Category Men’s Interest

Renegade

RenegadeRenegade
By Mel Odom
Tyndale
Retail Price $13.99
Amazon Price: $11.33

Book Description: 

Having grown up in the foster system, Private Pike Morgan’s rough exterior and problem with authority earn him few friends among his fellow Marines. When he’s not on missions for the Marine Reserve, Pike’s rebellious attitude and eagerness for vigilante justice have the local police regularly at his doorstep. Struggling to set down roots, and nervous of his desire to, Pike’s eager to answer the military’s call for another deployment.

On a peacekeeping mission to Afghanistan, Pike and his squad soon find themselves entrenched in a heated war zone. After an American journalist is kidnapped by known terrorist Zalmai Yaqub, the whereabouts of this al Qaeda leader become a top priority for the American military. But when Yaqub flees to Pakistan, will anyone aid Pike in his hunt, or will this strong Marine find himself without an ally?

Review

The author writes exciting action/adventure stories from a Christian perspective.  In my opinion, there isn’t a whole lot of Christian fiction out there that is geared toward men and that is worth reading, but Mel Odom definitely picks up the slack with this series.  Pike is a strong character that is a bit prickly, but he grows on you.  He is a courageous man with a tender heart, willing to stand up for what he believes in, going the extra mile. Odum gives us a strong plot with many twists and some action that a man can sink his teeth into.  This a novel that has some depth to it.

~Reviewed by Dave H.

    Fight

    Fight: Winning the Battles That Matter MostFight
    By Craig Groeshel
    Zondervan
    Retail Price $15.99
    Amazon Price: $10.15

    Book Description: 

    Author and pastor Craig Groeschel helps you uncover who you really are—a man created in the image of God with a warrior’s heart—and how to fight the good fight for what’s right. You will find the strength to fight the battles you know you need to fight—the ones that determine the state of your heart, the quality of your marriage, and the spiritual health of your family. Craig will also look at examples from the Bible, including our good buddy Samson. Yep, the dude with the rippling biceps and hippie hair and a thing for Delilah. You may be surprised how much we have in common with this guy. By looking at his life, you’ll learn how to defeat the demons that make strong men weak. You’ll become who God made you to be: A man who knows how to fight for what’s right. And don’t you dare show up for this fight unarmed. Learn how to fight with faith, with prayer, and with the Word of God It’s time to fight like a man. For God’s Sake, FIGHT.

    Fight

    This was a very motivating and inspirational book.  I have more time to listen than to read, so I listened to the audiobook first   and really enjoyed it. It was read by the author and he did a fantastic job.  I decided to read the book as well so I could highlight passages that I wanted to apply to my life.  It read  more like a conversation that he was having with me, man to man.  Rather than advocating some kind authoritarian male behavior, the author is encouraging men to focus on themselves and become all that God has called them to be.

    ~Reviewed by John C.

      A Dad After God’s Own Heart

      A Dad After God’s Own Heart
      By Jim George
      Harvest House
      Retail Price $13.99
      Amazon Price: $10.34

      Book Description:

      What makes for a great dad? It’s not as overwhelming as you might think. It all starts with having a heart for God, and a heart for your kids.In A Dad After God’s Own Heart, bestselling author Jim George shares the simple basics for how to be a good dad with your kids. This includes…

      • letting your kids know you love and care for them
      • learning the keys to positive and effective communication
      • knowing the qualities kids need most in a dad
      • ways to encourage your children in their spiritual growth
      • how to build healthy relationships that will last for a lifetime

      As you commit to learning how to be a good dad, you’ll draw closer to your children and find fatherhood to be an incredible blessing.

      Review

       

      Every father wants to be a great dad. We want to do what is best for our children, and be the kind of father they need so that they can flourish in life. But how do you do that? In this book Jim George offers his advice on how to be a great father. In this book he urges fathers to pay attention to communication and how our kids view not only our words, but our actions. He reminds us that a great father is a father who helps his children to develop their God-given gifts and potential, and be all that God has made them to be. 

      ~Reviewed by Andy S.

        Life Lessons for Dad

        Life Lessons for Dad
        By Michael Mitchel
        B & H
        Retail Price $12.99
        Amazon Price: $9.62

        Book Description:

        “Savor every moment you have together. Today she might be crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle.”
        Drawn from the vastly popular Life to Her Years blog, this instantly likeable gift book for dads with daughters pairs endearing photographs with hundreds of plainspoken parenting truths and advices that are uniquely funny, wise, heartwarming, mind blowing—sometimes all at once.
        “Boys will break her heart. So will mean girls, stray puppies, and devastating athletic losses. Be there to help pick up the pieces.”
        The perfect present for Father’s Day, other milestone occasions, or just for fun, Life Lessons for Dad is a full-color reminder of the social and spiritual responsibilities that parenthood requires, a special collection reflecting upon every aspiration and inspiration involving your little girl who gets bigger every day.
        “Be careful how often you tell her to hurry up. One day you may wish you’d slowed down.”

        Review

        This is a simple but powerful book cute pictures with short captions underneath. It is endearing and insightful and not only reminded me to live in the moment but also to be more patient with my daughter and to build memories that will last a lifetime. This book is truly uplifting and engaging.

        ~Reviewed by Richie B.

          Faith in the Fairway

          Faith in the Fairway
          By Ben Crane
          Harvest House Publishing
          Retail Price $12.99
          Amazon Price: $9.61

          Book Description: 

          Some of the finest players of the PGA share a year’s worth of brief and personal daily reflections on keeping the faith–both in the high-stakes world of professional sports and in life beyond the greens. Find out how Ben Crane, Lee Janzen, Davis Love III, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, and many more remain spiritually grounded as they prepare for PGA events. Their penetrating insights and practical examples will encourage and inspire you to apply God’s Word to your own life on and off the course. You’ll also hear from some PGA wives as they endeavor to maintain peace and contentment at home while navigating the ups and downs of family life with a top-level competitor.You’ll discover how you too can bring your “A game” to your home, work, and leisure activities–by wrapping them all in your relationship with God.

          Review

          Athletes have a passion for sports that makes them unique, viewing life through a competitive lens. The desire to compete and their drive for success can mean seeing friends, family, church, and school as distractions. Usually the first to be sacrificed is their spiritual life. This book will help you to stay on track and put God in his rightful place in your life by sharing devotional insights by Christian players on the PGA tour.  There is a devotion for every day of the year that include a Scripture verse, short commentary, and applications on how to draw you into a closer relationship with God.   Makes a great book for golf enthusiasts or other athletes.

          ~Reviewed by Dave H.

            Faith in the Fairway

            Faith in the Fairway
            By Ben Crane
            Harvest House Publishing
            Retail Price $12.99
            Amazon Price: $9.61

            Book Description: 

            Some of the finest players of the PGA share a year’s worth of brief and personal daily reflections on keeping the faith–both in the high-stakes world of professional sports and in life beyond the greens. Find out how Ben Crane, Lee Janzen, Davis Love III, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, and many more remain spiritually grounded as they prepare for PGA events. Their penetrating insights and practical examples will encourage and inspire you to apply God’s Word to your own life on and off the course. You’ll also hear from some PGA wives as they endeavor to maintain peace and contentment at home while navigating the ups and downs of family life with a top-level competitor.You’ll discover how you too can bring your “A game” to your home, work, and leisure activities–by wrapping them all in your relationship with God.

            Review

            Athletes have a passion for sports that makes them unique, viewing life through a competitive lens. The desire to compete and their drive for success can mean seeing friends, family, church, and school as distractions. Usually the first to be sacrificed is their spiritual life. This book will help you to stay on track and put God in his rightful place in your life by sharing devotional insights by Christian players on the PGA tour.  There is a devotion for every day of the year that include a Scripture verse, short commentary, and applications on how to draw you into a closer relationship with God.   Makes a great book for golf enthusiasts or other athletes.

            ~Reviewed by Dave H.