I was happy to review the “Pastoring Men; What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters Now More Than Ever” book from Moody Publishers. Often, men in churches can appear to be uninvolved and at times, disinterested. Patrick Morley wrote this book to help pastors and men’s ministry leaders to more effectively disciple men including identifying what men want vs. what men need. This will be a very valuable resource and I highly recommend it.
I would give this book a 9.3 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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It feels like we are in a drought when it comes to men in the church – maybe not from being physically present, but rather a drought where many men are absent from involvement and we aren’t seeing transformed lives like we should. This is just my own personal observation, however I have read of many others resounding very similar thoughts on this very topic. We are in desperate times where we need men of God to lead transformed lives and stand up, but that begs the question of how do we get men to that point. How do we disciple men without trying to “force it down their throat” making them resent our efforts? Patrick Morley has written this very timely book that is based on his Man in the Mirror Bible Study ministry. Morley does a great job in outlining what pastoring men is and what it isn’t from a biblical basis. Providing examples on how to work with men in an environment that doesn’t intimidate, but rather cultivates discipleship, ultimately resulting in men who are leading transformed lives. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Moody Publishers and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Christian Living / Practical Life / Personal Growth
Author: Patrick Morley (Man in the Mirror ministry)
Publisher: Moody Publishers @
Publication Date: January 1, 2009
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0802475534
Price: At the time of writing this, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com for $13.49 (suggested retail is $19.99 per the publisher). See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major resellers and the publisher. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges and are subject to change at any time.
You can also search for ISBN: 978-0802414441 which is the Paperback version and get it a little cheaper if you wish.
Moody Publishers ($15.99)
Barnes & Noble ($19.99)
•Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Goal of Book:
The goal of this book seems to be to give concrete instruction to pastors or church leaders on how to do a men’s ministry or community in a way that really cultivates discipleship. I think that this book really does accomplish that in the aspect of building a community of men that pulls them along the discipleship path at a pace where they won’t get overwhelmed or dig their heels in and resist. Of course the work of the Holy Spirit in every situation is paramount, but this book gives some very solid and specific approaches on how to start the effort of ministering to men in general.
My Favorite Part:
The part that I appreciated most was actually in Part 3 which is a series of 70 topics that need to be taught to men. I found this to be very practical for a pastor or leader to have at their disposal to be able to disciple men in the things that affect them directly. Nice “add-on” if you will to the practical parts 1 and 2 of this book. Well done!
This would be a book that I would recommend for sure. Yet another excellent resource from Moody Publishers.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
This book is written well and was an easy read. For anyone that is considering starting or revamping an existing men’s ministry either within or outside of the church, this book will be of great benefit.
Prologue: An Open Letter to Laymen from a Pastor
Chapter 1 – Is Pastoring Men Worth the Effort?
PART 1: UNDERSTAND YOUR MEN
Chapter 2 – How Are Your Men Doing?
Chapter 3 – What Do Men Want?
Chapter 4 – What Keeps Men from Getting What They Want?
PART 2: REACH YOUR MEN
Chapter 5 – What Do Men Need?
Chapter 6 – How I Became a Disciple – A Case Study
Chapter 7 – Success Factors in Discipling Men
Chapter 8 – More Success Factors in Discipling Men
Chapter 9 – A Strategy to Reach Every Man
Chapter 10 – Whey the Man in the Mirror Men’s Bible Study Works – A Case Study
PART 3: TEACH YOUR MEN
Chapter 11 – Seventy Things Every Man Needs to Know
Bonus Materials and Resources
About the Publisher:
From the Publisher’s website: Moody Publishers is a nonprofit Christian publishing house located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Since being founded by D. L. Moody in 1894, Moody Publishers has distributed more than 300 million books, spanning from Bible commentary and reference to spiritual and relational growth, as well as award-winning fiction.
Moody Publishers’ author partnerships include Dr. Gary Chapman, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. John MacArthur, James MacDonald, Erwin Lutzer, the late A. W. Tozer and many more.
All proceeds from Moody Publishers benefit The Moody Bible Institute, which exists to educate and equip students for Christian ministry. @ @patricktmorley @maninthemirror
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