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The Art of Manliness – Manvotionals (Book Review)

Book of the month for July 2017 – The Art of Manliness – Manvotionals by – Brett McKay

It was back in 2014 when I read this book, it made such a big impact on me that I re-read it again in 2017. I decided to write this review because the book was very helpful to me and I think it will be highly beneficial to you as well (especially if you are a guy in your 20’s or 30’s)

During 2013 and 2014 I was really working hard on making a change in my life and improving my mindset. I’ve stumble across this book when I was doing some research for books that can help me improve myself and to grasp the concept of manliness a bit better. I think that the concept of manliness has been completely distorted for the last 20-30 years. The two extreme narratives for a modern-day man who the media pushes, are either the dumb jock or the feminine wimp. And I think that neither of those extremes are good and healthy for young men. The truth and real confidence in one self is somewhere in the middle of those to extremes.

I was really curious and wanted to find for myself what is true manliness in our modern ages. And this book helped me find a bit of it.

Product Description (from Amazon)

Based on a popular series, “Manvotionals” is a collection of the best advice ever written down for men. From the philosophy of Aristotle to the success books of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the speeches and essays of Theodore Roosevelt, the book contains the manly wisdom of the ages – a myriad of poems, quotes, and essays designed to inspire men to live life to the fullest and realise their complete potential as men. The book is divided into 7 Manly Virtues. Each chapter helps the reader understand a particular virtue and become inspired to live it.

What Makes a Man, a Man?

For centuries, being a man meant living a life of virtue and excellence. But then, through time, the art of manliness was lost.

Now, after decades of excess and aimless drift, men are looking for something to help them live an authentic, manly life–a primer that can give their life real direction and purpose.

This book holds the answers. To master the art of manliness, a man must live the seven manly virtues: Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-Reliance, Discipline, Honor.

Each chapter covers one of the seven virtues and is packed with the best classic advice ever written down for men. From the philosophy of Aristotle to the speeches and essays of Theodore Roosevelt, these pages contain the manly wisdom of the ages–poems, quotes, and essays that will inspire you to live life to the fullest and realise your complete potential.

Learn the art. Change your life. Become a man.

Product details

  • Series: The Art of Manliness
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440312001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440312007

What I think about this book?

I’m highly fascinated with this book, and the collection of manly wisdom and knowledge. The book is a really fun read and it’s separated in to bite size portions and chunks. I highly recommend this book if you are a man in he’s 20’s, 30’s or 40’s and if you are a father definitely buy this book for your son, he might not appreciate the book  if he’s 18 or 20 but he will really cherish the book when he gets a bit older.

The book is very well designed and has plenty of hand-made (or at least it looks like that) drawings and illustrations. You feel a bit more classy and manly just by holding and reading the book.

If you are interested in philosophy, poetry, literature and essays, this book has plenty.

You can purchase this book at:

Amazon (US) – The Art of Manliness – Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues

Amazon (UK) – The Art of Manliness – Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues

Amazon (Canada) – The Art of Manliness – Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues

Overall Rating – 5/5

I hope this book review will help you the next time you stumble across this book or you need a good read.

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