Straight Talk To Men Repackaged (Paperback)James C Dobson
God’s job description for men!
In this classic work on the biblical roles and responsibilities of a man, Dr. James Dobson shares timeless wisdom you can use as a husband and father. A deeper understanding of God’s perspective on manhood will help you provide stability and leadership in your home—and ultimately enjoy these benefits of a family that pleases God:
A God-given sense of your purpose in the home
A clear understanding of masculinity in today’s world
A wife who feels supported and loved
Children who know God and feel good about themselves
A solid system of family finances
Meaningful times of togetherness and mutual encouragement
Straight Talk to Men is a clear-headed, trustworthy resource that belongs on every man’s bookshelf.
ByJames C Dobson
Size140 x 211 mm
Number of Pages256 pp
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
The first edition of the book you are about to read was written more than
two decades ago. It has sold more than a million copies since its
publication and continues to represent my best understanding of
what it means to be a man...God’s man...in today’s topsy-turvy world.
I was forty-four years old when Straight Talk to Men and Their Wives was first
published, and indeed, several experiences in my personal life were highly rele-
vant to its content. My father had died recently (as you will read in chapter 3)
confronting me with my own mortality. My own unexpected heart attack some
years later served to emphasize the point. Our children were still at home and
our house was fairly crackling with adolescent activity. Most importantly, I was
knee-deep in the infamous midlife years as I sat down to write.
As it turned out, I never did go through what is commonly known as
a classic midlife crisis (as described in chapter 16), but I did do my share
of critical thinking during that era. By contrast, many of my friends and
associates did struggle through a troubling experience in their forties. Some
even went a little crazy when they realized that youth was gone and life was
rapidly passing them by. Although sympathetic to their distress, I found it
somewhat amusing to watch these men trying desperately to hold on to
what was already long gone.
Twenty-plus years ago, and to some degree today, men in midlife crisis
wore their self-doubt like a walking billboard for the whole world to see.
Suit coats and ties were replaced by garish silk shirts, which were always left
unbuttoned down in the direction of the navel. A bushy array of gray chest
hair was usually on display. It had been carefully blow-dried. A gold medal-
lion on a chain was usually nestled in the curly crop, presumably as a
testimonial to youthful vigor. The men also did weird things with their hair,
attempting to make a little look like a lot. (The frustrating thing about aging
is that hair won’t grow on the top, but it sprouts abundantly in the nose and
ears.) In serious cases of baldness, this meant whipping the sideburns over
the top and then cementing everything in place with super glue. Sharp-
pointed Italian type shoes finished off the garb, accompanied by Rolex
watches (probably fake) and heavy jewelry on both hands. So much for the
Men in midlife crisis then sought to beef up their image with racy auto-
mobiles. Their cars had to be sleek, fast, and hot. A Porsche or a Ferrari
conveyed the proper message, but a guy with financial problems might have
to settle for a Volkswagen with mag wheels. Thus outfitted, the aging gentle-
man and his shaky ego set out to conquer worlds unknown.
Sexual conquest was, and still is, the ultimate proof of virility for the over-
the-hill gang. These men often try their luck with younger...hopefully
gorgeous...ladies. They flirt with their secretaries and make passes at every
skirt that passes by. They are also frustrated by their wives’ age, because it
reminds them of their own.
I heard of one such man who came in one night and asked his wife what
she was smearing on her face.