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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wise Guys review and giveaway

Do you have a guy in your life who refuses to ask directions or ask for help?

I know this man in sitcoms and perhaps a bit in my father. The only other man I know intimately is my husband. I knew some men in college and they seemed more like my husband than my father. The premise of the book, Wise Guys, seems to be "Men are dolts." The opening foreword was written by "bestselling author" Kyle Idleman. The foreword was full of stereotypes and false generalities that really put me off. I didn't want to continue reading because I felt the author was so clownish that there wouldn't be any meat to this book. Then I realized that the foreword was not written by the actual author of the book.

The Introduction was lengthy and unnecessary despite the insistence of the author to READ THIS FIRST. He insists this is a problem that men have but I have yet to meet a man my age who has this problem. I certainly don't have this problem as my numerous friends and neighbors can attest. My husband and I always asks for help when we come to a problem we can't solve. Whether it's how to get rid of fire ants, what's the best way to coop our chickens, or how to discipline our children; we ask.

One of the exercises in the first chapter was to write a half dozen ways you hope to improve in the next five years. He claims people don't think about this. I think they do. If you don't, then maybe this book is for you. He then challenged the readers to write out specific ways they are pursuing those goals. I don't know why someone would have goals and not have a way to achieve them in place; so that seems silly. I want to be more peaceful and patient. So I've implemented disciplines to help me achieve those goals. Those goals aren't going to magically achieve themselves. The whole exercise seemed silly. He says I'm special. Maybe it's that I'm female?? I don't think so. It's not me. It's the book.

I didn't like the book. I didn't understand why there was a "Week 1" study guide in the back with no other weeks' study guides. I felt that the big epiphany of "Fathers have abdicated" to be trite. Even secular authors note this. I don't think this surprises anyone. I found the whole book trite. I only skimmed the rest of the chapters because of how mundane it was. I have a book of wise lessons I learned throughout my life and I am not looking to publish it. It's great that Kent Evans has learned lessons. You should learn lessons too. Maybe this book will jump start those lessons. Maybe this book isn't mundane. Maybe its meant for a younger crowd who loves when people write about how you should read the next sentence. And you should read the next one too. Read the next sentence in case there's a point. In summary, keep reading these sentences I've compiled. See? Not much as far as content. You're probably wondering why I wrote this sentence.

It's just poor writing.
This makes me think he's just trying to make money. 

I asked my husband:

Maybe I live under a rock. He got over a dozen men to write accolades for this poor-humor book. I've not heard of any of them.

If you want a copy even after reading this, go ahead and comment and I'll give a copy to the first comment. If anyone comments. I may have been too harsh. If you live near me and want my copy, let me know.


For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps

showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions


But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around

you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys.

Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge

without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?

Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him all

the back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless

supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the

guys in your own circle.

KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry

that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men.  Kent has

personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a

life.  Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a

fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men.  He lives in

Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.

Official Website - :

Amazon - : Unlocking-Hidden-Wisdom/dp/193962228X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460165778&sr=8-1&keywords=Wise+Guys+Kent+Evans

Twitter - @manhoodjourney

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