Review #6: Dangerous Good

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“GOD MADE US MEN; IT’S TIME TO ACT LIKE IT.

There’s a revolution brewing, a sleeping giant awakening from a long slumber. For too long, we have been sitting on the sidelines, minding our own business, nursing our wounds.

We are meant for greater things than these, and the world can no longer indulge our lethargy. Men, it’s time we entered the danger—for the good of ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, and our world. Led by Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can confront and transform the climate of moral relativism with our dangerous good God and his growing army of men who care.

It’s time to rediscover who we are and who we’re made to be.”

Dangerous Good: The Coming Revolution of Men Who Carewritten by Kenny Luck, is a Christian living book with a message to the male population of the world: It’s time to move. Luck talks about large groups of men who are seeking to actually follow Jesus and bring others along with them, and uses their examples as a call to war for the hearts of his readers, hoping they’ll respond with a battle cry.

Before I proceed with critiquing this book, I want to share a dilemma and disclaimer: I am a woman reading a book intended for men; my understanding of issues and struggles brought up in the book will not be totally accurate and will lack some degree of empathy due to natural ignorance and lack of shared experience, but nevertheless, I shall do my best to review it accurately.

ALL THE GOOD THINGS

One thing that made this enjoyable for me as a reader was the excitement over another book written to communicate an encouraging and powerful message for the broken men of the world. I say “another” not with an eye-roll, but with the thought that we can never have too many books that encourage men to be the men God has designed them to be, especially as they walk through a world that is determined to bring them to their knees with blows of emasculation.

Another thing that made this enjoyable was that Luck included chapters designated to women and children and how men ought to see them through this godly lens of masculinity. He touched on the gender war, but tastefully, and in a way that reminds us that the shots fired on either side are merely symptoms of the underlying problem: people are overcome with sin, and the only cure is Christ.

Lastly, and more specifically, I enjoyed Luck’s take on the role of Barnabas in the church of Acts. He uses Barnabas in his chapter titled, “Powerfully Remembered Men,” as an example of what it means to encourage others, particularly those who everyone else has labeled as a lost cause or has rejected due to past failures. Luck personalized Paul’s experience of being rejected by the disciples at Jerusalem due to his B.C. business of murdering Christians, and yet he returned to those same disciples one more time, this time with Barnabas, who vouched for Paul and allowed him to come into God’s ministry for him. This illustrated the importance of the encourager in the community of Dangerous Good men. I’m not a man, but was challenged to figure out from Barnabas’s example how to better encourage others to fulfill the calling God has given them.

ALL THE NOT-SO-GOOD THINGS

Something that made this book difficult for me as a reader is that while the message to men was inspiring and will certainly drive some to action, the message felt flat. There’s a point where Luck writes:

“Fellowships are forming because the King is coming. God is calling together                          sincere hearts, strong energy, and a transcendent brand of masculinity…this                        culture has not seen on this scale since Pentecost.” (pg 38)

And yet we’re not given any statistics or real-life examples (like specific names of men, etc.) to back up this claim that things are moving, and are expected to take Luck at his word instead of allowing our eyes to be opened by evidence.  I finished the book about men who care, and wondered, “Where are they?”

Another thing that presented an obstacle in my full enjoyment of this book was the lack of practical application. What I mean by this is Luck creates an archetype of what a Dangerous Good man looks like (what he does, how he speaks, what his family looks like, etc.) but doesn’t thoroughly explain how men who feel less-than-dangerous can start to join the movement. There’s a message of “There’s this movement of guys who are serious about Jesus; what are you going to do about it?” and my thought is “If I were a guy, I’d respond, ‘I’m going to join! Except, I have no idea where to start.'” Luck did attempt to include some practical points, but they felt lost amidst the inspirational jargon. Also (in minor defense of Luck’s method here), Luck does offer resources on his website for men to access and purchase, but the book in their hands doesn’t seem to be meant as that kind of practical resource.

The last main thing that made this book difficult for me as a reader (though much more as a writer) was the flow of the book. I had a hard time taking Luck seriously due to a writerly tick, which I also have, of isolating sentences in an effort to make them poignant and serious. The effect this tick had on my reading of the content was uncomfortable; I felt like the content would start moving smoothly only to be stopped by an isolated sentence, providing a rocky transition into the next idea. Luck could’ve removed these sentences, which he did several times, and provided smoother transitions between points, which would’ve led to a culminating crescendo of inspiration, which I think was his original aim.

In conclusion, this is a good message for men to hear, and it does offer encouragement to men who are being told they are wrong for their masculinity. I would recommend this to all men as a reminder, as a starting point, and as a challenge to move forward in their walks with Christ in confidence in how God’s designed their masculinity.

About the Author:

Kenny Luck is currently the Leadership Pastor at Crossline Church in Laguna Hills, California. He was previously the Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California from 1997-2014 and is an expert in the field of men’s issues.

He is also the Founder and President of Every Man Ministries which helps churches worldwide to develop and grow healthy men’s communities with the goal to end child abuse, fatherlessness and protect women and children.

He has authored and coauthored 21 books, including Every Man, God’s Man, Every Young Man, God’s Man and the Every Man Bible Studies from the best-selling Every Man Series published by WaterBrook/Random House. Kenny’s last 9 works have been published with B & H Publishing Group and are used by churches for in depth studies.

He is a featured contributor to Christian Post, Charisma Magazine, Christian Mingle, Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, New Man Magazine, Men of Integrity, The Journal, and Young Believer Magazine.”

*A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale Book Publishers

 

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Hi, my name is Hunter. I very often make random comments about coffee and how chocolate is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy :) Before I started this blog, I was preparing to make the first of many big life decisions: college. God led me to go to a secular college in New York City, a place of which I was terrified. The blog followed me through those years at college straight into married life and becoming a military spouse, all while seeking to following Christ and know God better and share Him with others. This blog is a way for you to go with me through these adventures, through being a Christian in a world that's forgotten its Creator.
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