In the past forty years, society has seen a shift in gender roles. Men have become more feminine and women have become more masculine. So says Pennsylvania based Catholic priest Fr. Larry Richards. He has made it his mission to clear up this gender confusion and issued a specific challenge to men in his new book, Be A Man: Become the Man God Created You to Be.
"There is a difference in the way men and women were created," Fr. Richards says. "Men are not called to be women and vice versa. We are different – not better, but different – and men are called to be fully men. This needs to be dealt with up front because it's a problem – in the Catholic Church and in the world itself."
In Be A Man!, Fr. Richards recounts his own struggles to learn true manhood and he shares inspiring personal stories from men he has counseled and served in his decades of being a priest. He tells men how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to acknowledge one’s faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world.
Be A Man looks at the biblical male role models of King David from the Old Testament, St. Paul from the New Testament, and "Jesus – the Alpha and Omega of all men." "Jesus Christ Himself reveals to us what it is to be a man,"