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+”.
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