The godly man’s picture…continued? by bigplew
February 15, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Books, Featured Resource, Masculinity

by Mike Plewniak


When we started manspeak, I began a book study on Thomas Watson’s “The Godly Man’s Picture”. I highly recommend this book (you can buy it here) and think the content is wonderful for men. It’s fits perfect with our goal for manspeak — mature masculinity. If you weren’t around when we did this, here are the chapters we reviewed:

  • Study 1 — foundation of godliness
  • Study 2 — defining godliness
  • Study 3 — a godly man is a man of knowledge
  • Study 4 — faith, love, and worship
  • Study 5 — a servant of God, not men
  • Study 6 — a godly man prizes Christ
  • Study 7 — a godly man is a weeper
  • Study 8 — a godly man has the Spirit of God
  • Study 9 — a godly man is a humble man
  • Study 10 — a godly man is a praying man

I was considering starting back where we left off and wanted your input? What do you think? Do you want to pick it back up? Will it benefit you?Here is a quote from CS Lewis about reading old books that re-envisioned me:

“There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with modern books…. This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology…. Now this seems topsy-turvy. Naturally, since I myself am a writer, I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advice him to read the old…. It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read on old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones…. We all…need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books…. We may be sure that the characteristic blindness of the twentieth century lies where we have never suspected it…. None of us can fully escape the blindness…. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can only be done by reading old books.

Anybody want to return to the clean sea breeze of masculinity that Watson paints in this book?


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i wasn’t able to get the book and follow along last time, but i would love to this time….so yea lets start it back up!

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