Item description for The Life of a God-Made Man: Becoming a Man After God's Heart by Daniel M. Doriani...
Overview To be a better person, father, and/or husband is the goal of many men. While there is no shortage of books that claim "four steps to better male bonding" or "seven methods to a happier marriage," Dan Doriani believes that when the purpose is to be more like Christ, the other areas follow. Instead of starting with laws and guidelines for godly living, Doriani explores the nature of God first. From the beginning, God's love and grace has always gone before His demands. And it is that grace that transforms hearts into the father, husband, friend and leader that God desires men to be. Doriani's truth-telling approach will challenge men as they delve into Scripture together. And the illustration and discussion questions will help bring the message home: the Christian life is not about following a how-to list; it's about following the Savior who's already done it all.
Publishers Description Preface
This book is a proposal and a protest. It protests all the books that reduce the life of a Christian man to a string of techniques and how-to lists. It proposes instead that the course of the Christian man is the course of his God. It protests all the lists of four steps for building lasting friendships, five techniques for raising obedient children, and seven methods of loving your wife. To avoid man-made lists, we will spend more time exploring Bible texts than typical men's books do. It also proposes that we focus on character over technique and law. God has renewed His sons and is remaking us in His image. Therefore, it is our heritage, our destiny, to become more like the Father and the Son. Men are most true to themselves when most like Christ.
That conviction shapes this book. Instead of starting with laws and guidelines for godly living, we will consider the nature of God first. For example: - Godly husbands follow the pattern of sacrificial love set by Jesus, whose love for His bride, the church, shows husbands how to love their wives. - Good fathers are like God, their heavenly Father. His love, justice, faithfulness, and loving discipline are the pattern for godly fathers. - Godly friends imitate God's friendship with Abraham and Moses and the friendship of Jesus and His disciples. Self-disclosure and helpful presence are the marks of friendship. - Godly workers love to create because God, who delights in creation, made us in His image. We like to finish tasks because we resemble Jesus who exulted, " It is finished." His completed mission surpasses all others. But because of Him, we delight in completing our work. -Even in our play, we imitate the playfulness of God evident throughout creation. His pattern of work and rest liberates us to rest and play as well.
There is more to godly masculinity than this, but nothing is more foundational. God created us in His image. By His grace, He restores us to that image day by day. For that reason I accent character over technique, being over doing.
This approach simply agrees with Jesus. He said, " Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit" (Matt. 7:17-18). Jesus says, " I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Talk of inability offends men who have a high estimate of their strength and resolve. So be it. Progress cannot begin until we know ourselves, weaknesses included. We must know that love, sacrifice, and service are alien to our relentlessly lazy and self-seeking souls. Left to ourselves, we have little desire to sacrifice. But Jesus renews His people.
In the language of Scripture, He gives us a new heart. We have a spiritual sensitivity, even passion. As much as Christian men care about their honor, they care for God's honor yet more. As much as they love their families, they yearn to love their heavenly Father even more. We each become, to borrow another phrase from Scripture, " a man after God's heart."
The phrase " a man after God's heart" was a potential title of this book because it captures the way a changed life radiates out from a renewed spirit. First Samuel 13 used that phrase, long beforeDavid became king, to describe him, and it suits him well. He longed for nothing more than God's presence (see Ps. 27). Zeal for God's house consumed him (Ps. 69). This passion of the heart transformed all David did. When a Philistine giant taunted God's people, David could not bear the insult to God's honor and fought him in the Lord's strength (1 Sam. 17). When David became king, his first act was to bring God's tabernacle, the sign of God's presence, into his capital city (2 Sam. 6). As king he showed mercy and protected the weak, such as Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 9), because he knew that God " has regard for the weak and] delivers him in times of trouble" (Ps. 41:1-2). In the course of his explosive affair with beautiful, reckless Bathsheba, David learned that he was weak too, a man who needed to "receive mercy and deliverance, not just "give it (2 Sam. 11). But as a man after God's heart, he eventually confessed his sin to God. Making no excuses, he threw himself on God's mercy, and received it (2 Sam. 12).
The life of David shows that, by themselves, techniques and to-do lists cannot lead anyone to become a man of God. Unless we have a heart for God, techniques only help us manage our lives a little better. Further, if we take our sin, inability, and resistance to repentance seriously, we must conclude that to-do lists will never suffice.
Why then do we act as if we can hand out rules and methods and expect any Joe to follow them? Why do Christian lessons and books sound as if we can solve every problem by following the right techniques? Do they think we can manage every sphere of life if we just have the proper instructions? If so, why are there so many self-help books?Wouldn't three or four be enough to cover most fields of Christian living? Cultures shape people more than the people living in those cultures realize. So I wonder: Do teachers focus on techniques because science, technology, and business dominate our culture? Has our fascination with technology seeped into our theological bones? Have management models led us to think we can govern our relationships by following a few easy steps?
Jesus appears fairly often in some Christian books for men. But He appears as our example more than our Savior. He illustrates the principles of the particular book--the " how-to" of whatever the current chapter requires. But those books say little about Jesus' grace. If they do mention it, it is probably the grace that forgives sins, not the deeper grace that transforms sinners. These books often speak of our sins, but rarely of our sinfulness or our inability to reform ourselves.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2001
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581343086 ISBN13 9781581343083
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More About Daniel M. Doriani
A pastor, Dan Doriani was formerly Professor of New Testament and Dean of Faculty at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He maintains a wide variety of scholarly and pastoral interests and frequently speaks at church conferences around the country.
Daniel M. Doriani currently resides in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri. Daniel M. Doriani was born in 1953.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Life of a God-Made Man?
Real Meat for Real Men Jan 13, 2008
If you are looking for something you can really sink your teeth (and heart) into, this book is for you. The Christian world (especially that of the fledgling men's ministry) needs less superficial lists, and much more depth. This is a book of depth. Like the previous review, just look at his preface:
... This book is a proposal and a protest. It protests all the books that reduce the life of a Christian man to a string of techniques and how-to lists. It proposes instead that the course of the Christian man is the course of his God. It protests all the lists of four steps for building lasting friendships, five techniques for building obedient children, and seven methods for loving your wife. To avoid man-made lists, we will spend more time exploring Bible text than typical men's books do. It also proposes that we focus on character over technique and law. God has renewed His sons and is remaking us in His image. Therefore, it is our heritage, our destiny, to become more like the Father and the Son. Men are most true to themselves when most like Christ." (p. 10 from the Preface).
That conviction shapes this book. Instead of starting with laws and guidelines for godly living, we will consider the nature of God first. ...
Doriani's book delivers.
"WE BECOME LIKE THAT WHICH WE BEHOLD."
Excellent Resource for Men's Ministry Aug 14, 2006
I have used this book as a curriculum guide for our Men's Discipleship class. The topics are relevant to every man regardless of their age or standing in life. The prose is provocative, and spurred many discussions within our group. There was also abundant scriptural references to undergird the material. I would recommend this book to other Men's groups that want a discussion and curriculum guide, but not necessarily a workbook with exercises.
We Need More Men's Books Like This One! Jan 28, 2002
In The Life of A God-Made Man, Dr. Doriani has done a great service to the church. As he says, the book is a proposal and a protest: "It protests all the books that reduce the life of a Christian man to a string of techniques and how-to lists. It proposes instead that the course of the Christian man is the course of his God....It also proposes that we focus on character over technique and law. God has renewed His sons and is remaking us in His image. Therefore, it is our heritage, our destiny, to become more like the Father and the Son. Men are most true to themselves when most like Christ." (p. 10 from the Preface).
In this book, grace is proclaimed and applied to men's relationship to God, their families, their jobs and even their recreation (His chapter on A Man and His Play is excellent!). Instead of being given ten steps to be a better man (Doriani calls this kind of thing "Nike Christianity"), which none of us can ever follow, Doriani shows where and how the power comes from to change, and how God has provided for His sons to conform more and more to the image of Christ.
The book is filled with solid biblical support & analysis and yet it is also filled with helpful illustrations and stories to make it a joy to read.
The book also has discussion questions at the end of each chapter and it would be a great book to use in small groups and men's groups. I plan to recommend it to a lot of the men in my church.