The Catholic Gentleman
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: April 20, 2019
What it means to be a man or a woman is questioned today like never before. While traditional gender roles have been eroding for decades, now the very categories of male and female are being discarded with reckless abandon. How does one act like a gentleman in such confusing times?
The Catholic Gentleman is a solid and practical guide to virtuous manhood. It turns to the timeless wisdom of the Catholic Church to answer the important questions men are currently asking. In short, easy- to-read chapters, the author offers pithy insights on a variety of topics, including
- How to know you are an authentic man
- Why our bodies matter
- The value of tradition
- The purpose of courtesy
- What real holiness is and how to achieve it
- How to deal with failure in the spiritual life
"More than ever we need a book to reflect on, challenge, and guide men in authentic masculinity—and this is it. I highly recommend it!"
— Fr. Larry Richards, Author, Be A Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be
"Sam Guzman has given us something we desperately need: a valuable, readable guide to help make our young men into true men."
— Dale Ahlquist, From the Foreword; Author, Knight of the Holy Ghost: A Short History of G.K. Chesterton
"Very well written, direct, and packed with spiritual insight. Our culture isn't suffering from toxic masculinity; it's suffering from a toxic lack of it. This book seeks to remedy that."
— Matt Fradd, Host, Pints with Aquinas; Author.
"Sam Guzman hits the nail on the head about what it means to be a real man."
— Bas Rutten, Actor and Former U.F.C. Heavyweight Champion
"The Jordan Peterson phenomenon confirms that men are still hungry for moral leaders, men with integrity who call others to greatness. That's what this book does."
— Brandon Vogt, Founder, ClaritasU; Author, Why I Am Catholic (And You Should Be Too)
"Guzman provides an amazing collection of those little things essential to becoming both gentle and manly, like Christ. He is re-presenting gentlemanliness to a generation hungry for something more than sentimentality and cliché."
— Jason Craig, Author, Leaving Boyhood Behind; Editor, ThoseCatholicMen.com
"This book is filled with spiritual wisdom based on reason, common sense, and Gospel faith. In a secular world so often constructed on the sand of illusion, here we find the rock of reality upon which life can be built."
— Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
"An absorbing, motivational primer on manhood, presented in the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic tradition."
— Matthew Christoff, Founder, The New Emangelization Project
I'd seen a little of the Catholic Gentleman blog before reading this book. Knowing the quality online, I was happy to get this book as a gift.
Don't expect any major depth from this book. You're not going to come away with a comprehensive manual on Catholic Masculinity. Guzman's intention is for the reader to supply the depth, through reflection. I think it works, in that regard. Guzman writes very reflectively, in a way that compelled me to think about my own life, my spiritual health, my many and various failings as a man, and my need for God's Grace and Mercy.
I'd have wanted a little bit more about married life, but that might have been omitted for any number of reasons. Guzman gets a little personal in his writing, which makes it very enjoyable.
Got this book as a gift from the Columbus Catholic women's Conference, from my fiancee, rather than the good folks at Tumblar House.
Great book for Catholic men!