Book in Review: "Manhood Restored"
One thing I thought that Mason hit on very well was the idea that "church" or "Christianity" is soft and feminine. He frequently mourns the disparity between men and women in church attendance. Though this could be due to many different factors Mason responds by saying, "Knowing that (Jesus) got up from the grace after such a savage and brutal martyrdom should make us as men pump our fists in the air in worship. Here before us is a man who was man enough to drink in death and spit out victory." Still think Jesus was feminine? Mason also (in maybe my favorite chapter: Restored Church) urges the church to appeal to men by embracing risk, challenges, and radical objectives--just like our Biblical examples!
As a young man recently engaged myself, I found this book timely and very encouraging. While convicting at parts, grace permeates the pages, emboldening the reader to chase hard after Christ. Mason reminded me that "God never asks us to walk in anything that He hasn't empowered us to do." This is an encouragement that we can cling to in all areas and especially in: sexual purity, leadership, boldness, and risk taking--things that would be impossible in our own power. I also found his points on leading a family most helpful for this time in my life. My main complaint was that his writing seemed a little over structured and lacked a natural flow when going from point to point to sub-point. All in all good book!