Let me just start by saying, this book is a must read for the men in your life. While you are at it, read it too! It is a GREAT book!
For background, Kent Evans is a husband of 20 years and father of 4 sons. He is the board chairman and co founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry for mentors and fathers, encouraging them to raise up the next generation of Godly men. He wrote this book for men; to give them tools needed to find "wise guys" in their life and to encourage them to soak in the lessons those guys could offer.
Through a series of personal stories woven into 17 chapters, Kent tells of men he has encountered throughout his life and the impact they have had in making him the Godly husband, father, and businessman that he is today. More importantly, he encourages men to seek those types of men out and gives 11 tips on how to begin that search.
What I have found fascinating about this little, 53 page, power packed book is Kent admits that some of the men in his life he sought out, while others simply appeared at the right place at the right time. He recognized that he needed to look at the men that he admired and then learn what he could from them in terms of life skills, leadership and faith. Other times he simply allowed God to move in his life to bring those men to him in unexpected ways. Each chapter concludes with several "Questions to ponder", making this a good book for group reading or just for personal reflection.
Lest you think this is just a how-to book, do not fear. While packed with things to make you think, Kent's humor has left me giggling several times and makes this book a fairly easy read. As a matter of fact, I have taken to reading a few chapters each night and then my husband catches up by the following evening reading those same chapters. Not usually how we read a book, but sharing it has worked this time.
Next on the list- have our 14 year old son read it! And then maybe every husband, father, son, and leader we know read it. Guess what is on the Christmas list this year, men?! Wise Guys is simply that good and that inspirational. It is a good reminder that we need Godly people, in this case men, in our lives that can inspire us, challenge us, and even push us to be and do better. To be the people that God would have us to be!
Chapter lessons include-
- Figure Yourself Out
- Encourage Relentlessly
- Always Be Asking
- Correct Gently
- Learn from Action
- Follow the Sprinters
- Welcome Kindly
- Exercise Tangible Grace
- Finish Strong
- Ditch the Cynicism (My favorite chapter!)
- Ask Artfully
- Know When to Let Go
- Pray Spontaneously
- Tap Shoulders
- Command Calmly
- Sign Up, Pitch In
- Simply Excel
Can't think of a better thing to to aim for! And while you are at you, you just might inspire someone else and become a "wise guy" yourself!
Wise Guys will be released June 1st, but for now, and thanks to FlyBy Productions, I have a copy to give away to a reader- Just leave me a comment and tell me who you would bless with this book and a random winner will be chosen next Friday!