This book might also be called "use a tripod!" (You'll get the joke later.). This is an essential book. Since everyone has a camera these days (on youThis book might also be called "use a tripod!" (You'll get the joke later.). This is an essential book. Since everyone has a camera these days (on your phone!) why not start taking good photos? Essential book, and was just right for me even though I already (thought) I knew a lot about photography! I'm starting Volume 2 tomorrow!...more
This is one of the most important books ever written. Jeff- maybe people WILL build statues of you in public parks.
My wife and I have a good marriage,This is one of the most important books ever written. Jeff- maybe people WILL build statues of you in public parks.
My wife and I have a good marriage, but these discoveries will surely make it MUCH better. I am so relieved that I actually CAN have the hope that I can understand my wife (and my daughter.)
I was supremely challenged by the second to last chapter. It's implications are so challenging, I'll have to go to God to hope that they can be attained. But God loves a challenge! :) And... I really do love my wife, and I can't wait for her to know it for real.
All males of the species - please read this book - for your benefit, and hers!...more
This is the second book I have read by Robert Lewis. (I read the AMAZING "Rocking the Roles" - it is one of my favourite books of all time.)
Now- here'This is the second book I have read by Robert Lewis. (I read the AMAZING "Rocking the Roles" - it is one of my favourite books of all time.)
Now- here's my bottom line: I wish my dad(s) had read this book before I was born. Since they didn't have that advantage, I am using it to rebuild my picture of manhood.
In our culture, the icon of manhood is either a porn star (whose Viagra can keep him going all day long), or perhaps Peter Griffin from Family Guy - a crass idiot. How sad is it that this is what we are "telling" our sons?
God had such a bigger design for us. And so I am using the lessons in this book to re-build my mind, and learn for the first time what the definition of a real man is. Nobody ever nailed it down for me, a universal definition, even though I saw at least one example. Not surprisingly, Lewis says that God meant for men to have a: will to OBEY, a WORK to do, and a woman toLOVE. How ironic that our culture's definition of a man usually is a guy who flaunts all the rules right up to the precipice of disaster (until we mock you for failing), a lazy man who doesn't try hard, and fumbles his way through life, and who shames, belittles, and abuses women until they do his bidding. God is appalled with such behaviour, and thankfully (like in 2 Kings 22) Robert Lewis has unearthed a truth we have long-since lost, inspired by the knights of the Middle / Dark Ages.
-Highlighting how important it is for dads to be engaged with their sons. Obviously, if you are disengaged, the rest of the book is irrelevant. -DEFINING "WHAT A MAN IS." I don't know if I had EVER heard this message before (I've also read Wild at Heart, which speaks to what a man is not, but this book accurately and simply gives a definition to what a man IS). Our churches MUST do a better job with this if we want the men to take back their leadership responsibilities in the Church.
-Defining the goals of manhood: -having a vision for what a real man can be, -having a code of conduct from a valid Authority, and -having a lasting cause to live for.
-Defining the essence of manhood: -Rejecting passivity, -Accepting Responsibility, -Leading Courageously, and -Expecting a Greater Reward (God's Reward.))
You can read the Code of Conduct Lewis suggests on this site: http://mosaicmercy.org/code-of-conduc... -He talks about "raising a child up in the way he should go" and explains that, as parents, we are required to STUDY our kids to DETERMINE how they should go! This means we are not turning our kids into robots, but rather, we are learning to see the "Image Bearer" in them. -He talks about how men need to do something truly heroic. Maybe we need to be reminded of this every morning - and not just something "heroic" in the marketplace. -Dads often focus on getting their sons to be successful, instead of making their sons significant. There is a difference. -One of my favourite stories in the book is when a man is asked "What do you do (for a living)?" He responds, essentially, I do a number of things, but my main work is for a middle-eastern king. He's very rich and powerful, and he is always sending me all over the place to do his work; he's always trying to expand his influence. He's a bit of a mysterious king. He commissioned a number of authors to write a best-selling book for him... I absolutely loved the story, and I'd love for that to become my standard answer. Everything we do pales in comparison to the work we do for a king. Why try to impress people with any other answer? -Lewis says that Jesus is worthy of putting your life's work into (as a cause): He's truly heroic, he's timeless, and he's supremely meaningful.
After setting the stage with a definition of manhood, Lewis makes the irrefutable statement that, once a kid has a dad that cares about him, the #2 most important thing is that said Dad mark a son's progress into manhood with ceremonies, like the ceremonies of old. Like in indigenous or Jewish cultures (Bar Mitzvah), Lewis says we are fools to waive these ceremonies. He goes into detail on exactly how to conduct them; if you get it, just buy the book. I'm glad I did, and heaven help me if I do not do these with my daughter(s) and son(s). It's dead simple - None of us received these ceremonies, and, looking back, we can easily understand why we've had so many identity crises! (Of course God and Godly men help restore the years the locust has eaten, but why feed our sons the same fate???)
So there are a few thoughts from this book. There were many thought-provoking ideas. The main thing will be going out and actually doing these things. Your biggest witness to your son will not be some magic formula from Lewis; he doesn't offer it. Blood, sweat, and determination- setting a Godly example for your son; seeking out one for yourself, as required. Lewis has unleashed the truth- it's up to us to succeed with it.
P.S. Just to be fair, I don't know how to else to say this, but, I was a bit more excited about the content OF Lewis' book (5*) than the actual writing style (4*). Not that this book is bad, but Rocking the Roles was more engaging. However, the CONTENT of this book is easily worth the price!...more
This is bar none, the best book on remodelling I have found. Amazing ideas to save money and have a beautiful house. I ran out of sticky notes! I wasThis is bar none, the best book on remodelling I have found. Amazing ideas to save money and have a beautiful house. I ran out of sticky notes! I was putting them on every other page. This book is foundational on how to do a great remodel - whether you have a budget or not!
Rex has done a great job giving the newbie a heart-to-heart about electricity, but doesn't treat you like a dummy. He expects thaIt's Not for Dummies!
Rex has done a great job giving the newbie a heart-to-heart about electricity, but doesn't treat you like a dummy. He expects that if you are going to touch electricity, you want to know how to do it right, not just how to do the minimum.
I highly recommend this book over the stanley Manual, which, as Rex says, looks like it was written by a "desk jockey" and is incredibly boring....more
The presentation / verbiage of this book can be plain offensive. Unlike sites like http://xxxchurch.com/ this book doesn't have immediate appeal. It cThe presentation / verbiage of this book can be plain offensive. Unlike sites like http://xxxchurch.com/ this book doesn't have immediate appeal. It comes across as quite a bit holier-than-thou guised in "we're trying to be relevant" and "we're trying to still look like nice Christians." If/when I finish this book, I'll add more.
All that aside... if you are able to get past the aforementioned, then the insights in the book are worth pondering, and cut deep!...more