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Man of Steel and Velvet

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  121 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
MAN OF STEEL AND VELVET describes in a simple and forthright way what it takes to be a man and how to be a man. At a time when few clear-cut answers are given, the reader will find it refreshing and inspiring to see a sensible, understandable and workable guide for masculine fulfillment.
In learning what it means to be a man, the reader will also learn how to understand wom
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published 1974 by Pacific Press (first published 1972)
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Aug 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My mother read this when I was about nine, loved it and made me read it. I looked at it and thought, "can't this wait at least until I've reached puberty?" I recommend putting this in the outhouse to use when the ol' Sears and Roebuck's is wiped out.
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those seeking to improve their marriage
Recommended to Keith by: Ellen Kreidman
Shelves: marriage
King Arthur
This book got my appreciation for accuracy when I checked out one of it's surprising assertions.
"Another example of steel and velvet is the character of Lancelot in the legend of King Arthur. It is important, though, to first make clear that the movie version of the story is not correct. Lancelot and Gwenivere did not have an illicit affair." (Page 26) "There is reason to believe the adultery of Lancelot and Guinevere was invented wholecloth by Chrétien" "in the 1170's." http://en.wi
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May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"With wisdom, insight, and humor...." the back cover of this edition claims. WHAT humor?!?! A bunch of holier-than-thou, self-righteous, sexist (the mere thought of a woman actually working for a living and having a career makes the author break out in hives), blowhard diatribes which also include advocacy of teetotaling and vegeterianism--yeah, how manly!! A more appropriate title would be "Man of Dullness and Uptightness."

P.S. I wonder how the author thinks we would've won WWII if it weren't f
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, cultural
It's hard for me to decide exactly how to rate this. It conveys some fundamental truths that men need to understand in order to be men. On the other hand it has some clear biases that are often outdated. The core truth, that masculinity includes both hard or unbending characteristics (steel) as well as softer, more nurturing characteristics (velvet), is seldom recognized as well as the fact that while the steel characteristics are generally recognized they are also frequently misunderstood.

Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it. Liked it. Learned from it even though I was not the intended audience. Dr Andelin dishes it to the men with the same one-two punch that his wife Helen does to the women in her book.

Cracks me up! If I refer back to it a couple of times I'll bump it to a five star.

Sweet hubby is reading it now. I'm sure lively discussions are sure to follow.
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I thought this was written by Hank Rearden. Then I thought that this book was written by a baptist. Contains good definitions for words relating to the mental preparation and sustaining of work. Shows forth confusing to bad commentary on the role of women in industry in lieu of proverbs 31.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
In the end, not as funny as it seems.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ephraim finished reading this book, and he said it has changed his life.
He never knew how to deal with women and children before and this book taught him how.
eye opening.
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