The Dude’s Guide to Manhood [Book Review]

What does it mean to be a man?

While this question could be answered with a simple biological definition, manhood is much more complex than one’s anatomy. True manhood expresses itself in the character, actions, and pursuits of a man.

However, our culture has a shortage of true men. So how did we get to this point?

In the introduction to his book The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits, Darrin Patrick says the problem is that “many men are simply unprepared to face the journey of manhood, in part because they have never been prepared in the first place.” Somewhere along the way, our culture misplaced the road map to manhood. Of course, many factors have contributed to this drift: the rise in divorces and single-parent homes, the removal of traditional rites of passage, and the attempt to remove traditional gender distinctives, just to name a few.

This lack of preparation for men has led to a culture filled with males stuck in a prolonged boyhood and adolescence: avoiding responsibility, lacking passion, and letting life pass them by as they escape in their careers, video games, sports, and/or porn. Or as Patrick puts it, “Many of us [men] avoid real life and escape into a psuedoreality that is more comfortable and less taxing than our own lives.”

To address this problem, Darrin has thoughtfully outlined what true manliness looks like in The Dude’s Guide to Manhood. Usually you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when the cover looks like this one, you know it’s going to be a winner! Read more of this post

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