Building Your Band of Brothers, a book by Stephen Mansfield
Summary: In this book Mansfield lays out a step-by-step plan on how to surround yourself with friends who will encourage you when you are down and kick you in the pants when you need it.
Most modern men walk alone. Most of them cannot name a best friend. They do not know who they would call in a crisis. They have no one around them who challenges them and makes them better.
It is a plague in our time. Surveys confirm it. Medical studies confirm it. The male suicide rate confirms it.
What modern men have lost is the skill of teaming with other men to help each other achieve true manhood. It is a lost art. Stephen Mansfield’s Building Your Band of Brothers helps men master this art and reclaim the skills of building the team of brothers that leads to masculine success.
Mansfield is the author of the internationally acclaimed Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men, which has been much discussed in major media and which has formed the basis of men’s events around the world.
In this brief, inspiring guide, Mansfield explains the essential steps for building a noble team of men in pursuit of manly excellence. He insists that these steps are achievable by every man and that they will lead to fulfillment and fun that will last a lifetime.
A wise man once said, “No man is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him.” Stephen Mansfield believes this and is eager to help men get teamed, get whole, and get on being the best they can be.”
Speed bumps: Some may find Mansfield’s direct style intimidating and over the top, but on the whole his advice is practical.
Uses: This is a resource to use as you consider the relationships you personally want to invest in. It is also a resource to those developing men’s ministry.
Additional Resources: Buddy System, Understanding Male Friendships by Geoffrey L. Greif, Breaking the Male Code: Unlocking the Power of Friendship by Robert Garfield, MD