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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Man Alive

Man Alive: Transforming Your Seven Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life

“The premise of this book is that you don’t have to settle for being half alive. You can heal each of your inner aches and pains. You can be the good soil. You can be transformed. God will change your life one verse at a time.” (Patrick Morley, Man Alive, pg. 13)

Man Alive addresses men who are spiritually tapped or confused, and provides powerful tools to directly transform their primal needs.
“90% of men lead lukewarm, often defeated lives…The harder we try, the more frustrated and confused we become. A man can only will himself to act and perform like a Christian for so long” (pg. 32).

So what are men’s primal needs? According to author, Patrick Morley, they are:

  1. To feel like you don’t have to do life alone
  2. To believe that God knows, loves, and cares about us personally
  3. To believe life has a purpose and isn’t random
  4. Being able to break free from destructive patterns
  5. To satisfy the soul’s thirst for transcendence, awe, and communion
  6. To love and be loved without reservation
  7. To make the world a better place.

One important aspect Morley says about men is that they tend to have “shallow relationships,” and rarely scratch the surface in developing deep, meaningful communications with others. This was one the main reasons Morley designed the Man in the Mirror program, allowing men to connect with other men through small groups to spiritually and emotionally support, encourage, and inspire one another.

This interactive book also includes reflection and discussion questions to do on your own or with a small group. This helps men dig deeper into who they are, why they do what they do, while also allowing them to regroup and regain their spiritual purpose through the transforming power of Jesus. 

The book focuses on the essential needs of men to lead a healthier, well-rounded personal life, while also establishing a powerful outlet to plug into the Holy Spirit’s life changing energy.

“God loves men’s souls. He loves to awaken, save, nurture, and revive men’s souls” (pg.111).

My favorite chapter was, Soul Making; a fantastic exploration on drawing closer to Christ, which included, A Guy’s Guide to Hanging Out with Jesus. This thought process included the idea of leaving room for mystery, which was by far my favorite idea Morley suggested in the book.

“Mystery, which is truth beyond human understanding, is built into the deal…We must often squint at the beauty of God’s holiness through a thick veil of human limitation. Never want a God you can fully explain” (pgs. 128-29).

As a woman, a wife and a mother, I was touched by Morley’s honest desire to help men, husbands (and potential husbands), and fathers become the most they can be by tapping into God’s supernatural ability to recharge, refresh and renew their lives.

His brilliant advice on being a Godly father was powerful and inspirational, and applicable even for mothers. And his amazing suggestions on how to be a loving husband was breathtaking, heartwarming, and incredibly practical.

The ideas that Morley suggests in Man Alive are not pie in the sky theories. They are down to earth, simple to understand, and even easier to apply in everyday life—even for women!

I am confident that Man Alive will soon become a valuable resource in our home and in our lives. As my husband and I have both been struggling lately with our son’s illness, my husband’s faith has been on shaky ground. I can’t wait to hand him this book, knowing God will use it in a powerful way to lure him back with more faith and more power than he ever thought imaginable.

{Patrick Morley is not only a profound author, but he is also the founder of Man in the Mirror. This organization is dedicated to men who are truly seeking to explore their “destiny to lead a powerful life transformed by Christ” (pg. 14) through online video bible studies or joining/starting a small group for men.}

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


  1. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. Have a great week! :O)


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