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When Men Think Private Thoughts: Exploring the Issues That Captivate the Minds of Men [Paperback]

By Gordon MacDonald (Author)
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AM I COMPETENT AND SUCCESSFUL? AM I A DESIRABLE HUSBAND AND A GOOD FATHER? AM I IN CHARGE OF MY LIFE, OR IS MY LIFE IN CHARGE OF ME? Men ask these measure-up questions of 'themselves in times of quiet contemplation as they consider what they are not, what they think they ought to be, and what they ultimately want to be. Author and pastor Gordon MacDonald addresses them all in When Men Think Private Thoughts. MacDonald explores avenues that include sexuality and masculinity; intimacy, romance, and friendship; and achievement, and definitions of success, revealing how each road intersects with a man's soul. You'll be able to put, aside the stereotypical definitions of maleness that plague men's private thoughts-and will see instead a Christ-centered model.

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Gordon MacDonald explores questions men ask about measuring up to what they ultimately want to become in their quiet times. In "When Men Think Private Thoughts, " MacDonald offers insights and encouragement as he discusses topics that often define a man's life such as identity, masculinity, relationships, and spirituality.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 14, 1997
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  0785271635  
ISBN13  9780785271635  

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Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years. He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books includeBuilding Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.

Gordon MacDonald was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Glamorgan, UK.

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An Okay Book, But Not MacDonald's Best  Oct 22, 2007
"When Men Think Private Thoughts" by Gordon MacDonald focuses on different issues facing men: career, family, significance, character, sexuality, relationship with parents, etc.

While MacDonald has some insightful comments, I thought the book's flow was unstructured and meandered on many paths when addressing an issue like sexuality. Quite frankly, I sometimes had a problem trying to follow what the author was saying. It was as if he was trying to mix too much pop psychology with biblical wisdom.

To MacDonald's credit, I thought the book closed strongly in the last 3 chapters: The Formation of Character, The Meaning of Work, and The Significance of Legacy.

In summary, the book was okay. However, in my humble opinion, other titles such as "Renewing Your Spiritual Passion", "Ordering Your Private World", and "The Life God Blesses" are much better books.
Insightful book about men  Nov 4, 2006
While I cannot say I've read all of the books that are out that talk about things as they relate to men, I'd like to say I've read the more commonly thrown around titles in this genre. Different titles are ones like "Wild at Heart" and "Every Man's Battle." While I can say those books were helpful, I'd have to say "When Men Think Private Thoughts" was among the better books I've read. I won't write about a breakdown of the topics talked about, but do more to mention THE WAY in which he examined the topic of men.

What MacDonald does that I haven't observed in other books is how he seeks to cultivate understanding about what men struggle with, not simply pose solutions. There's a difference between problem-solving and encouraging personal awareness, and more personal awareness puts greater responsibility on the individual than just throwing an answer at them. Throughout "Private Thoughts," MacDonald helps the reader come to a point of understanding about common men's issues. I don't need to lay those out, and you can check the table of contents for yourself to see that.

Personally, what I benefited from the book wasn't that I had this list of things I was going to "try out" and see if they worked. Rather, I was taken through commonly traveled areas of the heart, like with how men respond to relationships (not simply unto marriage), matters of personal intimacy, the role of work, etc., so that I could first understand why those are areas that affect men. It's often at that point in chapters MacDonald would point in a better direction, yet left the responsibility with the reader.

Why I see that as succeeding where other men's books have not is that, rather than majoring on stereotypes about men like books like "Wild at Heart" can do, "Private Thoughts" majors on two things: one, you are made accountable to the knowledge shared; and two, you are viewed as CAPABLE of using what you learn about men. Again, I think too many books about men try too much to offer stereotypical solutions, and do too little to cultivate genuine understanding by the type of things that characterize all men.

If you're looking for a summary or a point-by-point breakdown, that's not really what I care to do. However, if you're looking for understanding the approach taken to cover a topic as murkily-covered nowadays as men can be, you'll see this book majors more on insight.
A Knock Out Punch that Captivate Men's Emotions  Jul 19, 2006
No other book will captivate you like this one. It's almost as if I'm reading another book called False Roads To Manhood. Gordon delves into the secret emotions of men and sheds light on a subject often misunderstood. Reading this book will shake your emotions as a man but much unwanted fruit will fall. I especially enjoyed the section dealing with constructed personalities. As I read each page, I found myself saying that's me. A good read for every man and woman who want to know and understand.
Getting to know yourself from the inside out.  Sep 1, 2005
very good book for men. Answers alot of man questions when we think we are the only ones facing a certain challenge in our life. A must for every man who is searching for the inner him.
Jerry's review of "When Men Think Private Thoughts"  Sep 28, 2004
'mwiley' was right on the money. This book was written by someone who was trained neither in the art of writing nor in the topic he was trying to teach to others. It's full of meandering, unstructured discussion of what the author thinks the truth to be and presenting it as fact. The only background material he sites as reference is the bible - no surveys, no clincal studies, no science. And some of it is obviously wrong. For instance, he claims the reason adult men like females breasts is because they enjoyed the nursing experience as infants. Easy to disprove several ways:
1) Many males were bottle-fed, but still enjoy breasts just the same.
2) Female infants are often breast-fed but, but as adults, do not have the same level of interest.
3) Adult males seek out other parts of the female anatomy in the same manner, but these have nothing to do with nursing.
4) Adults, in general, do not remember what it was like to be breast-fed. Subconscious memories you say? If that were the case, then adult males who were bottle fed would seek out Playtex baby bottles instead of breasts because most of the pleasures MacDonald sites associated with breast-feeding are also present with bottle-feeding.

That said, occasionally there are snippets of his opinions (note I've intentionally refrained from using the word 'information') which are useful in answering questions I've had about how widespread my thought patterns, as a man, are. But rather than forcing me to read through 200 pages, these could have been covered in about 10.

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