A kingdom man is one who’s life is submitted to the authority of God and devoted to seeing God’s kingdom proclaimed and excercised throughout the entirity of his life. Tony Evans’ book, Kingdom Man, is a cry for men to embrace their role in ushering in God’s Kingdom and introducing it to their sphere of influence. The hardest part about reading this book was the narration in my head, as I heard Dr. Evan’s reading the entirety of the book too me. Its not that I don’t appreciate or like his preaching, but that it was hard to listen to him read me more than 200 pages worth of his material.
The first section of the book was his effort to define the Kingdom man and his role in this world. It was Dr. Evan’s ideas on Genesis 1-2; Ephesians 5; and most other verses that have been used in other manhood books. This first section was not as tied to his outline and purpose as it needed to be in order to be clearly explained. I found it difficult at times to follow his thought processes and his direction. Some of his illustrations were too lengthy compared to the biblical points he was illuminating. However, his point that men were called to rule and connect with God was adequately explained and he did set the tone for the rest of the book.
The second section was the explanation of the theory that he put forth in the first section. These 61 pages were devoted to the Kingdom man’s job of ruling and how he can do that well. It is often misunderstood and misapplied in this world, how a man rules over his domain, household, and world. He spends adequate time to prayer (his strongest chapter in this section) and ample time executing Genesis 1.26. Throughout this chapter, he lacked direct application, but made up for it in his theological teaching.
His final section was easily his best. Frankly, this book was a struggle to get through for some of the aforementioned reasons (illustrations, lack of application, repetitive nature), but this section was worth the price of the book. For the first time I have seen, Evan’s uses Psalm 128 as a backbone for an explanation of Biblical manhood. A Kingdom man must order his personal life, family life, church life, and community life, under the will, leadership, and authority of the King. Throughout this section, Dr. Evan’s throws a few punches. If you aren’t leading your family well, you will know it after this section. If you are neglecting church, Evan’s shows you where. If you aren’t influencing the world around you…Evan’s will rock you! This section changed my entire view of the book. Outside of this section, the book lacked a lot and was a bit confusing, but this final part was very well done.
One thing that did bother me, and I will have to study it more, was Evan’s understanding of blessing. He would randomly diverge onto a rabbit trail about blessing during much of the book. At times it seemed as though, Evan’s understood blessing as a means of controlling or manipulating God. For example: When you pray “let Him know that you recognize that the benefit coming to you will also be beneficial to someone else.” (150) I understood this, and may be mistaken, that if you do the right things and say the right things that God will bless you. There were other times that this idea seemed to be presented and it caused a little to much discomfort for my liking, but like I said, I need to research this a little more.
I did appreciate this book, but I got so much more out of the last section than any others. In a pinch I think I would skip the first couple sections and start with section three.