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The Heroic Path: In Search of the Masculine Heart Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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"This book is an encouraging and strengthening read for the man in your life, for for men and sons seeking The Heroic Path." - Ann Voskamp, New York Times Bestselling Author of One Thousand Gifts
"The Heroic Path makes me want to ride a bald eagle to Alaska to hunt bear with my bare hands. Muscles, pride, anger don't make a man. Strength, love, passion and God make a man." - John Luke Robertson, Duck Dynasty
"I'm part of a generation of "lost boys" that have a growing desire to somehow brave the transition out of Neverland and into the true epic - the life of a good man. John bids us to follow as he claws his way to the heart of manhood."--Josh Garrels, singer songwriter
"I love the way John sifts through the mixed and unhelpful messaging about what it means to be a man. In these beautifully written pages, he's searching for more than hammers and guns, and instead recovering qualities like honor, fidelity, and strength. This is important work."--Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine
"THE HEROIC PATH is part-poetic, part prophetic. It will push you, comfort you, move you, provoke you and disrupt you. It is witty and insightful, risky and provocative. I'm so glad to introduce you to my friend, John Sowers."--Bob Goff, Best-selling author of Love Does
"This book is an awakening for those who realize men have lost their way and are looking for something deeper-something mythic. This is not your everyday 'bravado man' book-this is Fight Club for intellectuals."--Claire Díaz-Ortiz, head of social innovation, Twitter
"John is a loyal friend, husband and dad, and his book is witty, honest, and full of heart. I'm excited for you to get to know him."--Kelly Clarkson, Grammy - Winning Singer / Songwriter
"THE HEROIC PATH takes you off the grid into the deep woods to see things you've never seen before. You will not return the same."—Ed Eason, lead guitarist for Carrie Underwood
"If you want a mundane life, throw this book down immediately and go seek shelter. But if you are hunting for the wild masculine, read on. This book is not an instruction manual; it is a soul insurrection."—Jon Collins, digital storyteller at Sincerely Truman
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John Sowers models The Heroic Path all men must travel on after the same path Jesus took in his life on earth. We often remember Jesus as a human, but we don't always see him as a "man" and all that his manliness entails. I had never considered the unique manly qualities of Jesus, and John's writing brought me closer to that image in an awesome way.
John's experiences not living up the world's definition of manliness also echoed my own. I've always wondered why I'm not great with cars or tools or yard work like so many other men are. What this book reveals is that manliness is not found in our skillsets but in the choices we make to love others and to lead others.
I've already purchased another copy of the book to give as a graduation gift, and I will return to purchase more for upcoming birthdays and holidays. This is a book so many young men of my generation should read and be challenged by. It's also a great read for wives and girlfriends to better understand the thinking of their men.
All that said, the author's style might work just fine for you. I'd recommend looking inside and reading what you can for free to see if the style suits you.
He is unabashedly graceful in his depiction of growing up. As a small child, he remembers his father driving off after delivering Christmas one year, and never seeing him as much as he would have liked. Raised by his mother and grandmother, was full of wonderful experiences, but he still knew something was lacking.
Sowers sought other men to shape him in his life, the men he found markedly shaped him into who he is. Sowers is what i would call a “man’s man”. He is a bow hunter, martial arts enthusiast, and makes knifes, but he never made me feel like a weakling for not caring about those things. His words convicted me to look differently at a lot of areas in my life. He challenged to acknowledge the demons present in my life, every day. He challenged me to press forward in my health goals. To become a closer follower of Jesus.