‘Take It Back,’ Explores Reclaiming Biblical Manhood for the Sake of Marriage, Family and Culture
LYNCHBURG, VA.— Former Major League Baseball star and author Darryl Strawberry played for 17 years, made eight consecutive All-Star Game appearances and won four World Series Championship titles. He was at the top of his game but was losing himself to the world of alcohol and drugs.
Strawberry tells his very personal story in the foreword for the forthcoming book, “Take It Back: Reclaiming Biblical Manhood for the Sake of Marriage, Family, and Culture,” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Max Davis.
“Two broken marriages, the death of my mother, battling off and on with addiction and colon cancer brought me to my knees and sent me into a deeper spiral,” Strawberry writes. “It wasn’t until I came to the end of myself and my circumstances and fully surrendered to Jesus that everything changed for me as a man. I found my purpose in God. The lies I believed for a majority of my life that led me down the broken road of addiction were defeated by the truth of God’s Word. And my views on what defined me as a man started to shift to the things God desires for manhood. What’s burning inside of me now is a love for Jesus and helping the hurting of our society, especially men. Because I was hurting once upon a time, I don’t want others to experience the same pain and chaos I did.”
Strawberry recounts that he was never taught how to be a man. To many, his success on the field may have looked like the ultimate achievement for manhood, but deep down he was broken, searching, confused and addicted.
“Growing up, my childhood was really tough—in part because of an abusive, alcoholic father who took out his anger on our family, especially my brother and me,” Strawberry shared. “For years the words of my father haunted me: ‘You’re never going to be anything. You don’t get anything right.’ The lies that my father spoke over me became thoughts I believed about myself. Eventually my father walked out on us. I never had a father figure in my life to help me walk through the right doors, so I ended up walking through all of the wrong ones.”
All men’s stories are different, Strawberry says, but there are two things all men can do as they begin their journey to reclaim manhood.
“I believe in order to step into true biblical manhood, we must first come to the end of ourselves,” he continues. “Galatians 2:20 says, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ (NIV). As you read ‘Take It Back,’ there will be things that God calls you to lay down; the biggest one will be yourself. As men we need to come to the end of ourselves in order to live out our God-given potential to influence our families, the culture and the church.
“The second thing we must do to step into biblical manhood is be forward-thinking, future-minded about the next generation, leaving a kingdom-impacting legacy,” Strawberry adds. “We have to wake up and realize that if we don’t start teaching our sons real biblical principles, they’re going to choose the wrong roads and buy into the lies of the enemy, surrendering biblical manhood to a culture that doesn’t want men to thrive.”
Strawberry tells men that “Take It Back” is a call for them to rise up and live like Jesus and impact the culture in a way that will impact generations to come.
“This book is for men who have fallen prey to the attacks of culture,” he says. “It is for men who have fallen down and need to get back up again. ‘Take It Back’ shows men the way back to a relationship with God and those they love.
“Men, we are at war,” Strawberry concludes. “We’re looking at spiritual brokenness in America. Everybody wants to put a bandage over it, but you can’t put a bandage over the enemy. Because we have victory in Christ, victory is ours for the taking. Men, it is time to step up to the plate and take it back.”
In “Take It Back,” Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), challenges readers to reject culture’s redefinition and seek biblical examples of true manhood. Fast-paced, filled with relevant biblical and contemporary stories of godly men like David, Nehemiah, George Foreman and Tim Tebow, “Take It Back” empowers men to be who God created them to be and to impact the culture that is in desperate need of their influence. Study and discussion questions at the end of each chapter make “Take It Back” a perfect resource for men’s Bible studies and small groups.
Dr. Tim Clinton also serves as the executive director of the James Dobson Family Institute and recurring cohost of Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk,” heard on nearly 1,300 radio outlets daily. Licensed as a professional counselor and as a marriage and family therapist, Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues and has authored or edited nearly 30 books. Clinton and his wife, Julie, have two children.
Max Davis is the author of over 30 books that have been featured in USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Bible Gateway and on the “Today” show and “The 700 Club.” He holds degrees in journalism and biblical studies. In addition to his own works, he’s done a variety of collaboration projects with highly notable leaders.
“Take It Back” will be released on May 5 by Charisma House, which publishes books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians.