- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press; 9/30/09 edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586174037
- ISBN-13: 978-1586174033
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 274 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Fr. Richards preaches an uncompromising message that is true to the Catholic faith. He doesn't mince words and he challenges men to behave in a Christ-like manner at all times. He encourages prayer and Bible reading. He points out that Godly men should take a servant's role in leadership in their families, the church, and the workplace.
Fr. Richards masterfully uses Scripture to back up his points. He gives relevant and compelling personal anecdotes from his years in the ministry. He clearly delineates church teaching on the definition of sin in an era of compromise. He doesn't accept excuses for failure to live up to God's standards. He believes in forgiveness and grace, but he doesn't allow for the enabling of sinful behavior.
I am a Protestant and I greatly enjoyed the Catholic book. I am of the belief that our respective faiths have more in common in Christ than differences. I am not in agreement on every doctrinal issue, but I came away very impressed with this man's knowledge of the Bible. He gave sound advice on a number of issues dealing with living a practical life of holiness. I came away challenged to redouble my efforts in living up to the revealed standards in God's word. Fr. Richards especially touched me with his plea to be a man of forgiveness.
Fr. Richards is true to the Christian faith. He is a man of God who has touched many lives. He has the gift of wisdom and discernment. He is a master motivator and encourager. He will challenge you to transform your life. He will encourage you to pick yourself off the mat when you fall short of the mark. This is a man with a good moral compass and you won't go wrong by following his advice on matters of practical holiness.
Part of what makes the book so helpful is the practical advice. Father Larry gives examples of things you should be doing everyday and challenges you to do it. You simply don't feel comfortable reading the book and what he tells you to do without doing it, and that is the kind challenge men need in their lives. This book provides a serious reflection and motivation concerning what it means to be a man of God.