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What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him

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A powerful and compelling new voice in Christian publishing, with a message urgently needed by today's Christian men.

Every man encounters significant struggles in life--struggles that result in poor choices and decisions. Frequently these mistakes can be traced back to a common problem--a father who (even unintentionally) failed to provide counsel or a positive role model.
ebook, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Harvest House Publishers
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Brian Pate
From a strong gospel perspective, Yawn presents a picture of biblical manhood. In an engaging and quotable style, he addresses such topics as ambition (ch. 5), accountability (ch. 7), confidence (ch. 8), sex (ch. 12), and work (ch. 17).

Key lessons:
- Being a biblical man is not extraordinary. It is normal. And expected.
- A real man is proactive.
- Plodding is a virtue.

A few minor critiques:
- Some of the chapters seemed a tad unorganized and rambling. Like it was a jumble of nice thoughts and
We all make mistakes because we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Fathers are no different. Some people have great memories and good things to say about their fathers, others not so much. Byron Yawn truthfully and candidly let's us know that whatever our experience with our fathers, the good news of the love, sacrifice and service of Jesus Christ is the true example of fatherhood and manhood for us all. We must understand our roles as men, husbands and fathers through the lense ...more
Author: Byron Forrest Yawn
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
February 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4634-4
Genre: Inspirational/men

What does real manhood look like?

Are men tough, or sensitive? Society says one thing, then the other. No wonder men are confused. But no matter what society says, God is left out of it. Byron Forrest Yawn shows through the pages of this book that if you even look in the pages of the Bible or study the history of Christianity
Originally I was not sure if I wanted to read this book, as I don't really have daddy issues. But this book turns out to be good not only from the perspective of a son on a father but of a father to their son as well. This book will capture the readers attention: It is witty, biblical and practical. It is interwoven with personal story but not in excess. I am glad I read it. I believe the author is onto something concerning the problem of men with their fathers. He’s also dead-on with the proble ...more
Byron Yawn has written a powerful but simple manual for men that brings everything back to the Gospel and the power of the cross. Full of biblical truth and appropriate illustrations from his work as a pastor, Yawn gives nuggets of Truth (and truth) that we can use in our lives. "The odds were stacked against me. But grace beats unbeatable odds every time (p. 187)." Our lives are complete in Him thanks to His amazing grace, and that is clearly presented in this book.
Christian Fiction Addiction
Written in an easy-to-read, engaging manner, Byron Yawn's book is a must-read for fathers trying to navigate the chaos of our culture in trying to raise their sons in a godly manner. The author tackles some heavy and difficult subjects, including how to talk to your son about sex and pornography, leading our wives, and being open about our love for our children. The book not only will help you be a better dad - it will help you be a better man, comfortable in who God has made you to be.

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This was a great book. Most of it wasn't new to me and as the author says, it is definitely incomplete, but it was still challenging and thought provoking. I will likely making this a standard gift for first tone fathers of boys.
Clement Lee
A rich book. Both contents and writing style are excellent. Not one who minces his words, Byron is faithful to always reveal the truth, even if it means hurting your feelings and making you feel ashamed (I'm not saying he's mean and uncouth, but that he's firm).
This book is priceless! It should be read by every man -- matter what age they are. It should be read by every wife and mother, too. It helped me understand my husband and sons. It left me with some regrets, but also made me feel O.K. but some things concerning the men in my life. Read it with a box of Kleenex at your side. It's sprinkled with humor, but brings such sentimental thoughts to the surface at times. The instruction for young dads is so valuable. The release it gives to those who had ...more
Very interesting discussion of manhood from a biblical point of view. Yawn is pretty harsh on guys throughout the book, pointing out what he sees as prevalent deficiencies in character, but that is mostly balanced against the grace of the gospel while not letting up on the responsibilities men have to lead their families. John MacArthur wrote the foreword for the book, and you can definitely hear his influence in the tone.

I didn't agree with everything Yawn said in the book, but overall I really
This book is well-intentioned, and I suspect that for a certain demographic, it hits home. Namely, macho semi-Southern or rural men who aren't particularly educated, care a lot about hunting, and believe that all men should have facial hair. While there are numerous good insights from this book, the author paints with broad strokes in ways that may not apply to a large chunk of men. If you're not in the target demographic for this book (if you are, say, a well-educated iChristian-type), you migh ...more
Byron Yawn has written THE book on fatherhood and disciplining your children. It will be used in men's ministries, study groups, and hopefully by countless Christian men. This book is full of balanced, Biblical insight in to what God wants from men. It's a fresh perspective from a dad who has seen a lot in his life, but doesn't blame anything on a "daddy wound."

I was blessed tremendously by this book as I think about my own son and shepherding his heart. I hope to read it again and be reminded o
A pleasant surprise from Byron Yawn. This book is immensely helpful for all of us who did not grow up with a godly father who intently desired to pass on biblical manhood to his son.

While this book has a solid biblical foundation, it shines at being immensely practical and to the point with implication bluntness which cuts to the heart of every man. I would highly recommend this for anyone who already has a foundational understanding and a desire to be a biblical man.
Not so much "one thing" that every man wishes his father had told him, but rather the little things day in and day out that build up over time. In other words, if you are waiting for that "lightning strike" opportunity to impact your son and impart some radical life changing truth, its not going to happen. Instead, showing consistent Christlikeness and being a steady presence in your son's life is what will have the biggest impact.
I think this is probably the best book on manhood I've ever read. Probably because it is entirely focused on Christ and the cross. It looks to Christ Himself as the ultimate in manhood and encourages us to follow His example in a number of practical ways. I was encouraged in some deep ways at parts, and severely challenged and convicted in other parts. I highly recommend it.
David Sager
I recommend ALL men and their sons read this book. I wish I had read it years ago. It provides a look inside at how prepared we are to prepare our sons for when they grow up, get a job and start a family. It is easy to think about it and never do anything - this book helps you to see where fathers can improve and better raise/disciple their sons
I'm not a book critic but I can share some of what I took away as I read this book. What makes this book different from many others like it is that this book manages to proclaim the Gospel while instructing men on biblical fatherhood. Great read for those men needing a biblical tune-up as fathers (for those who are fathers) and as sons.
Lee Craven
Any man who thinks this book doesn't apply to them probably does not understand the gist of it.
It did not tell me anything I did not already know, but he said it in a way that I desperately needed it to be.

As a father, as a son, and as a child of THE Father I was extremely blessed by Pastor Yawns work.
Brandon.capuano Capuano
Byron has a passion for men being men as they lead their families by the grace of God into a life deeply saturated in the Gospel. The Gospel is the center of all things in the Christian's life, and this is a great book on being a man that knows this to be true. Excellent.

Kyle Klute
Finally, I cross centered approach to biblical masculinity. Forget all those books that take the "daddy wound" approach to masculine spiritual growth, husbandry, and parenting out there and read this instead.
Solid advise founded in trusting in Christ for all things. "One glance at the cross and we immediately know the problem is much deeper than our superficial answers."
Jan 22, 2013 Kent rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All men and male teens
Recommended to Kent by: A couple blogs listed it as their top 10 for 2012
Shelves: men
Best book on manhood I've read. Practical, and more biblical than most. Balanced between the extremes of feminine men and chest-thumping bravado.
Paul Varela
I really liked this book I felt it really helped me in my walk with Christ.
Victor Chininin
A very good work on Biblical masculinity and beyond.
What a great book!
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Byron Yawn is the senior pastor of Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee and a much-sought speaker. His book Well-Driven Nails received much positive acclaim from prominent ministers, including John MacArthur and Steven Lawson. Byron has MDiv and DMin degrees from The Master’s Seminary, is married to Robin, and has three children.
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