While there are plenty of books by men, for men, on the topic of “Christian masculinity,” these books generally fail to address men’s propensities for violence and the traditional inequity between men and women, often endorsing inequity and sanctioning aggressive behavior as an appropriate “manly” response to conflict. Peaceful at Heart cuts through this conversation by offering a uniquely Anabaptist Christian perspective on masculinity. The vision of masculinity presented in this book is more peaceful, just, caring, life-giving for men, and more sensitive to women and children than both traditional images of masculinity and the hypermasculine images promoted by contemporary popular culture and wider evangelical Christianity. Peaceful at Heart addresses men and masculinity using Anabaptist theological themes of discipleship, community, and peace. As a collaborative project by men, for men, this book demonstrates through personal narratives, theological reflection, and practical guidance the importance of collective discernment, accountability, and mutual encouragement regarding how to live as a peaceful man in a violent world.
xii, 248 pages : 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references
Preface: a pastoral vision for engaging men / Steve Thomas -- Masculinity and human need / Don Neufeld -- Masculinities: interdisciplinary orientations / Jamie Pitts -- Tradition and change in the quest for a healthy masculinity / Kurt Horst -- An African American man / Leonard Dow -- A Latino man / Hugo Saucedo -- An Indigenous man / Harry Lafond -- An Asian man / Hyung Jin Kim Sun -- A gay man / Pieter Niemeyer -- Men reading the Bible / Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld -- Men, masculinity, and discipleship / David Augsburger -- Men in community / Gareth Brandt -- The Gospel gift of peace / Marty Troyer -- Trading manpower for the power of love / David Evans -- Cultivating an inner spiritual life / Scott Brubacher-Zehr -- Becoming men of peace and reconciliation / John Powell -- Conclusion / Steve Thomas and Don Neufeld -- The grace of our stories / Cyneatha Millsaps -- Masculinity close to home / Carol Penner -- From toxic masculinity to peaceful communities / Sara Wenger-Shenk