Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts, Jr is on my list of good books for African American men. It may be Leonard Pitts Jr's first novel, but it bares the epic trademarks of a "how to" handbook for men or anyone trying to deal with some of the curve balls that life may throw you.
To be frank, honestly, I have to admit, I've not had the pleasure of reading the book.
I begin each quest for a new addition to the list of good books for men, by seeking a book with positive reviews from others, before under taking most of my literary journeys. At first, I wasn't really impressed with what other reviewers were saying what about Pitt's new book.
By chance, I stumbled across a review on the blog "The Pleasing Spoon" by Tavares S. Carney, that mentioned how the story created an awareness, "to the challenges people face as they age and the emotional turmoil a medical diagnosis can bring".
One would expect a good book for black men to have drama, intrigue or a diabolical plot. Especially, a book from a Pulitzer Prize winning author. To convey awareness and tackle a issue at the heart of the struggles of modern families is Steinbeckian, Shakespearean and Sinclairian.
It also solidifies the African American author's innate resolve to speak to the hearts, minds and spirits of his readers. Even in a novel. Just as he did in the aftermath of 9-11 and consistently does twice each week in his Miami Herald newspaper column.
It also makes declaring this new novel, a good book for African American men, even before I read it, a hands down choice. I've linked to Carney's reviews of "Before I Forget" for anyone reading this and not thoroughly convinced to give the book a try.
I should admit one last thing to you. I'm a on again, off again fan of Leonard Pitts Jr., but I'm also the kind of reader who is only game for good reads and not just any old book can get my vote of confidence.
Get A Piece Of American History....Obama Memorabilia
One of the good gifts African American men will value and stop to read are Barack Obama books. They are historic and valuable collectibles.
Signed copies of his books are already selling for thousands of dollars. I can hook you up with Obama books that are reasonably priced. These deals are not going to last and the prices are getting better each day.
A Piece Of American History....Obama Memorabilia
Obama books are worthwhile and inspiring reading and fast becoming sought after collectibles.
Christian books for men should provide more than just an entertainment value. Carefully chosen books, will equip Christian men with the tools and techniques to renew their mind, transform their lives and become better husbands and fathers.
I listed a few books that make good resources for men undergoing personal challenges and situations that they feel prayer alone is not enough.
A Good Read For Christians
Check out this book by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker for men struggling with sexual temptations.
It comes with a glowing reviews from Dr. John C. Maxwell, founder of The INJOY Group and Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., pastor of The Church on the Way and president of The King's Seminary.
A Book To Help Men Who Are Their Own Worst Enemy
An author and pastor who has really been making a honest effort to share his knowledge and anointing with others outside of his congregation. You may have heard about him through his television ministry, podcast and now he is poised to release a new book.
Dr. Bryant's book World War Me can provide answers and solutions for Christian men whose inner man despises authority and balance and is out of control. Especially if your own actions often sabotage the goals you've set and it seems as if you are your own worst enemy.
Expect to hear and see more all over the Internet about "World War Me" when Tywebbin launches the blog tour in a couple of weeks.
I would be amiss if I didn't include something for the man who needs to strengthen his skills on the grill. I recommend Houston writerJohn DeMers, Follow The Smoke (bright sky press) recently.
This book makes a handy guide. It has little nuggets that could improve any man's barbecue repertoire. Some of the best barbecue joints in Texas gets covered in this book with pit masters sharing one or two tips on how they meld the flavors that have made their cooking and establishments legendary in some parts of the state.
The Bible has always been and still remains one of the best resources to build principled men. But with such a wide variety of modern diversions, pornography, embezzling, mental, physical and drug abuse being glamorized in the media, a guy could use a little more help to combat these non-Christian images and encourage them to be Christian fathers, husbands and servant-leaders in their community.
Not all men will feel a need to consult a self-improvement book or one for coaching their life. What offers the most hope to get through to a wider audience are the new Christian fiction, sci-fi and fantasy genres.
A Writer Discusses His Christian Father As A Role Model
PETE ABEL posted in the Moderate Voice about how his father endeared himself to Pete, by modeling a Christian character and by being genuine. He noted "my father ignored his disease to make sure that before he died, his wife, our mother, was taken care of: that the finances were in order; that she knew where to find the things she’d need when he was no longer around. He did the same for us, his children, our spouses, and his grandchildren."
He explained "He gave us a way to move beyond statements to actions".
Cary McMullen discussed several father and son pastors in a article in The Ledger, and even though the sons had followed their dads foot-steps into ministry, they were able to maintain their own sense of self-identity. Included in her article were snippets of an interview with Rev. Robert Anthony Schuller son of Rev. Robert Harold Schuller, who recently published a book "Walking in Your Own Shoes," .
Christian Husbands A Modern Topic Of Popular Authors
The role of a husband is another of the duties that many fathers assume during their life time with or without the proper preparation. I don't know why they schools don't or that they even should prepare boys to become husbands.
For sure, it's fathers who lay the ground work for young men to follow as a husband. Girls usually choose a guy whose a similar to her father for a husband. Young boys look to fathers when gathering the know-how they need to head a household, but more of them are consulting books that discuss the character men need as a husband.
Preparing Men To Be Servant-leaders
Whether a Christian or not every father should aspire to be a servant-leader in the community. This is the kind guidance, directions and leadership principles that Christ extolled. It's a attitude of caring, giving and sharing that the world needs more of today.
Rick Warren, T D Jakes and other authors have written Christian books for today's men. Jakes book, He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle can be effective tools to inspire encourage and instruct men how to whole-heatedly embrace the Christian lifestyle and live a sermon instead of preaching one.
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Meet Aaron D. Taylor, author of Alone with a Jihadist
Aaron D. Taylor was raised in a Midwestern charismatic church with the belief that Christians had a duty to take up arms in defense of their government and the ideals of freedom. He supported our actions in Iraq and asserted that only one political party was the appropriate home for true believers of God. After a meeting in London with Khalid, a militant Jihadist, Taylor came away with a deep questioning of the ideals that, up to that moment, formed a cornerstone for his theology. In Alone with a Jihadist, Aaron Taylor shares his personal revelation that Christians are not to be supporters of military or other violent solutions to the world’s problems.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Alone With A Jihadist is not just another book about Islamic-Christian relations. It is far more than that. This book may very well be the solution to end all religious/quasi-political warfare.While many fundamentalist/evangelicals tend to ascribe to a Zionist theology, which believes that it is good to be at war with anyone who opposes the Christian right, to expedite the glorious return of the Messiah, there is one crusader, Aaron Taylor, who believes otherwise.Taylor believes that the church has sadly missed the most pronounced message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace.
The very Bible, which Christians read, refers to their founder as The Prince of Peace. Despite this, many Christians support warmongering and unnecessary bloodshed rather than peacemaking. In a room for seven hours with a radical Muslim,Taylor shares the story from his face-to-face encounter, of how Islamic people view the United States of America, our present Administration, and the state of the Christian Church. It is one thing to look at Christianity from a Christians’ perspective, which is typically an altruistic viewpoint, but things change quite a bit when Christianity is viewed through the eyes of Muslims. Taylor says, “Their [Muslims] view is one every Christian must hear!” This is the engaging story of that meeting.
"Alone with the Jihadist" (Foghorn Publishers) is a good book for Christian men. It brilliantly highlights the complexity of the many issues that keep the Arabs and Israelis embroiled in a bitter dispute.
It didn't take long before Taylor realized that Christian Zionists aren't telling it like it T-I-TIS. They support home demolitions and land confiscations, but consider former president Jimmy Carter as anti-Semitic, a heretic, and an enemy of Israel just because he dared to compare the situation in the West Bank and the Gaza strip to Apartheid. Taylor's gives readers a first hand riveting account of what he's witnessed, not just hearsay. In his attempt to shed a light on a side of the Israeli conflict that doesn't get much coverage in the popular news media.
It's part of his latest mission to share with Christians and anyone that will listen, what he's seen and learned. Prompted by a quote from Edmund Burke who said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Taylor's activities since returning from his journey to the Middle East shows his plan is to say and do something about what's happening in the Middle East. Follow the link below to read an excerpt from Alone A Jihadist.
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Pam Perry(Chocolate Pages, Blog Talk Radio) interviews Aaron D. Taylor, author of Alone with The Jihadist
This months good books for Christian men highlights "Alone with The Jihadist", a personal account that might just end up changing their views of the conflict in the Middle East.
The events surrounding the Arab & Israeli disputes are fraught with moral ambiguity. An epic debate/meeting was set-up in an abandoned warehouse between the two men. Enter, a 28 year-old evangelist born and raised in Jefferson County Missouri, a rural county outside the suburbs of St. Louis, and Khalid an Irish convert to Islam who had grew up in a Catholic family, and sports fiery eyes, and a grey t-shirt with the words “Soldier of Allah” written on the front.
Seems far-fetched? Not for Aaron Taylor the evangelist who answered the e-mail. “Hollywood Production Company looking for a young missionary that travels the world to participate in a feature length documentary."
Be prepared to learn more about this pivotal encounter during next weeks blog tour that makes a stop at Books 4 Men.
Alone with The Jihadist, is a good book for Christian men to read that will enlighten and informs you on the plight of the people trapped in the middle of a conflict between governments.
I'm really excited, about the changes taking place for Books 4 Men. I have a bunch of stuff to tell you.
For starters, I’m thrilled about some of the new things that are in the works for this blog. I'm working on getting the word out about this fantastic blog designed 4 men.
In addition, I've connected with a Tywebbin blog tours and other members in the book community to try and get some of their outstanding authors to stop by and chat with us about books for men.
It may seem that the blog is moving in all sorts of different directions, but our goals remains the same, to identify and create the best possible resources of information and services for men who like to chill out with good read.
If you have a favorite author who you would like to see here, let me know and I'll do may best to reachout to them.
I thank you for coming along on this journey to a better blog, so stay tuned, because more exciting things are in store for the upcoming weeks and months ahead.
When men aren't happy, everything around them suffers, according to African American author Michael Taylor's new book "A New Conversation With Men". Taylor's book sets out to inspire men to engage in a new conversation that results in transformation and a genuinely happy life. It's the Texas authors brave attempt to help men remove the hurt and restore the joy and happiness in their life.
First, they have to recognize what he calls, the the five illusions of manhood. Taylor credits these with being some of the root causes for the problems men have creating great relationships and having healthy self-esteem.
The Five Illusions Of Manhood
A man must:
be non-emotional and disconnected; have status, position and power; have money and material possessions; use sexual conquest as a gauge for manhood; and must win at all costs and compete against other men.
These illusions, contribute significantly to issues like; divorce, poverty, domestic violence, drug addiction, and fatherlessness. As a result men end up having a pseudo-personality, that's hard, distant and unfriendly, instead of the loving men God has created us to be and become.
A New Paradigm For Men
The book can help men who are trapped in unhappy lives to wake-up and recognized that there is an important role for them in society. This new paradigm of masculinity for men, challenges male readers to embrace a new identity and become part of a new revolution happening from the inside out.
This treatise is clearly a good book for African American men, Hispanic men or any man who feels trapped by the illusions of manhood. Men from every walk of life are challenged to become part of a revolution of discussions, from a real man's perspective, without the ties that bind them to unrealistic societal roles.
Instead, through this book for men, they can be empowered to converse about the things that really matter in life. The African American author points out that most men are game to talk about weightier subjects, and "A New Conversation With Men" can provide the tools and forum for the dialogue to begin.
If you need to buy good books for African American men as Father's Day gifts, you should check out the Father's Day book list below. Because lots of the literature that is written for Black men is usually Afrocentric non-fiction or reference books, and few bestsellers fit that bill. I did more than just muse over the bestsellers list. I engaged in some covert research, so the titles I recommend for brothas could appeal to young and older Black males who love to read.
How To Find The Right Book For Father's Day
I conducted a casual or simple observational survey, of Black men I encountered reading, during a week of commuting on the bus. I spied over shoulders and peered under clutched arms to see what kinds of recreational reading brothers were doing. This type of informal survey is usually done prior to beginning a structured observation survey.
You may want to use a similar technique for the bibliophile on your Father's Day gift list. Don't bother skimming through the titles in his library. Find where he stashes the good reads. Maybe on the night stand, his brief case. My stash is on my desk. I keep books there, that I read for inspiration and few I consult for wisdom or fact finding. Make a note of any author whose name appears on more than one book and what subjects constitutes the bulk of the reading material you find. This technique will help you to uncover important clues to the must-read book for any man.
Good Books For Men Who Prefer Magazine
Coffee table books were commonplace in the 60's and 70's, until magazines with slick glossy photos and timely weekly editions replaced them. The photo-supported, larger than life stories in People, Jet, and Time magazines provide the only source of written information for some men.
If the only literature you find during your discovery period are magazines, note their topics and look for anthologies by the same publishers. It takes a little snooping, when your on a quest to find good books for African American men, for Father's Day gifts, but that's one of the things that makes gift giving rewarding, special and fun.
Two books by young men are have gotten this weeks recommendation as books for young men. Jesse Balls, The Way Through Doors (Vintage Contemporaries) is an inventive love story that is described as an experiment in narratives, by Allen Cheuse in a review for National Public Radio (NPR) on the young author's book.
John Wray's "Lowboy: A Novel ", tracks the journey of a boy trying to escape capture by his mother and the police by riding on a subway.
Sure you need more than the one sentence quotes I supplied to get a feel for the works, but I was trying to avoid giving away the entire book review by Cheuse. Go ahead and listen to his review of these books that I would mark to "buy for young men."
One of the good books for men is, "THE THIRD CHAPTER: PASSION, RISK, AND ADVENTURE IN THE 25 YEARS AFTER 50." Written by Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, the book officially documents leading edge changes in American lifestyles and raises our awareness about paying back and giving forward, loss and liberation, prevalent themes in The Third Chapter.
I value Bill Moyers's literary opinion and any book that has him turning the pages, has to be considered amongst the good books men are reading.
The ties that bind each of the stories together are loose, and free flowing like the jazz improvisations, that are favored by one of the male characters in the treatise, a former newspaper excursive turned musician.
Life After 50.
Dr. Lawrence offers a fresh poignant perspective of how our cohorts thrive after 50 years, (of maturity and former careers) the third chapter of our lifecycle. You'll feel and share the intensity of each character's stage in life, as they are impacted by loss, change and the deepening of their soul.
Feeling “neither young nor old,” is a common bond between the current members of the over-50, under 75 generation. Freed from being mistakenly labeled experiencing midlife crisis, men and women in their third chapter, challenge the establishment's, cultural mores of strength, power, and sexiness.
About Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Lawrence, the author of nine books, is an African American sociologist who examines the relationships between culture and learning styles. She has researched and written about the culture of schools, illuminating with her unique style the dynamics involving the patterns and structures in classrooms.
If you need books for young men that threaten to burn books, (I've been there and back, got the T-shirt and the hat to prove it,) you'll love this story from Veronica Chater's blog. The memoirist, novelist and radio journalist shares a open and poignant discussion she had with her 15 year old son who hated books.
It'll give you ideas on how to open doors to the written world to tweens, teens or males. It presents conversation starters to get your discussions going with others that you want to share books with.
If you still want to choose a book after you've read her story read it again. To make a difference in someone's literary life let them pick their own book.
Turn them on to unique places like this, where each book is selected because it rises above the noise to speak to young and mature men to allow them to connect with books.
Meanwhile, Kathleen Baxter, a retired Anoka County librarian and national expert on what makes boys read or choose not to, had this to say, over at Startribune.com "Reading what you have to read is not how you become a reader. Let them read what they want." Amen Kathleen!
That's what has worked best for me. Many of my friends(men)feel that books will disconnect them from their roots. However novelist, poet and playwright Ishmael Reed's quote, is living proof that you can read books become successful and remain firmly rooted. Despite his world wide acclaim he still lives in North Oakland;
"I’m still invested in the community"
said Reed, in the San Francisco Examiner, 1998.
One of life's greatest gift is that we are all subject to change with the seasons (that includes men). And fortunately time keeps on moving, so that our life produces different scenes.
Carouse our book list and review the selections of books for young men (and older models too,) chosen because of their man-friendly subject matter and writing styles, that even the book burner(s) in your family will be delighted to read.
Are you trying to find the right book for a man, so you can introduce a guy, your son, brother, or friend to the pleasures of reading. It'll be a lot easier if you know what kind of stuff men read. I put together an informative piece about finding good books for men that reveals some key things about the habits of men readers.
46 percent of the men admitted they lied about what they had read to impress a friend or potential partner.
They tend to read at a pace that only a snail could envy.
Male readers only consume a small percent of this genre of books.
What subjects men read most.
I'll leave you guessing on some of the answers, so you can read the article Finding Good Books for Men and get the answer to those questions and find out more about the books men like to read.
There are few things than can compare with business books, for men who are looking for fresh ideas, inspirations and insight. You can forget about finding an all-in-one book, it requires a 360 degree view, covering every angle, to stay on top of the game.
If for any reason there is nothing on this list of books for men that can address the issues that you encounter in your day to day experiences, I have a few other list that you can dive into.
Take a look at these books. Between the seven of them, they've harnessed all of the best-practices for running a business. They belong in the library of any serious entrepreneur, Christian businessman or freelance consultant to thumb through at will, to give that added boost your creative juices.
This Brian Tracy best seller shares sound advice on how to get more done in less time. It will become you personal instruction manual. You'll learn how to knock out each detail of your projects in no-time flat.
What were the keys to the success for some of America's brightest achievers, Gladwell dug into their background, researched the facts and provides clues to how you can find the keys to your success.
The Heath brothers, not the notable musicians, but Chip and Dan a pair of authors, have created the ultimate virtual text of how you can infuse your ideas and products with the right stuff, so they'll stick like glue.
This sequel to the 1967 best seller will enlighten you to ten simple, reasonable "Vows of Success." Mandino books are not just good reads, but even better if you apply them and to your life-experience.
Covey relates his tremendous message in way that's easy to read and can potentially have a powerful impact on your future. Everything in this book, if used as a guideline in your personal life, can empower you with the highly effective habits we all need.
Insider tips from a former banker and entrepreneur. If you want to turn your big idea into a business, this is the book for you? It can be as easy as, plan your work and work your plan.
This marketing classic has benefited untold masses of sales/marketing professionals and launched a legion of guerrilla marketers upon the universe. This book is on my list and one of the all-time best business books for men.
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I've combined some of the best books for men into a quick and easy guide to help to you find the right book for males of any mindset, that loves or needs to read.
What I've come up with or some titles that guys like and books every man should have in his personal library to consult when needed. If you need more help in choosing the right book check out this handy guide on which subjects men like read about.
This list of books for single men comes straight from the search results pages. It's been so long since I've been single I can't remember what books really influenced me the most.
According to a recent AARP Survey, about half of baby boomers are on track to a comfortable retirement, substantial numbers are not. Regardless to which category you fall into, if you want to make the the rest of your life the best of your life then grab one of these good books for retired men to read.
Divorce doesn't have to men a loss of all that you hold dear. I should know, having been divorced several times. I hand picked these books for divorced men, who are experiencing this unexpected twist in their lives.
Are you are tired of feeling like people treat you like a worn out shoe. Let me offer some insight into flipping that script. But before you put your foot down Mr. nice guy I recommend you read a one or two of the books on this list of books for shy men.
This site is part of a blog family that covers books about a variety subjects If you like the selections that you found here then try one of the other blog that deal with books by Houston writers.
One subject I've learned enough about to qualify for expert status is books for married men. I say that for three reasons.
1.I've been married several times. 2.I've tried the counseling sessions. 3.I've indulged in a many make up sessions. 4.I don't advocate shacking up.
To quote one of my favorite uncles, If I get the chance I'd get married a few more times.
Books on married life rarely help the Al Bundy's in the world. They can offer sound and credible suggestions for men that are open-minded and actually want to achieve martial bliss.
Be sure to check the table of content. A lot of titles sound interesting, then after a few pages in, you find that you're reading fiction. The best reads for a husband/boyfriends are often not from the researchers, but from the personal experiences of other couples and people who've gone through similar challenges in their relationships.
I suggest any married man indulge in a good book instead of seeking the advice from friends and talk show host. Most of what you'll get from them seems to always be either too much, too little or too late.
Most of people who are avid readers develop a penchant for reading their way through the books on the best sellers list as often as possible. If you are a new reader or just trying to find a book for someone else, then this list is the starting point to launch your search for the ideal book to give as a gift.
Books For Black Men Getting young African American males to read is a challenge that would make superman reluctant to step up to plate and take a swing at.But one that should not be taken for granted.
It can be done. If you're looking for some titles for a black men or a black teenage male, I highly recommend that you read "Motivating African American Teenage Boys To Read" by Alfred W. Tatum, Northern Illinois University. Then help him choose a book from this list of books for African American men that relates to his personal experiences.
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