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In the thirty-two years I was a college coach I witnessed first- hand how young men were coming to college with the lack of a spiritual foundation that would prepare them for life’s next set of challenges. You could tell that Godly parenting skills were sorely missing. Dr. Eric Mason in his book, Manhood Restored helps men regain their leadership role in the family. I would recommend this book to any father or husband who desires to step up to the challenge presented by Dr. Mason.
 
Tommy Bowden
Former college football coach and now a featured analyst on The NEW College Football Show on FOX Sports South
 
I have been a friend and fan of Dr. Eric Mason for over a decade. I could not be more excited about his voice speaking into what I believe is the most critical issue of our day, the state of our men. Manhood Restored is a powerful resource that will help men of all ages understand the problems men create and how they can get on the solution side. The ideas and truths in this book are not just detached ideals written from an ivory tower . . . I have watched Eric work out his own masculinity in a powerful way as a husband, father, church planter, church leader, movement leader, and good friend.
 
Dr. John W. Bryson
Cofounder, Pastor Fellowship Memphis and lead writer, Co-Presenter 33 the Series
 
Eric Mason has written a practical, biblical, and gospel- centered vision of true manhood. Saturated in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, our perfect model of true manhood, Mason carefully addresses an essential key to changing our churches and communities—the discipleship of men. Read this book, brother, and watch the Lord change your life. Share it and watch the Lord change the brothers in your sphere of influence.
 
H. B. Charles Jr.
Pastor/Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida
 
Sin is social. Even the most private and individual of sins— wallowing in porn, for example—are never merely individual. Devouring porn may be an individual offense, but it is also an insult to God—and because it works out in perverted or abusive or manipulative relationships, it is also social. That is why the gospel, in all its massive power, does not only reconcile us to God, but so transforms us that healthy relationships begin to bud all around us: the shattered social fabric begins to be healed. Perhaps no human relationships are more broken today than those within the family, within what used to be the family. And most frightening of all are the sad realities bound up with absent or abusive or selfish fathers. I gratefully applaud the ministry of Eric Mason as he seeks to apply the whole counsel of God to form Christian men, Christian husbands, Christian fathers, who in gospel grace and joy take up the reins of responsibility and faithful service to stamp new generations with a passion for strong, self-sacrificing love and holiness.
 
D. A. Carson
Research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Deerfield, Illinois
 
Pastor Eric Mason is a man I have known and respected for many years. He has planted and is leading a fast growing Bible teaching city reaching church in a rough Philly neighborhood. I’m excited to see this book released as it blends his rare skill set as a first rate formally trained theologian who is literally on the front lines of urban ministry.
 
Mark Driscoll
Founding Pastor of Mars Hill Church
Founder of The Resurgence, Cofounder of Acts 29
New York Times #1 best-selling author
 
In this age of increasing confusion about manhood, marriage and God’s Word, Eric Mason has emerged as a refreshing, clear and prophetic voice. This book not only speaks to today’s urban youth, it also powerfully speaks to all who have concerns about the general direction of our society. For anyone cares about applying God’s truth to contemporary challenges, Manhood Restored is a must reed.
 
Dr. Carl Ellis Jr.
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Redeemer Seminary

Manhood has fallen on hard times. So many men have been beaten-up by the past, mired in the consequences of  bad choices, and confused and disoriented by a culture committed to redefining manhood so that we can cover the fractures and disguise the torment. That’s why I am thrilled for the gift of Manhood Restored.  What a clear, compelling portrait of the power of the gospel to transform broken males into whole, godly men. You have pointed us to the Savior who makes all things new. This is our hope and our courage.
 
Dr. Crawford W. Loritts Jr.
Author, speaker, radio host
Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia
 
Few issues fire me up like the topic of men acting like men. My friend and ministry partner Eric Mason offers hope to, incites healing for, and wreaks havoc on men. Every man who follows Jesus needs to read this book and apply the biblical truth in it to his life. The men in our churches, the marriages in our churches, and our churches will be better for it.
 
James MacDonald
Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel
Author of Vertical Church
 
There is no greater need in our day than to answer two questions: What is a man? and What is a godly man? In this helpful and biblical book, Eric Mason answers these questions. If you are a man, read and heed this great work.
 
Dr. Darrin Patrick
Lead Pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri
Author of For the City, Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission, and A Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World Of Counterfeits
 
As parents of three boys, we are praying that each will live God honoring lives, realize their God-given potential and reach their God-given destiny. This will only happen if a clear course—a map of manhood—is drawn out for them to follow. Manhood Restored is a tool that will not only help grown men live well but also serve as a compass for the next generation. Our friend Eric Mason writes from experience. We’ve admired him as a faithful husband and father, disciplined student of God’s Word and dedicated servant of the Lord His integrity and wisdom shine through on every page. Men of all ages should read this book and treasure its truths deeply in their souls.
 
Jerry and Priscilla Shirer
Bible teacher and Author
 
From the moment God formed man, we were charged with possessing God’s essence and reflecting His character. Throughout history, this intended role of a man has gradually shifted to a view that’s now become common—the notion that a man’s merit is predicated on his worldly success, by all means. We have become consumed with being THE man instead of A man. True “Manhood” has lost the real prerequisite, an intimate relationship with God! A team captain cannot effectively lead without being a ref lection of the coach. When men re-establish our connection with our creator, we see the fruit—healthier families, stronger communities, a society with substance, and world leaders who are equipped with integrity and purpose.
 
Allan Houston
New York Knicks
 

About the Author

 Eric Mason is cofounder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (DMin). Eric and his wife have two children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433679949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433679940
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Eric Mason lives in the heart of Philadelphia with Yvette and his three sons Immanuel, Nehemiah, and Ephraim. Dr. Mason is founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He is also, the founder and president of Thriving which is an urban ministry organization committed to training leaders for ministry in cities locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Mason is also the author of Manhood Restored (Leadership Kit and Study Guide). Also, Dr. Mason has contributed to multiple publications to serve the body of Christ. Some would include The Mission of God Bible Study Bible, Keep Your Head Up, and several online articles.

Dr. Mason serves on the Executive Board of the Acts 29 Network. Dr. Mason has been graced by God to preaching and teach at churches and conferences in the US and Abroad.
Christ has allowed Dr. Mason to serve in multiple ministry roles over the past 2 decades. Dr. Mason went to Bowie State University where he received a BS in Psychology. While at Bowie State University, he was burdened after trusting Christ to go into full-time vocational service to the Lord in ministry. While at BSU he acknowledged his calling under the leadership of Rev. Dr. James J. McCord at First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover MD. During the completion of his undergraduate degree, he taught bible studies on campus to the college students, lead people to Jesus, worked with youth and young adults at his church.

Seeking to be a biblically literate minister of the gospel, Dr. Mason ventured to Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Theology (ThM) degree. Upon arrival to Dallas, he immediately became a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Tony Evans who would then become his father in the Ministry. Meanwhile, Dr. Mason was hired by STEP/Bridge Builders (an inner-city organization) as a counselor and mentor to "at risk" in the Southern and Eastern sectors of Dallas Texas. The context of this service was several community centers, High schools, and projects discipling troubled youth and former gang members. He was co-youth pastor to over 500+ youth at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and then served the church as prison ministry director where he over saw 17 ministers who engaged troubled youth in the DFW metroplex.

Upon completion of Seminary, Dr. Mason received his ordination into the gospel ministry by the council of elders at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship with Dr. Tony Evans at the council's helm (May 2000). Dr. Mason ventured to Houston, TX to serve functionally in the role of Assistant Pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church (140+ yr old church home to the late Barbara Jordan) under the leadership of Dr. D. Z. Cofield who helped expand Dr. Mason's pastoral bandwidth. Dr. Mason counseled on every level, taught Wednesday nights, lead Sunday Morning Worship, Sunday School, preached 3 services multiple times a year, did weddings, led this church to transition to 70 small groups in this historic Black church (that is still going until this day), and much more. He was also, allowed by his pastor to begin a small but impactful itinerate ministry at this time.

In addition, he served also as adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. Mason then was called to serve as the Regional Director of the Urban Schools Alternative at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Upon receiving the call to Philly, Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, AR offered to train him in leadership and church planting. After a year of sitting under the elder's tutelage, they affirm upon him through the laying on of hands and commissioned him to the work of church planting.

He earned his Doctoral (D.Min) degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary May 2007. While starting Epiphany Fellowship, Dr. Mason served as Adjunct Professor at Biblical Theological Seminary for a time.

Dr. Mason considers himself a foodie, coffee snob and enjoys reading, writing, art, and shopping for style.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joseph T. Cochran on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Sometimes to get the jest of a book you start at the end. That is where we will begin with Eric Mason's excellent book Manhood Restored.

Eric Mason writes:

My hope is that this book acts not only as a wake-up call and catalyst for men to take a hard look at their own lives, but that it would also become a tool for fathers to shepherd their boys into gospel-driven men (Mason, 187).
Amen Pastor Eric! That little quote speaks to my heart. I have a little man. His name is Asher, and he is two. My hope is that he will grow up in a gospel-rich environment, where he is always pointed directly to His savior Jesus Christ and His Father in heaven. That means I need to be the man he needs to see embodying gospel wholeness. May I serve as both a foil to Christ with my imperfections and as a representative image bearer of Him as well.

Manhood Restored is written to direct our attention to the great deprivation of our time. Mason refers to this as daddy deprivation. It is the concept that young men have grown up without the presence of their fathers. Worse yet, those men are now fathering children with no idea of what manhood really is. The author sends out an urgent call to end daddy deprivation by biblically restoring manhood.

In order to restore manhood, Mason begins his convincing argument by setting out to present the problem of daddy deprivation as accomplished in chapters one and two. Then he provides the scope of what embodies manhood. He does this by covering first a theology of manhood in chapter three. He follows this well articulated theology by covering five core venues that require manhood restoration. They are as follows: Worldview (Chapter 4), Sexuality (Chapter 5), Vision (Chapter 6), Family (Chapter 7) and Church (Chapter 8).
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Wilwerding on July 21, 2013
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I wonder if Mason would ever consider rewriting this book. He's obviously an intelligent, culturally-aware person, but this book has the feel of a first-draft. There are many places where it seems like he is doing what I call page-filling. This happens when an author is thinking about writing a book while he's typing and not about communicating points. What was often so frustrating for me is that there were many great headings, but his treatment them often left much to be desired. For example, there was one heading titled "The Driven Jesus." After reading the title, I was expecting Mason to talk about how looking to Jesus helps us to achieve balance between pursuing meaning through work and the other endeavors of life without being self-absorbed and arrogant. Instead, he spends a third of the section talking about how certain hip hop stars have been driven to do a lot of work and become wealthy and successful. He dismisses this kind of drive for success as "often misdirected and focused [sic]" (57), but the way he had just described it made it seems as though he admired that type of success; if he did not feel that way, he certainly led his readers in that direction. To compound this issue, he did not go into any detail explaining how such pursuits could be misdirected or wrongly focused. He then went on to bifurcate spiritual and non-spiritual pursuits. I know Mason doesn't expect everyone to become a pastor or a missionary, but his call for God honoring pursuits was very vague and imprecise. I was stunned that such a well titled section could contain so much fluff and so little poignancy. And this type of thing was not isolated to this one area.

The title, chapter names, and many of the heading in this book are excellent, but they were not executed well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on June 12, 2013
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As a rule, I don't like books about being a "biblical man." Too often they resort to describing a specific kind of guy: one who's wild at heart, wants to slay a dragon, climb a mountain and play with power tools.

I am none of those things.

In fact, I'm forbidden from using power tools because I'm so inept. So if those are the things that define being a biblical man, what does that make me?

Fortunately, Eric Mason doesn't resort to trite depictions of being a man of God in his new book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole. He gets that men aren't motivated by declarations, covenants and promise rings to do more and try harder to be better men. Manhood needs to be transformed by the gospel. And this book is about how the gospel does exactly that.

Mason tackles four broad subjects, dealing with:

1. God's original intent for mankind and sin's distortion of it
2. "daddy deliquency" and the destruction of the family
3. Jesus as the restorer and supreme example of biblical manhood
4. a restored manhood's affect on worldview, sexuality, vision (think leadership), family and church

I was surprised at how frequently I found myself underlining and commenting in my copy of the book. Every chapter is saturated with rich biblical teaching on manhood, the seriousness of sin and our only hope: the gospel. When Mason tackles sin, for example, he pulls no punches:

"We talk ourselves into thinking that sin is just a bad choice; it's not. It's much deeper than that for us, just as it was for Adam.
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