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5 Reads for Godly Men

August 24, 2010

I’ve been preaching a series on manhood and womanhood from the Bible’s perspective for the past nine weeks with just a few more to go. This past Sunday was on the traits of a godly man. I thought I would today list the five books which have done the most for me to grow in male godliness, outside the Bible.

1) Disciplines of a Godly Man, by Kent Hughes (Crossway Books). No punches pulled and a book which does a great job of blending Biblical teaching with contemporary illustrations and research.

2) The Life of a God-Made Man, by Dan Doriani (Crossway Books). If you don’t choose to read Hughes, this one by Doriani is very similar and edifying.

3) Strengthening Your Grip, by Charles R. Swindoll. Appears to be out-of-print when I checked at, but they’re are individual sellers who still have a few copies available for purchase.  Though not advertised as being specifically for men, the topics covered will build godly men.

4) Set Apart, by Kent Hughes (Crossway Books). A great book on the ungodly trends and behaviors of the world we live in to encourage us to be more resolute in not caving in to them.

5) D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones biography (2 vols.) by Iain H. Murray (Banner of Truth). Though expensive, the life story of the single man who most inspires me to live for Christ. If you’d like something similar at a lower cost, I’d suggest Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of Grace, also by Iain Murray.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    August 24, 2010 1:33 PM

    Great suggestions, Steve.

    Here are a couple of my favorites for building men:

    The Measure of a Man by Gene Getz covers the 20 character qualities of 1Tim 3 and Titus 1.

    Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders – a timeless classic.

    The Making of a Leader by Robert Clinton – a unique but proven way to trace how God develops godly leaders. Good for evaluating how God’s providential development is shaping your life and leadership as a man of God.

    • August 24, 2010 2:12 PM

      Yes, Chris, I love Gene Getz’s work on this! I’ve got to read Sanders sometime (confession). Your last one by Robert Clinton is not familiar to me, but sounds like one I’ll need to investigate soon as well.
      Btw, I got our church’s CBD catalog today and see that Hughes’ “Disciplines” is going for $8.99!

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