A friend of mine recently loaned a book entitled "No More Christian Nice Guy" to me. He did this because he thought the book would help me...be meaner, basically. No. But yes. But...ok, more masculine. Less "nice" (see the book's title). More assertive. Thus, this review is going to be a bit more biased than usual, and I am going to have a bit more fun writing it than usual. Because HEY! *Thumps chest, grunts* I take offense to that, so I'm gonna turn over tables with my whip! Just like Jesus did!
The Thesis of "No More Christian Nice Guy" is basically that due to the influence of modern society with encouragement from the church at large, men have been de-clawed, so to speak. Feminized. sissified. They, (or should I say, we!) have been fed a bill of goods that tells us that Christian men are gentle and kind, they don't speak up or out, they don't swear, they don't enact physical violence. They don't roughhouse. Coughlin's cry is for men to stop being passive wimps. My view is that he is right to complain about the state of men in society today and call for bolder, more passionate men who are more like Jesus and less like the worldly men around them. I think that he makes many good points in this book. However, overall, after reading it, my main critiques are these:
1. The point he is trying to make, though sometimes understandable to the reader, is often lost and mistaken for a message riddled with stereotypes and generalizations
2. His points are too often drawn from personal experience or are grounded in the author himself–opinions, basically. Too many heavy assertions without logical implications or footnotes to other sources
3. He doesn't account for the myriad of differences among men and allow for there to be different ways that men can be the best version of themselves, instead trading this out for a more "one size fits all" approach drawn from a skewed picture of Jesus
Coughlin's intent is clear and pure, but his assertions aren't backed by solid logical inference or textual support, No More Christian Nice Guy is book I want to endorse, but sadly can't.