Men’s Resources

For Dads

fatherconnectionThe Father Connection: How You Can Make the Difference in Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Sense of Purpose by Josh McDowell
Being a parent has never been considered an easy job. Especially in our culture today, many parents are fearful that the world may swallow their children up whole. However, this book will show you that you have a fighting chance. The Father Connection looks at ten parenting qualities inspired by the ultimate model of fatherhood. By embracing these godly characteristics, you will make a difference in the life of your child, boosting their self-esteem and giving them a sense of purpose.

Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood by Robert Lewis
This book uses as an example the process by which a boy moved through the medieval stages of knighthood, and identifies parallel stages for today’s fathers to create ceremonies to commemorate significant milestones in a young man’s journey toward becoming a modern-day knight. Beginning with a biblical perspective of manhood, it shares a unique approach to shaping a boy into a man by equipping him with three essential elements: a vision, a code of conduct, and a cause (Christianity) in which to invest his life.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker
A daughter’s relationship with her father is one of the most important relationships in her life, far more than many of us realize. To become a strong and confident woman, a young girl needs her father’s attention, protection, courage and wisdom. This book shares the ten secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life-and his own- for the better.

Anchor Man: How a Father Can Anchor His Family in Christ for the Next 100 Years by Steve Farrar
This book presents the high calling of fatherhood, the traits of a Christian father, the adventures that await him as he interacts with his children and the significance of his roles as a good family man. These roles and responsibilities are presented in a way any man wanting to increase his understanding of his place in the family, and our society, can put into action every day. Anchor Man encourages, exhorts and demonstrates with biblical concepts how to raise a godly family and how to anchor that family in Christ for the next 100 years.

For Husbands

formenonlyFor Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti Feldhahn and Jeff Feldhahn
This book is the tool you need to unlock the mysterious ways of women. Through hundreds of interviews and the results of a scientific national survey of women, this book demonstrates that women are actually not as random as they seem and that they really can be better understood. This book will help guide you to loving your wife or girlfriend in the way she needs to be loved.

Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family by Steve Farrar
This book encourages and equips Christian men to lead their families successfully through hazards and ambushes like divorce, promiscuity, suicide and drug addiction. Men will find practical insight on topics such as a father’s influence, maintaining purity and husband-and-wife teamwork. In this war, Jesus Christ is looking for men who will not die, but live for their families.

Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart: Bringing Strength into Balance by Stu Weber

This book leads readers in an expanded, in-depth biblical exploration of what it means to be a king, warrior, mentor and friend. Addressing key circumstances faced by men of all ages and backgrounds, Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart focuses on areas of struggle and opportunity faced by husbands, fathers and single men of all ages and backgrounds.

Tender Warrior: Every Man’s Purpose, Every Woman’s Dream, Every Child’s Hope by Stu Weber
The definition of manhood itself is obscured by a culture in moral free fall. This book cuts through the fog and defines a powerful blueprint for being the man that God desires you to be. It teaches about man’s vigilance, staying power, and consideration for the woman in his life. It will move you to pursue the man you were created to be.

Every Man, God’s Man by Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck, Rick Warren and Mike Yorkey
Spiritually, men are frustrated today because they feel they are repeatedly coming up short or are in other ways unfulfilled. That drive toward spiritual maturity requires both a shift of hear and a re-examination of the spiritual habits. This book specifically reveals God’s heart for men in the spiritual “red zone,” and sets forth the choices they much make to take the relationship with God all the way. This book boldly gets into men’s heads and gives hope.

Work and Leadership

workA Man’s Guide to Work by Patrick Morley
Half a man’s life is bound up in his work, but few ever learn a biblical framework to help them think correctly about all those hours, weeks and years they invest in their job. This book is for men in the workforce who want to integrate their faith into their work. Whether a businessman, construction worker, salesman, lawyer, accountant, or plumber, men will be introduced to principles which provide a better understanding of themselves and how to be most effective and valuable in their chosen career.

Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance by Bob P. Buford
Broaching midlife doesn’t have to be a crisis. “Halftime” is the period of time between the two halves of your life. Whether you’re a millionaire, a manager, or a teacher, you will one day have to transition from the struggle for success in the first half to the quest for significance in the second. Halftime, then, is a quiet time of deliberate decision-making, restructuring and passionate contemplation of your heat’s deepest desires. Instead of a transition to be feared, Buford makes midlife an introspective journey of abundance that will unleash God’s best for you.

Choosing to Cheat: Who Wins When Family and Work Collide? by Andy Stanley
With only 24 hours in each day, we simply can’t fit everything in. And what we choose to cheat is a clear announcement of our values. When you come home an hour earlier, miss a round of golf, or let the dishes sit while you play with your child, you make your family feel valued and secure. This books helps you restore your vision of what really matters – and guides you in making courageous decisions about your time.

Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future by Andy Stanley
This book is to mentor young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world. It focuses on five for principles: Competence, Courage, Clarity, Coaching and Character. These are key to influencing future leaders. It teaches to focus on what you to best and delegate the rest, seek out the counsel of coaches, and to not let success blind you to what’s wright and wrong. This is the perfect guide for any new leader – or for the mentor of a future leader!

Spiritual Disciplines

spiritualA Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines: 12 Habits to Strengthen Your Walk With Christ by Patrick Morley
Spiritual strength, like surgical skill or athletic excellence, requires training and practice. To become the kind of man who walks with God and wields Christ’s influence in your world, you’ll want to begin a consistent regimen of spiritual exercises. By presenting each discipline with a concise overview, several examples and application ideas to get you going, this powerful guidebook will help you develop the maturity every man of God was designed to reflect.

Louder Than Words: The Power of Uncompromised Living by Andy Stanley
Your character, more than anything else, will impact how much you accomplish in this life. It’s more important than any talent, education, background, or network of friends. This book helps you chart a course toward becoming a man of character. You’ll discover a definition of character that will inspire you for a lifetime. Using practical insights, biblical exposition, and engaging stories, it will guide you step-by-step in setting the personal goals that will build the foundation for true success.

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels
The world around us is spinning at a frenzied pace. There are distractions everywhere you turn that try to pry your attention away from the Lord. With the brokeness and pain that fill our world, the need for prayer is clear. However, there’s busyness that keep many of us from finding time to pray. This book offers practical ideas on slowing down to pray. It broadens our view of what our eternal and all-powerful God does when we slow down to pray.

Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith by Bill Hybels
Sharing your faith with others can be an intimidating thing, but it’s as simple as walking across the room. This book give clear guidance to a new understanding of why and how you can help others come to know the Lord. The advice is solid, yet it’s clearly more than checking items off a spiritual to-do list. The book focuses on the three Ds: develop friendships, discover stories, discern next steps. It’s a challenge for you to take some steps across the room and start sharing your faith.

Filter the Media in Your Home

SafeEyes

safeeyesIf you have an internet connection at home, we strongly recommend you protect your family with an internet filter. SafeEyes is a staff favorite; it’s fast and works great, is easy to install and works on PCs and Macs. Click here to purchase a yearly license, and use coupon code “LHB” during checkout to receive a 25% discount (one license can cover up to 3 computers in your home).

SafeEyes is a terrific tool for families, couples and accountability partners. You can set the software to be as strict or lenient as you like, and it can even email usage reports to a significant other or accountability partner. After you install the software, have your significant other or accountability partner change the password for an extra layer of protection.

OpenDNS

Another great solution for filtering your internet connection are the free online tools provided by the folks at OpenDNS. OpenDNS works in conjunction with your internet router at home to filter out unwanted websites before they even make it to your computer. It’s also a great tool to block malware and fishing attempts, and it might even speed up your internet connection!

OpenDNS is easy to set up, but you might want to a tech-savvy person to help you get started.

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