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What makes a man, a man? For centuries, being a man meant living a life of virtue and excellence. But then, through time, the art of manliness was lost. Now, after decades of excess and aimless drift, men are looking for something to help them live an authentic, manly life-a primer that can give their life real direction and purpose. This book holds the answers. To master the What makes a man, a man? For centuries, being a man meant living a life of virtue and excellence. But then, through time, the art of manliness was lost. Now, after decades of excess and aimless drift, men are looking for something to help them live an authentic, manly life-a primer that can give their life real direction and purpose. This book holds the answers. To master the art of manliness, a man must live the seven manly virtues: Manliness Courage Industry Resolution Self-Reliance Discipline Honor Each chapter covers one of the seven virtues and is packed with the best classic advice ever written down for men. From the philosophy of Aristotle to the speeches and essays of Theodore Roosevelt, these pages contain the manly wisdom of the ages-poems, quotes, and essays that will inspire you to live life to the fullest and realize your complete potential. Learn the art. Change your life. Become a man.


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What makes a man, a man? For centuries, being a man meant living a life of virtue and excellence. But then, through time, the art of manliness was lost. Now, after decades of excess and aimless drift, men are looking for something to help them live an authentic, manly life-a primer that can give their life real direction and purpose. This book holds the answers. To master the What makes a man, a man? For centuries, being a man meant living a life of virtue and excellence. But then, through time, the art of manliness was lost. Now, after decades of excess and aimless drift, men are looking for something to help them live an authentic, manly life-a primer that can give their life real direction and purpose. This book holds the answers. To master the art of manliness, a man must live the seven manly virtues: Manliness Courage Industry Resolution Self-Reliance Discipline Honor Each chapter covers one of the seven virtues and is packed with the best classic advice ever written down for men. From the philosophy of Aristotle to the speeches and essays of Theodore Roosevelt, these pages contain the manly wisdom of the ages-poems, quotes, and essays that will inspire you to live life to the fullest and realize your complete potential. Learn the art. Change your life. Become a man.

30 review for The Art of Manliness: Manvotionals

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arminius

    One day I decided to look up productive things to do in my free time. So into Google I typed “hobbies for men.” When I clicked on the first webpage the Art of Manliness website appeared. It listed many manly hobbies most of which I already participate in such as Chess, gardening, exercise and reading. The website did gain my attention though and I explored it. What I found was that the website creators authored a book which acts as a guide to becoming and sustaining the act of being a successful One day I decided to look up productive things to do in my free time. So into Google I typed “hobbies for men.” When I clicked on the first webpage the Art of Manliness website appeared. It listed many manly hobbies most of which I already participate in such as Chess, gardening, exercise and reading. The website did gain my attention though and I explored it. What I found was that the website creators authored a book which acts as a guide to becoming and sustaining the act of being a successful man. The book breaks down into chapters from “the Gentleman to the Virtuous man.” I am going to list what I think may be the most helpful. How does the man know he has picked the right woman? 1. The relationship goes smoothly from the beginning 2. She gets along with your family and friends 3. There is nothing major you want to change about her 4. She is your best friend I suppose young ladies can use the same philosophy. How do you affair-proof your marriage: 1. Weekly dates 2. Focus on being romantic 3. Initiate affection 4. Regularity in special relation activities 5. Spend time talking 6. Share a common interest 7. Have a sense of honor and duty Raising resilient children: 1. Give children independence 2. Let them do unsafe things 3. Don’t be their best friend 4. Don’t automatically take their side 5. Make them work for what they get 6. Don’t praise them indiscriminately There is lots of other information in here from ways to start a fire without a match to 5 ways to tie a neck tie. I am at a loss on how to rate it. I am sure if I were 16 years of age I would have benefitted from advice in this book. So since it is so useful I will give it four stars. Check out their website if you have time: http://artofmanliness.com/ Register and Comment on their stories and I do not mean just men. There are already women commenting on their articles and a woman’s opinion will usually influence a man much more than a man’s.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I found the Art of Manliness blog a few years ago and I've been loving it ever since. I decided to buy this book last year and I'm so glad I did. I don't think it's really intended to be read straight through. I spread the first chunk out but finished up the second half in about 3 days. The book is essentially an anthology of works and quotes of many great men broken into seven themed chapters. They are: manliness, courage, industry, resolution, self-reliance, discipline, and honor. There are so I found the Art of Manliness blog a few years ago and I've been loving it ever since. I decided to buy this book last year and I'm so glad I did. I don't think it's really intended to be read straight through. I spread the first chunk out but finished up the second half in about 3 days. The book is essentially an anthology of works and quotes of many great men broken into seven themed chapters. They are: manliness, courage, industry, resolution, self-reliance, discipline, and honor. There are so many wise tidbits in the book, it's difficult to pull out just a few favorites. I would say that one enduring theme I did get from the book was that every decision really matters. Every fork in the road is fixing my character more and more. As Aristotle defined it, "virtue is a habit of rightdoing." That concept helped me remember that I cannot expect myself to become the man I want to become overnight or even in a couple of weeks. It is absolutely a process that I have already begun, and that I can continue to work at to shape my character over time. I fully expect to keep coming back to this book for inspiration. I am taking the Art of Manliness blog's advice on writing myself a manifesto, or statement of my beliefs, and the thoughts in this collection will continue to guide my writing. I enjoyed reading parts of this book with my little brothers, and I want to share the rest of it with them when the time is right.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aurélien Thomas

    Brett and Kate McKay are a couple running The Art of Manliness, personally one of my favourite blog when it comes to general lifestyle. There's much to say about the appalling state of 'manhood' these days. It seems like we're leaving behind the toxic masculinity and stupid sexism and insecure machismo of past patriarchal days, to live now in an hedonistic society trying to turn us all into boys, immature even beyond adolescence, playing video games for hours on end, happy with getting six packs Brett and Kate McKay are a couple running The Art of Manliness, personally one of my favourite blog when it comes to general lifestyle. There's much to say about the appalling state of 'manhood' these days. It seems like we're leaving behind the toxic masculinity and stupid sexism and insecure machismo of past patriarchal days, to live now in an hedonistic society trying to turn us all into boys, immature even beyond adolescence, playing video games for hours on end, happy with getting six packs/ fashion clothes/ cosmetics and no substance. Well, being a forever teenage Ken doll expert at 'Call of Duty' may be a nice aspiration to some, but to others 'call of duty' bears a different meaning altogether. What happened to good old fashion character building? Ethos? High standards and principles? Dare I say it... Values? There was a time when 'being a man' meant something. Not all men want to be boys. Not all men feel comfortable in our society, setting for mediocrity. In fact, here are how the authors define themselves: 'Brett McKay is a man. Kate McKay loves manly men.' That says it all. That says it all, but what are we talking about? We're talking about virtues, here narrowed down to seven -the '7 Manly Virtues' in question being manliness, courage, industry, resolution, self-reliance, discipline, honour. It's about not settling down for mediocrity but on the contrary striving to get better always. It's about condemning idleness and lack of purpose to have goals, worked towards through time management and perseverance. It's about standing for yourself. It's about self-discipline and integrity. Now, three things. First, the happy-being-immature will yawn it out like the spoilt little boys they are, and dismiss it as old ramblings of ultra-conservatives arching backwards to long gone traditional ideals. Too bad. It's their loss. The book is not an essay wobbling in patronising preaching. It's, on the contrary, a source of inspiration, a collage of texts, poems, quotes, fables... to leave you thoughtful and motivate you. Marcus Aurelius, Jack London, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin, Euripides, Aristotle, Martin Luther King Jr, Ralph Waldo Emerson, General Douglas MacArthur, Seneca, Frederick Douglas etc. There are more than a man to admire in here, for their greatness and for their flaws. Then, the cynical will point at how pompous yet empty such words are. Somehow, it's true: 'manliness', 'honour', 'resolution'... Here are surely resounding names, hard to define let alone agree around to set as 'virtues' to live by! But, it's precisely because they are so fleeting and abstract that such concepts are powerful -they are meaningless so long as you don't put meaning into them. For some of us, looking for meaning is exactly what this is all about: 'The reward is not in the destination, but in the striving.' Last but not least, the misguided will accuse it of being sexist, pointing to ideals in habits and behaviours that it's seemingly associates only with manhood; whereas the virtues outlined here can perfectly be embodied by women too. Such criticism would be entirely right and fair. After all, it draws inspirations from men living in days and ages when women were looked upon, while we now live in more equalitarian societies. As such, women can perfectly pick this book and learn from it too -there is nothing specifically 'manly' about the 'wisdom and advice' put forward in this 'manual'. It would be fair, but, again, misguided. Brett McKay is everything but a sexist. His view of manhood is actually pretty straightforward: 'There are two ways to define manhood. One way is to say that manhood is the opposite of womanhood. The other is to say that manhood is the opposite of childhood... We advocate the latter philosophy; manhood is the opposite of childhood and concerns one's inner values. A child is self-centred, fearful, and dependent. A man is bold, courageous, respectful, independent and of service to others. Thus a boy becomes a man when he matures and leaves behind childish things. Likewise, a girl becomes a woman when she matures into real adulthood. Both genders are capable of and should strive for virtuous, human excellence. When a woman lives the virtues, that is womanliness; when a man lives the virtues, that is manliness.' Coming from a dude running a blog about being a man with his wife, such ethos is not surprising. In fact, even the chapter dedicated to 'manliness' as a virtue reminds the reader that there is nothing unmanly in traits usually associated with women; traits such as kindness, gentleness, care and nurturing. If anything, it's what being a gentleman is all about, and so should be part and package of true manhood. So much for the insecure machos, scared that anything supposedly 'feminine' is emasculating! This book is not for them. It may be strange to some, therefore, to have this presented as solely targeted to men; while it speaks to all. But, again, this is because the McKays react against what has been done to manhood these past few decades. Women have been empowered, and it's great. Men, on the other hand, seem to have been pretty much turned into boys, forever teenagers dabbling with childish things (e.g. video games all day), appearances over character (e.g. it's all about a six pack and Hugo Boss and nothing else), when not avoiding responsibilities altogether (e.g. starting families as late as possible, a life of clubbing with mates being better). This is not a self-help manual. This is not an essay on what-the-heck-happened-to-be-a-man-and-not-a-boy-grow-up! This is a collection of inspiring and motivating texts and sayings, poems, speeches all about ideals refusing to die. For men in crisis fed up of the mediocrity surrounding us, it's good enough to read! And if you're one of those dude aspiring to be strong and tough but with class and substance, then you might like the blog if you don't know it yet; it's old fashion but interesting and quirky: https://www.artofmanliness.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Khubaib

    I have never written a review before, but this book really was moving. It is a collection of articles, essays, stories, poems, ballads even letters, and diary entries on or by accomplished individuals of their fields. There are 7 sections in the book, with a bunch of collected literature in each one. Most are good, some are great and a few are absolutely striking. On many occasions, I had to go ahead and read the entire article from the net, whose snippet was in the book. Nice collection. You ma I have never written a review before, but this book really was moving. It is a collection of articles, essays, stories, poems, ballads even letters, and diary entries on or by accomplished individuals of their fields. There are 7 sections in the book, with a bunch of collected literature in each one. Most are good, some are great and a few are absolutely striking. On many occasions, I had to go ahead and read the entire article from the net, whose snippet was in the book. Nice collection. You may end up reading much much more than what's there in the book itself and walk off with a couple of new favorite writers, poets, or even orators! P.S: There's no harm in a female or any other individual reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    I have mixed feelings about this one. What initially started as an attempt to read something different and fun turned into an exercise in discipline (ironically, this was one of the virtues that the book advocated). It was a surprisingly long book. The book is a collection of stories, poems, songs, speeches, letters centered around different "manly virtues", so in a sense there wasn't anything wrong with the writing-it was a selection of different figures throughout history. Things to enjoy about I have mixed feelings about this one. What initially started as an attempt to read something different and fun turned into an exercise in discipline (ironically, this was one of the virtues that the book advocated). It was a surprisingly long book. The book is a collection of stories, poems, songs, speeches, letters centered around different "manly virtues", so in a sense there wasn't anything wrong with the writing-it was a selection of different figures throughout history. Things to enjoy about it were definitely the wide variety of different materials. It got me strangely interested in Jack London, and the chapter on discipline was pretty good. But overall, be careful as you read this book. The philosophy promoted is captured in the one phrase, oft quoted throughout, that you are the "captain of your soul, the master of your own fate". Someone can get away with saying this and not meaning much behind it other than that we exercise choice, but the dominating theme of the whole book was that men don't need anyone, can do anything they put their mind to, and are literally, the master of their own destinies. I disagree. This philosophy is completely at odds with a christian world-view that says the LORD is sovereign over any and everything in history. We cannot do any and everything, and the one thing we need to do (please God) we cannot do at all. Mankind has sinned, every one of us, and because of sin we are depraved, and have no ability to redeem ourselves. Only by trusting in Jesus can we secure a future, a hope and redemption. Be careful as you read this book, not because it is anti-christian, but because there is an enemy who wants to take you out, and would gladly use this to instill these "manly" virtues provided that you don't develop godly virtues. The devil would love nothing more than a bunch of worldly men who rely on their own strength rather than Christ.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vinícius Landvoigt

    This is not a book, this is a thousand books. The book is mainly composed by parts of other books, letters, essays and poems written by great man on the seven manly virtues. From the Founding Fathers, Intelectuals of the XIX century to Greek Philosophers and Roman Emperors, the authors have selected a rich and diverse set of texts which not only inspire you to be a better man but also give you a broader perspective in life, enabling you to learn from those who built Civilization. At first I was s This is not a book, this is a thousand books. The book is mainly composed by parts of other books, letters, essays and poems written by great man on the seven manly virtues. From the Founding Fathers, Intelectuals of the XIX century to Greek Philosophers and Roman Emperors, the authors have selected a rich and diverse set of texts which not only inspire you to be a better man but also give you a broader perspective in life, enabling you to learn from those who built Civilization. At first I was skeptical by the power/capacity of this book to inspire the reader as it promised, after all, we live in a world where the manly virtues have almost been deceased, and bothering with such is quite far from contemporary mentality. Happily, I was wrong, the book is extremely powerful and it does encourage you to pull the best out of yourself.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Dennis

    I did enjoy some of the book however, I was disappointed. I would be remiss in thinking that men's virtues, defined as being the best one can be and not list a virtue of living one's life for God and the salvation He gave us in Christ Jesus. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and w I did enjoy some of the book however, I was disappointed. I would be remiss in thinking that men's virtues, defined as being the best one can be and not list a virtue of living one's life for God and the salvation He gave us in Christ Jesus. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But, that is my opinion from my perspective I realize not all men have faith and some unprepared to defend it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    This book is a collection of letters, stories, memoirs, and all manner of texts; an anthology. Brett and Kate McKay have assembled texts from throughout history that teach and demonstrate the Seven Manly Virtues; Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-Reliance, Discipline, and Honor. This book has been very influential in my life and I can only give it the highest praise. I've learned and applied the lessons of Manvotionals to my life and I am overall a much more virtuous, industrious, a This book is a collection of letters, stories, memoirs, and all manner of texts; an anthology. Brett and Kate McKay have assembled texts from throughout history that teach and demonstrate the Seven Manly Virtues; Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-Reliance, Discipline, and Honor. This book has been very influential in my life and I can only give it the highest praise. I've learned and applied the lessons of Manvotionals to my life and I am overall a much more virtuous, industrious, and happy man. Any man, or woman, owes it to themselves to read this book if they want to make positive changes in their lives.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Guest

    There is not much in here that can't be already found online, as the book is almost entirely borrowed content from other authors in the form of essays, journal entries, poems, speeches, and letters. The book is useful because it spares the reader the trouble of having to go and find all these tidbits of patriarchal wisdom. Since Susan says my reviews are entirely too long, I'll act as though she was right and end with simply this: The book is a must-have for men. There is not much in here that can't be already found online, as the book is almost entirely borrowed content from other authors in the form of essays, journal entries, poems, speeches, and letters. The book is useful because it spares the reader the trouble of having to go and find all these tidbits of patriarchal wisdom. Since Susan says my reviews are entirely too long, I'll act as though she was right and end with simply this: The book is a must-have for men.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Antcliff

    This is a consistent go-to book for me when I need a little inspiration. It's more than about "being manly" it's about living life with a sense of purpose And developing your character inside and out. There's nothing new here, these are all previous writings of prolific writers, philosophers and men of influence and industry. But, they are compiled in a set of 7 character traits that all of us can draw lessons from. Must-read. This is a consistent go-to book for me when I need a little inspiration. It's more than about "being manly" it's about living life with a sense of purpose And developing your character inside and out. There's nothing new here, these are all previous writings of prolific writers, philosophers and men of influence and industry. But, they are compiled in a set of 7 character traits that all of us can draw lessons from. Must-read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter Wolfley

    This is the reference guide to pure inspiration. It breaks down 7 virtues which every man (and woman) should aspire to and develop. Brings together some of the best speeches, poems, instructions, and advice from the history of the recorded word. Once again, the Art of Manliness has not let me down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Igor Putina

    This book changed the way I think.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Johnathan Morton

    A great book that all young men should read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tariq

    I must concur with a previous review of this title in that this is not one book, but this is a thousand books. Throughout my (relatively short) life I have aspired to be more than what a situation may require, but had been left somewhat blind in how to do so. This book has filled in some of those gaps and addressed the answers to questions I didn’t even know how to ask. If you have any interest in the standards that great men have written for themselves since time immemorial, then this book will s I must concur with a previous review of this title in that this is not one book, but this is a thousand books. Throughout my (relatively short) life I have aspired to be more than what a situation may require, but had been left somewhat blind in how to do so. This book has filled in some of those gaps and addressed the answers to questions I didn’t even know how to ask. If you have any interest in the standards that great men have written for themselves since time immemorial, then this book will satisfy that interest. I found it to address the values that we all ought to be striving towards, to express clearly the fact that the same questions we may ask ourselves today have indeed been asked and answered by the wisdom of generations before us. This book was a vibrant reminder that most, if not all, of the problems that we humans face today have already been experienced by hundreds of generations and millions of people before us. It is only from learning from their findings and learnings that we can ourselves learn and benefit ourselves by. I cannot speak of how this book may appeal to women, but as a man I wholeheartedly recommend this book and can definitively say that it has changed me forever. I will definitely be revisiting as the years pass in order to see things with new perspectives and understanding. This book is one that is paid most justice through its study, and I cannot wait for the time I sit down with it again. Highly recommended!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Idriss

    Fairly great coffee table book, wonderfully bad title, still funny how unironically serious the authors take themselves but that's all part of the charm. There's a lot of great anecdotes ad poems and writing here, flipping to any page will generally land on something worth reading, and if not, just another one or two tries ought to do it. I often go back to this when I come across a historical figure I wat to learn more about as these writings are quite good places to start, better than a Wikipe Fairly great coffee table book, wonderfully bad title, still funny how unironically serious the authors take themselves but that's all part of the charm. There's a lot of great anecdotes ad poems and writing here, flipping to any page will generally land on something worth reading, and if not, just another one or two tries ought to do it. I often go back to this when I come across a historical figure I wat to learn more about as these writings are quite good places to start, better than a Wikipedia article because you get to know the person according to themselves and their view of their place in the world. Solid 3 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shaoroun

    This anthology had a lot of great pieces in it, I just wish there was more discussion by the authors about what each of these virtues meant and how they could be applied in daily life. I also disliked how almost all of the pieces in Self - Reliance promoted the idea that a man should never ask for help, rather than attempt whatever difficulty he may face and then seek assistance if he needed it, there were one or two that did, but I would have liked to see more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Really liked this book. Even though the title is cringe worthy which probably stops a lot of people reading it, there is a great collection of wisdom pieced together over 7 virtues which have either been long forgotten or the meaning has obscured over the years. A great read and one I've gained a lot from. Really liked this book. Even though the title is cringe worthy which probably stops a lot of people reading it, there is a great collection of wisdom pieced together over 7 virtues which have either been long forgotten or the meaning has obscured over the years. A great read and one I've gained a lot from.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Max Cojevnicov

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A serious book, for serious men. The book encourages men to accept both the privilege as well as personal responsibility to live a virtuous and meaningful life. These are the main 7 virtues present in the book that each man must strive for: Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-reliance, Discipline, Honour.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    I enjoyed this book as a compilation of thoughts on living a virtuous life. Ranging the gamut of sources from famous to obscure, each selected essay or passage provides a thought-provoking exercise in how to apply each of the 7 listed virtues in your personal life. I'll read through this again. I enjoyed this book as a compilation of thoughts on living a virtuous life. Ranging the gamut of sources from famous to obscure, each selected essay or passage provides a thought-provoking exercise in how to apply each of the 7 listed virtues in your personal life. I'll read through this again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christian Knight

    How to Be A Man Brett lays out the 7 great virtues of “Manhood”, as well as gives great quotes and ideas from legends of the past as motivation and direction as you learn to pick yourself up by your bootstraps daily to become a better man.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chris Brown

    Full of a wide range of essays, articles, poems, etc., on the greatest virtues of life, such as honor, diligence, kindness, perseverance, etc. I will keep it next to me for daily devotional reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Giving a collections of ideas and stories on what really makes a great man. This is something you will want to always have on your shelf and re-read year after year. To refresh value and virtues. Along with getting more and more insight each re-read after you have grown as a person.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fred Leland

    Great little book to get you to thinking about what it means to be a man.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Armando Duran

    Loads of great info and wisdom. I suggest going with the physical copy as this book is great for skimming. Would make a wonderful coffee table book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Best. Book. Ever.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A lot of great quotes and poems in this but also a lot of boring things too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This was not what I expected. I pushed thru and read the book but at the end of the day, it was a collection of short stories. Many of them I had already heard before.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Amazing. Valuable advices for life! I recommend meditating on what you read, in between passages.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nderitu Pius

    There are lies and truths shared in this book which makes me scared about trying to read this book another time. I have however thanked the LORD for finding out the TRUTH from the lies.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark Melendez

    A great collection of philosophy. A must read, must have

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