Redeeming the man-cave
Author helping men learn to love daily devotions
Author, illustrator and artist Todd Stahl wants men to rediscover their man cave.
Frustrated with the lack of devotionals for men, Stahl decided to create his own. His book, 40 Days in the Man Cave, is a collection of 40 humorous devotions based on stories from the Bible, interwoven with hard lessons Stahl has learned in his own life as husband, dad and firefighter in Leamington, Ontario.
“Men are so busy,” Stahl explains. “We fill our day up but don’t take time for devotions. Can’t we give God 10 minutes?”
The key to a healthy spiritual life for men, he says, is taking a few minutes each day to pray and read the Bible, something many men aren’t doing because many devotional books sound “flowery.” He hopes 40 Days in the Man Cave will help change that attitude.
“I personally believe that carving out just a few minutes each day with God can radically change your life. I pray that as men read this book, they see the devotions not just as another thing they have to do but that they actually ‘crave the cave’ and grow in their friendship and relationship with the Lord,” says Stahl. “I want guys to come to see Jesus as a man, just like them.”
Even Jesus needed time and space for Himself, as much as men do today, Stahl says. That’s where the importance of a man cave comes in to help refuel the modern man. Stahl asks men to think of a place where they feel they can stop and take a breather.
To make spiritual refreshment a habit, Stahl and his wife, Sherry, launched Take the 40 Day Challenge. Readers of 40 Days in the Man Cave are challenged to commit to taking a few minutes each day, for 40 days, to laugh, read and become better men, husbands, fathers and friends. When participants sign-up online, they receive short, encouraging daily e-mails and videos, inspiring participants to reach the finish line.
“I think it’s important to share because all guys want to step up and be challenged. Deep down, we want to be men of integrity…not wimps,” Stahl says. “Guys want to read about stuff they’re actually dealing with in their personal lives and if something isn’t relatable, we’ll lose interest…fast. I hope that readers of all ages feel like they’re forming a friendship with me as I describe stories of how God changed my life and my heart.”
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