As someone who mentors High School Seniors I can tell you there is more of a need than ever before for Godly men who would choose to become role models. This is why I have made it a focus to look for tools or books that can help lead us back towards a Biblical View of Manhood.
I fell in love with this book from the first page, but there was one paragraph in particular that the Lord used to deeply impact my life
“Adam chose to set aside his representation of God, responsibility for God, and relationship with God, and these things were lost because of the price of his sin.”Mason, Eric (2013-04-21). Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole (p. 12). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
The first chapter entitled “The Life and Death of Manhood” points out the purpose God had for men (to display His character with thier actions, provide for and protect loved ones, and walk closely with Him) and how Adam in one moment chose to give it all away.
Because of his choice (and our own sin) we as a culture have embraced a self-centered view of manhood.
“Instead of responsibility, representation, and relationship, things like chauvinism, violence, passivity, insecurity, and addiction would characterize generation after Generation of men in a continually increasing way.” Mason, Eric (2013-04-21). Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole (p. 13). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
The idea of rejecting True Manhood is continued Chapter Two were Eric Mason describes how Daddy Deprivation or lack of Godly men has resulted in “Extended Adolescence.” Or adult men who act like children emotionally.
The most convicting part for me is in chapter eight were he challenges men to take up the role of “Spiritual Fathering” those young men who don’t have positive role models.
This involves more than just an hour a week of course, but entering into a true mentoring relationship with teenage boys so that they can see through the power of the Gospel what True Manhood looks like
I’m not saying something like Spiritual Fathering is easy…it takes time, energy, and lots of hard work. However the call for this ministry is stronger than ever before, and for the men who choose to answer it, Manhood Restored is a good place to start.