Title: Bearded Gospel Men: The Epic Quest for Manliness and Godliness
Author: Jared Brock and Aaron Alford
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Year: 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
Bearded Gospel Men is a 31 day devotional written by Jared Brock and Aaron Alford. The book presents you with a Bible verse and quote for each day along with a short biographical sketch of an influential leader from church history. Of course all of these leaders are men, and men with beards. This is followed by a prayer and contemplative questions that help you carefully think through the material in an applicable way.
As someone with an appreciation of church history, I found this book both fascinating and hilarious. If you enjoy memes on social media, you will enjoy this book. The humor sprinkled throughout every page keeps you interested but the spiritual meat of the book keeps you engaged. While I was already familiar with most of the men featured, I still learned quite a bit I did not already know.
While I would recommend this book, it obviously has an intended, limited audience. There is quite a bit of truth we all can learn from, but the constant jokes about masculinity and beards would probably turn away most ladies. I would also caution that the book has more of a wide-spread Evangelical appeal and would not be as “reformed” as would like. Yet, the book is still worth the read.
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