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Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"Mark is an excellent expositor of God's Word, but in Play the Man he is showing us how to live it out. This book will take you out of your comfort zone to reach your God-given calling."--Carey Casey, National Center for Fathering
"Read this book and learn what it takes to be the man God created you to be. Here's the good news. You'll find out you already have what it takes. Let's go!"--Shaun Alexander, award-winning author of Touchdown Alexander and The Walk, 2005 NFL MVP, and host of the radio/podcast show Finish the Game
"Mark is one of my favorite writers, and he hits a grand slam with Play the Man."--Steve Foster, Colorado Rockies pitching coach|Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, A Trip around the Sun, and If. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with eight campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at www.markbatterson.com.
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"In Play the Man, Mark is speaking to me right where I live at this very moment. Even more important, he's speaking to all men faced with the awesome responsibility of raising up the next generation. His ideas, advice, and encouragement are priceless."--Ernie Johnson Jr., TNT sportscaster and author of Unscripted
Play the man. Make the man.
Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It's in this "no-man's-land" that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man.
In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, "Play the man." Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men who will put God first, family second, and career third.
This is more than a book; it's a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be.
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Masculinity is under attack because it has been so poorly represented in our culture. Mark does a masterful job of drawing the true nature God intended men to exhibit as we raise another generation of men and continue to perpetuate the essentials of manhood. Mark clearly and cleverly details 7 powerful values that will prove to be the catalyst for raising this next generation of godly Christian men by embracing these timeless yet timely truths.
Thankful men like Mark Batterson are still putting into print these truths for us. By the time I was done reading this book I feel I owe my grand children a rite of passage and I pray my son will allow me to partner with him as we walk the journey to manhood together despite the fact he's grown with children of his own. While I can't change the past, I can help them carve a brighter, stronger, and more courageous future and Mark has provided the manual on how to make that a reality.
Play the Man is destined to be a classic. I look forward to the accompanying resources and series materials in the near future so I can share this with our men this coming Father's Day. God Bless Mark Batterson for writing this book!