Patrick Morley contends that every man has 7 primal needs that need to be met. His latest book, Man Alive, not only deals with identifying and meeting those needs, but transforming them into a powerful spiritual life.
He should know, because throughout the book, he is transparent and authentic about how he has dealt with each need, and how his life (and his readers) can be transformed.
Morley heads up Man in the Mirror ministries. Also, the title of the 1st book of his that I ever read. He is a great influence in men’s ministry, for he points men to God’s Word.
In Man Alive he deals with 7 primal needs. He defines the word primal as “a raw, restless energy”. Such energy he says, “needs to be channeled, chiseled, transformed.”
His solution is not simply that men try harder, but that they engage their primal need with God’s Word. The question he seeks to answer is: “What do men who lead powerful, transformed lives do differently then their lukewarm counterparts?”
The answer is found in digging into God’s Word, following the Holy Spirit’s guidance and living out such truth in one’s life.
So what are the 7 primal needs?
1. To feel like you don’t have to do life alone.
2. To believe — really believe — that God loves and cars about you personally.
3. To understand how your life has a purpose, that your life is not random.
4. To break free from the destructive behaviors that keep dragging you down.
5. To satisfy your soul’s thirst for transcendence, awe, and communion.
6. To love and be loved without reservation.
7. To make a contribution and leave the world a better place.
What I love about the book is that Patrick understands Christianity is not about behavior modification, but heart transformation. He does that with an honest look at where he has been transformed and where he has needed to be transformed still today.
This book is a great resource for men, but especially for men who are in small groups or a mentoring relationship. Man Alive provides a common language, and end of the chapter questions to continue discussion and even more transformation to be like Jesus in meeting each need. I give it 5 stars out of 5. Glad I read it, my wife, family, friends and church will be glad as I live it.
As an added bonus you can go to manalivebook.com to see an intro video as well as additional tools, resources and articles. (Don’t follow the amazon manalive.com link unless you are looking for men’s fashion.) You can read the 1st chapter of the book by clicking here.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review through their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to give a positive review.