Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How God Makes Men by Patrick Morley

Ten stories.
Ten men.
Ten proven principles.

This is how Morley lays out his book: How God Makes Men. By using ten men from the Bible, Morley lays the groundwork for how a Biblical man is made. Morley's assertion is that men have lost sight of what it is to be a man of God. Men have been either feminized or been abandoned and thus have lost what God has called them to be. By going back to Scripture, Morley shows that God is in the active state of raising men. Men that will honor, love, serve, sacrifice, and glorify Him. Yet the question that must be asked is: how does God do that?

Morley lays out ten principles and then gives an example of each from great men of Bible. Abraham is used to show how God strengthens a man's faith. Joseph is used to show how God uses men for a higher purpose. Gideon is used to show how God uses a man's weakness and fear into strength. These are three of the ten examples that Morley uses to introduce how God makes men; His men.

I really enjoyed how a principle has an associated example from Scripture. By doing so, it gave life and practicality to the principle. It was not mere theory but reality. This drove home this fact: God desires to make men. Men have such a powerful influence and role in how God will transform the world.

Yet, many men are simply boys in adult bodies. Morley has seen this disaster and has written this excellent book to hopefully drive men to seek God and be men of His glory. This can be summed up with this challenge:

“There is a God we want, and there is a God who is. They are not the same God. The turning point of our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is.”

This is the heart of How God Makes Men. A great book for every man of God who desires to be how God wishes him to be.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review from Multnomah'sBloggingforBooks program. The words are my own.*

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