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Book Review ~ The Book of Man

Amazon Reader Favorable Review

From Book Reviewer

It is out concern for the trouble that man is in today – that William Bennett has offered this text. The author uses stories & essays of both historical & contemporary figures to help aid in shaping boys to become men. Heroism is lacking in contemporary venues of entertainment & literature. This book is broken down into 6 sections…

Including:

Man in War
Man at Work
Man in Play, Competition, and Leisure
Man in the Polis
Man with Woman and Children
Man in Prayer and Reflection

The text is portioned to be read & pondered daily. It is this reviewers opinion that Bennett has brought forth a tool worth owning & using to train, shape & grow boys into men. The author hits the nail on the head in many of the available essays.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Amazon Reader Critical Review

From Erik Timmons

I have 2 little girls and I’m not what some people refer to as a “man’s man”. Don’t get me wrong, I like to shoot things and play sports, those kinds of things but I haven’t ever been someone who prides himself on being “MANLY”. So, when I had the opportunity to review this Book of Man by William J. Bennett (thank you Booksneeze), I wanted to see what his perspective is on being a man so that I could compare that to who I am.

Bennett sums up being a man, as the same virtues that define military service, “Order, Loyalty & Service” (location 689 on Kindle). He goes on to say that the highest virtues of a man’s soul are “Honor, Fortitude, Service & Sacrifice” (Location 817 on Kindle). I would completely agree if these things were better defined in the book.

He gives phenomenal examples throughout the entire book which seem to illustrate these virtues but the issue I take is that the examples seem to be in settings of extraordinary situations. How often am I at war? How often am I in a September 11th type situation, or playing in an Indiana State Championship game? If you don’t know, not very often.

I love the fact that the book compiles a truck load of stories about Men and how they handle certain situations, and how their Virtues are what pull them up through any situation but I was disappointed that there wasn’t more time spent dissecting the scenarios and pointing out why these scenarios are ruled by Manly Men.

BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary advanced reading copy of this book for review.

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