In No More Excuses: Be the Man God Made You to Be Dr. Tony Evans has an honest conversation with the modern man. Dr. Evans fully acknowledges the trials, struggles, and temptations today’s man faces. While he empathizes with the issues men are facing today, he does not cut any slack, nor pull any punches. Dr. Evans faces each issue head on, in full force, giving, as he sees it, an honest assessment, while addressing each issue with biblical insight.
As Dr. Evans is known to do, he weaves personal stories throughout the text, creating a relatable resource for men of all ages. In addition to using personal stories to connect with his reader, Dr. Evans, explores biblical stories which relate to each topic. With the care of a seasoned counselor and preacher, he pulls eternal principles from God’s Word and makes the connection for today’ man.
While this can be read cover to cover, each chapter is self-contained and may be used as a resource tool for the reader. No More Excuses challenges men to lay aside the reasons why godly change cannot be made and calls men to step up to live as the man God intends. Dr. Evans calls men to own up to their failures and instead of excusing them, see them as opportunities for success (9).
Excuses to Lay Aside
- No More Holding Back (Chapter 1) – Don’t allow the past to dictate your future.
- No More Allowing for Immorality (Chapter 4) – Don’t allow sexual immorality to keep you captive.
- No More Weak Leadership (Chapter 5) – Lead others by putting God first regardless of the consequence.
- No More Leaving Jesus Behind (Chapter 7) – Connect and continually grow with Jesus.
- No More Sifting Through the Rubble (Chapter 9) – Stop going over your mistakes and allow Jesus to redeem you.
- No More Second-Rate Marriages (Chapter 10) – Move from the culture’s standard of marriage to Gods’ standard for marriage.
- No More Passive Fathering (Chapter 11) – Take charge and lead your children to become mature godly adults.
- No More Standing on the Sidelines (Chapter 17) – As God shows you areas to serve and make a difference, stand up, get to work, and make change happen.
Remove the Excuses
Dr. Evans suggests that many of the issues facing men today happen because of “loser’s limp.” This limp is meant to mask failure. “Loser’s limp” is a sports reference describing an individual who makes a mistake during the game and then fakes an injury to draw attention away from the mistake (9).
Instead of making excuses and allowing the past to control the present, men should be honest about their failures, take responsibility, find what needs to be corrected, and begin to live as God created them (10).
This book is a revised edition, with the first one being published in 1996. While the biblical principles surely span twenty years, this book is especially beneficial for today’s multi-generational society.
Dr. Evans offers a fresh breath of honesty and straightforwardness that is often lacking in today’s conversations. Skillfully using biblical stories, Dr. Evans, one by one, removes the excuses men use today to cover up their failures in life.
Dr. Evans is not being judgmental, for he has the heart of one who cares deeply about men and their struggles. At the same time, he is not willing to allow them to continue down the path of failure without calling them out, to turn from their failures to a redeeming Christ.
Recovering Your Purpose in Christ
Though Dr. Evans draws a hard line when it comes to the God-given responsibility of men, he also faithfully presents the redemptive power of Christ.
Throughout the book Dr. Evans is continually drawing the reader to leave behind the excuses which have trapped him and to turn to Christ who redeems, restores, and renews.
The reader will see how trying to conquer his failures and move beyond his past is not possible in his own strength and wisdom. Success in overcoming the past rests squarely on Jesus and a personal intimate relationship with him.
Dr. Evans draws the reader to rely on the cleansing power of Christ and to gain strength by abiding in fellowship with him (257).
The man who is struggling can trust that Christ is for him. If the man in his will and praying according to his will, God will grant the request. God desires to grant the request of the man who desires to be closer to him and who desires to see his will complete. (259).
Dr. Evans make it clear that a man will only recover his purpose and intent in Christ.
Suggestions for Application of the Ideas and/or Principles in this Book
This book is a great resource and can serve as a tool for pastors, men’s ministry leaders, small groups, personal reflection and devotion material.
- Pastors can benefit from this book by gaining an understanding of some of the common issues facing men today. They can also be inspired by Dr. Evans treatment of the biblical text and its application. Strong sermon reference tool, both for modern application of biblical narratives and also for illustrations.
- Men’s Ministry leaders can use this resource in their ministries to reach men in the church and use it to draw men to the church. Because Dr. Evans writes in everyday language, this book connects to the average man sitting in the congregation and the culture.
- This book can be utilized by Sunday school classes, cell groups, accountability groups, small groups, or even house churches. Chapters are laid out in such a way that individual chapters may be studied without going through the entire book.
- This book will serve as a great resource for all men, regardless of age. Men of every generation can relate to the issues Dr. Evans discusses, as these issues can affect all of us.
About the Reviewer
Brad Delaughter serves as pastor of Satsuma Baptist Church in Livingston, Louisiana and has done so for six years. He previously served as Chaplain Supervisor at Louisiana State Penitentiary. He holds a M.A.C.E. and Th.M. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian Education from the institution. He and his wife Kristin have been married for twelve years and have four children, Jackson, Michaela, Jase, and Jacob.