Man Alive: Transforming Your Seven Primal Needs Into a Powerful Spiritual LifePatrick Morley
Man Alive: Transforming a Man's Seven Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life States bestselling author, Patrick Morley, "A shocking majority of Christian men admit their faith does not meet their real needs. Instead, their daily lives are defined by deeply felt needs t... Read More
Man Alive: Transforming a Man's Seven Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life
States bestselling author, Patrick Morley, "A shocking majority of Christian men admit their faith does not meet their real needs. Instead, their daily lives are defined by deeply felt needs that too often go unrecognized by the man, his spouse, and his church. The result can be costly for the man, and the collateral damage to others simply staggering."
Page Count: 224
Dimensions: 8.0" (L) x 5.3" (W)
- Product type: Book
- Format: Book
- Release Date: Jan 17, 2012
- UPC: 9781601423863
- Store Only: Yes
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 194
- Publish Date: Jan 17, 2012
- BISAC: "REL012060"
- ISBN: 1601423861
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- Iron sharpens iron by Adam on 6/25/12
If you want to become a 'man alive,' I highly recommened Patrick Morely's newest book. He challenges men to ditch lukewarm and become fully alive. With poignant stories and challenging illustrations, he diagnoses many issues men are dealing with today and lays a foundation for transformation. He says that become a man alive, there must be a heart transformation not just a behavior modification. It is an easy read, but be prepared to be challenged!
Plead note that I received this boom for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
- Man Alive is a fantastic book for any teacher, mentor, father, brother, or friend. It challenges in all the right was to not live "half alive." by Apologia13 on 12/19/11
So I just started reading this book last night, and I couldn’t put it down. Having read several books on “living like a man,” I was actually kind of skeptical about what more I could learn – I mean, I am the epitome of what it means to be a man, right?Even though I’m sure this topic hasn’t fully been exhausted, I wasn’t sure what a new book on the topic of Christian manhood would bring into the arena that hadn’t been brought before. But I have to say that Patrick Morley pretty much rocked my socks off with “Man Alive: Transforming your 7 Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life.”
I started with the assumption that he was going to lead me in a seven step process to a better life. One the one hand, it’s nice when people spell things out for you in small steps – I teach math, and I’m a big fan of the step process. However, that step process doesn’t always transfer over into the real world (much to your teachers’ chagrin). But Morley’s book is not about steps, but about 7 areas where men can and need to be transformed. He identifies areas in men’s lives that were built for strength, yet, have been attacked so much as to become areas of weakness. The “primal needs” he breaks down are:
1) To feel like I don’t have to do life alone.
2) To believe – really believe – that God knows, loves, and cares about me personally.
3) To believe that my life has purpose – that my life is not random.
4) To break free from the destructive behaviors that keep dragging me down.
5) To satisfy my soul’s thirst for transcendence, awe, and communion.
6) To love and be loved without reservation.
7) To make a contribution and leave the world a better place.
In order to back these needs up and show the way that God looks to transform men into fulfilling those needs, Morley uses a slew of allegories, Biblical references, and person experiences. As a reader, I never felt as if he was preaching something that he wasn’t living out himself. Through his many years of men’s ministry he has obviously learned a great deal and has chosen to share that insight with the rest of us.
I don’t want to break his entire book down into small points, because that can leave you with the idea that his book was simple or basic. His concepts were easy to understand, but highly challenging. Morley’s contention is that many men in the Church – and society at large – are living half lives, lives of restlessness or discontentment. They feel called to live a purposeful life, but don’t necessarily know how to walk that out. The purpose of Morley’s ministry is to show men that we “don’t have to settle for being half alive.” Obviously, not every man is the same, and not every man is going to fall into this “half alive” category. Yet, Morley makes a compelling case for ways that each man – no matter his age, social situation, or position within the church – can step into the role that God intended for them.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book for any: male who feels like they are living less than what God has intended for them, husband who wants to become a better husband, and father who wants to become a better leader of his children (he has some great ideas on how to instill the love for Bible-reading and church involvement in your children). And I don’t think the readership should be limited to men. Ladies, get this for your husband, son, father, brother, etc., but also give it a read yourself. It’ll give you some great insight, and there’s some stuff for you to apply, too.
“Man Alive” is perfect for just a personal read, but it is designed for a Small Group setting. I’ve read it personally, and I guarantee you I’ll be using it for a guys’ Small Group. There are questions at the end of each chapter that would make it perfect. There are 8 chapters, which sets it up perfectly for an 8 week course.
If, like Steve Jobs, you want to “leave a dent in the universe,” then rush to your bookstore now and reserve your copy! (It’ll come out January 17th)
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I don’t have to give a positive review. But if you want your socks to be shredded by a good book, then this is the one. Do the right thing.
- Read it to ignite a hunger for discipleship in yourself and in others by learygates on 11/28/11
First, a disclaimer: As President of the National Coalition of Ministries to Men I've known the author for many years and have also a written an endorsement appearing in this book. Having said that, I'm delighted to add this review as well because "Man Alive" is an important tool for men to use as they evaluate their own lives and as they lead others to do the same.
Pat Morley rightly observes that "most men know only enough about God to be disappointed with Him." This book is an invitation for men to rediscover a God who wants to satisfy what Morley refers to as the "seven primal needs" of men. These are: to know we are not alone; to know that God cares for us personally; to believe there's a purpose for our lives; to break free from destructive behavior; to satisfy our thirst for awe; to love without reservation; and, to make a the world a better place. Each primal need is discussed in compelling and practical ways, combining story with biblical truth in an easy to read and almost breezy style, a hallmark of Morley's writing dating back to his groundbreaking bestseller, Man in the Mirror.
While the book is written for men, it's clear that Morley's purpose in writing it is to ignite a hunger for discipleship. Borrowing from Jim Collins, Morley asserts that God's Big Holy Audacious Goal is for us to become disciples of Christ. This has been the signature call of Pat's life and ministry to men over the last thirty years. Yet, the ground he covers in exploring these seven primal needs in "Man Alive" is no less helpful, I think, for women to explore as well. As such, it could very well have been named "Disciple Alive" for the book's most important contribution will be to wake up the longing we should have to be better disciples of Christ.
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