Manual for Men

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Manual for Men is for men who are in the arena, warriors for Christ and His Church. It is for those men who battle daily for their souls and for their family. It is often a struggle to shed the sins and vices the world offers men, but it’s a battle we must fight and win.

In Part I, Bishop Thomas Olmsted calls for Catholic men to step up and “into the breach” in service to God, their families, parishes, and wider communities. In the course of his exhortation, Olmsted unveils: 

•    How being a Christian man is far more than physical prowess or worldly power
•    Why the world and the Church desperately need men—real men—to fight for them in spiritual combat
•    The vital importance of prayer and the sacraments in the life of every man
•    Why fatherhood, fully understood, is so crucial for every man
•    The value of devotion to a patron saint (complete with 10 manly suggestions)
•    Most importantly, how men have the perfect model of man in Jesus Christ, and how we can follow his example

In Part II, Cook presents a treasure trove of prayers, church teachings, and writings from the saints that serve as a tremendous source of inspiration for men seeking to become better men of God. It is at once an essential guide and a profound book of prayers designed specifically for men. 
Now, perhaps more than ever, men need to be men. But what it means to be a man has been twisted into a pale and mangled image of true manhood. Manual for Men serves as a field guide and instruction manual for those husbands, fathers, sons and brothers who would become real men of God— men who protect, physically and spiritually, those entrusted to them; men who sacrifice, pray, fight, love, and live by the example of Christ. 

There is a battle for our souls, our families, our world, and Our Lord calls us men to fight. Are you ready to answer the call? Will you accept Bishop Olmsted’s plea to “engage in the battle that is raging around you”?
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
TAN Books
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14 Reviews

  • 5
    Manual for Men

    Posted by mike larney on Dec 13th 2023

    Very recommended! Scripturally based suggestions. Great complement to Manual for Spiritual Warfare. Plan on giving copies to my sons and grandson as well.

  • 5
    Manual For Men

    Posted by WILL WALKER on Jul 8th 2023

    A wonderful and essential book, Manual For Men is a concise guide for all Catholic men in today's uncertain and confusing times. The first section is a 60-page essay from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted calling men to step "Into the Breach" to fulfill their proper role in the Church and society, to dispense with all of the traps and pitfalls that have become so commonplace in our culture. The remainder of the book is filled with essential readings from Scripture, the Catechism, the Saints, papal writings & speeches, all carefully selected to address specific topics for men to better understand their role in the Catholic faith; also included are the fundamental prayers of the Church and how to pray them. Beautifully bound and well organized, Manual for Men is an essential item for every Catholic man's home.

  • 4
    Manual for Men

    Posted by Jim L on Jul 6th 2023

    Although I have not completed this book I have found it to be very helpful and edifying for this 60 year old man. I only wish that this would have been available in my youth while in high school. I will definitely be promoting this to all men especially those who are younger.

  • 5
    High Quality Book with So Much Insight

    Posted by Ben on Jul 5th 2023

    This is a beautiful book in form and content. I was thrilled to get it at $10.

  • 5
    Manuel for Men

    Posted by Tracy Smith on Jun 30th 2023

    I bought this for my husband for Father's Day. He absolutely loves it. I don't usually pick out books for him, but he really likes the meditations, prayers, and inspiring writings in this little book.

  • 5
    Manual For Men

    Posted by Randel Lemoine on Jun 27th 2023

    I received this from my wife for Father's day. It is a very great gift and a very thankful to her for getting it for me. I will be recommending it to the men's prayer group that I attend.

  • 5
    Nice book

    Posted by Billy Widener on Jun 26th 2023

    The quality of the book is really a top notch. Good size for traveling.

  • 5
    Manual for men

    Posted by Caren Cameron on Jun 23rd 2023

    I purchased three of this book and gave as Father’s Day gifts. Powerful and wonderful.

  • 5
    Manual for Men - Great Guide for all men

    Posted by Todd Newmna on Jun 23rd 2023

    Great, and lovely, addition to my library. If you want to be a man closer to Jesus and grow in your love and respect for Him, go grab this book. Maybe the best $10 ever spent.