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Chiseled: A Young Man's Guide to Shaping Character, True Toughness and a Life That Matters Paperback – September 2, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830746684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830746682
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Do you know the difference between being a “guy ” and being a man? The key is to live by a code. When you know and respect the codes for being a man, you hold the principles that will guide you into the life you were meant to lead. It starts at a specific point in time —when you get facedown before God and He begins to chisel whatever needs to go. Getting “facedown” is not about you kissing the floor; it’s a heart attitude that allows God to shape and hone your chin of steel—your character—to a fine and durable strength that can take all the punches life throws at you. In Chiseled, authors Shaun Blakeney and Marcus Brotherton will help you develop your code by examining the truths of timeless instruction from the Bible; by looking at the beliefs, behaviors and attitudes that can harm you; and by showing you what it means to develop a wise and skillful approach to living. Their stories reveal important stuff they’ve learned only through trial and error. You can have a better life when you trade being a guy for stepping forward in maturity. It’s your code for life.

About the Author

SHAUN BLAKENEY is a pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. In addition, he ministers to thousands of young adults each year at conferences, seminars and festivals, and is a regular speaker at large-scale venues, such as the Youth Specialties conventions and Willow Creek Community Church.
MARCUS BROTHERTON is an ordained minister and a writer. He is the author or coauthor of 16 books, including the acclaimed FlipSwitch series for teens. Marcus is a former newspaper reporter and holds a masters degree from Talbot Seminary and a BA degree from Multnomah Bible College.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brent Iseli on December 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
From Guy-hood to Man-hood. This is the main concept of Brotherton & Blakeney's book, Chiseled. Just pages into the book I realized that I was in for a treat and would now have some stellar material to use with the many young men that I engage with on a daily basis.

Brotherton and Blakeney offer an insightful, practical, and really fun discussion on what it means to actually grow into the kind of man that you ultimately want to be - a man of true toughness, character, and purpose. It's the kind of man that God has in mind for men to be, the kind of man that God seems to honor and bless.

I have read a handful of books on similar topics in the past. I have to say that Chiseled easily outranks them all. The authors honor their reader by not giving a "to-do" list of behavioral ethics, but rather in urging the reader to develop his own code of success. All of this is done through the course of sharing about the punches and pitfalls of life that all guys can, or will inevitably have to, relate to.

I have been leading a young guys group with Chiseled. The guys in my group are completely engaged, challenged and full of great discussion as we read on.

I highly recommend Chiseled for older high school students, college age students, and even older guys. Heck, I'm 32 and I have been hugely challenged as well. I would advise any dad of a young man/teenager or a youth worker to get familiar with Chiseled too.
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