Play the Man By: Mark Batterson {Book Review}

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Play the man. Make the man.

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It’s in this “no-man’s-land” that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man.

In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, “Play the man.” Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men who will put God first, family second, and career third.

This is more than a book; it’s a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be.


My Thoughts:

Often times, men grow up without a father in the home and that makes them question so much about who they are, what it means to be a man, and how to be the best he can be since he didn’t have a proper example. This is a great read for all men, regardless of age.

Batterson lays the foundation of what it looks like to not only be a man, but to be a man of God. He helps you build upon the 7 virtues (Tough Love, Childlike Wonder, Will Power, Raw Passion, True Grit, Clear Vision, and Moral Courage) of a Godly man and leads you to the road of self discovery. To learn more about becoming a man of God click here for more info.

This book is more than just a book though, It’s a guide to finding your inner man, to bringing up the next generation of men, and to being the best man that you can possibly be. It’s self awakening, moving, and inspiring. It lets you know that the man you’ve always wanted to be, the man your wife longs for, the man your kids need, the man God created you to be- is inside you!



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Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, A Trip around the Sun, and If. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with eight campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at

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