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The Silence of Adam: Becoming Men of Courage in a World of Chaos Paperback – March 10, 1998
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The theme of this book takes off from Adam's part in the Fall. Dr. Crabb claims that Adam's silence during Eve's temptation has haunted men down through the ages. Silence represents our fearful retreat from Biblical manhood into one of two extremes: neediness (a corruption of sensitivity) or toughness (a corruption of strength). Neediness equates to withdrawal and passivity, while toughness is exemplified by control and dominance. The ideal, as lived out by Christ, is a balance between sensitivity and strength. How is this balance achieved? I found some help with that, but experienced some misgivings as well.
On the one hand, I appreciated Dr. Crabb's call for a return to the Biblical basics of a God-centered life. I echo his frustration with bullet-point healing methodologies and self-help gurus with pat answers and principles to make life work our way. He calls this controlling and ultimately futile approach "Recipe Theology." Instead, Christian men should embrace "Transcendent Theology" that acknowledges the uncertainty of life and advocates a constant seeking of God. Dr. Crabb sums it up like this: "We don't believe the Bible provides a plan for making life work as we think it should. We think it offers a reason to keep on going even when life doesn't work that way (p. 13)." Amen.Read more ›
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This is a book for all christian men. It is changing my life. It is taking me forever to read it because it blows my mind every time I pick it up.Published 7 months ago by Boyd M. Gilbreath Jr.
Previously owned a copy of this book and lost it after loaning it out... Decided to repurchase in hardback for the library. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adam Haffner
Great book that really talks about what it means to be a man. It helped me greatly in my walk as a man. Highly recommended also as a men's study.Published 21 months ago by Fred
Notwithstanding Crabb's arguments in defense of his book title, based on my own study--and I am by no means a scholar of ancient Hebrew-- I disagree with his foundational claim... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Laugesen