Friday, May 27, 2016

Wise Guys- Book review for the Men in your life, with a lesson or two for you, ladies!

If you frequent this blog, and a BIG thank you to those who do, you know that I love to review. Though I have cut back significantly this year, book reviews still take a priority because, well, they are just fun to do.  When you love to read, why pass up a good book?  I confess, though, that most of the books I review are for women and children because, you guessed it, I am a woman that has children.  But I do also have a wonderful husband, and it is because of him that I decided not to pass up the recent opportunity to review the book Wise Guys:  Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men around You, by Kent Evans.

Let me just start by saying, this book is a must read for the men in your life.  While you are at it, read it too!  It is a GREAT book!
For background, Kent Evans is a husband of 20 years and father of 4 sons.  He is the board chairman and co founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry  for mentors and fathers, encouraging them to raise up the next generation of Godly men.  He wrote this book for men; to give them tools needed to find "wise guys" in their life and to encourage them to soak in the lessons those guys could offer.

Through a series of personal stories woven into 17 chapters, Kent tells of men he has encountered throughout his life and the impact they have had in making him the Godly husband, father, and businessman that he is today.  More importantly, he encourages men to seek those types of men out and gives 11 tips on how to begin that search.

What I have found fascinating about this little, 53 page, power packed book is Kent admits that some of the men in his life he sought out, while others simply appeared at the right place at the right time.  He recognized that he needed to look at the men that he admired and then learn what he could from them in terms of life skills, leadership and faith.  Other times he simply allowed God to move in his life to bring those men to him in unexpected ways.  Each chapter concludes with several "Questions to ponder", making this a good book for group reading or just for personal reflection.

Lest you think this is just a how-to book, do not fear.  While packed with things to make you think, Kent's humor has left me giggling several times and makes this book a fairly easy read.  As a matter of fact, I have taken to reading a few chapters each night and then my husband catches up by the following evening reading those same chapters.  Not usually how we read a book, but sharing it has worked this time.

Next on the list- have our 14 year old son read it!  And then maybe every husband, father, son, and leader we know read it.  Guess what is on the Christmas list this year, men?!  Wise Guys is simply that good and that inspirational.  It is a good reminder that we need Godly people, in this case men, in our lives that can inspire us, challenge us, and even push us to be and do better.  To be the people that God would have us to be!

Chapter lessons include-

  • Figure Yourself Out
  • Encourage Relentlessly
  • Always Be Asking
  • Correct Gently
  • Learn from Action
  • Follow the Sprinters
  • Welcome Kindly
  • Exercise Tangible Grace
  • Finish Strong
  • Ditch the Cynicism (My favorite chapter!)
  • Ask Artfully
  • Know When to Let Go
  • Pray Spontaneously
  • Tap Shoulders
  • Command Calmly
  • Sign Up, Pitch In
  • Simply Excel

Can't think of a better thing to to aim for!  And while you are at you, you just might inspire someone else and become a "wise guy" yourself!

Wise Guys will be released June 1st, but for now, and thanks to FlyBy Productions, I have a copy to give away to a reader- Just leave me a comment and tell me who you would bless with this book and a random winner will be chosen next Friday!

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  1. I think you are right, this would make a wonderful father's day gift. I would love to give to my husband, he deserves it. He cares for me and our 3 children.

  2. I would love to give this to my husband. It sounds great.

  3. I would love this for my husband and then to pass on to others at church


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