Book Review: Man Alive by Patrick Morley

Man Alive

Transforming Your Seven Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life

Written by Patrick Morley

ISBN: 9781601423863

This book was one that hit the mark.  Just wish I had read it and applied it sooner.  Morley takes 7 basica or “Primal Needs” that a man has and relates how we as men can turn them into a powerful spiritual life.

I think a passage in this book that spoke to me and the lives of men that surrond me is this as found on page 92:

Men have a primal need to breek free from the destructive behaviors that keep dragging them down.  They are baffled that they can’t break free.  And it’s embarrassing.  They desperately want to experience freedom from their bondage to sin.  They do their best to manage these behaviors, but what they really wants is for the damage to stop.  But they feel weak and stuck.  Unfortunately, millions of us just don’t know where to turn.

Morley seeks to provide men with ways to take this cycle that they just are stuck in, to break free from the lies that the devil puts in their heads.  He makes men realize that they are not alone, and that they shouldn’t be doing life alone. Two passages that jump out from the test are found on pages 32 and 33 and I quote:

“…his heart was transformed when he stopped trying to go it alone and dug into God’s Word with a group of guys who accepted him ‘as is.'”

“Participation in a small group, or one-on-one, is a key difference between men who are spiritually alive and men who are mired in spiritual mediocrity.”

This book is a must read for all men, especially those are feed up with living a life that seems to not be growing.  For men who want to be walking with God and getting things moving.  He helps the reader realize that they are not alone in their feelings and struggles and that it is important to seek to do their Christian life in community. This is against the human notion that I can do it alone and don’t need others.  Those who try to do it alone are the weak ones.  Those who do it in community have realized that God created us to be in relationship with Him and with each other.

Definitely a must read that will be on my bookcase and that I will use to challenge and encourage those around me.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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