The Dude’s Guide to Manhood, by Darren Patrick (Book Review)


Solid Work that Tackles a Lot of Topics

Some quick observations about this book:

  1. It’s written for the average dude. (By average, I mean a man who probably doesn’t read much other than newspapers and magazines.) It’s broken into small chunks. There are lots of titles within the chapters. You feel like you’re getting things done when you read it because you’re constantly moving on to the next topic. It reads quick.

  2. Darren wants non-Christians to read this book too. There is little Christianese in the book. He talks about ordinary stuff. There is little scripture, and for a lot of the book, not much God-talk. There are biblical principles, but Darren does not tie everything to a Bible passage. That being said, Darren closes out the book with an excellent chapter on the ultimate man, Jesus Christ, followed by a chapter on living on the forgiven man. If you just read snippets of this book there is a good chance you will not get the gospel. Read it all the way through and it is there.

3. It’s simple but profound. You will have to slow down and unpack some things on your own to get more out of this book. Since it moves at such a quick pace you might gloss over a profound, significant point simply because of the brevity in how it is said.

Most challenging/useful chapter to me? Chapter 2. Pay Attention and Learn Something: Become a Coachable Man. I was challenged by how much the author gets other men to shape and challenge him. That takes humility.

There is a lot of great stuff in this book. It gets the thumbs up. At times it would’ve been nice to hear Darren go more in depth on things, but the book is titled a “guide”, so I think it lives up to its title.

I also think Darren could’ve done a better job of tying masculinity to Jesus. It is there, but I would have liked to see the gospel more throughout the book and not just at the end. 

I received a complementary review copy of this book courtesy of

 4/5 Paper Movement Stars



The Dude’s Guide to Manhood, by Darren Patrick (Book Review)

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