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Be A Man! [Kindle Edition]

Fr. Larry Richards
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Book Description

Men are rediscovering the importance of the spiritual life. And Father Larry Richards is helping them do it. While some writers apply a one-size-fits-all approach to the Christian life, Father Richards draws on his many years of ministry and his own experience as a man to inspire other men as men.

In Be a Man!, he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to acknowledge one’s faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world. Not preachy but direct, Father Richards challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitations, while urging them to find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults.

Although a celibate priest, he minces no words when it comes to the place of sexuality—for the unmarried man as well as for the married man. He shows that true manliness is not opposed to love but thrives on it. Father Richards stresses that a relationship with Christ reveals the meaning of a man’s life and his identity as a man. He inspires men to become the true heroes they long to be—men of authentic courage, compassion and integrity. This is a highly readable book for men by a man who knows how to talk to men about the things that matter most.



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  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586174037
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RNYGK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I ordered nine more copies! November 21, 2009
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I bought this book for my son who wanted it, and when it arrived I decided to preview it myself to see if it were appropriate for the other men on my Christmas list. I ordered six more copies! Since then I have ordered three more! The book is great!

This book is very easy reading, as you feel that Fr. Larry is standing right in front of you, talking right to you. He addresses the readers as "gentlemen," but you could substitute your own name very easily to make it seem like Fr. Larry is speaking to you personally.

Fr. Larry substantiates almost everything he says with Scripture. I was impressed to find passages from Scripture on almost every page. Anecdotes - sometimes humorous - and stories from Father's own life, stories and quotes of the saints, popes and other Christians like Billy Graham, all support the point he is trying to make in each chapter. No one could ever accuse this book of being boring!

This book is very practical too. At the end of each of the ten chapters is a list of three tasks to be accomplished, along with three questions for reflection and discussion. At the end of the book the thirty tasks are recapped with checkboxes so you can check them off as you accomplish them.

Although this book was written for men, there are several chapters which could apply to women also. Father admittedly suggests that chapter nine about holiness is not for just men, as we are ALL called to be holy. I also found the chapters about repentance and the Holy Spirit very helpful, as again, women also are called to repent and to live a life in the Holy Spirit. I especially liked Father's explanations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, since many people do not understand those gifts.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Penetrating Encounter October 29, 2009
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When was the last time you listened to six hours of a priest's homily in three days--and wished there was more? Well, that's what happens to you at one of the parish missions Fr. Larry puts on across the country; that's how we first encountered him a few years ago. Now, one of the best homilists in America has put it in writing.

You feel Fr. Larry getting to you in the first line of the first chapter: Fr. Larry says you are going to die! But don't get discouraged because by the last chapter he's got you pumped about doing something to help change the world; dying can come later after you get the job done.

What's so compelling about this book is that Fr. Larry is on every page--and, in a way, so are you! Fr. Larry is yelling at you, grabbing you by the collar, pulling, shoving you to Christ; and you're loving it. You'll laugh and you'll cry because he's so down to earth not only about you but himself: "...when I am in the chapel alone...when the God of the universe kicks my butt from one end of the chapel to the other because He loves me and wants me to be holy."

Although the title suggests it's a book for men, there's a lot for women, too, especially in understanding the men in women's lives, and the differences between men and women. (Elizabeth & Richard Gerbracht)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Gentlemen,
How many times have you looked around and asked "What in the heck is going on in the world?" There are threats to your masculinity as well as your family around every turn. I submit that these threats must be met by truly Christian men who understand what is at stake and want to do something about it.

Fr. Larry Richards is a masterful speaker and his humor and wisdom make this a must have book for any Christian man. To be a man holds many responsibilities and it can be difficult to maintain a truly Christian life in this crazy mixed up world. With the help of Fr. Larry and the unchanging truths of our Christian faith he will help you to step up and truly BE A MAN!

Our men's group will be using this book as a basis for our ministry and we highly recommend it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a keeper December 11, 2009
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I bought this book (Kindle version) about a month ago. For me this is not a sit down and read it through in a few days kind of book. It is more of a journey. I have not finished it because there is so much to do in my life because of it. I have always been somewhat of a "radical" Christian, but often misguided. Father Larry takes the radical truth of Christianity, and presents it with wisdom and honor. In every sense this is a book for real men. If you are a guy that just wants to sit on the fence, and not "stand up" and "man up", then Father Larry's message is not for you. On the other hand if you have the guts to face life as it really is. And you have the nerve to see yourself as you really are, and how the living GOD wants you to be. Then get ready, after reading this book you will have not excuse. As others have said, really everyone needs to read this book. But for a man that is looking for spiritual direction this is a must read.

I would also add that this is one of the few books I have ever read that I know I will use as a reference for the rest of my life.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read For Fathers And Sons November 20, 2009
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Fr. Larry Richards book is a must read! After reading the book, one of my sons agreed to take a look at it and his remarks afterward confirmed my feelings as well. "Dad this is one of the best books I have read about our life here on earth". Where is your focus? Is God really number one in your life? I really believe this book could change your life.
Thank you, Fr. Larry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Man for All Ages
Fr. Richards details in blount. language what it means to become a Man of Christ. Fr Richards plan is workable for All Christians!
Published 5 days ago by Richard Sternagel
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!!
I wish this book was around when I was in grade school. I now have a guideline to be a man of God. I am telling every man abut this book!
Published 9 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical book, not just a a book on theology
Wow! I listened to a recording of a talk on this topic by Fr. Richards in which he mentioned the book, and I immediately went out and bought the book, and I am glad I did. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Strat Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Geralt boom
A great book for every one who wants to deepern their faith. This book may change your life. highly recommended
Published 17 days ago by Lukasz Lacki
5.0 out of 5 stars but am sure it will be good.
Haven't read it yet, but am sure it will be good.
Published 18 days ago by Very pleased
5.0 out of 5 stars A HAPPY MAN.
Be A Man!: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be. DO IT.!! DO IT.!! DO IT.!! BE A MAN.!!! DO YOU WANT TO BE, A HAPPY MAN.??? DO YOU WANT, TO HAVE PEACE.??? Read more
Published 18 days ago by CPT SCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing life changer!!!
Changed my life! I would recommend this book to any man who is searching to find himself in God's eyes.
Published 22 days ago by Tre
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Every man needs to read
Published 1 month ago by Dr. C. Feucht,PharmD
5.0 out of 5 stars Give to Your Sons and Grandsons
An inspired book and so relevant to our times. Every man should read and heed this book. Thank you, and God Bless You Fr. Larry!
Published 1 month ago by Ed Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars ... for some of the young men in our family Great
Bought this for some of the young men in our family Great book
Published 1 month ago by Winifred M Callanan
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More About the Author

A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master and author, Father Larry
Richards holds the answer to some of life's most profound questions. He speaks from
experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and
evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards has directed hundreds of Retreats, Parish Missions and
Conferences for young and old alike. His inspirational talks and presentations, always
authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the hearts, minds, and lives of millions of
listeners worldwide. He continues to accept invitations for speaking engagements all over
the United States and in Canada and has recently traveled abroad to continue his mission
of evangelization.
Father Larry Richards was born on March 26, 1960, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He
entered St. Mark High School Seminary, Erie, Pennsylvania, at the age of 17. After high
school, Father Larry attended the college Seminary at Gannon University and received
his Bachelor of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1983.
Continuing his studies at the Major Seminary at St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pennsylvania,
Father Larry Richards received his Masters of Divinity degree in 1987. He will soon
conclude his studies and be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Liturgy from the
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.
Ordained to the priesthood on April 21, 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania,
Father Larry Richards has served as Pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life
Community, also in Erie, since July 1, 2002. In addition, Father is the spiritual director
of the TEC (To Encounter Christ) Retreat Program for the Diocese of Erie.
On August 30, 2004, in the midst of his many commitments to his parishioners, to the
TEC community, and to traveling around the United States for Parish Missions, Retreats,
and Conferences, Father Larry founded and is president of "The Reason For Our Hope
Foundation," a non-profit organization dedicated to 'spreading the Good News' by
educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through CDs and DVDs, as
well as promoting Catholic speakers who are effective instruments of evangelization. In
turn, the foundation will support charities that strive to make real the Gospel of Jesus
Christ.
He has recorded many talks on all aspects of the Catholic Faith for individual and smallgroup
instruction, all of which are available on The Reason for Our Hope website at
www.TheReasonForOurHope.com. Since the inception of the Foundation, Father Larry
has also recorded CDs and DVDs entitled "The Truth", "Confession", "The Mass
Explained", "Knowing God's Will", "Prayer", "Living in the Holy Spirit", "Be a Man",
and "What More Could He Do For You". Father Larry's live presentation of "What
More Could He Do For You?", a dramatic explanation of the Passion of Jesus, is riveting;
the DVD of this presentation is, without a doubt, the most moving re-enactment of the
Passion one can view. Father Larry will be adding to the list of available presentations
on a regular basis. These CDs and DVDs may also be secured on the foundation
website at www.TheReasonForOurHope.com.
Father Larry's first book, "Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You To Be" was
published by Ignatius Press in October of 2009, and was the #1 best seller by Ignatius
Press in 2010. In "Be a Man!" he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well
as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men
how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to
acknowledge one's faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love
and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to
pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world. Not preachy but direct, Father
Larry challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or
machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitations, while urging them to
find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults.
Father Larry's second book, "Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will"
was published by Our Sunday Visitor in September of 2011. Fr. Larry Richards
challenges you to let go of attachments, assumptions and excuses that hold you back from
giving yourself more fully to God, in order to receive everything God wants to give you.
Father Larry Richards hosts a radio show called "Changed Forever with Father Larry
Richards". It can be heard nationwide on Relevant Radio on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
ET/7:00 p.m. CT, and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT. For more information,
or to listen on-line, go to www.relevantradio.com.


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