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The True Measure of a Man: How Perceptions of Success, Achievement & Recognition Fail Men in Difficult Times Hardcover – November 10, 2010

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About the Author

About the Author:

Richard E. Simmons III received his B.A. from the University of the South (Sewanee) in Economics in 1976. He later studied Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State prior to beginning a 25-year career with Hilb, Rogal, and Hamilton, a property and casualty insurance firm. He was CEO of that firm for ten years.

Much of Richard's life has been devoted to giving back to the community by working with youth as well as advising businessmen and professionals. Through these experiences, he discovered he had a gift and inclination for teaching and public speaking.

In December of 2000 Simmons founded the Center for Executive Leadership, a non-profit, faith-based ministry. When he's not spending time with his wife and three children, you will find him teaching, counseling, writing, or speaking to men's groups across the country.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Evergreen Press (PA); 2011 Edition edition (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581693591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581693591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard E. Simmons III received his B.A. from the University of the South (Sewanee) in Economics in 1976. He later studied Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State prior to beginning a 25-year career with Hilb, Rogal, and Hamilton, a property and casualty insurance firm. He was CEO of that firm for ten years.

Much of Richard's life has been devoted to giving back to the community by working with youth as well as advising businessmen and professionals. Through these experiences, he discovered he had a gift and inclination for teaching and public speaking.

In December of 2000 Simmons founded the Center for Executive Leadership (cfel-al.org), a non-profit, faith-based ministry. When he's not spending time with his wife and three children, you will find him teaching, counseling, writing, or speaking to men's groups across the country.

Richard is also the author of: SAFE PASSAGE and REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN GOD.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Good book, worthwhile read, especially for men trying to "find themselves" amid the new world order of financial uncertainty...it is for these men that the book is basically written...

But it is a good book for all men to read...Just what is a "man" in our society today? How are we judged, how do we view ourselves, how does the inner man compare to the outter man, the man the world sees?

Good book..but Mr. Simmons sometimes waters down his point by continually quoting a wide number of people...so many in fact that it becomes a little distracting and diminishes the point he is trying to make.

But this is small fault to find with a book that has so much potential to do so much good for so many people.

If you are a man, and if you are searching for meaning and "who-you-really-are," read the book.

In essence it says this: We can't let the world (others) define who we are and who we want to be...the book uses an illustration that's pretty good: pretend you are going to your own funeral..what would people say about you if are honest? What would you want them to say about you? Then start living that way...now!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert M Pitts Jr on February 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Richard Simmons has created an immortal jewel in The True Measure of a Man. In this easy-to-read, 4-section book, he guides men to realize how the world has been programming them for at least a generation to think their identity and worth comes solely from what they produce and DO, how effectively they dominate and WIN, how beautiful and sexy is their wife, how large is their house and expensive their car, real men GET THERE, don't FAIL, don't STUMBLE or CRY...at least we tried to believe. Then the economy collapsed, took our fragile identity with it, and we awakened bewildered, with little sense of who we were. Even before the recession, we had become the most depressed generation in human history, with soaring rates of suicide, addictions, and declining health.

Simmons guides us forward by first pointing backward, using ancient writers and Old World examples to show that previous societies honored not just the wealthy but the wise...prophets, sages, and soothsayers wearing rags and living in caves, but nonetheless attracting and spellbinding crowds. The listeners in turn valued the wisdom enough to keep the transient visitors alive with gifts of food, clothes, and water. Teachers, workers, priests, artisans, blacksmiths and farmers were exalted. Men were passionate about staying at home, providing for their families and the community, building houses together, binding courageously to protect the common good. Life moved more slowly and intentionally, people took better care of their SOULS.

Simmons doesn't only paint the problem: The second half of True Measure is devoted to showing us the way out of this mess. God never intended men to be shallow, isolated, sleep-deprived, stressed out workaholics, afraid to fail, living in fear of being discovered as frauds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dan matheson on March 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
" The True Measure of a Man" by Richard Simmons is not only an engaging read but also a wonderful resource for men of all ages. The book is extremely well researched and full of relevant commentary by a wide range of authors, historians, and theologians. As I read this book , it was at times painful to see my own life reflected back out of the pages, but the author is skillful and empathetic in pealing off our "masks" and exposing our numerous flaws and our false ideas and goals. Ultimately the book teaches us that what is worth pursuing today is timeless and runs counter to what we observe in our superficial and self absorbed culture. This book will give the reader fresh eyes to see reality more clearly, and in so doing, help us live out a more fulfilling life. This is a highly beneficial book for any man, and should be read and re-read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Russell on May 9, 2014
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This book was awesome. it is a book I will want to read again and again.
Men - It will speak directly to you. It did me. changed my thinking so much and has given me piece on a daily basis.
My direction has been changed for the good. 5 stars all the way! My wife wanted to read it after I did because of the changes she saw in me. I bought more copies and gave one to my Dad and Brothers.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By underwhelmed on October 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
While I appreciate some of the ideas in the book. I did not realize it was going to be preaching Christianity. Felt like a bait and switch.
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Format: Hardcover
The subtitle of Richard E. Simmons' book "The True Measure of a Man" reflects the essence of its contents: "How Perceptions of Success, Achievements & Recognition Fail Men in Difficult Times." Simmons writes to help men faced with fears and doubts come to terms with living in unprecedented times.

Simmons writes with clarity. The format lends itself to three levels of reading:

* Definitive topical headings encourage a quick perusal of the content.
* Simmons straightforward writing style and poignant stories engage the reader in a more careful reading or study for assimilation and application.
* The profound nature of the narrative adds to the value of the book as a resource for follow up, review, and further reflection.

Probing and soul searching illustrations and examples tackle the difficult challenges of guilt, fears, self-imposed unattainable expectations, and insecurities. Simmons gives common sense practical insight into a man's value system, and shaping his character through the use of meaningful true to life applications from the truth and principles found in the scriptures. I especially enjoyed the many well documented profound quotes and thoughts from recognized for their leadership and character.

"The True Measure of a Man" is an important book for any man at every stage of life.

A complimentary copy of the book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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