The men in my small group recently went through this book together. Coughlin distinguishes between “nice guys” and “good guys”, contending that Jesus was the latter, and so we Christian men ought to be as well. This entails living lives that are bold and adventurous rather than passive and uninspiring. It requires finding a balance between being “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matt. 10:16). After all, Jesus was the man who “opened not his mouth” (Is. 53:7) in his own defense at his trial, but he is also the man who brandished a whip to drive the moneychangers out of the temple, and who bucked the establishment of the political and religious leaders of his day. Jesus wept with emotion, got angry, loved children, worked diligently, and gave glory to His Father at all times. “Christian Nice Guys”, however, struggle to follow his example, which hurts them in their marriages, their families, and their jobs. Coughlin offers practical solutions and Biblical counsel for those struggling CNG’s and their wives.
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