goal is to explain "how a man is designed to relate to God" by looking at
- one's life and his father's relationship with him
- the man I am and hope to be
- one's relationship with God
- the legacy he will leave behind

The author breaks down the book into five sections -
Boyhood: exploration and discovery
Adolescence: pushing and pulling
Manhood: stepping up again and again
Mentor: investment and impact
Patriarch: influence and relevance

He is a good writer and storyteller. His best
Dec 04, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it
Yes, I realize this is sort of an unusual choice for a book for me to read. Stepping Up, not so much. But that "Call to Courageous MANHOOD" tagline?


That's what I thought when I picked it up from the library.

I had heard this book mentioned on a podcast (main title only), and thought it sounded good. Then, once it was in my hands, I read a bit of it and actually liked it. I didn't think I'd read it all the way through but I did enjoy it and figured since I do have 2 young sons in my home, an
William Waldroff
Apr 14, 2016 William Waldroff rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book for men at all stages of life. It goes into the different stages of a man's life and development. Major issues men face are discussed and dealt with from a Biblical perspective. You are encouraged to step up at each stage and be the man God has called you to be. I highly recommend this book to every man.
Kalem Mowery
Aug 26, 2015 Kalem Mowery rated it it was amazing
Loved his perspective on the later years of life! I am young, and sometimes it is almost discouraging to know all too soon I will be old...but his vision gives purpose to the final years! My life doesn't end when my children leave it simply takes a different but important role.
Van Edwards
Jun 29, 2014 Van Edwards rated it it was ok
This is a decent introduction to what Dennis Rainey calls the five stages of a man's life. It's good for what it is, but there's not a lot of depth here. Not much how-to and not much in the way of biblical instruction. It's mostly stories about him and his friends/acquaintances and an advertisement at the end of each chapter to look into products on his website. However, there are a lot of good admonishments for men to 'step up' to be godly men. It's finding the self-discipline, wherewithal and ...more
Jan 18, 2015 James rated it liked it
I've read a lot of books on Christian manhood, but I never tire of the inspiration that comes from hearing another man talk about his walk with God. And Rainey brings a new angle to the discussion by breaking this walk down into five stages: boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentorship and being a patriarch. The most interesting idea I encountered was the suggestion that men will never have a greater influence than between the ages of 50 and 75, because that's when they have the most time and wisdo ...more
May 30, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and inspiring book defining the various stages of Biblical manhood from boyhood, to adolescence, to manhood, to mentor, and patriarch. This book is for men in all stages of life and does an awesome job helping define exactly what manhood is and looks like at each of these states. Dennis Rainey also rings the bell and calls for all men in all phases of life to "step up" to a life of courageous manhood, a call that is sorely needed in a world where true manhood is either under attack o ...more
Ron Fast
Aug 29, 2014 Ron Fast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent study on what a true man of God aught to be. It's a companion workbook for a video series by the same name. A better title for this book would be, in my opinion, "Manning Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood". The entire premise of this book and video series is what does a true family leader look like and how to get there. The most encouraging and impressive portion of this study were the many testimonies by high profile men of God. I would go through the video series again just to hear th ...more
Joe Westbrook
Jan 20, 2015 Joe Westbrook rated it it was amazing
This was a quick and excellent read on the subject of manhood and the development men must go through from child to old man. I would have enjoyed a longer book, which is perhaps the biggest complaint as each section served to whet the appetite and left me looking for more. Because the author is trying to reach a broad spectrum of men, it is understandable why this particular volume is not more in-depth, and I am pretty sure other books he has written will take at least some of the points and exp ...more
Nov 21, 2014 Dkovlak rated it it was amazing
I just finished the 10 week video series and Study Guide. The videos could not have been better. The weekly Study Guide asks very good discussion questions. It leads to the weekly preparation of a Stepping Up Plan (SUP). You can refer to this plan the rest of your life. The purpose of this book is to guide men to lead a Godly life and to leave a legacy that will affect future generations.
David Mullen
Feb 17, 2012 David Mullen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: men who have a heart still beating
Dennis Rainey does a great job of asking men to step up...from wherever they are now to the next step on their journey through manhood. Some of us need to know Christ. Some of us know Christ but have never gotten serious about knowing his Word and applying it to out lives. Still others have done that but never imparted the knowledge to their own wife or family. Some have mentored and discipled their families and need to reach out to someone without a dad. This is not a 5 steps to something kind ...more
Jon Box
Feb 16, 2016 Jon Box rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
A great reminder of our call to be strong and courageous men. It was exactly what I need right now as I struggle with the immediate future. Simple, straightforward challenge laid out logically and Biblically. Thanks, Dennis Rainey!
Pablo Pizarro
Feb 05, 2014 Pablo Pizarro rated it it was amazing
This book is a great tool to keep today's focused and encouraged. It challenges men not to be passive in today's world but to step up and fight. The Rainey's have done it again, Great read, great for bible studies and small groups
Andrew Rose
Mar 06, 2014 Andrew Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man Up

Thoroughly needed book on what it means to be a Christian man. This book is challenging but accessible and uses biblical principles to help men understand who God would have them to be.
Richard Littreal
Sep 28, 2014 Richard Littreal rated it it was amazing
This is a great book - very well written, simple to understand, and very challenging. I expect that I will reference it again and again over the coming years.
Jamie Pennington
Jul 02, 2015 Jamie Pennington rated it it was amazing
Shelves: men-s-ministry
This book made me laugh at times and cry at times. It is very well written and a great book. Very good for our Men's ministry team. I don't agree with every component and every view point of the book but it is good. It is written from that middle aged to upper middle aged fathers perspective but that is where I am at. But do keep that in mind while reading this book. It is not geared for everyone. It is also I think written from a middle class society perspective.

I also tend to be a bit more of
Nathan Carter
Sep 05, 2014 Nathan Carter rated it really liked it
Solid stuff on manhood. Would have liked more ecclesiology and gospel and contextualization to young city-dwellers but still helpful.
Feb 14, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
A great challenge to be a Godly man in an age where Lattes and going with the crowd are highly valued.
Ashley Baskin
Jul 01, 2015 Ashley Baskin rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for all. A traditional, effective approach to raising boys into men and to continue in the roles that God created them to have even when they are old and gray. With a lot of the boys to lazy teenagers to immature men stages that exist today, this was a refreshing reminder of stories and biblical truths for boys, men, and patriarchs. I love that i see a lot of these roles being carried out not only in my own family but throughout our church and school as well! I also recommen ...more
Charles Thornton
Jul 22, 2015 Charles Thornton rated it really liked it
Good book for any man who wants to become the spiritual leader God designed him to be.
Anthony Zapcic
Mar 13, 2015 Anthony Zapcic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life Changing

This book came to me in a time of my life where I had nothing left but to make a choice. Live a life of misery or completely give it all to Christ.
Jul 20, 2015 BDC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stages of Manhood

I really appreciate the heart of the man who wrote this book. I like that it was simple to read. I like that it was challenging and inspiring. It will. To be the meatiest book that you read and I think that was kind of the point - to give a big picture grid for the stages of a man's life with a simple challenge to keep stepping up to the appropriate step. It would be a great resource for helping a son or another young man through maturity into adulthood.
John Besancon
Nov 27, 2015 John Besancon rated it it was amazing
Excellent book with good ideas and options
Joshua Freshour
Sep 13, 2015 Joshua Freshour rated it it was amazing
If you are a male, you probably read this.
Mike Gurley
Great book for men and especially fathers.
Dan Pihlaja
Feb 29, 2016 Dan Pihlaja rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-paperback
We read this book as part of our Men's group at our local church. This is an excellent resource for those men who are looking a Biblical guide to stepping up and moving forward in life the way God's Word calls us as men to live.

I would recommend this book to any man looking for a study guide for Biblical Manhood.
Aug 10, 2012 Butch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Dennis does a great job of laying out the path of manhood for a generation of men who have little to point the way. Using great stories and gift for inspiration he lays out the five steps of manhood: boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor, patriarch. There is something in here for every man!
Paige Gordon
Apr 07, 2012 Paige Gordon rated it liked it
I felt like this book didn't quite go deep enough into each of the Steps of manhood. The overall concept was really good and the stories were all very inspiring, just would have liked for it to have gone a little more in-depth about each step. Still worth reading, just expect a broad overview.
Eric Molicki
Jun 22, 2012 Eric Molicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: marriage

Rainey casts a helpful vision of Biblical masculinity across life stages. It's basic view of manhood is generally sound, but not clearly developed. While most of the specific applications are right on target, the presence of fundamentalism does rear its head from time to time.
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FROM FAMILY LIFE WEBSITE: Dennis Rainey is president, CEO and cofounder of FamilyLife, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. Since the organization began in 1976, Dennis' vibrant stewardship has enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry that offers families blueprints for living godly lives.

Dennis has written and co-written more than a dozen books including Staying Close, wh
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