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Publication Date: 18 Jul 2019
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Words: 50000
Page Count: 176
Author: Martin Saunders
ISBN-13: 9780281082209, 9780281082216, 9780281082223

The Man You're Made to Be

A book about growing up
By Martin Saunders
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Both within and outside the church, young men are shaped by a gendered culture which subtly models them into a restrictive identity. There’s still a subtle prevailing wisdom that true masculinity involves physical strength and emotional stuntedness.

At the same time, men and women are different, and those differences are important to recognize and understand.

Meanwhile the church often presents Christianity as being male-led but female-targeted, meaning there’s a whole mess of assumptions for young men to untangle.

Martin Saunders presents a vision for Christian masculinity, based on the model of Jesus, which pushes past gender stereotypes and moves into the more exciting territory of pursuing passion and purpose. He helps young men to see that it’s possible to grow into a ‘real man’, and have fully engaged emotions and a dynamic relationship with God. Finally, he provides a practical approach to living as a Christian man every day, allowing God into every area of our lives.

Topics include: What the world says about being a man; what the Bible says about being a man; sex and masturbation; money; life online vs offline; friendship and other relationships; ambition, purpose and potential; and developing your spiritual life.
About the Author
Martin Saunders is the Deputy CEO and Director of Innovation at Youthscape. He’s the author of many books and hundreds of articles, but his primary passion is for youth ministry, and he is currently the Youth Minister at St Mary’s Reigate, a thriving church in Surrey. He lives with his wife Jo (a doctor), their four children and a very friendly dog.

Martin is a host and main organizer at the National Youth Ministry Weekend, which has approximately 1,000 relevant delegates (this is increasing sharply year on year). He is a regular speaker at Soul Survivor.

Youthscape, a high-profile youth ministry organisation, has a popular podcast (Youthscape will dedicate one to this book) and runs events and training. It is well-known for creating high-quality innovative youth resources. Their marketing team will get behind the launch.

Martin is very well-connected in Christian media (he was for some years editor of Youthwork magazine) and will pitch a range of articles to relevant titles including Premier Youth and Children’s Work, Families First and Prem.

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