Man Alive is built around the premise of seven primal needs of a man. The author gives us a listing of them as:
- To feel like you don't have to do life alone
- To believe that God loves and cares about you personally
- To understand how your life has a purpose, that your life isn't random
- To break free from the destructive behaviors that keep dragging you down
- To satisfy your soul's thirst for transcendence, awe, and communion
- To love and be loved without reservation
- To make a contribution and leave the world a better place
He devotes one chapter per need in living up to his promise, "I'll show you how," from the back cover. The book digs deep into the heart to address the primal needs of men. The how-to answers are provided through an abundance of stories and real-life examples.
My introduction to the writing of Patrick Morley was when I picked up a copy of his book Man In the Mirror. His passion for men's ministry poured from every word of the book. Man Alive resounds in the same easy-to-read style. The author's passion for men flows freely throughout. Each chapter is followed by questions that will make you think.
I look intently at the primal needs this book addresses because each one of them applies directly to me. Often I feel as if I am living life alone. I do believe God cares about me personally and loves me. I am sometimes concerned that life is random and purpose is evasive. I do feel bound and desire to break free from destructive behavior. I do thirst to go beyond my limitations, to be amazed, to enjoy intimate communion with God. I want to love and be loved. I want to make a mark on this world.
I like the manner in which each need is discussed and the how-to is answered with Scripture. I like how the author continually points the reader to the Word. Reading the words of Man Alive will do nothing to help if the words aren't put into action, just as we are to be doers of the Word, not hearers only (James 1:22).
I must conclude with a quote from the end of the book:
"So here's your challenge. Instead of ignoring your primal needs, or letting them drag you into a wasted life, claim them as God's gifts to you."
I love it! Patrick Morley does not disappoint in his promise "I'll show you how." This is a great book for any man searching for answers to many of the questions he must deal with.
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