Review of “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men”


Stephen Mansfield  has a wonderful way with words. Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is the third of his books that I have read, and all three have been absorbing reads!

While early on, Mansfield states that this “Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self”  is not for girls, I found it to be a wonderful, and very enjoyable, book.

Mansfield begins by giving four maxims for true masculinity, or what he refers to as being a “manly man”, and then moves to an intriguing  review of some of the qualities of a godly, masculine man, ranging from honor, humility, self-education, and vision.

While not a man, I found Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men to be an invigorating and inspiring read. Even though it was written to encourage men to become manly men, many (though certainly not all) of the principles Mansfield lauds could also be applied to encouraging women to be sturdy, godly women.

While I did not find it gratuitously crude, the chapter on Humor was certainly a bit colorful. However, the quips he employed very clearly suited Mansfield’s goal of revealing how men use humor to both face fear, and to communicate a philosophical truth.

I found Mansfield’s mixture of exhortation, hilarious storytelling, and biographical sketches to be absolutely wonderful, and would highly recommend it– particularly to men of all ages. I would give the book a “B+”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .


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