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2015 Book of the Year: Kingdom Man by Dr. Tony Evans

The most profound, eye-opening, hands down best book I have read this year is Kingdom Man by Dr. Tony Evans.

I have yet to read a better book on God's perspective and prescription for manhood, responsibility, and stewardship.

Kingdom Man was my summer book and I found it difficult to put down. Dr. Evans is not only the Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, but also the chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks (he holds the longest standing chaplaincy on NBA record spanning at least 3 decades), he was also chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys.

Growing up around many siblings and having a large family of his own, there could not be a more credible source on biblical instructions for manhood than Dr. Evans.

Kingdom Man is broken into three parts: The Formation of a Kingdom Man, the Foundation of a Kingdom Man, and the Function of a Kingdom Man.

Dr. Evans uses his own experiences, statistics, and most importantly, the Bible, to beckon Kingdom Men, men who govern themselves according to God's Word, to rise up and lead with Christ as the Ultimate Leader.

This book is for all men, no matter the conditions. Even as a single, young man, I could relate with every chapter. Upon starting, I could tell why more than 175,000 copies of Kingdom Man had already been sold before I purchased mine.

In homage to the book's three-part makeup, here are three passages from each section I highlighted in my book.

  1. FORMATION
    1. A man who forgoes responsibility in the chaos or confusion of his realm, even if it his direct doing, has thus prevented himself from remedying it. Not only does he lack God's power to advance, but he has also disqualified himself from even fixing what he has broken.
    2. Being a kingdom man involves exercising authority and responsibility along with wisdom and compassion. A kingdom man intentionally aligns his life, choices, thoughts, and actions under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
    3. It is our responsibility as men to see to it that those under our care-those who depend on us and those within our realm of influence-have every opportunity for protection, provision, and safety.
  2. FOUNDATION
    1. Men, never let the size of your giant determine the size of your God.
    2. What we frequently experience in our culture is men who want to rule without the image (God's). When men try to carry out their rule without integrating the spiritual aspect into the physical rulership, God ends up cast aside while consequences mount up.
    3. Satan still wields a gun, and without a believer's comprehension of spiritual authority, Satan's empty gun continues to pressure and intimidate. Yet, the truth is, his gun is empty. With Christ's death on the cross, God removed the bullets and "rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son" (Colossians 1:13).
  3. FUNCTION
    1. The moment a blessing stops with you, it cancels the furtherance of a blessing because a blessing is intended to go through you to others. Paul wrote in Acts 20:35, "Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
    2. For your wife to be the kingdom woman she was created to be, you must provide a place of security that is so strong and stable that she will not only be able to, but also want to, cling to you. By enabling and encouraging her to cling to you, you will keep her from clinging to something else that is not legitimately positioned to put her in a place of personal growth and nurturing.
    3. Mentoring is so essential to the development of a boy into a man, in fact, that whenever a young boy was earmarked to be a king later in life, the care of many people went into training that boy on how to be a king. Yet somewhere along the way, we have come to believe that the princes in God's kingdom don't need any significant training at all.

From reading these excerpts, you can hopefully see why I believe this is the best book I read in 2015. The information and content found inside sheds light for what God wants and expects from men and that is to see Christ glorified in the lives of men who boldly follow His lead.

Especially to the fellas, I recommend Kingdom Man by Dr. Tony Evans. 

Kingdom Man is my 2015 Book of the Year!!!



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