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Be A Man!: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"Father Larry talks straight to men in his own manly style. He pulls no spiritual punches--I don't think he knows how to! He pokes, pushes, sometimes verbally slaps men into being God's men, all with an obvious love for them and faith in their ability to persevere to heaven."
--Dr. Ray Guarendi, <span>radio host and author</span>
"Be a Man is a must-read for all men who are serious about strengthening their relationship with God. This exceptional book speaks clearly and directly, challenging men to live their faith with courage and conviction. Be a Man is a spiritual wake-up call that offers a refreshingly honest presentation of what it means to be a man of God. With a unique blend of humor, passion, and frankness that has become his trademark style, Fr. Larry Richards explores how a Christ-centered male spirituality fosters growth in holiness, and inspires men to become loving servants of their wives, families, and the Church."
--Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Author, Behold the Man
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
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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. So, women, I suggest you buy this book for the man or men in your life, and do as I did and read it first. But don't read it in public, because if someone sees the title and sees you reading it, they may get the wrong idea!
Seriously though, if every man who reads this book would do exactly what it says, and become the man God created him to be, this world would be a much better place.
So, why only three stars? First, the author is far too pleased with himself. I am always a bit suspicious of people who tell stories in which they are always the central character. I tired pretty quickly of story after story of the heroic priest setting some poor slob straight. Moreover, his "man-to-man" approach seems more like "man-to-idiot": his version of straight talk is simple condescension, bordering on contempt. Obviously, this is my opinion and not everyone will agree with it. The book has received many very positive reviews. And, to be fair, Fr. Richards does not spare himself.
I don't think the book was a waste of money and I am re-reading it: it is full of good advice.
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.