Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues is the second book by Brett and Kate McKay, the husband and wife team who own, operate, and write The Art of Manliness, a fantastic blog on classic manly skills and virtues.
Their first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man, taught “where the rubber meets the road” tactics of classic manliness. Their newest book, Manvotionals, compiles and makes accessible centuries of knowledge and wisdom on living a virtuous manly life. In 257 thought-provoking pages, they tackle Manliness, Courage, Industry, Resolution, Self-Reliance, Discipline, and Honor.
As the introduction makes clear, Manvotionals is written to be enjoyed in bite-sized chunks: read one little clip or quote or manvotional at a time, then spend some time with it, reflecting on it and putting it into practice. But in reality, I found this to be a book that I couldn’t put down at times. I would read one little clip, then zig-zag through the book to another, discerning a subtle connection, then read another before I put the book down and started to distill all of them in my mind.
I’ve been a fan and reader of The Art of Manliness for some time, and was honored to author a guest post published a couple of years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting Brett and Kate at a bloggers event in Tulsa while there on a work trip last year. Most recently, I was honored to receive an advance copy of Manvotionals with a nice memo from Brett. It wasn’t tied to any expectation that I write about the book in any way, but I find myself compelled to do so, because I know that I’ve gained some insight from the book, and I hope and trust that you can too.
I would encourage you to check out Manvotionals and pick up a copy for yourself. Or better yet, grab a few copies for the men in your life (husband, dad, grandfather, brother, parish priest…) and wrap them up for upcoming birthdays or for Christmas.
Enjoy Manvotionals with me, and grab bits of timeless wisdom and advice on 7 great manly virtues.