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Having been the recipient of the weekly issues of Life-Changing Verses, I have been deeply impressed with the manner in which the Author has taken familiar and not so familiar verses of Scripture and opened them to an explosion of meaning and application. His faithfulness to the context and Biblical Doctrine has made the study exciting. I am also impressed with his challenge in the book for the reader to apply the message to his or her daily life.
 
Date of Posting: 18 March 2014
Posted By: Dr. Marion Beaver
Movies and TV are full of examples of what men are supposed to be like, but how accurate are the examples? Are men really imbeciles with no clue about what is going on around them? Do they really have to be uncaring and emotionless? Carlton Lee Arnold shares his learning about being a Christian man in God and Men: No Holds Barred.

There are many misconceptions about being a man, but the Bible addresses what a man should be. Taking care of your family and providing for them, not chasing after material possessions, keeping your eyes (and heart) from straying and many more topics are all spoken of throughout the Bible. Arnold has taken verses that he has gone over in his personal studies, and what he has gotten from these verses, and shared them with men in his book.

Split into sections that cover different aspects of a man’s life, the topics are covered in a devotional style. However, though that is one way to go through the book, it isn’t the only way. Using it as a reference point to have a time of personal study on a particular topic, or using it as a guide for a small group are other ways it can be used. There is an index of both verses used and topics covered to make it easier to find a certain one.
Though aimed at men, it can help women understand the relationship between husbands and wives. It could be something for couples to read together.

Arnold did a good job of presenting the information, and keeping it from being dry. He used humor and told stories from his life, but also did not sugar coat things. He told the truth as found in the Bible.
 
Date of Posting: 11 March 2014
Posted By: Phillip
God and Men: No-Holds-Barred

Movies and TV are full of examples of what men are supposed to be like, but how accurate are the examples? Are men really imbeciles with no clue about what is going on around them? Do they really have to be uncaring and emotionless? Carlton Lee Arnold shares his learning about being a Christian man in God and Men: No Holds Barred.

There are many misconceptions about being a man, but the Bible addresses what a man should be. Taking care of your family and providing for them, not chasing after material possessions, keeping your eyes (and heart) from straying and many more topics are all spoken of throughout the Bible. Arnold has taken verses that he has gone over in his personal studies, and what he has gotten from these verses, and shared them with men in his book.

Split into sections that cover different aspects of a man’s life, the topics are covered in a devotional style. However, though that is one way to go through the book, it isn’t the only way. Using it as a reference point to have a time of personal study on a particular topic, or using it as a guide for a small group are other ways it can be used. There is an index of both verses used and topics covered to make it easier to find a certain one.

Though aimed at men, it can help women understand the relationship between husbands and wives. It could be something for couples to read together.

Arnold did a good job of presenting the information, and keeping it from being dry. He used humor and told stories from his life, but also did not sugar coat things. He told the truth as found in the Bible.

I received a free copy of God and Men: No Holds Barred from the author in exchange for this review.
 
Date of Posting: 11 March 2014
Posted By: Phillip
Book Review: God And Men: No Holds Barred

by nathanalbright

God And Men: No Holds Barred: Life-Changing Verses About Men, by Carlton Lee Arnold

[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Author Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.]
In some ways, this book could be considered either a devotional [1] or a collection of short blog-length Bible studies [2] dealing with subjects of special interest to men. If one compares this novel, for example, with Piper’s A Godward Heart, one will see some quite striking parallels as well as differences. Both books feature a large amount of short articles that are somewhat thematically organized about getting our hearts right with God. Piper, of course, is vastly more friendly to intellectual matters and more concerned with larger issues of social morality. Arnold is blunt and direct (speaking in HWA-style all cap words for emphasis) and far more critical about rational thought. This book has 52 verses and passages that are examined, some of them multiple times, and is very tightly organized.

That is not to say that this book is perfect. As a self-published book, there are some minor flaws that this book has that show somewhat careless editing, such as the error on the number for devotional #37 on how fathers should not exasperate their children (a lesson many parents should learn [3]), as well as a note at the end of Section one to add the artwork. These are minor flaws that can easily be corrected with some patient and attentive editing. What the book does possess in spades is a passion for exhortation as well as a blunt honesty about his own faults of temper, his weakness for pornography, and the fact that during his children’s early years he preferred football to spending time with his wife and family. Those who appreciate blunt honesty and appreciate his desire to focus on issues of practical Christianity (as well as rather harsh views of judgment and the afterlife) will find much to spur them in this book. Those who do not appreciate that will likely find this book preachy and even meddlesome, and will wonder why a man who is candid about his faults is so harsh on the faults of others. I happen to appreciate the honesty and candor of this book, but it will not be to everyone’s taste.

Like many books on related subjects [4], this book has a few characteristics that are notable, including an extreme focus on the legitimacy of the authority of parents and others. Even though this author clearly admits his own flaws in being distant from his children and being more than a little bit of a hothead, there is no hint here that his failures as a father would negate any of the respect that he is due for being what appears like an overprotective type of parent that I am somewhat familiar with (one of the many revealing stories is of his leaving a meeting at work in order to retrieve his teen daughter from spending time at a bowling alley with an unsuitable guy, something I could totally see some parents I know doing). Likewise, this book seeks to straddle a difficult line between defending the justice of God and also the grace of God, showing itself, paradoxically enough, to be radical and severe on both positions. This is, however, undoubtedly a sincere and passionate work that ought to find an appreciative audience.

[1] See, for example:
http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/book-review-take-time-to-be-holy/

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/book-review-40-days-of-grace/

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/book-review-psalmist-i-am/

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/book-review-ranbows-for-rainy-days/

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/book-review-limitless/

[2] See, for example:
http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/book-review-a-godward-heart/

[3] http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/do-not-provoke-your-children-to-wrath/
[4] See, for example:
http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/book-review-paul-apostle-of-the-heart-set-free/

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/book-review-love-and-respect-in-the-family/

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/book-review-is-sunday-school-destroying-our-kids/

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/book-review-the-ragamuffin-gospel/
 
Date of Posting: 07 March 2014
Posted By: Nathan Albright
http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/
A Blunt And Honest Series Of Short Bible Studies

In some ways, this book could be considered either a devotional or a collection of short blog-length Bible studies dealing with subjects of special interest to men. If one compares this novel, for example, with Piper’s A Godward Heart, one will see quite a striking parallels as well as differences. Both books feature a large amount of short articles that are somewhat thematically organized about getting our hearts right with God. Piper, of course, is vastly more friendly to intellectual matters and more concerned with larger issues of social morality. Arnold is blunt and direct (speaking in HWA-style all cap words for emphasis) and far more critical about rational thought. This book has 52 verses and passages that are examined, some of them multiple times, and is very tightly organized.

That is not to say that this book is perfect. As a self-published book, there are some minor flaws that this book has that show somewhat careless editing, such as the error on the number for devotional #37 on how fathers should not exasperate their children (a lesson many parents should learn), as well as a note at the end of Section one to add the artwork. These are minor flaws that can easily be corrected with some patient and attentive editing. What the book does possess in spades is a passion for exhortation as well as a blunt honesty about his own faults of temper, his weakness for pornography, and the fact that during his children’s early years he preferred football to spending time with his wife and family.
 
Date of Posting: 06 March 2014
Posted By: Nathan Albright

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