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The Art of Manliness - Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues Paperback – Oct 28 2011

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (Oct. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440312001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440312007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Brett and Kate McKay are the married team behind the popular website, In just two years, the site has grown to over 1 million visitors a month, over 2 million page views a month, and over 70,000 daily subscribers. In addition, the authors maintain a thriving online social network called the Art of Manliness Community. Brett has a degree in Letters where he focused on classical history and philosophy. He also graduated in the top ten of his class in law school. Kate has a bachelor’s in history and graduated summa cum laude with a masters in religion. They live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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I bought this book thinking it would be more than a copy paste of the blog and while that is true the book is really less than 10% original content. Most chapters start with a small section describing topics like courage or industry and that is interesting to read. However then the author just pasted in dozens of poems or book excerpts for the remaining 90% of the chapter. Personally I found the pasted content boring and repetitive. Each of these chapters would have been better served as individual blog posts rather than copy paste of content in a bound book.

On a positive note the book art and style is to notch. One of the more pretty booked I've seen.
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The most compelling aspect of this work is that the authors' voice is (intentionally) virtually absent as the themes are presented: Short essays and poems have been curated and arrayed to guide the reader through generations of western thought about the identified virtues. Certainly, the authors are present in the selection of the passages included in the anothology, and it is openly acknowledged that the consideration is limited by the bounds of the culture(s) from which the material is sourced. The result is a read that is thought provoking without being "preachy", despite the often very prescriptive tone used by individual voices.
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Buying this book for the third time; once for myself, and twice as gifts. Simply put, the best book i've ever read. Incredibly well thought out and powerful, this book is a must in everybody's library, male or female. Could not recommend more.
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As an avid reader of AOM for 2 years now, I cannot begin to explain how much it has changed my life. Now with the release of Manvotionals, Brett and Kate have managed yet again to change my life. The collection of essays, poems, speeches etc. that they have collected is truly a work of art and patience. This book can easily be read front to back, or you can choose a certain selection to read anytime you choose. As the auther suggest in the beginning, try reading one Manvotional every morning and pondering over how it affects you throughout your day.

Brett and Kate are true visionaries towards what this society is lacking more than anything else in my opinion, the true Art of Manliness!!
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1035d8c) out of 5 stars Great Collection Of Manly Wisdom - Will Pass Onto My Son Nov. 1 2011
By Antonio O. Centeno - Published on
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Overall - I give this book 5 out of 5 Stars. An Excellent Read from Start to Finish.

3 Things I love About Manvotionals

Well Written Selection From History's Best
Men Quoted In Manvotionals include:
Marcus Aurelius
Jack London
Teddy Roosevelt
William Wordsworth
Ben Franklin
Rudyard Kipling
Martin Luther King
Frederick Douglas
Abraham Lincoln
Brett and Kate also do a good job bringing in more modern quotes and lesser known men in addition to the familiar names above.

Time Tested
3000 Years of Wisdom - quotes come from men who lived before Christ and men still alive today.

Broken Into Easy to Read Pieces & Well Organized
Manvotionals can be read in small spurts or all at once. It has easy to grab quotes, solid short storied (300 words) and con
Manvotionals is broken into 10 sections, with 7 main parts focusing on the 7 virtues.
The 7 Virtues are:
Self Reliance

Suggested Small Improvements
Perhaps they could publish a larger coffee table version with color pictures. The focus on only 7 virtues is a bit limited - it could be argued they missed other important aspects of what it means to be a man.

I have a 7 Year old son - I'll be passing this book onto him at the right time. I want to introduce him to these concepts - which to me is the best and final gauge of its value.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1035de0) out of 5 stars A study in manly virtues Nov. 2 2011
By T. Brian Westmoreland - Published on
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This book is a daily dose of inspiration with a focus on Virtue as it was understood and appreciated in the ancient world. While the concept of virtue may seem almost antiquated in the thoughts of some, the authors have made a strong case for its relevance by collecting essays, poems, and letters from great men in history which show how crucial virtue is for developing mature manhood.

In the introduction to the book, the authors make an excellent case for the promotion of manliness, explaining that while some might see it as the opposite of womanhood, it is intended rather to promote the opposite of childhood, and as such has relevance for women as well.

Manvotionals gives us a peek into the hearts of great men such as Benjamin Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Rudyard Kipling, and ancient voices like Euripides, Aesop and Marcus Aurelius. Through their words we hear what virtues inspired them, and how they focused their lives to become men of renown.

Rather than feeling shamed for not living up to my potential in comparison to these giants, I instead feel desire to achieve and become. How could I not like this book, when it stirs such inspiration?
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1036234) out of 5 stars A must-read for every young man, and a should-read for everyone else. Nov. 1 2011
By Canoelover - Published on
Format: Paperback
Full disclosure: I received an advance copy a few weeks ago as a contributor to the AoM site on all things outdoorsy. My 18 year-old son is reading it now after I finished it. Keep a pencil, you'll want to underline and write in the margins. I know it's sacrilege to some bibliophiles, but hey, you paid for it.

The Art of Manliness website is a great resource for men of all ages. It's not about's about manliness...being a man. Strong, not violent. Wise, not arrogant. Educated, not snobbish. A gentleman, not a man-child. Masculine, not emasculated.

In Manvotionals, Brett and Kate have compiled a nice collection of stories, quotes and other information that will make you think (or rethink) about the leaders of the past who were manly in the best sense. The cowards who "lead" today could take a page from men who told the truth and were more interested in being effective than being important.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10361ec) out of 5 stars Lessons from Dad Feb. 11 2012
By K. Leach - Published on
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I had an excellent father. I purchased this book about two weeks prior to him passing away earlier this week. I had been reading this each night prior and when I was asked if I wanted to speak, I used this book as the foundation of my speech. In my writing of the obituary my creative juices were running low. While it was one of the most difficult speeches I've ever had to make many people came up to me in awe of the insight and way that the words flowed. I owe Brett McKay's research into philosophy for a eulogy that was worthy of the lessons my father taught me.

Thank you to the McKay's and for putting together a book that has the knowledge every man should pass on to his heirs.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1036480) out of 5 stars It will put hair on your chest Feb. 13 2012
By T. Anschutz - Published on
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Brett McKay, the driving force behind the Art of Manliness website and book, has stated that "all great men throughout history, virtually without exception, studied the writings of other great men to broaden their perspective and improve themselves." Here he has put that into practice by writing a book on what he considers the seven manly virtues, filling it with the writings of great men which support or exemplify each of these virtues. Contained within this book with its faux distressed cover and woodcut-style art are the writings of Marcus Aurelius, Aesop, Aristotle, T. Roosevelt, A. Lincoln, Whitman, Thoreau, Emerson, Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Longfellow, and others. It could be read cover-to-cover, or used as a devotional by selecting a reading a day. Anyone, but especially any man, who wishes to be a better person and live a more virtuous life would benefit from reading this book.