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In his new book, “Manhood Restored,” Eric Mason, lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, urges men to turn their focus to the gospel. Mason writes, “From beginning to end, God has a purpose for men. It’s a purpose that’s been lost but, in and through Jesus Christ, one that might yet be recovered. It’s time for manhood to be restored.”
Consisting of eight chapters on specific and practical aspects of manhood, “Manhood Restored” is a call for men to recognize their Creator, their fall and the redemption and renewed “manhood” made available through Christ.
In the book’s preface, Mason writes, “I have written this book because men need to know that only through the gospel of Jesus Christ can they be what God intends.”
Mason states that he wrote “Manhood Restored” to be used as a curriculum and “catalyst and primer for the intentional development of men,” in Sunday school classes, small groups and men’s ministry settings. Each chapter works together to paint an overarching message of Christ-centered manliness – yet they can also function individually, making the book a valuable tool for many ministry applications.
In chapter one, Mason addresses creation, God’s intended role for men, man’s fall from grace and how men can be made whole again through Christ, laying the foundation on which the rest of the book is built. In subsequent chapters, Mason addresses issues such as, sexuality, family, church, worldview and the prevalence of fatherlessness and how they can all be transformed through Jesus.
The subject of fatherlessness, or what Mason calls “Daddy Delinquency,” is one on which Mason focuses much time. He argues that the breakdown of the family and lack of strong fathers in many communities is due to the fact that many fathers do not base their lives and manhood on the model set forth by God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
“Manhood Restored” is an insightful resource for men of all ages. Mason tasks men not only to proclaim Christ, but also to actively emulate His life and relationship with God the Father. Often challenging, yet offered in brotherly love, “Manhood Restored” is a must-read for men seeking to grow closer to and be more like Christ in
Caleb Yarbrough is staff writer for the Arkansas Baptist News.