Quotable: A word to any married guy (or to any guy thinking about getting married): "The husband's various duties involve priestly elements, organizational and administrative tasks, and numerous responsibilities related to spiritual and practical leadership of all kinds. Being a godly husband requires the skill of a gifted manager, the heart of a loving counselor, the ability to lead while gaining a follower's respect-chiefly by being a consistent example... This is by no means a part-time calling." (From the forward by John MacArthur.) In other words, don't take it lightly!
How I Should Have Read It: If I read this book again, I'm going to start with the last chapter. It may have been the best in the whole book. It was both an inspiration and challenge to be a Christ-like husband. From there I would look at the Table of Contents and 'jump around' to the topics that pertained to me.
Don't Text Me: I first read this book as a textbook for a college class... and now I can see why. Overall it was too much like a textbook for my taste. To illustrate: The first sentence after a chapter on humility reads "Now that you are equipped with a more lowly mindset..." I literally almost laughed out loud when I read that. Since when does reading about humility make you humble? Most of the book read like that: a textbook that thinks knowledge is the only requirement for change.
You Can Use This: But with the textbook format comes this benefit: Lists! And good ones too! I wrote "Great list" multiple times in my notes. Here's what you could find and use: an explanation of true repentance (p44), a list of how the Trinity interacts in a perfect relationship (p51), a list that details "What we worship, we will... adore/seek after/etc" (p90), and a list of what Christ's love is like (p105).
If you've read the Exemplary Husband I'd love to hear from you. What did you think of it? What did you think of How I Read It?
2011 Personal Impact Ranking:
- The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
- Humility by CJ Mahaney*
- Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson*
- Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
- Crazy Love by Francis Chan*
- The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott*