Courses & Programmes

THERE IS AN EVER GROWING NUMBER of courses now on offer within the English-speaking world to support us as Christian men in the challenging journey towards holiness, for us as individuals, as spouses and as parents. Why not consider going through some of this material with a bunch of other guys and making an evening of it on a regular basis?

 

MEN PURSUING PURITY

Equipping Men to live lives of Purity, Purpose & Power
Author Ron Citlau, ISBN 1-930159-15-3, Publisher Desert Stream Press

Pornography, lust, and more serious forms of addiction are destroying men, their marriags and their lives. The result: godly men are being lost to darkness. Men Pursuing Purity is an eight-week booklet, designed for men who desire real sexual purity. Centred on community, confession and the healing power of the Cross, men get free, gain the tools to stay free, and gain vision to live lives of holy purpose and power.
This is a great small group format to introduce to your men's group or parish with relevant questions to ask at the end of each chapter.
To get a hold of a copy of this publication in the UK, call the Living Waters office on 020 7630 1044 or e-mail 

Lw1uk(_AT_)aol.com?subject=MEN%20PURSUING%20PURITY%20booklet
 . Cost is £9.99 per copy.


THE MEASURE OF A MAN

20 Attributes of a Godly Man
Author Gene A Getz, ISBN 0830734953, Publisher Gospel Light/Regal Books

Since 1974, The Measure of a Man has taught hundreds of thousands of men around the world how to live according to God’s direction-faithfully, lovingly and spiritually. True masculinity is not measured by a man’s strength, but by these 20 biblical guidelines. With life applications and words of inspiration, here is Gene’s greatest work-fully rewritten and updated to reach the new generation of modern men.
This book includes a TWENTY CHAPTER study guide and has sold over half a million copies to men worldwide. It is fast becoming a Christian classic for men.


HEALING THE MASCULINE SOUL

How God restores Men to Real Manhood
Author Gordon Dalbey, ISBN 0-8499-4438-4, Publisher W Publishing Group

Men's souls are torn.... Today, politically correct voices cry out for men to be more sensitive, to tame their masculine nature. On the opposing side, the media bombards men with "macho" images of violence and lust. Is it any wonder men are left bewildered about what manhood really is?
Gordon Dalbey's classic work gives men hope for restoration by showing how Jesus has come to draw men to Himself and heal them. Through this journey into the masculine soul, Dalbey dares men to break free from deceptive stereotypes and discover the power and blessing of authentic manhood.
This book, which includes a SIXTEEN CHAPTER study guide, gives powerful voice to men's calling to be real with themselves and with God in every aspect of life - from sexuality and marriage to work and fatherhood.



'WILD AT HEART' FIELD MANUAL
A Personal Guide to Discover the Secret of Your Masculine Soul
Author John Eldredge, ISBN 0-7852-6574-0, Publisher Thomas Nelson

For too long the call of Christianity to men has evoked no higher goal than being a "nice guy". No wonder many men are bored to tears with church. The hero instinct has been trained out of them. But Eldrege invites us as men to come alive again, to find our great battle, adventure and beauty. Work through the challenge of the manual's TWELVE CHAPTERS and your life will never be the same.
In his book, Wild at Heart (see 
books for more details), John Eldredge thrust a generation of men, young and old, toward a journey to recover true masculinity - the soul of man as God designed him. If you've already begun the journey you know how thrilling - and hard - it can be. So you may have longed for a tool to maximise the impact, a guide to show the way. Packed with new information and insights, this book guides you along 'the road less travelled'. Filled with probing questions, creative exercises, and space to record personal field notes, this companion volume is designed to transition you from reading about the wild heart to living from it.


 

BOUNDARIES WORKBOOK

A survival manual giving Biblically based answers to questions about setting and maintaining boundaries 
Authors Henry Cloud & John Townsend, ISBN ?, Publisher Zondervan

Used with its companion book, Boundaries, this workbook provides practical, non-theoretical exercises that help you to set healthy boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even yourself by drawing on God's wisdom. Being a loving and unselfish Christian does not mean never telling anyone 'no'. This workbook will help you discover what boundaries you need and how to avoid feeling guilty about setting them.

 

Review I read the book and went through an EIGHT WEEK course using the video tape, the workbook and the Bible. It was the most incredible teaching that I have ever experienced. I was always saying 'yes' when I wanted to say 'no'. I was worn out, stressed out and burned out. It was perfect for where I was at and I would recommend it to anyone whatever their spritual beliefs might be.


 

 BOUNDARIES IN MARRIAGE WORKBOOK

Mending existing cracks, making even the best marriage better
Authors Henry Cloud & John Townsend, ISBN ?, Publisher Zondervan

A companion workbook to Boundaries in Marriage that is filled with self-tests, questions, and applications that can make up a TEN WEEK COURSE.
Do you long for a marriage marked by lifelong love, intimacy, and growth? Well, it can be yours if you set wise boundaries. Boundaries are the "property lines" that define and protect each of you as individuals. Get them in place and you can make a good marriage better and possibly even save a less-than-satisfying one. By the time you've completed this workbook, you should know yourself and your mate better than ever before. You'll also understand and practice the ten laws of boundaries in ways that can make a real difference in your relationship. Step by step, the Boundaries in Marriage Workbook helps you apply the Biblical principles discussed in the book Boundaries in Marriage so you can
· set and maintain your personal boundaries and respect those of your spouse 
· establish values that form a godly structure and architecture for your marriage 
· protect your marriage from different kinds of 'intruders' 
· work with a spouse who understands and values boundaries - or work with one who doesn't.

 

BOUNDARIES WITH KIDS

Help your sons and daughters form healthy boundaries that lead to well-rounded characters and successful adult lives 
Authors Henry Cloud & John Townsend, ISBN ?, Publisher Zondervan

This book helps both parents learn how to bring control to an out-of-control family life, set limits and still be loving parents, define what legitimate boundaries are in the family, and transfer what they are learning as parents to help their children develop healthy boundaries. Points are illustrated with numerous case studies and anecdotes, Boundaries with Kids gives parents the can-do guidance they need in order to model healthy boundaries for their children and shows them:
· how to bring control to an out-of-control family life 
· how to set limits and still be loving parents 
· how to define legitimate boundaries for the family
· how to instill in children a godly character

 

HIDING FROM LOVE

Help for identifying and healing from harmful withdrawal behavior and creating healthy, fulfilling relationships 
Author John Townsend, ISBN 0-310-20107-1, Publisher Zondervan

If we’ve experienced emotional injury, fear, shame, or pride our first impulse is often to hide the hurting parts of ourselves from God, others, even ourselves. We learn these hiding patterns during childhood to protect ourselves in threatening environments. However, when we hide our injuries and frailties, we isolate ourselves from the very things we need in order to heal and mature. What served as protection for a child can become a prison to an adult. This book, containing a THIRTEEN WEEK study guide, can help you to explore thoroughly the hiding patterns you may have developed and guides you toward the healing grace and truth that God has built into safe, connected relationships with Himself and others. You can discover: 
· the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ hiding, 
· why we hide the broken parts of our souls from the God who can heal them, 
· how to be free to make mistakes without fear of exposing our failures and imperfections, 
· how to obtain the joy and wholeness God intends us to have through healthy bonding with others. 
Hiding from Love can take you on a journey of discovery toward healing, connected relationships, and a new freedom and joy in living.

These manuals may well be available through your local bookstore. Alternatively, internet book suppliers such as www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com stock this merchandise. 

NFCM, the USA's National Fellowship for Catholic Men, has a varied collection of resources and training materials available for Catholic men.

 

Click here for details of resources, categorised under four headings:
Living as a Catholic Man
Marriage and family life
Your spiritual life
Training

 

Living as a Catholic Man
· Brothers! Calling Catholic Men into Vital Relationships
· Signposts: How to be a Catholic Man in the World Today
· Boys to Men: The Transforming Power of Virtue

 

Marriage & Family
· Velvet & Steel, A Practical Guide for Christian Fathers and Grandfathers
· Restoring the Hearts of Fathers
· Safeguarding the Family

 

Spiritual Life
· Embracing the Kingdom, A Catholic Bible Study on Conversion
· The Seven Last Words of Christ, A Catholic Bible Study on Jesus' Passion

 

Training
· A Starter kit for Catholic Men's Groups
· Parish Men's Group Video
· Discussion Group Facilitators' Training: A Multimedia Workshop

· A Starter kit for Catholic Men's Group Facilitators