Books I’ve read that compliment my study of Christ as the Idealman:
Title Author(s) Last Name One sentence summary of Idealman point
Bible God The whole Bible is about Christ.
Caring Beyond the Margins Hammond God wants all sinners to be saved, and the love of Christ goes beyond the norm to save.
Celebrating the Wrath of God McGuiggan Out of love, God works all things (even terrible things) together for the good of those who love Him.
Cost of Disipleship Bonhoeffer Grace without the discipleship of Christ is cheap grace, where as Jesus’ death is costly grace.
Created in God’s Image Hoekema Understandting the Christian view of man, which involves both the sovereighty of God and responsibility of man.
Cue Ball Christianity Arias Our faith in Jesus is of legendary significance.
Discipleship Ferguson Discipleship is God’s plan to train and transform His people.
Disciplined Life Taylor Discipline is being determined to be successful in life.
Dynamic Leadership Ferguson Leadership is a role, whereas being a disciple of Jesus is who we are.
Emotional Intelligence Goleman Intelligence is not only mental competence, but even more importantly emotional competencies.
Emotional Side of Men Schmidt, Brock The emotional side of men often gets neglected or underdeveloped, whereas it makes up the most maturity.
Finishing Strong Farrar As we see many examples in the Bible, it isn’t how you start but how you finish that matters most.
Fire in the Belly Keen Man is understood in the context of his historical development.
For Men Only Petersen Men who are like Christ live now to change eternity.
Hand Me Another Brick Swindoll Man will work hard and take responsibility.
Heart of Man Vann The heart of man is tricky to human perspective yet most clearly identifiable by the Creator.
How People Grow Cloud, Townsend God produces Christ-like character growth through a process.
How to Win Friends and Influence People Carnegie Developing our maturity happens in practical ways of communication; the idealman is the most effective communicator.
Journey of Desire Eldredge
Knowledge of the Holy Tozer Awe of God transforms and unlocks who we were created to be as men.
Man of Steel and Velvet Andelin The idealman is both of steel and velvet character qualities, thus being well rounded.
Manliness Mansfield Even the academic perspective tells us this world cannot do without manly qualities.
Man’s Search for Meaning Frankl “We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life–daily and hourly” (p.77).
Mere Christianity Lewis “Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness” (p.38).
Mighty Man of God Laing A call to ascend to the heights you are called to as men of God.
Millionaire Next Door Stanley, Danko The example of contentment and living below their means is those who are financially healthy.
Point Man Farrar The world needs men who lead families and Jesus makes us the strongest men possible.
Power of Grattitude Ferguson Gratitude causes us to imitate Jesus and be unified in His mission (p.39-47).
Pragmatism James Truth has a practical cash value, and every man’s truth is measured by its return.
Primal Leadership Goleman, Boyatzis, McKee There are many aspects to being an effective leader, while the emotionally intelligent aspects are most effective and to be most commonly applied.
Prideful Soul’s Guide to Humility Fontenot, Jones Humility is one of the most important aspects of being like Jesus because it directly effects growth in every other way.
Problem of Pain Lewis “All pains and pleasures we have known on earth are early initiations in the movements of that dance: but the dance itself is strictly incomparable with the sufferings of this present time” (p.153).
Pursuit of Holiness Bridges To be as the Idealman we must live holy lives–it is required.
Pursuit of God Tozer Faith is redirecting our sight, a getting our focus off own vision and gazing constantly on Jesus.
Repentance Anton God calls us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ in the repentance process.
Screwtape Letters Lewis We must put on the full armor of God to stand against the tactics of the Devil.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Covey Success is found by developing character.
Spirit Jacoby Jesus leads us powerfully today through the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual Leadership Sanders Principles of being mature and like Jesus in our faith.
Strong Family Swindoll Most studies focus on disfunction, whereas so much is learned from studying the model of a strong family.
Tale of Three Kings Edwards God humbles us to be led by Christ, both like David and David as a type of Christ.
Think and Grow Rich Hill Success comes to those who become success conscious (p.11).
Total Money Makeover Ramsey Debt is evil, so hate it!
Victory of Surrender Ferguson There are many practical victories of surrender, whereas closeness to Jesus is the ultimate reward.
When People are Big and God is Small Welch God must be taken in perspective to properly understand yourself and others.
Why Men Hate Going to Church Murrow The modern church is often built in favor of feminine qualities while an aire of scorn toward masculine qualities, often turning men off.
Wild at Heart Eldredge You were created for adventure and to courageously fight for beauty.
Worship the King Kriete We desperately need, particularly among more mature believers, a recovery of wonder, a deepinging of awe, the new wine of true worship.
Your God is Too Small Phillips We must break free of such a puny view of Jesus.



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