“The Map” by David Murrow

I have to be honest with you. I did not want to read this book.  “The Map” by David Murrow (Why Men Hate Going to Church) was described as revealing a secret map for men that was hidden in the book of Matthew. I really wasn’t interested in reading a Divinci Code-like treatment of God’s Word. What I discovered was that it was a novel – sort of! The first half of the book is written in the popular story-telling genre to convey a lesson without just dumping the facts on the reader. In the rest of the book Murrow adds detail and substance to the story to assist men in applying the lessons to their faith and lives.  I found this style of writing to be very engaging and helpful and I think more men will read the last half of the book because of the way the first half is written.

Essentially, Murrow asserts that there is indeed a biblical model for men that is contained with the overall structure of Matthew 8-25. This model is a journey up the mountain of discipleship and includes submission, strength, and sacrifice. The problem, according to Murrow, is that most Christian men stop at the submission leg of the journey and never move on to the strength or sacrifice legs. Murrow identifies several trail markers for each leg of the journey to help men gauge their progress and provides several danger points where men often get lost. It’s pretty compelling stuff.

Have you noticed restless men in your church? Men who want something more than a worship service? More than singing emotive songs of love and praise to Jesus? Men who want to know what to do next? On p. 217 Murrow writes:

“They’re no longer searching for a ‘better’ church, because they’ve realized that a weekly worship service will never deliver what their hearts long for. Instead, these guys are cobbling together a spiritual life based on personal devotions, fellowship with other believers, service, and giving. They listen to podcasts from the handful of pastors who have the courage to teach the second and third journeys.” (strength and sacrifice).

“The Map” has the potential to spark a new movement among men that will enage them in new and meaningful depths of discipleship. Read this book. Sit down with the men’s ministry leaders in your church and dream together about a men’s minsitry in your church that will capture the heart and imagination of your men. “The Map” will show you the way! “The Map” is available at Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

7 thoughts on ““The Map” by David Murrow

  1. secondchair Post author

    I’m glad that you liked it. We are using it to guide us as we re-start our men’s ministry in our church. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Derrick Dill

    I just finished this book. Honestly… it puts a LOT of stuff into perspective for me and kind of ties a lot of loose ends together and answers questions I had. I also was afraid of some Divinci Code nonsense, but couldn’t put the book down. As far as men’s books go… this is by far a winner! It really gives a good balance between the “submission” that we hear preached all the time and the “be a man” movement that is gaining ground recently (thankfully!).

  3. Tim Tuttle

    I read the first half of this book this weekend. I could not put it down. I am a divorcee and since the divorce 8 years ago I have had a very difficult time getting back on track. I think the second half this book could help get me back on the journey. I was lead to this after being a part of a Single parents class the last 6 years we could never keep any men in the class. I heard David Murrow on a radio show and ordered this book. I am looking forward to application part in the second half of the book.

  4. secondchair Post author

    Thanks, Jesse, for the comment. I’m happy to recommend this book to men like you who ache for the men in their churches – especially since I was so reluctant to read it in the first place! Murrow makes sense and the pattern he describes in Mt 8-25 does not seem contrived and could provide an effective road map for men and men’s ministry.

  5. Jesse Duckett

    I must admit. I am intrigued. As you may know, I have an aching for the men in our church. Not to replace them, but to wake them up. I have such an enormous list of books to read, but this oneis definately going on it.

    Thanks for the review Joe.

  6. secondchair Post author

    I actually thought of you several times while reading this book and wondered if you had read it yet. One of the strengths of “The Map” is its simplicity. The map is not complicated but I believe that men want to know what we expect them to do – to give them a map if you will. I’m grateful for your ministry and leadership to men. Thanks for the comment.

  7. Mark Doebler

    Thanks for the review Joe. Dave and I became friends after his first book. When I first read it… it was almost as if a light bulb had clicked. My own experiences in churches around the country had proven to be remarkably similar to what Dave described. As an Army guy, I was deep in a culture of men that had no use or time for church. As a “church” guy, I was surrounded by a culture of men who were mostly just “there”.

    AS a result, we have been committed to creating a church culture that guys “get” and Dave’s book has been a catalyst for that pursuit. I actually haven’t read the new one yet, although I had heard his describe these ideas and concepts. I am now more anxious than ever to read it.

    I especially appreciate reading your review since it helps me remember just how important it is for us to keep “climbing the hill” of reaching men and engaging them in their faith.

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