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God designed men to live with risk, adventure, and danger.

But today's man has no rites of passage, no elders, no map to manhood. He may physically be an adult, but still wonders, "Am I a man?"

When John Sowers twin daughters were born, he felt exposed, thinking manhood was out of reach. He needed direction. Following in the steps of ordinary men and the heroes of history, legend and myth, he uncovered a new and ancient road.

Walk with John on his personal quest to discover the "wild masculine" and to become all that God intended men to be. From a thrilling brush with Kodiak bears in Alaska, to a war hero who rescued his comrades in the Valley of Death, from mythic heroes of Tolkien, to the footsteps of the One, True Myth - as Jesus walked from village into the wilderness, and back again.

Stunningly written, this revolutionary book calls older men out of complacency and younger men out of confusion. It calls all men into the greater Story - into a life of sacrificial love, holy defiance, and clear purpose.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Jericho Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1455580392
ISBN-13: 9781455580392

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Author Bio

John Sowers is the president of The Mentoring Project, a movement rewriting the fatherless story-25 million youth growing up without dad-through mentoring. John received his master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and then graduated with his doctorate from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. His dissertation was published under the name Fatherless Generation, Redeeming the Story (Zondervan, 2010). John and his wife, Kari, live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Editorial Reviews

This book is an encouraging and strengthening read for the man in your life, or for men and sons seeking The Heroic Path.—Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
The Heroic Path makes me want to ride a bald eagle to Alaska to hunt bear with my bare hands. Muscles, pride, anger don't make a man. Strength, love, passion and God make a man.—John Luke Robertson, Duck Dynasty
"John is a loyal friend, husband and dad, and his book is witty, honest, and full of heart. I'm excited for you to get to know him."—Kelly Clarkson
"THE HEROIC PATH is part-poetic, part prophetic. It will push you, comfort you, move you, provoke you and disrupt you. It is witty and insightful, risky and provocative. I'm so glad to introduce you to my friend, John Sowers."—Bob Goff, Best-selling author of Love Does
"This book is an awakening for those who realize men have lost their way and are looking for something deeper-something mythic. This is not your everyday 'bravado man' book-this is Fight Club for intellectuals."—Claire Díaz-Ortiz, head of social innovation, Twitter
"I'm part of a generation of "lost boys" that have a growing desire to somehow brave the transition out of Neverland and into the true epic - the life of a good man. John bids us to follow as he claws his way to the heart of manhood."—Josh Garrels, singer songwriter
"I love the way John sifts through the mixed and unhelpful messaging about what it means to be a man. In these beautifully written pages, he's searching for more than hammers and guns, and instead recovering qualities like honor, fidelity, and strength. This is important work."—Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine
"THE HEROIC PATH takes you off the grid into the deep woods to see things you've never seen before. You will not return the same."—Ed Eason, lead guitarist for Carrie Underwood
"If you want a mundane life, throw this book down immediately and go seek shelter. But if you are hunting for the wild masculine, read on. This book is not an instruction manual; it is a soul insurrection."—Jon Collins, digital storyteller at Sincerely Truman

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  1. Mike
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Heroic Path
    March 22, 2017
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I anticipated a very rewarding and beneficial read when opening this book. However with in a few short pages I had to rethink my desires. On page 56( hardbound edition) I read, " We may have offered ourselves to God, but Mom is our salvation. Mom is our True North" Deeper in the book on page 99 this thought was presented " Spiritually, we are transformed when we confront ourselves and our mortality, surrendering our lives at the feet of the Living God. We receive gifts, calling, and endowed with supernatural power and wisdom for the journey. When it happens we are not fully aware of our transformation" There is a word for such teaching and thinking: From Wikipedia - Religious syncretism exhibits blending of two or more religious belief systems into a new system, I have read many books focusing on the journeys faced by men, however this one is, in my opinion, one the most dangerous books with the of blending of fantasy, fiction. offering numerous metaphors, story reviews, and even a very entertaining section on the life and

    times of "end days" Preppers. He explores Mystic Paths and Talisman and a weaving of "Hairy Man. through. the entire book.May i sincerely recommend that all men save your money, and purchase a book based upon Biblical Godly principles, and steer clear of this book at all cost. I have sent my copy to the local land fill and consider my $20.00 purchase a complete waste of my money and personal time. If ever there was an example of " the blind leading the blind" this would be the ultimate example to be used.

  2. pastor2519
    West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Aging Boys need to grow up!
    May 22, 2014
    West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Where did we lose our way? Manhood has been dummied down over the years until we no longer know what it looks like. John Sowers wants to help us find the way back to the life we were called to live, to be the men that God created us to be. The path back looks different for everyone, but there are some similarities. Sowers paints a picture of his own heroic path and gives the rest of us plenty of ideas. The book is "The Heroic Path: In Search of the Masculine Heart" And you want to read it; you really do want to read it.

    You want to read it if your Dad is dead, or in prison, or you never knew him. You want to read it if your Dad is nearby and you know and love him. You want to read it if you are or might someday be a Dad. You want to read it, because it's up to you to help teach the next generation how to be the men that God has called them to be instead of the imitation men we see in the movies or the gang members, bank robbers, rapists and murderers, and dirtbags that we see on the evening news and read about in the newspaper.

    Because as men, many of us have lost our way, and we need a map to help us get back on our own heroic path. We need a mentor, a guide, and we need direction. Many of us don't even know where to look for the map. Lots of boys grow up to be men without having had a man in their life to follow and learn from. There are lots of reasons, and lots of arguments for and against each of them, but the result is the same: adult males who never learned to be men, and so they still act like little boys and teach the next generation to do the same thing.

    It doesn't affect just the individual - the lack of knowledge spills over and affects every area of a man's life: family, school, job, even his relationship with God. As Sowers puts it, the question we have to ask ourselves as men is simple: "How do we step out of the tea party and onto the treacherous path?" It's time to put a stop to the idea that the way we build ourselves up is to beat others down.

    Sowers hasn't just written a 'how to' or self-help book; he is telling his story, what happened, what the result was, and how he learned to make the necessary changes that will impact his family for generations.

    I found myself coasting along, enjoying the read, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, bold truisms jump off the page and remind me that I don't have all the answers. My story is different, but truth is truth and what's true for one of us, is true for all of us. (We don't always respond the same way, but it's still true). You're reaching for your cup of coffee, and bam! "We disengage from life because we are afraid to fail." "When Death smiles at you and you smile back, something changes." "We grow when we face ourselves." "In our culture, there is a serious lack of elders." "The men who live through confrontations exude quiet strength." "We must forgive our fathers." "We store pain for years in a buried rusty toolbox. We push through and pretend it doesn't matter."

    "Heroic Path" is more than just a cathartic writing, it's much more than a poignant memoir, it's more than a story of what life was like and what happened. This is a call to action for all the aging boys who are ready to grow up and learn what it is to be a man. Not just the macho he-man, but a man who accepts his responsibilities, and does the right thing, even when that right thing comes at a cost.

    It's time to answer that call to action and become a part of the solution.

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