What is the measure of a man? Is it athletic ability, strength, intelligence, or accomplishments? Manhood isn’t measured by how much money you make, the job you have, what you wear, or who you marry. While today’s cultural flinches at the term “biblical manhood,” God had a definition for men at creation, and you might be surprised about his views of what makes a man.
Brave and Bold: 31 Devotions to Strengthen Men offers thirty-one daily devotions to encourage readers to become men whose strength comes from following Jesus and reflects him to a watching world. Author Marty Machowski explores scripture to uncover the truth that becoming a real man means trusting God in every area of life, including serving, taking responsibility, providing for his family, and confessing failure.
Through personal stories and examples, and practical application, men will be challenged to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22) and to be examples of faithfulness, selflessness, self-control, and humble dependence on the Lord. Each devotion calls men to grow deeper in compassion, kindness, courage, integrity, and service. Machowski considers Brave and Bold to be a “pocket biblical manhood boot camp.”
Brave and Bold can be used for personal reading, one-on-one discipleship, or small group discussion, encouraging men to live on a mission to honor the Lord and to make him known in every part of life.
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of a number of family devotionals, curriculums (including the Gospel Story for Kids), children’s books and parenting titles. His latest releases include, WonderFull, God Made Me for Heaven and Brave and Bold. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and several grandchildren, and reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
"My sons can tell you about the Saturday mornings when I used to take them out for breakfast and for what I called 'manhood training.' I realized it was my job to help them grow from boyhood to the responsibilities of mature manhood. How I wish I'd had Marty's book back then. I'm so glad today's dads have this invaluable tool to use with their sons."
Bob Lepine, Cohost, FamilyLife Today
“Brave and Bold: 31 Devotions to Strengthen Men is a basic training manual for biblical manhood. Machowski offers thirty-one essential characteristics of biblical manhood in this compact, accessible devotional. Men who read this work and take on the challenges contained in it will be blessed and grow far beyond the thirty-one days it is designed to cover.”
Curtis Solomon, Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; Cofounder of Solomon Soul Care
“As the father of five now-grown sons, I was called to the man-raising business. Had this book been around when my sons were younger, it would have been part of our manhood curriculum. It expresses what men are meant to be—and what I still want to be when I grow up. Brave and Bold is solid, practical, biblical, and accessible. Marty combines great illustrations with biblical insight, and then adds recommended next steps for application. Get it. Read it. Do it.”
Tim Shorey, Author of Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and Talk, 30/30 Hindsight: 30 Reflections on a 30-Year Headache,and An ABC Prayer to Jesus: Praise for Hearts Both Young and Old
“I thank God for Brave and Bold. It provides an antidote to one of the primary spiritual problems for men of our day: complacency. The church is not a passive organization to be tossed about by the whims of a pagan world. Rather, the church is a militant army, marching against the enemy on a mission for God. Marty reminds us of that in a loving, pastoral way, challenging men to be soldiers for Christ!”
Major O.J. DiIulio, Retired Army chaplain
“Marty Machowski has written a thoroughly biblical, highly practical, and enjoyable book that will encourage men, young and old, to pursue godly manhood. I know Marty personally and he is the kind of man I would be honored for my sons to grow up to be like. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to rise above the misguided versions of manhood presented in society and wishes to capture a biblical vision for manhood. Pick up a copy today—you will be blessed!”
Josh Mulvihill, President of Gospel Shaped Family; author of Biblical Grandparenting and Preparing Children for Marriage
“As a father of four boys, I am exceedingly thankful for Brave and Bold. Machowski has produced a timely, winsome, understandable, grace-infused, biblically saturated devotional for men of all ages. As Christian men desperately need compassionate and compelling guidance, Brave and Bold offers a clear path toward God-honoring biblical manhood. Whether used for personal devotion, group study, or parenting, Machowski’s work will undoubtedly bless and challenge you!”
Aaron White, Pastor for Teaching and Training, Redeemer Bible Church, Minnetonka, MN; author ofMan Up, Kneel Down: Shepherding Your Wife Toward Greater Joy in Jesusand Paul’s Big Letter: A Kid-Friendly Journey Through Romans
“We all know Marty is one of today’s preeminent authors for gospel-centered children’s and family literature. Now he has blessed the church with a fantastic resource for men. Brave and Bold is refreshing spiritual boot camp for both young believers and longtime Christians—never heavy-handed, never watered down, always grace-filled, and brimming with applicable truth. Pick up a copy! I have already recommended it to several churches I know.”
Joshua Cooley, New York Times bestselling author of Creator, Father, King: A One Year Journey With God, Heroes of the Bible Devotional, and The Biggest Win
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