Reading: 70 Things Every Man Needs to Know
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers.
True or false: Men don’t read. If you answered true, look around the boarding area the next time you fly. Men read all the time. That said, reading habits for Christian books vary widely by gender.
When it comes to Christian books for men, there are two kinds of readers. Pastors and leaders are the “first readers.” They hold influence over a second group we might call “relational readers.” Relational readers either (1) take a recommendation from a respected pastor, layman, or spouse on a book that hits a felt need, (2) receive a book by a “first reader” or spouse, or (c) get in a small group led by a pastor or leader who picks the book.
Relational readers are often men who don’t read well and/or don’t like to read. As a result, they don’t read much, can take or leave books in general, and wouldn’t take an interest in reading except as a response to a pastor, leader, or spouse.
As to why many men do not read, I’ve been offered many wise opinions–here are three: (1) they come home from work mentally and emotionally exhausted; (2) many alternative activities to reading exist; and (3) they don’t read well, which leads to frustration and loss of interest.
Yet reading is very important. One leader said it well: “The men who read the book chapter we study before they come to our small group are growing, and those who don’t read it are stagnant. The stagnant ones just can’t understand why their lives are not changing.”
I have always been amazed at how a man will get hold of a book, and then God will use the book to get hold of the man.
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