March 14, 2012
“God has wired each of us – you, me, and every other man – with a deeply felt need to be significant and to feel like our lives are going somewhere. Nothing feels quite as good as coming to the end of a long day – or a long life- like an exhausted warrior, knowing that you have spent yourself in a worthy cause for the glory of God.” (Taken from the book Man Alive by Patrick Morley)
Patrick Morley takes his reader through 7 primal needs that he believes each man has. If these needs are not met then he says the man will feel unfulfilled and unable to figure our why.
The seven primal needs are: to feel like I don’t have to do life alone, to believe that God knows, loves, and cares about me personally, to believe that life has a purpose – that my life is not random, to break free from the destructive behaviors that keep dragging me down, to satisfy my soul’s thirst for transcendence, awe, and communion, to love and be loved without reservation, and to make a contribution and leave the world a better place.
As I began to read this book I was a little hesitant. I have read books that are meant to spur men on to live the life that “God desires” for them and I left the book feeling like the mission was not accomplished. On page 7 of this book Morley says “I’d estimate that as many as 90 percent of Christian men lead lukewarm, stagnant, often defeated lives.” I had a problem with this because he based that number on nothing except his own estimation.
Fortunately there were not many other problems I had with the book. Patrick Morley did a great job addressing these needs that men have. I believe each one to be true. We really do have certain needs to be met and we cannot meet them on our own. It is only through growing in Christ the way that Scripture shows us that each one of these needs can be met.
There are many great lines in the book like the one above. It’s like the author is calling his readers to live godly lives as men. He wants us to know our calling and find our fulfillment in Jesus. It is quite a call and I really felt spurred on to do great things that God has laid out for me to do!
Men who are seeking out God or maybe just trying to find a purpose for their lives would benefit from reading this book. It is a very easy read and really captures the attention. I got this book free from blogging for books.