Reviews and notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 01:1 (Aug 1995)
Article: Reviews and notices
Author: Anonymous

Reviews and notices

The Silence of Adam

by Larry Crabb with Don Hudson and Al Andrews. 1995, Zondervan, cloth, 192 pages. $18.95

This new book outlines the basic requirements for authentic, biblical manhood. Not surprisingly, this image of manhood has little to do with macho posturing or with gentle, sensitive men. Rather, Crabb goes deep inside men to deal with issues of repentance, brokenness, humility and worship before God.

He envisions a world where we have real elders and disciples living in community, not the set of “experts” and “everybody else” common today. He writes, “If ordinary men are to develop into fathers, if experts are to be changed into elders, we must develop some idea of that godly manhood looks like. We must get a picture of true masculinity that first will drive us to brokenness by making obvious our masculine failures and then will ignite a relentless passion to realize the staggering potential of becoming real men” (pp. 40–41).

The root cause of masculine failure is Adam’s silence in the garden (Gen. 3:6). This silence, chronically repeated in the lives of thousands of men is an indication of the passivity of Adam, who was with Eve in the garden. He silently abdicated his responsibility for his wife, bringing chaotic disaster upon the whole race.

Crabb calls men to conquer their tendency to silence and be men who speak, men who take initiative and action. In this way, a man will fulfill his calling as a man, contributing richly and intentionally to his relationship with God, with his wife, and with his children.

This book is of great use to pastors and men’s leaders and will be welcomed not only by men, but by their wives and their children.

The Feminine Journey

by Cynthia and Robert Hicks. 1994, NavPress, cloth, 192 pages. $18.95

This book is a companion volume to Robert Hicks’ The Masculine Journey, which examined the stages of a man’s life through the use of six words in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament.

The Feminine Journey takes a similar look at a woman’s life, identifying the stages as Creational Woman, Young Woman, Nurturing Woman, Relational Woman, Wounded Woman, and Woman of Strength.

Biblically balanced and insightful, the Hicks team offers generally solid guidance for men and women who are seeking greater understanding of the feminine identity and of the varying responsibilities a woman embraces at different stages in her lifetime.

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