Official Review: Manhood101 by Eric M. Watterson

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Official Review: Manhood101 by Eric M. Watterson

Post by 1ditzyrn » 10 Sep 2018, 10:36

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Manhood101" by Eric M. Watterson.]
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Manhood 101: 101 Principles for Becoming a Better Man by Eric M. Watterson is a collection of life lessons designed to help guide men both young and old on their journey to becoming an individual that expresses what the author calls “true manhood”. The book is divided into sections, with each section containing a central concept and several principles that the author feels support this concept. Each principle is numbered and represents its own “chapter” in the book.

There were several things I liked about this book. Each chapter began with two quotes, one from the Bible and one from prominent individuals from throughout history. From past figures such as Socrates and Albert Einstein to more recent figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Depp, these quotes serve as reinforcement for the principle that the author was introducing. I really enjoyed the correlations between the Bible verses, quotes, and the principle described. Another thing I enjoyed was the “Manhood Statement” at the end of each principle. These are affirmations that the author instructs the reader to repeat in order to help guide their journey towards manhood.

Because this is a collection of steps for life as a “quality man”, it does not read like a novel. Each chapter is short, causing the book to read more like a daily devotional calendar. While I did not have an issue with this, readers should keep this in mind when reading. I personally felt that many of the principles would also apply to becoming a “quality woman”. For example, the author discusses learning from bad decisions, making sure your decisions benefit your family and others, and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones in order to guide your actions. These are all principles that I feel apply to humanity as a whole, not just one sex.

The author appears to have a strong belief in God, and this is evidenced throughout his writing. Many of the principles he discusses remind me of Sunday School lessons from when I was a child. There are a few lessons where he directly references trusting God and asking Him into one’s heart as the “Manhood Statement” for that principle. While this did not bother me, I do want to make others aware of this prominent theme in the book.

There were several punctuation issues throughout the book. I also noticed several times where there was confusion between the words “effect” and “affect”, where the incorrect word was used at times. Because of this, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the errors, I felt that there were several strong points throughout the writing that we can all benefit from incorporating into our lives. I think these principles apply to both men and women, and would encourage others to read it for guidance on how to live more positively.

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Sep 2018, 08:48

I love the way you say this could be for anyone especially since I'm a woman. I also like the way it's organized with the quotes at the beginning and reinforcement principle at the end. Sounds like a quality book worth reading. Thanks.
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Post by Aaliyah2 » 12 Sep 2018, 12:06

This seems like a really good book to read for anyone. I am a new mother to a boy and it would be nice to read this and awknowledge this author’s viewpoint on “manhood.”

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Post by daydreaming reader » 12 Sep 2018, 12:49

I agree that this books beneficial to both males and females. Thank you for your review.
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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 12 Sep 2018, 22:59

This book seems to impart a number of steps which will help anyone, and not just a particular sex, in leading a quality life. Pity the book contains punctuation errors. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Oulababe » 13 Sep 2018, 09:28

When I read the title I thought this is not for me cause I'm a girl but now that you've stated that it contains principles that apply all humanity in general I might try it.

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Post by 1ditzyrn » 13 Sep 2018, 10:59

Aaliyah2 wrote: ↑
12 Sep 2018, 12:06
This seems like a really good book to read for anyone. I am a new mother to a boy and it would be nice to read this and awknowledge this author’s viewpoint on “manhood.”
I have a son who just turned 14. As I was reading this book, there were several times I thought to myself, "I really hope I have taught my son this." It is a book I will recommend him to read very soon.

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Post by jcoad » 13 Sep 2018, 13:57

Great review. I'm not a fan of these types of books. I like the simple chapters, good message approach. I think I'll pass but I agree should be how to be a better person, not man.

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Post by LV2R » 13 Sep 2018, 19:21

1ditzyrn wrote: ↑
10 Sep 2018, 10:36
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Manhood101" by Eric M. Watterson.]

I personally felt that many of the principles would also apply to becoming a “quality woman”. For example, the author discusses learning from bad decisions, making sure your decisions benefit your family and others, and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones in order to guide your actions. These are all principles that I feel apply to humanity as a whole, not just one sex.
That is good to discuss positive and foundational things that make up a quality man or woman. I think the quotes and Bible verses would be useful. Thanks for your review.

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Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 14 Sep 2018, 20:54

This seems like a book that could easily be rendered problematic. Thank you for your review.

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Post by topdan30 » 16 Sep 2018, 08:26

This will be a book that will be worth a read by every man even women too. Thanks for the review

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Post by 1ditzyrn » 19 Sep 2018, 10:00

kandscreeley wrote: ↑
12 Sep 2018, 08:48
I love the way you say this could be for anyone especially since I'm a woman. I also like the way it's organized with the quotes at the beginning and reinforcement principle at the end. Sounds like a quality book worth reading. Thanks.
I like that the chapters are very short. I can almost imagine reading one chapter a day as a sort of devotional type thing. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by 1ditzyrn » 19 Sep 2018, 10:01

topdan30 wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 08:26
This will be a book that will be worth a read by every man even women too. Thanks for the review
It definitely contains some good points. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by 1ditzyrn » 25 Sep 2018, 14:20

Oulababe wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2018, 09:28
When I read the title I thought this is not for me cause I'm a girl but now that you've stated that it contains principles that apply all humanity in general I might try it.
There are some very good points in the book. It is a quick read if you ever decide you want to try it. Thanks for the comment!

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Post by Seth018 » 28 Sep 2018, 20:50

The title of the book alone will make me to read it. Kudos to the author.

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