Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues is the second book from Brett and Kate McKay, the husband and wife team behind the always awesome The Art of Manliness. The idea for the book spawned from one of their namesake web series, which shares inspiring words from famous men throughout history. In its hand-held form, Manvotionals ($12) features the best of their web series, plus much more. Each of the book’s chapters focuses on one of the seven manly virtues including courage, industry, resolution, self-reliance, discipline, and honor. Rather than follow in the footsteps of other too-oft tragically cliche self help books, the McKay’s serve as expert guides, collecting the wisdom of various men whose life accomplishments speak for themselves, including Marcus Aurelius, Churchill, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, and Houdini among others. Think of it like the ultimate 101 course on becoming a better guy. Manvotionals is an engaging read that should ideally be consumed in order from cover to cover, but it also works a truly fine reference book for any guy hoping to reach his full potential by following in the foot steps of leaders before him.

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