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The Art of Manliness - Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues

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What Makes a Man, a Man?For centuries, being a man meant living a life of virtue and excellence. But then, through time, the art of manliness was lost.

Now, after decades of excess and aimless drift, men are looking for something to help them live an authentic, manly life--a primer that can give their life real direction and purpose.

This book holds the answers. To master th
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by HOW Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day I decided to look up productive things to do in my free time. So into Google I typed “hobbies for men.” When I clicked on the first webpage the Art of Manliness website appeared. It listed many manly hobbies most of which I already participate in such as Chess, gardening, exercise and reading. The website did gain my attention though and I explored it. What I found was that the website creators authored a book which acts as a guide to becoming and sustaining the act of being a successful ...more
I have mixed feelings about this one. What initially started as an attempt to read something different and fun turned into an exercise in discipline (ironically, this was one of the virtues that the book advocated). It was a surprisingly long book.

The book is a collection of stories, poems, songs, speeches, letters centered around different "manly virtues", so in a sense there wasn't anything wrong with the writing-it was a selection of different figures throughout history.

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Charlie Dennis
I did enjoy some of the book however, I was disappointed. I would be remiss in thinking that men's virtues, defined as being the best one can be and not list a virtue of living one's life for God and the salvation He gave us in Christ Jesus. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and w ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of letters, stories, memoirs, and all manner of texts; an anthology. Brett and Kate McKay have assembled texts from throughout history that teach and demonstrate the Seven Manly Virtues; Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-Reliance, Discipline, and Honor. This book has been very influential in my life and I can only give it the highest praise. I've learned and applied the lessons of Manvotionals to my life and I am overall a much more virtuous, industrious, a ...more
Aaron Antcliff
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a consistent go-to book for me when I need a little inspiration. It's more than about "being manly" it's about living life with a sense of purpose And developing your character inside and out. There's nothing new here, these are all previous writings of prolific writers, philosophers and men of influence and industry. But, they are compiled in a set of 7 character traits that all of us can draw lessons from. Must-read.
Joshua Guest
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is not much in here that can't be already found online, as the book is almost entirely borrowed content from other authors in the form of essays, journal entries, poems, speeches, and letters. The book is useful because it spares the reader the trouble of having to go and find all these tidbits of patriarchal wisdom.

Since Susan says my reviews are entirely too long, I'll act as though she was right and end with simply this: The book is a must-have for men.
Peter Wolfley
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the reference guide to pure inspiration. It breaks down 7 virtues which every man (and woman) should aspire to and develop. Brings together some of the best speeches, poems, instructions, and advice from the history of the recorded word. Once again, the Art of Manliness has not let me down.
Vinícius Landvoigt
This is not a book, this is a thousand books.
The book is mainly composed by parts of other books, letters, essays and poems written by great man on the seven manly virtues. From the Founding Fathers, Intelectuals of the XIX century to Greek Philosophers and Roman Emperors, the authors have selected a rich and diverse set of texts which not only inspire you to be a better man but also give you a broader perspective in life, enabling you to learn from those who built Civilization.

At first I was s
This anthology had a lot of great pieces in it, I just wish there was more discussion by the authors about what each of these virtues meant and how they could be applied in daily life. I also disliked how almost all of the pieces in Self - Reliance promoted the idea that a man should never ask for help, rather than attempt whatever difficulty he may face and then seek assistance if he needed it, there were one or two that did, but I would have liked to see more.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as a compilation of thoughts on living a virtuous life. Ranging the gamut of sources from famous to obscure, each selected essay or passage provides a thought-provoking exercise in how to apply each of the 7 listed virtues in your personal life. I'll read through this again.
Fred Leland
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great little book to get you to thinking about what it means to be a man.
Armando Duran
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loads of great info and wisdom. I suggest going with the physical copy as this book is great for skimming. Would make a wonderful coffee table book.
William Cady
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for all men
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, classic
This marvelous collection of manly writing from the fabulous folks at the "Art of Manliness" blog is sure to put more hair on a man's chest (figuratively, at least). Any man who wants the definitions of such time-honored virtues as "Honor," "Courage," and even sheer "Manliness" itself will find them, not as Oxford or Merriam-Webster would put them, but exemplified through and elaborated upon by the writings of such esteemed writers, thinkers, and doers as Aristotle, Emerson, Thoreau, Martin Luth ...more
The Amusing Muse
A couple years ago I bought this book in a set with two others ("The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man" and "Heading Out On Your Own") for my just-turned-16 year old nephew. As I flipped through the books before wrapping them, I knew I wanted to read them, and told my nephew as much after he opened them.

I just finished this first book and I was not disappointed. The virtues are applicable to everyone, male and female alike. I was intrigued by the writings of people
Dwight Acorda
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's a collection of different literary pieces from the ancient to contemporary times. It encompasses a broad view of information ranging from the seven different virtues that it teaches: Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-Reliance, Discipline, and Honor.

An absolutely recommended read for the young to adult men alike, as it teaches the basic principles one must (or should) abide by to live a wholesome life. The short stories and pieces ar
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short but valuable book is perhaps one of the best starting places for young men around the western world. Through it we might be exposed to some of the classical notions of what it means to be a man and more than that, a better human being.

Today, I feel there is a deep lack of self-knowledge: how many of us know what they want, or at least have some vague notion? Young people go through the motions set forth by their parents and government - study, serve, pay taxes, maybe found a family.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the Art of Manliness blog a few years ago and I've been loving it ever since. I decided to buy this book last year and I'm so glad I did. I don't think it's really intended to be read straight through. I spread the first chunk out but finished up the second half in about 3 days.

The book is essentially an anthology of works and quotes of many great men broken into seven themed chapters. They are: manliness, courage, industry, resolution, self-reliance, discipline, and honor. There are so
Ben Smitthimedhin
"But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire-
It is a boat longing for the sea
and yet afraid." - George Gray

After reading McKay's Manvotionals , I am currently attempting to beat my record at the hammer-throw (which is currently nonexistent, but a man's gotta start somewhere). If Klokov would've read this before going to the '08 Summer Olympics in Beijing, I swear he would've totaled at least an extra 10kg on his personal records. He would've won gold. Who in the ri
Michael de Percy
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-reviewed
This work is an anthology from the team at The Art of Manliness, with the content organised around seven 'manly' virtues. Manliness in this case is defined by its opposite - childishness - and I would be lying if I were to say I had not learnt a great deal through the Art of Manliness website. Many of the excerpts were familiar, while others were real gems unearthed from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At times, the identification of virtuousness with nationalism had me cringi ...more
Tyler Bray
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another favorite by Brett and Kate McKay.

Their previous book was very much a 'How-To' book, this book dives deeper into what it means to be a man. The authors centered on 7 values to which they deemed the core manly virtues, they are:

and Honor

Each chapter contains an introduction from the authors, the rest of the content was turned over to different passages by multiple authors regarding the virtue. This book contained authors such as Marc
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, and ... in my opinion.... needed. I think many people will scoff at the title or in hearing "the art of manliness" but its becoming something of a lost art. In today's society when everything is gender neutral.... the attention seems to be more on reducing men. I think this is an important book for men, and for boys becoming men, to read. What it means to be a man is something not often talked about anymore, and its needed. Being "manly" now seems to be a cartoonish version of a man, ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an eclectic collection of advice and wisdom covering the seven manly virtues that should be embraced by both men and women. A lot of wisdom comes from the turn of the 20th century, give or take a decade. The counsel of that era is poignant and relevant today to encourage hard work and integrity (another advantage of that era's advice is its release from copyright). There is also wisdom from the Roman Empire and even tidbits from WW2 personalities like Churchill and the Band of Brothers c ...more
Wells Hamilton
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, the cover of this book and the title, "Manvotionals", make this collection easy to dismiss as tacky at first glance.

Manvotionals contains a valuable collection of writings of accomplished men from the last two thousand years. The samples of writings are generally short, to the point, and entertaining to read. The chapters are organized by seven "manly" virtues of Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-reliance, Discipline, and Honor. I've learned much history and enjoyed sto
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a big fan of the first "Art of Manliness" book since I felt it offered some very poignant advice for young adults. Having read this second book, I have to say that I was not captured as much.

This book is largely a collection of poems, letters and other writings through history that define certain manly qualities. Overall they are solid, but they do not give the book a nice narrative or flow. They simply did not capture me as a reader. I would recommend reading the book a passage a day, alm
Jaroslav Tuček
I liked the balanced view of man in The Art of Manliness - it is not uncommon for books on the topic to focus too heavily on just military virtues - and I really liked the selection of included material. Much of it was unexpected, interesting, inspiring and even touching - Scott's letter to his soon to be widow comes to mind. Yet, for some reason I couldn't really start to care about the book and it was such a task to finish it.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal
Though I am done reading through "Manvotionals", I am certainly not done with it. There is so much depth and richness to the book from which to glean over a lifetime. To anyone who see this review please do not think this book boasts the typical psuedo manliness view found amongst most men in the US. Manliness is not beer, sports, camo and the opposite of femininity. Manliness (or manhood) is the opposite of boyhood.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manliness
The second of Brett and Kate McKay's books, this features a different format then its predecessor "The Art of Manliness." It's divided up into chapters on the 7 manly virtues, and contains many short stories and even poems from some of history's greatest classic men. Well worth reading in the morning, very inspirational!
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books on classical western ideals of masculinity I've read. It is a collection rather than original material. McKay's summaries of his "7 Manly Virtues" were insightful, but not preachy. I thought deeply as I read this book, and it has changed my attitudes and perspective for the better.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of essays, poems, and various writings extolling the virtues of manliness, courage, industry, resolution, self-reliance, discipline, and honor. Spanning thousands of years and works by men nigh famous and little known, this collection will inspire you to reach for the heights and strive to become the best man you can be.
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“It is only the man who carries into his pursuits that great quality which Lucan ascribes to Caesar, Nescia virtus stare loco [his energy could never rest]—who first consults wisely, then resolves firmly, and then executes his purpose with inflexible perseverance, undismayed by those petty difficulties which daunt a weaker spirit—that can advance to eminence in any line.” 2 likes
“A man’s path to virtuous excellence begins with his pursuit of the seven manly virtues. These virtues, if diligently sought after and lived, will help a man unlock his fullest power and potential. The seven virtues are: Manliness Courage Industry Resolution Self-Reliance Discipline Honor These seven virtues can be striven for by any man, in any situation.” 2 likes
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