“Fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7) and then make a mess of their own lives and the lives of those they love.  Men are “good” at this.  When it comes to being men, being husbands, and being fathers, few men look for any kind of instruction manual, assuming they will be able to “figure it out.”  In the end, they only end up learning a few lessons, and they learn them the hard way.  Learning lessons the hard way is despising wisdom and instruction.

Over the years, as I’ve sought to understand manhood, I have found the following seven resources to be among my greatest sources of wisdom and instruction.

What’s the Difference by John Piper

Future Men: Raising Boys to Fight Giants by Douglas Wilson *

Father Hunger by Douglas Wilson *

For a Glory and a Covering by Douglas Wilson *

Manly Dominion by Mark Chanski *

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung *

The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Witmer *

Pastor Erik

* – also available at the Veritas bookstore during Sunday service.