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  • The Man in the Mirror

  • Solving the 24 Problems Men Face
  • By: Patrick M. Morley
  • Narrated by: Stu Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

More than four million copies in print!

This work, called by some the best book for men ever written, helps men overcome common roadblocks to spiritual and personal growth and chart a path forward to becoming better leaders in their home, workplace, and community.

Winner of the prestigious Gold Medallion Award and appearing on the best seller list 18 times, this audiobook is popular for a reason. In it, award-winning author Patrick Morley invites men to look in the mirror, identify the problem areas, and make the changes necessary to love God, themselves, and others better.

With relevant, practical, and thoughtful advice, this audiobook discusses 24 different topics that men face, including:

  • Identity questions and discovering significance and purpose
  • Relationship problems and fixing broken relationships
  • Money problems and establishing financial strength
  • Time problems and how to decide what's important
  • Temperament problems and battling pride, fear, and anger
  • Integrity problems and establishing accountability

If life's demands are constantly pressuring you to run faster and jump higher, this audiobook is for you. Rich in anecdotes, thought-provoking questions, biblical insights, and featuring focus questions in each chapter suitable for personal or group use, The Man in the Mirror offers a life-changing look at how to trade the rat race for the rewards of godly manhood. 

©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan

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Not for a non religious person.

As an agnostic myself, I found it quite hard to digest... I downloaded it as I found it in a list for "books that every man should read" and despite being among great books in that list, I just didn't manage to finish this one. definitely not for me, but it may be good for other audience.

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Great book

I highly recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians. The book has a depth which I haven’t seen in many books. Such rich content and actual tools to be the best person possible. Topics touch on with such great honesty and even greater insight. Please read this, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Matt
  • 03-12-18

Probably a very good small-group study

Man in the Mirror was recommended to me and I don't regret listening to it. A few thoughts, however... The same person who recommended it to me later described it as written east-to-west, meaning it's a sweeping book rather than something that builds upon itself, and I agree with this. A hint of Morley's style is found in the title: 24 Problems... or 21 or whatever. This is a bit daunting (and presumptive), but his list of 24 problems quickly turns into myriad sub-lists of 9 reasons why, 12 things men.... It just got tiresome. It was heavy on reasons why men stumble and fail and light on practical solutions, save for a smattering of scripture.

I am confident Morley's heart is in the right place, so there's that. And it's thought-provoking, which I appreciate. I'd just caution readers (listeners, as it were) against holding Morley up as any kind of an expert. This is largely a book of opinions and observations; if you're looking for expert advise, look elsewhere. I found his position on fear, for example, to be questionable. He tried to prop up a theory that Christ was not fearful in the garden prior to his crucifixion and death, and therefore since Christ didn't exhibit fear then being fearful is like to sin, so if you're afraid you're doing something wrong. Ummmm, I take issue with that. Yeah you don't want to walk around living a life of anxiousness and fear, but I think experiencing (and processing through) acute episodes of fear isn't sinful. Come on, Morely.

Since he uses a Pascal quote in his book, I'll use one as well: I would have written you a shorter letter but I didn't have time. Often, in writing, long is lazy and short is hard. I think Man in the Mirror could have been 1/2 or 2/3 the length and twice as powerful, but the author took the easy way out and gave us way too long of book. Still worth reading, I think this book is best suited in a physical format as a guide for a small group study. As an audio book, it's a long, sometimes tedious listen.

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  • George Lopez
  • 25-04-19

Some teenager telling me how to be a better man...

Theme: I downloaded this book to be informed on how to be a better person through some Christian concepts.

Narrator: This was a failure. When discussing a man's life and bringing to the surface his shortfalls, needs, wants, and regrets from a Christian perspective, please consider your audience. Any experienced man/father/professional does not want to hear the voice of a adolescent cherpy male on the other end telling him how to a better man. The narrators voice was unbearable for this subject.

Literature: Do good and don't do bad.... 99% of all adult males and 100% of anybody downloading this book already knows this. We all know the obvious and we all want to be better if we downloaded this book. That said their is no need to state the obvious, but unfortunately that's what this book does. The book spends a lot of energy telling you that you have problems (duh I know that already) and spends very little energy providing information on the resolution of these problems outside of "pray to Jesus." On top of this, the book has some strange desire to continually cite Christian literature at the end of quoted statements as if that makes that statement any more impactful to the subject (it doesn't). This ends up feeling like your listening to some college read his term paper.

Bottom Line: People want specific examples and clear strategies for self improvement from a mature educated sounding adult. Not vague religious threats regarding our very personal imperfections .

Book narrator example: "do you pray for your kids every day? If not then your a bad parent"...... Me: pshhhhh please, when you have kids we can talk.



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  • Koree A McAllister
  • 10-03-21

Doesn't help at all

This book can be summed up in one question regarding how you can solve all of your problems. What would God want you to do? This book was a waste of time.

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  • Manny
  • 09-08-20

More religious than spiritual

I may sound ignorant, but i bought the book with hopes to get a more logical/spiritual sense of self. However, I did not realize that it does this but by taking a religious perspective on the topic. I am not religious at all, thus I was not able to connect with this book.

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  • Bob I.
  • 27-08-22

A Must For Christian Men

I believe this is a must read for the chruch man, the cultural Christian.

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  • Benjamin
  • 10-05-22

Great book

This is a must read book for the Christian man who wants to walk in line with what Christ intended.

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  • Charlie
  • 09-05-22

way to heavy on evangelical themes

stuffed stem to stern with trite and effeminate evangelical thought and memes. avoid with alacrity

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  • Richard
  • 03-03-22

Every man needs to read this

Awesome book
Challenge yourself if you desire to have a better relationship with God, your family and the people around you

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  • Michael Prior
  • 15-01-22

Title misleading...

It would have served well to mention in the title that this book is for Christian men. All other belief systems need not read...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-21

A recommended read.

we read this book in our men's small group and it made for great communication, accountability, and it overall challenged us to grow.