Grooming Guide for Tough Guys


What do men know about grooming and skin care?  The “tough” ones, the “real men” don’t know anything about it (to be read with heavy sarcasm). Manmade: The Essential Skincare & Grooming Reference for Every Man is written to change that.  This is a grooming book written for the “real man”, the tough guy.

This book is written to read, but created to be put on display.  The cover is made of a soft, smooth material with text that pops-out and begs for you to pick this volume up. The interior design continues in the artistic manner that you would have judged it to have from the cover. Each page is full color, heavy, glossy stock.  Sections of text are broken up and complimented by beautiful graphics and full page art.

In this work of art disguised as a book, Chris Salgardo, style guru and President of Kiehl’s, “shares the skincare wisdom and grooming expertise he’s earned through years of helping guys become their best selves.” The book is written in 3 sections:

  1.  Back to Basics
  2. Real Men in Their Real Words
  3. For Your Quick Reference

Section I provides a grooming primer, essential tools every man must have, and key answers and tips for common questions and problems.  Section II addresses the practical matters of how to be a gentleman, instilling confidence, tattoo care and maintenance, travel grooming essentials, and grooming of the mind and soul.  Section III ties the book together and serves as a quick reference guide for any skin and grooming needs encountered.

Manmade is the essential tough guide to grooming for “real” men.



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Minecrafter’s Bible

If I was a Minecraft fanatic like my 10-year old this would quickly become THE book. This would be the book I carried everywhere, wrote in, and underlined.  This is the exact crowd that the Minecrafters Bible was written for.

This hardback Bible has an attractive full-color Minecraft styled cover that instantly grabs your attention.  The easy-to-read text is written in the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). The Minecrafters Bible features 24 full color pages of additional content.  This content contains additional information to key passages of scripture.  Each of these sections also includes instructions to build a related structure in the Minecraft game.

This is a guaranteed hit gift for any kid that has a love for scripture, Bible stories, and Minecraft. I can also see that this would be a great gift or give-away item for church ministries to children.




I thought this Minecraft themed youth Bible study from was pretty cool –>


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Chronological Study Bible

The Chronological Study Bible, written in New King James Version, provides a way to read and study scriptures in the order that their events took place. The main study focus of this resource is on timelines, culture, and traditions.

This Bible is printed in full color with complete notes, charts, maps, and timelines.  The layout is clear and the historical timeline – and location for the reader – is easy to understand.

This resource provides a whole new way to experience the lives and times of the Bible. For the casual Bible reader, this volume provides continuity, background, and context in line with the reading.  It can eliminate the use of multiple references and flipping back and forth through various scriptural texts.  A chronological volume of this sort is a must-have for any one who enjoys in-depth study of scripture.

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Understanding Theology


Often times theology, or its presentation, can seem confusing or complex. Tim Challies and Josh Byers book, Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God, changes that.  Utilizing a mixture of text and infographics, Visual Theology provides clear and concise theological education.

The book is divided into four sections:

  1. Grow Close to Christ
  2. Understand the Work of Christ
  3. Become Like Christ
  4. Live for Christ

Each of these sections deal with core concepts of Christianity, God, and our relationship with Him.  It starts at the beginning – where all good books start – with entering into, and developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The book then moves into the ‘facts’ of the Christian faith. These facts – creation, fall, redemption, new creation – and doctrine provide an understanding of what God has done, and is doing.  It is through the knowledge of these facts that we are encouraged to grow in our knowledge of Him and be partakers with Him in what He is doing in our world.

To know God is to be transformed to His image. Visual Theology contrasts the behaviors, thinking, and ways that we need to put off with the habits, patterns, and passions that Christians are to put on.

The final sections of the book provide practical guidance and direction for daily living. The authors address three critical components of life – vocation, relationships, and stewardship.

This book provides a clarity and visual presentation of theology. Scattered throughout the books pages are suggestion and references for deeper reading and understanding of the concepts being presented.  This is a great resource for the new believer to learn the tenets of the faith.

It’s sections and content layout could serve as a valuable teaching and resource guide. This is a book that should be re-read periodically and referenced often. Visual Theology is a book that should be on every believers bookshelf.


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Real Tacos w/Alex Stupak


Alex Stupak is an award winning chef and owner of three New York City  taquiera’s – Empellon Cocina, Empellon Taqueria, and Empellon al Pastor.  This perfectly positions him as the authority on Taco’s.  He is sharing his experience and flavor in his book, Tacos: Recipes and Provocations.

The first thing that you will notice about this book is its high production quality evidenced in its textured cover, heavy pages, and beautiful imagery.  The food pictures provide the reader with a profound sense of anticipated style, taste, and place.

The book is a single resource for all things taquiera. Stupak includes recipes for tortillas, salsas, and tacos. These are each broken down by ingredient type.  There are recipes for corn, flour, and neo-traditional tortillas. Salsa recipes include those made from fresh chile, dry chile, tomato, tomatillo, and nuts and seeds.  Taco recipes by meat choice are chicken, beef, pork, offal, and seafood.  Special taco sections include dessert tacos, egg tacos, and veggie tacos.

The book opens with an explanation and description of essential items for the Mexican pantry.  A list of the chiles used throughout the book is provided. The back of the book includes a list of suppliers for hard-to-find ingredient items.

These recipes are all delicious, however, this book is not for the beginning cook.  Thought must be taken prior to engaging in the creation of these delicacies.  The recipes included require advanced planning and preparation. Each recipe clearly outlines the items to be prepared in advance, this is incredibly helpful in the planning of these meals and entrees.

One of my favorite parts of the book, is the inclusion of cochinita pibil. This recipe includes a whole section on how to create a back yard under-earth fire pit for the cooking of a whole pig.  Stupak goes into great detail to describe the pit building process, and how to properly select, prepare, cook, and serve the suckling pig.

This book should be on the shelf of any serious cook that enjoys the many flavors that Central American food and culture has to offer.

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Churchill’s Trial

No statesman shaped the twentieth century more than Winston Churchill –Larry P. Arnn, Churchill’s Trial

Winston Churchill’s dedication to constitutionalism defines statesmanship at its best.  The book by Larry P. Arnn, Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government, delves into the political life and impact of Churchill.

The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1: War
  • Part 2: Empire
  • Part 3: Peace

These three sections center around the three challenges to liberty that Churchill faced – Nazism, Soviet communism, and the slide toward socialism.  Reading through the book, I found it timely for our own nation, America, today.

The book is well researched with lots of footnotes for reference. The book does not read like a fantasmical adventure novel, or show like a docudrama.  What is provided is a historical record of how Winston Churchill saved free government. What is presented here is a biographical picture of Winston Churchill that is not commonly seen, it is the picture of a post-war Winston Churchill.

For the history or government reading buff, this book is highly recommended, and should be an essential part of your collection for the time period.  If, however, you are looking for a light, entertaining account of the life of Winston Churchill, this is not it.



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Architectural Evangelism

Want to know more about creating a sacred space?  Check out these podcast interviews with Tim Cool and Mel McGowan.

Tim Cool


Counting the Real Cost of Church Buildings [unSeminary Podcast]

Current Trends in Church Facilities w/Jim Tomberlin  [unSeminary Podcast]



Mel McGowanmelmcgowan

Sacred Space  [Worship Mythbusters Podcast]

A Deeper Magic  [Ears of Steel Podcast]


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