Sunday, August 2, 2009

Men's Ministry Resources

Why aren't men in church? Where are the books about men's ministry? How do we facilitate men's spirituality? What would healthy masculinity look like? These are a few of the related questions we've heard over the past few months. They are all good questions. Everyone may have different answers. And hopefully you will share your ideas with us. We need to share our wisdom with each other. That's the best way to explore complex stuff. While there might not be a magical panacea, there are plenty of good ideas to be shared, explored, and tried. Plus there are some helpful books that may help us to navigate the world of manhood. Here are a few examples:

The Care of Men edited by Christie Neuger and James Poling

"The Care of Men features thoughtful and thought-provoking essays that explore the multifaceted understandings of what it means to be a man in contemporary U.S. society. Its gift is that it invites the church to provide faith-filled prophetic and pastoral care to, for, and with men that recognizes that there is no one definitive position that is male-but a range of possibilities. These possibilities pave the way for a 'personhood' that is rooted in a vital spirituality and a wholeness." - Emilie Townes

The Hidden Spirituality of Men by Matthew Fox

“Every man on this planet should read this book - not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know. If you want to understand what is out of whack in our culture - from politics to personal life - and how to heal and transform it, you’ll rejoice in this book that combines the wisdom of the ages with the most forward-looking combination of feminist spirituality and contemporary psychological and philosophical reflections!” - Michael Lerner

Coming of Age by Roland Martinson, David Anderson, and Paul Hill

"Coming of Age provides much needed information for the church regarding men and especially young men who are much less present in the pew than was the case just twenty years ago. We have in this book, reflective research identifying common themes based on the interviews of 88 young men from very different walks of life with suggestions as to how we can provide opportunities for young men to see God at work in the world and in the church." - Leonard Bolick

Holy Adventure by Bruce Epperly

"A book that challenges Christians to take bold moves in connecting with God and to move beyond trendy Christianity to a meaningful relationship. Through forty-one days of spiritual practice, Bruce Epperly guides the reader by using both traditional and creative, adventurous experiences. Theological reflections, spiritual affirmations, imaginative prayers, and adventurous actions are all part of this day-by-day guide to spiritual adventure." - Product Description

Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

"Palmer understands that learning to let his life speak means 'living the life that wants to live in me.' It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and shouldn't be so that we can better hear the call of our wild souls. There are no how-to formulas in this extremely unpretentious and well-written book, just fireside wisdom from an elder who is willing to share his mistakes and stories as he learned to live a life worth speaking about." - Gail Hudson

Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

"In much the same way that Reviving Ophelia offered new models for raising girls, therapists Kindlon and Thompson argue that boys desperately need a new standard of "emotional literacy," showing how our culture's dominant masculine stereotypes shortchange boys and lead them toward emotional isolation. The authors turn a spotlight on the inner lives of boys, debunking preconceptions about gender, explaining the importance of nurturing communication skills and empathy in boys as well as girls, and steering boys toward a manhood of emotional attachment, not stoicism and solitude." - Gail Ross

Real Boys by William Pollack

"In a lucidly written primer for parents, Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor Pollack dismantles what he terms "the Boy Code" - society's image of boys as tough, cool, rambunctious and obsessed with sports, cars and sex. These stereotypes, he argues, thwart creativity and originality in boys. Linking clinical insights to practical suggestions, Pollack advises caregivers how to help boys repair their fragile self-esteem, develop empathy and explore their sensitive sides." - Publishers Weekly

Journeymen by Kent Groff

"Groff offers a wonderful road map for paths men may take toward healing and wholeness. A valuable resource for personal and group growth." - Stephen Boyd

1 comment:

  1. Good post. I am regular reader of blog related to yoga, spirituality and meditation etc. I enjoyed this post. Keep on posting.