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Man To Man… about God

By Tim Thornborough
January 2009 | Review by James Day


In the rush of modern life, many men simply don't have time for belief in God. Christianity seems old fashioned and irrelevant. Its representatives seem weak and muddled. It is understandable that many conclude it is just a fairy story, suitable only for children and the weak minded. But when we strip away the clutter of religion and get back to the basics, we discover something completely different. Far from being wet and vague, the Bible writers speak with great clarity about the big issues of life — about certainty, suffering and reality. And at its centre emerges a man who inspires by his wisdom, courage and moral leadership - Jesus Christ. This is a book by men, for men, who want to know what Jesus has to offer; to hear some hard evidence for faith in him; to hear sensible answers to the big questions of life. It does what it says on the tin.

  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • ISBN: 978-1906334024
  • Pages: 96
  • Price: £3.45
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This book has been written by men specifically for men, with the intention of making them think seriously about Jesus Christ and his claims. It seeks to set out the evidence for faith in Christ simply and concisely, and to answer life’s big questions by pointing men to Christ. The book has a strongly evangelistic emphasis throughout.

Each of the nine short chapters is written by a different author, including Rico Tice, Roger Carswell, and Richard Coekin.  Each chapter presumes that the Bible is God’s word to us and has a supremely relevant message for men everywhere.

Attention is drawn to the typical 21st century male’s obsessions, such as our work, our wealth, our bodies and our relationships. These are exposed as being ultimately unsatisfying and meaningless as ends in themselves. The writers then move on to emphasise the need of coming to a personal faith in the proper man, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Saviour.

Although Christian men (and women) would undoubtedly benefit from reading this book, it has really been designed to be given away to non-Christian friends or workmates who may be showing some interest in the gospel.

With chapter titles such as ‘Empty pleasures’ and ‘How to be a real man’, the book is written in a jargon-free, easy-to-follow style that makes it appropriate for the unchurched and should get them thinking seriously about the Christian faith. This book is definitely worth buying — but only if you’re going to give it away!

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