Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says about Being a Man

Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says about Being a Man

The "how-to-get-it-right" book for today's Christian man--in marriage, family, work, friendships, with God in all of life. Men are hungry for authenticity and for sound and bold biblical teaching on true masculinity. Every day men ask themselves questions about how to be better fathers, husbands, friends, and men, but it's difficult to find satisfying answers. Rise of th...

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Title:Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says about Being a Man
Author:Ken Harrison
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Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says about Being a Man Reviews

  • David Sassaman

    This book was such a great read! I could hardly put it down! With gutsy, no nonsense stories from his real experiences in the LAPD, Ken Harrison has put together a simple yet challenging guide to biblical manhood. This book was so desperately needed in our day of weak men and weaker morals. I have been challenged on so many levels as a man, a Christian, and a pastor. Thank you, Ken, for delivering this jewel to the world!

    I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah with no obligations att

    This book was such a great read! I could hardly put it down! With gutsy, no nonsense stories from his real experiences in the LAPD, Ken Harrison has put together a simple yet challenging guide to biblical manhood. This book was so desperately needed in our day of weak men and weaker morals. I have been challenged on so many levels as a man, a Christian, and a pastor. Thank you, Ken, for delivering this jewel to the world!

    I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah with no obligations attached. I give this review freely and honestly.

  • Amanda Anger

    I should start by admitting that first of all, I'm not the target audience for this book (aka I'm a woman) and secondly, I did receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

    With that fun disclaimer out of the way, the other thing you should know about this book is that it is going to convict and challenge you. This is not "light reading;" grab a highlighter and a notebook to log your journey through this book. With chapter titles like "Holiness," "Humility," "Courage," and "Genero

    I should start by admitting that first of all, I'm not the target audience for this book (aka I'm a woman) and secondly, I did receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

    With that fun disclaimer out of the way, the other thing you should know about this book is that it is going to convict and challenge you. This is not "light reading;" grab a highlighter and a notebook to log your journey through this book. With chapter titles like "Holiness," "Humility," "Courage," and "Generosity," it's difficult to walk away from a single chapter without a mental list of your own human shortcomings and a battle plan for change.

    The author expertly weaves his personal experience as a former LAPD officer with his years of knowledge as a Christian leader. Each chapter uses an anecdote from his career on the force to paint the backdrop for a larger spiritual truth. There are weighty topics discussed, such as the repercussions of the fall of man and the way that God's love only makes sense through the lens of His holiness.

    Because each of the scriptural principles included here are applicable to women too, I greatly profited from reading it and would recommend it to men and women alike!

  • Randy Tramp

    From the first page to the end, this book spoke to me. As in the introduction, I'm hungry for the authenticity of true masculinity. This book taught exactly that. I now have a greater desire to surrender even more so to God.

    The stories within the covers are interesting and add to the lesson. I found myself wanting to read more and more. This is one book I'll keep close by to reread and reconsider. Great lessons.

    I recommend this book to every guy. It'll challenge you like none other. And it'll ch

    From the first page to the end, this book spoke to me. As in the introduction, I'm hungry for the authenticity of true masculinity. This book taught exactly that. I now have a greater desire to surrender even more so to God.

    The stories within the covers are interesting and add to the lesson. I found myself wanting to read more and more. This is one book I'll keep close by to reread and reconsider. Great lessons.

    I recommend this book to every guy. It'll challenge you like none other. And it'll change your life.

    The author sent me this book for a fair review.

  • Oak

    Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man is a book by Ken Harrison, Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers. The book talks about what it means to be a man in the context of hurt, holiness, humility, courage, generosity, and marriage, among many other topics. Harrison uses various Bible passages and stories as a way to dissect and discuss masculinity and men’s issues. One of my favorite chapters was the one about prayer, especially the parts that talked about perseveranc

    Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man is a book by Ken Harrison, Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers. The book talks about what it means to be a man in the context of hurt, holiness, humility, courage, generosity, and marriage, among many other topics. Harrison uses various Bible passages and stories as a way to dissect and discuss masculinity and men’s issues. One of my favorite chapters was the one about prayer, especially the parts that talked about perseverance and how prayer is worship. I liked how the author used stories and anecdotes to illustrate his points. It is a thoughtfully-written book. I received this book for review.

  • Jody Pulcheon

    I read "Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man" by Ken Harrison. I did read this book even though I am a woman. I thought it was really good! 5★. It was an easy quick read. It was interesting to read what the Bible says about men. There were some topics that I felt were short and I kind of wished more was mentioned, but the book is for guys and guys think different than women. Sometimes I ramble on when talking or telling a story, but Ken gets right to the point. He doe

    I read "Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man" by Ken Harrison. I did read this book even though I am a woman. I thought it was really good! 5★. It was an easy quick read. It was interesting to read what the Bible says about men. There were some topics that I felt were short and I kind of wished more was mentioned, but the book is for guys and guys think different than women. Sometimes I ramble on when talking or telling a story, but Ken gets right to the point. He does talk about his time in the LAPD and the things he's seen while on the job. To Ken, and to anyone that is serving or has served the USA, thank you for your service!!

    @waterbrookmultnomah is awesome. They sent me 2 Advanced copies of this book so I can give one to my brother and the other to my brother-in-law.

    #waterbrookmultnomah #partner

  • W. Whalin

    Powerful Insights for Every Man

    Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers, Ken Harrison, walked the streets of LA as a policeman. In RISE OF THE SERVANT KINGS, he tackles a series of key traits for every man such as humility and courage and prayer and generosity. The result is a page-turning, well-crafted book.

    As he writes early in the book, “In this book, we don’t want to gain more facts about God. We want to come to know God Himself. We’ve been invited into relationship with Him, so let’s get to

    Powerful Insights for Every Man

    Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers, Ken Harrison, walked the streets of LA as a policeman. In RISE OF THE SERVANT KINGS, he tackles a series of key traits for every man such as humility and courage and prayer and generosity. The result is a page-turning, well-crafted book.

    As he writes early in the book, “In this book, we don’t want to gain more facts about God. We want to come to know God Himself. We’ve been invited into relationship with Him, so let’s get to know Him and what He wants from us. Let’s also take an honest look at why it’s so hard to draw close to Him despite His invitation. We want to learn how to have true life as we step out in bold obedience and trust in His Word.” (Page 9)

    In the final chapter, Harrison tells a very personal corporate turnaround story that was life-changing but filled with lessons for every man. I will not spoil it with the details here but know just these few pages of reading are worth buying this book—besides the other great information which precedes it. I highly recommend RISE OF THE SERVANT KINGS.

    W. Terry Whalin is an editor & the author of more than 60 books

  • Pam Graber

    "We're not called to worry about the war; we're called to win the battle in front of us." Those words, in a nutshell, are what Rise of the Servant Kings is about. Ken Harrison calls men to fight for their families first, and once all of them are saved, widen the circle to encompass bigger and bigger battles.

    Harrison, a veteran of one of the LA Police Department in one of the worst crime areas, uses stories from his time as a cop to illustrate his book chapters. As chairman of the board for Promi

    "We're not called to worry about the war; we're called to win the battle in front of us." Those words, in a nutshell, are what Rise of the Servant Kings is about. Ken Harrison calls men to fight for their families first, and once all of them are saved, widen the circle to encompass bigger and bigger battles.

    Harrison, a veteran of one of the LA Police Department in one of the worst crime areas, uses stories from his time as a cop to illustrate his book chapters. As chairman of the board for Promise Keepers, he knows something about calling men to be the men God calls to do his work in the world.

    With chapters titled: Servant Kings, The Fall, The Liar, Hurt, Loneliness, Humility, Courage, Masculinity, Marriage, etc., Harrison exhorts men to stand strong for their families, and to lead them toward a faith of their own.

    As a woman, I could definitely appreciate Harrison's sentiments. Our world needs strong men who are willing to spit in evil's face, and take their "rock" for Jesus. I also liked that the chapters were short, and could be read almost like a daily devotional. (Maybe a bit longer than devotional length, but most of them read very quickly.) Harrison's stories were gripping, and gave me a lot of food for thought. I definitely recommend this to every man who wants to know how he can be a leader in his own home first, then step out to stand in the gap for the cause of Christ.

    I received this book from the publisher, but the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Steph Cherry

    Wow. I am not a man and I am not rising to be a servant king, but I thought this book was powerful. Whenever I come across how to books, I admit that I assume they are going to be cheesy with poor illustrations. This is definitely what is happening here. Ken takes his time in and since the LAPD to share hard hitting stories about integrity in the face of cultural lack thereof.

    Y'all should read it. I was drawn in by the title. Humility is so lacking in our culture and I thought it would be good

    Wow. I am not a man and I am not rising to be a servant king, but I thought this book was powerful. Whenever I come across how to books, I admit that I assume they are going to be cheesy with poor illustrations. This is definitely what is happening here. Ken takes his time in and since the LAPD to share hard hitting stories about integrity in the face of cultural lack thereof.

    Y'all should read it. I was drawn in by the title. Humility is so lacking in our culture and I thought it would be good to get a nice dose of it. I thought I could pray through it for my man and I did. The thing I was not expecting is how much the book spoke to me. It reenergized things in my heart that had grown weary. It encouraged me time and again to seek God in humility instead of paving my own way. Ken's own telling of pride and God calling him to submission was a beacon of light.

    As I read, I write out things about books that speak to me. I wrote about the story telling. The unusual stories really drove home the point of the matter. He spoke about how spouses are called to submit to one another instead of obey because obedience is forced and submission is choice. Submission is our way of bringing about the greatest good of another for the glory of God. He railed against his own pride and cried out for God to make him humble. One of my favorite things was in the last pages. He thanked someone for helping him to forgive the Pharisees. In the age of church hurt, it is so important to offer forgiveness and prayer for those who hurt us. He encouraged standing against abusers, but to also go that extra step to pray and forgive.

    Great read! Get your man a copy.

  • Alice

    This book is not just for men - women could profit from reading it too. As part of the launch team for this book, I received a pre-publication copy and thought I would struggle through a book written for men. The Biblical principles in the book are timeless and women can learn from reading this book. The author is transparent and displays humble vulnerability by using illustrations from his own life. The book is heavy on theology without being overly academic because his writing style is easy to

    This book is not just for men - women could profit from reading it too. As part of the launch team for this book, I received a pre-publication copy and thought I would struggle through a book written for men. The Biblical principles in the book are timeless and women can learn from reading this book. The author is transparent and displays humble vulnerability by using illustrations from his own life. The book is heavy on theology without being overly academic because his writing style is easy to read. Highly recommend it.

  • Patrick Willis

    Ken Harrison did a very nice job at writing this book! I found myself eagerly looking forward to the next time I would have some space to sit and read! That being said, I don't think this is the PERFECT book on "biblical manhood"... yet it's still one that I still recommend. There were certainly quite a few places where I question the exegetical process used and the conclusions that were derived, but even with this as the case, I still believe this is one of the better (if not best) books for me

    Ken Harrison did a very nice job at writing this book! I found myself eagerly looking forward to the next time I would have some space to sit and read! That being said, I don't think this is the PERFECT book on "biblical manhood"... yet it's still one that I still recommend. There were certainly quite a few places where I question the exegetical process used and the conclusions that were derived, but even with this as the case, I still believe this is one of the better (if not best) books for men to read in regards to becoming who God is calling us to be and living that out daily. I thought the manner in how Harrison set up and executed the flow of his thoughts and arguments were excellently constructed and executed. It was also a major bonus to read personal stories from all throughout his life.

    In further terms of content, I think you'd be pretty safe even just skipping the 2nd half of chapter 16 'The Judge'. The chapter starts off well, but the interpretations and applications Revelation 2-3 within the second half of the chapter I believe will actually cause more harm than good. Let me explain. I understand the importance of trying to help men step up and take more assertiveness in their lives and their faith (it's a lesson American Christians in general could probably learn more of in general). However to make some of these claims (which I'm guessing are from the works of J. Vernon McGee since he quotes him a few times in the book) in what Revelation is 'clearly' saying and the applications that follow, is to hand 'a freshly sharpened blade' to a person who has no idea how to use it. Someone's going to hurt themselves. For example, to identify a woman, who may be filling and flourishing in a leadership position of some sort (and in a CHRIST exalting way), as a 'Jezebel' simply because of her gender and NOT because of or in relation to the theology/allegiance to Christ or someone else that she teaches, is a bit immature and misguided. In Revelation, the woman is called Jezebel because of her false teachings and leading people AWAY from Jesus. Yet it came across in this book that it was a mixture of this AND the fact she was a woman, and there's no solid Scriptural basis here for that conclusion by any means! I can easily see (and in fact have already seen this in my life) where people dismiss what God is doing around them, simply because it's through a 'vessel' of whom they personally don't approve. (By the way, this isn't a new phenomenon by any stretch. It's all over the place. For example, there was Cyrus in Isaiah. God was using Cyrus to accomplish what He wished, much to the shock, surprise, and even horror of Israel. This idea also surfaces in another form in Romans 9 when Paul explains that not all of the 'physical' nation of Israel is part of the true Israel. They had the misunderstanding that they were 'guaranteed' a spot simply because they were part of the nation of Israel (you can see this addressed time and again in the New Testament... see for example Matthew 3.1-12). In other words, they cringed at the fact that God wasn't doing what they thought He should be doing, the way they think He should be doing it. I digress.) It's awfully dangerous to say things in ways like this, and 'arm' men to go out and potentially work AGAINST the Holy Spirit, simply because 'one of them' isn't the one doing it.

    I'm not trying to discredit the book. Like I said, overall, I really enjoyed the book and thought it was written very well. Just skip the unnecessary 'conjecture' in chapter 16 and you'll still glean an incredible amount of encouragement and challenge! I, for one, feel like I've grown from reading this book!

    I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review of this book.

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