Kenny Luck throws down the gauntlet to a generation of men who have become comfortable with a culturally safe Christian faith in his new book, Dangerous Good: The Coming Revolution of Men Who Care (July 3, 2018, NavPress, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-63146-890-2).
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“Too often men suffer from a malaise that leads them to settle for mediocrity, play it safe and blend into our broken culture,” Luck, founder of Every Man Ministries, said. “But deep inside every man is the impulse to confront the evil around him, to embrace the ‘dangerous good’ that comes with being a committed follower of Christ. I want this book to awaken the sleeping giant within the community of men that will be an aggressive force for good.”
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Throughout the book, Luck explains how Jesus was considered radical in his time and the perfect model for the dangerous good man who is not defined by his feelings, circumstances, material possessions, successes or failures. Instead, this man is defined by God and God alone. Jesus consorted with social outcasts like lepers, tax collectors and prostitutes. And He not only overturned the moneychangers’ tables in the temple, He flouted every kind of social and religious convention.
“Dangerous good behavior is Spirit-empowered behavior that is counter-intuitive to a watching world,” Luck writes in the book. “It’s show stopping: Just when they expect you to do the self-protective thing, you do a Spirit-filled thing out of love for God and people. You take the road less traveled, and the tension inside of you releases itself into faithfulness to Christ for the sake of another.”
Using examples from his personal life and the Bible, Luck provides men with the tools to be who God has called them to be and put an end to today’s gender wars, as seen through the relationship between Barak and Deborah in the Book of Judges. Together they led Israel to victory against the Canaanites. Barak set an example that is still worth following today. “Smart men honor, dignify and partner with great women to achieve far more than they ever would by themselves,” Luck writes.
“My prayer is that this book helps men to realize that we need to stop sitting on the sidelines because the fact is it’s the opposite of who we are,” Luck said. “We were called to be an active fighter in the battle between good and evil. God expects us to fight for the good of our faith, restating our identity in Christ to the world.”
Kristin Nill, A. Larry Ross Communication, 972-267-1111, firstname.lastname@example.org