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He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle MP3 CD – Abridged, June 25, 2006

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Dallas-based preacher Jakes's breakout book, Woman, Thou Art Loosed, established his unique brand of self-help literature saturated with biblical stories. In this new book, bound for bestsellerdoom, he turns his attention to "a man's relationships," using the many-sided King David as his starting point. Jakes is by no means the first writer to troll David's story for insights into masculinity, but he brings an inimitable combination of street smarts and worldly panache to the task. He also draws on the stories of countless men who have come to him for advice on coping with success and failure, sex and love, and relating to their fathers and sons. His recollections of his own struggles, especially a moving section about the death of his father when Jakes was 16, balance his religious, ambitious prose with an uncommon transparency. The quality of the writing falters in the second half, as Jakes expounds rather conventionally on the arenas of power, money and sex—the "PMS" he says can sabotage a marriage. Indeed, unmarried men may find this book off-putting, so strong is Jakes's assumption that family is the center of masculine identity. But his distinctly unmacho vision of fatherhood, friendship and lifelong marital romance will be appreciated by men who embrace his call to be "men in motion, trying to move toward what God wants us to be."
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Jakes follows Woman, Thou Art Loosed! (1994) with a book aimed at aiding men reclaiming their lives from the stereotypes about masculinity, which dictate that men show no emotions. Through intimate personal stories of his own journey to develop as a pastor, husband, and father, Jakes encourages men to delve into the emotional and spiritual aspects of themselves. He uses Bible stories to illustrate how men struggle in their spiritual development, and he explores how our culture discourages men from revealing their inner emotions; how emotionally distant fathers pass along the inclination to their sons; and the cost to men who are unable to develop closer relationships with friends, women, and children. Jakes offers practical advice on how men can improve communication with those who are important in their lives. The book is divided into sections that advise taking inventory and making improvements in relationship with self, time (stages of life), father, other men, women, children, and God. Each section includes questions as exercises for men and women to promote greater self-awareness. Vernon Ford
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (June 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423302933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423302933
  • ASIN: 1423302931
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Stephans VINE VOICE on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A recent Dallas Morning News column profiling T.D. Jakes quoted a University of Houston sociology professor saying that Jakes is "incredible in how he's able to diagnose people's pain. He has an uncanny ability to put a finger on the human condition." Jakes' new book He-Motions illustrates the verity of the professor's statement. In He-Motions, Jakes nails the issues and challenges Christian men face today in trying to fulfill their many roles and pursue their dreams.

Jakes writes from his heart and soul as a pastor, father, husband and entrepreneur. In the opening pages, he describes his motivation for writing: "I want to share what I've learned. I want to cut through so much of the junk imposed on men today and talk heart to heart about what it means to be a man, not in some touchy-feely group hug kind of way but in an honest, soul-bearing way, which also respects men and honors the women who love them and whom they love."

Jakes thoroughly succeeds in fulfilling his desire for this book. Not only does he address male readers, but he also targets female readers who hope to gain insights about men. Jakes' no-holds barred writing offers refreshing candor for those wanting an honest assessment of who they are and where they are in life.

Jakes writes about his childhood, his ministry, his family and his ups and downs in life-always tying stories to life lessons for readers. It does not take the reader long to discern that Jakes possesses a vast breadth of wisdom and understanding about the inner workings of men in our culture.

Jakes writes that "a man must value himself." He-Motions can help readers make great strides in finding value in themselves-regardless of their circumstances.
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Real honesty, real answers, a real man! I loved this book and my husband enjoyed even more. This is a real breakthrough book. Even if you don't read a lot, you won't be able to put this one down. There's a king inside waiting to get out of every man, this book unlocks the door.

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This book really touches on alot of subjects that we as Men need to examine within ourselves. It is also a tool that women can use to understand the men in their lives. I was truly blessed by reading this book and I find myself talking to others about some of the subject matter in it. Ironcially I as well as other guys I know are going through or have been through many of the topics in the book.

I love T.D. Jakes, he has such an insight into the lives of people and the things that we as christians need to work on besides just trying to stay saved and sanctified. There are alot of men struggling internally out there and the women in their lives have no clue as to what is going on or how we feel about things. Too often it is stated that men don't understand women, well that saying can also be reversed. In order for us to move on from our past we must understand it, why it happened, how it happened, how to overcome it, etc. This book is a tool for those who really want to understand somethings going on in their lives, or plaguing their past. This book is truly a blessing! Thank you T.D. Jakes
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Bishop Jakes does an excellent job of delving into the minds of men. He speaks to our struggles and the daily challenges faced in our homes, at work, and in the church. Every man should read this book!
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Some women compare this to Woman thou Art Loosed; however, I see it as more of a open truth about how men feel but don't share. Jakes speaks of his experiences, as well as, compares how other men relate to life's struggles, disappointments and really how not to stay in the pit of feeling horrible from what seems a finality of what they see. Life is a struggle for men and women, but women seem to shake it off because we will cry and scream. Men tend to grow bitter and hold on to past hurts in a different type of resentment. I appreciated the care he took to separate the emotions in each chapter. It is a good read.
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In this book, Bishop T.D. Jakes proves his worth as a man expounding on God's word and God's plan for our lives. As men, we often try to put on the hard shell exterior, but often times we are struggling on the inside. This book offers insight and really lets us know that it's okay to struggle. We are all human. That's why God is there. I can appreciate any man or woman who can explain to the detail like Jakes does in the pulpit and on paper. He-Motions is a well-written helpful tool that men like me and even women can use to be enlightened over and over again.
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i wish this book had come out years ago. spending my nuturing years in a single parent home, i knew nothing about the male specie. and of course all i thought i knew was idealistic garbage.

this book will teach you the TRUE nature of men. what they want, dont want, feel and even fear. it will teach you to interprete thier silence CORRECTLY and unveil the myths that even men have created around themselves. and since you learn all this, you will know how to relate the RIGHT way with men and destroy the lies the media pumps into our subconscious about who a real man is. in otherwords, you will be speaking the language of your man.
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