Buy him a Christian book written by a man, for men.
When two guys meet, the first question they ask each other is, “What do you do?” A lot of a man’s identity comes from his profession. That profession enables him to fulfill some of his key desires, such as working and achieving and providing for his family. As a man advances in his career, he often has opportunities to fulfill other desires – such as leading and counseling – in the workplace, too. This increases the importance of his job to him.
A man typically chooses his profession because he has an aptitude for it (he’s good at it) and he enjoys it (at least initially). A man excels in his profession because of training and experience. Training helps him learn the job, and experience helps him get better at it.
As important as a man’s role in the working world may be, his role at home is even more important. He is expected to be a good husband, a good father, and, most importantly of all, the spiritual leader of his household. And this final role can be daunting to a man. He may be unsure that he has an aptitude for it. He may not have had it modeled for him by his father. And he probably has received little training in how to do it and do it well.
No Valentine’s Day gift can fully equip a man for spiritual leadership at home. In fact, a Christian men’s group – either at your church or through a men’s ministry organization in your area – is arguably the best place for a man to get equipped for good work at home.
But a Christian men’s book, written by a man for men, can offer a man not just tips and pointers but also something that every man needs but is often reluctant to admit that he needs – encouragement. I don’t have space here to list all of the books that have helped me in my walk, but I’d be happy to respond to your email inquiry at email@example.com.
If your husband doesn’t read many books, then consider getting him a daily devotional for men. Even though it’s not a “couples devotional”, read it with him. That’s a Valentine’s Day gift that will pay dividends for him, and for you, all year.
Chris Bolinger is the author of Daily Strength for Men, a 365-day daily devotional from BroadStreet Publishing, which is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, DailyStrengthForMen.com, and other retailers.
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