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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849914590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849914591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Currently in vogue is "the Christian Men's Movement," a reaction to the perceived feminization of Christianity and an attempt to help men realize their God-given missions in the world. Using the biblical Samson as a model, Larkin offers "The Samson Society," a coming together of evangelical men to encourage and help each other on the road to a full Christian life. Though blessed with great strength and a pleasing physique, Samson suffered from moral lapses and a lack of clarity about his mission. In the end, this would be his undoing. Larkin uses Samson's story to show how he and his fellow churchmen—the "pirate monks" of the subtitle—must focus more fully on the moral and ethical challenges of being a Christian, and less on the physical and the superficial. Describing themselves as loners, wanderers and liars, these men set out to correct their shortcomings and align themselves with what they perceive as God's true plan for their lives. Included is a plan for Christian men to begin their own Samson Society. Written in a breezy, comfortable style, Larkin offers a workable plan for men to identify their spiritual dysfunctions, though he offers little that hasn't been said by other proponents of the Christian men's movement. (Feb. 20)
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About the Author

Nate Larkin, a former pastor who earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, is now a freelance writer and speaking coach, as well as the founder of The Samson Society.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Mckenzie on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
The thing that makes this book so very different than all the other Christian men stuff out there is that it gives a real how-to. This how-to is not "now go and do this and this," rather it guides the reader in how to form a vibrant community of men. Larkin has real-life, every day experience in this important thing. He doesn't write from some ivory tower. He is living what he is writing, every single day, in a real-life fellowship that he helped to start. Read this book, and then use the tools.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Auberon Quinn on February 27, 2007
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Thank you Mr. Larkin for your willingness to share so much of your life's struggle. This book offers liberating truths that are most feared by our old Adversary! By removing the veil of secrecy, we truly can move toward greater freedom in Christ. The writing style is masterfully elegant and ever-intriguing, and as is promised on the cover it's never boring. Only someone who has walked down such a difficult path--and has experienced the grace daily offered to us--can speak with such honesty and joy at the same time. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever heard this lie in their mind: keep your mouth shut, this sin is too big!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T.Jackson on February 10, 2007
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I can't say that I have ever read of a modern man's confessions -and renewal- through such an interesting process, that is, Christian men regularly sharing intimate details of their lives with each other, and doing so without a leader. "Group counselling" always has a trained leader. Larkin's group is simply a group. And everything is held in true confidence. I am now participating in one of these groups, and it is having a quiet but profound impact on my life. The book reveals only the tip of the iceberg.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on February 6, 2007
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Nate Larkin has not only written a book... he has illuminated a dark hallway. The dark hallway is the role of men and friendship in a Christian context. Nate starts this book with his own journey and he does not mince words. His story is painful & powerful because of its "no holds barred" honesty -- which is too often missing in "Christian testimonies." Larkin then proceeds to show how his story and the lessons he learned prompted him to seek a better way. A better way for Christian men to find friendship and fellowship in a sanitized, feminized Christian/Evangelical world.

Nate co-founded the The Samson Society to fill the tremendous need he saw in the Church for men to really connect; really listen and really be heard. The Samson Society provides that missing element, not just for Christian men but for any 21st Century Man wondering who he is, where his friends are and how to develop relationships in this isolated, plastic, cyber-ridden existence we call American Society in a post modern age.

Hats off (pirate hats) off to Nate for his writing, his courage and his example. But be warned -- if you buy this book and love it as much as I do... you could quickly become a bore for talking about nothing else!! I travel a lot in my job and I think I have spread the gospel of Samson just about everywhere I have been in the past 6 months.

Grab your sword and come aboard, mate! Arrrgh!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Catherman on April 27, 2007
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This book is more or less a field guide so readers may better understand and start a local chapter of the Samson Society.

Larkin opens his book with a gripping story of his journey from preacher's son to seminary student to porn addict. At one point, he even describes a scene on his way to a church event where he picked up a prostitute, trading a $20 bill he planned to leave in the collection plate for a moment of sexual pleasure. His confession is well written, a page-turner, but what story like this isn't? I found myself reading a little further than I normally do before closing the book for the night because I wanted to see what would happen next. I needed to know how bad this could get and how it would all come crashing down.

As Nate took me, the reader, into his recovery process, he made many good points about men, being men, and how the men of the Bible operated. The ones who did well in life had friends. They were in strong relationships built on trust. And they went out into the big-bad-world in pairs--never alone. My mind is racing around some of these ideas.

Part Four, the last eighty or so pages becomes something of an instruction book for setting up local chapters of the Samson Society. It's not the strongest way to finish but still well written.

(On a technical note, I found the fancy pirate font used for the chapter and sub-chapter headings difficult to read, but this is an issue of the publisher and not likely anything Larkin had control over.)

I enjoyed Samson and the Pirate Monks, especially the first three parts. There're many things in those pages that have changed me in some way. Even though it doesn't end strong, I'd recommend the book to friends; but even without the recommendation, my friends will hear about this book because it will burn through the American Christian Church at the speed of a California brush fire.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Kassis on February 8, 2007
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(Note: this review is based on the audio version of this book.) The very idea of cracking open your life in the presence of a group of men - most of whom may be total strangers - is counterintuitive to say the least. In our post-modern American culture we Christian men still think that the rugged individualistic lifestyle we've been taught is going to help us find peace. A casual glance at the shell-shocked men sitting dazed in most church congregations proves otherwise. Having come to know Nate Larkin personally and attended Samson Society meetings for just over a year, I can attest that the methods he proposes here do in fact work.

Coming together, admitting our need for true accountable brotherhood (and not the artificial accountability that so often fails in most mens' groups), sharing our struggles and victories, and simply being authentic together, we are finally doing what we've been trying to do all our Christian lives - becoming more like Christ. There's something marvelously powerful in exposing your weaknesses within the safety of a Samson group that actually gives you strength. Learning that another brother is going through the same things as you disproves the all-too frequent lie that you are alone and outcast. Forming real and lasting friendships based on a common thread of humility and genuine care helps us all rise above the surface-level Christianity of today and gets us back to the heart of the gospel we all knew was still available to us.

I commend Nate on this stark, funny, sobering, powerful work.
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