Killing a lunch hour at Books-A-Million late last week, I stumbled across Nate’s book, Samson and the Pirate Monks and it immediately caught my attention. Five minutes later I had to new book to read.
After picking up the book, the first thing I read was the tag line near the bottom of the page. It says: “Calling Men To Authentic Brotherhood”. Those 5 words really struck me and I proceeded to thumb through the book reading bits and pieces as I went.
Excited, I couldn’t wait to get some alone time with my new book. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a fast reader and reading comprehension has never been my strongest educational aspect. However, I’m already on page 133 (out of 200) after only ~3 hours of reading.
On the back cover, the author says “I can promise you one thing: the story isn’t boring”. So far so true…Nate’s life IS the story and he tells it with brutal honesty. Honesty that isn’t present in many aspects of life these days. Honesty that makes you feel better about your own failures and limitations. Honesty that makes you want to keep reading long after your brain has gone to sleep.
I’m reading the part of the book where Nate describes the discovery and formation of the Samson Society . It’s a society of Christian men who support each other through the same brutal honesty that Nate gives the reader through the entire book. The men that make up the Samson Society are guys like you and me but with one major difference…they admit their failures and addictions, they admit their limitations and they find strength in numbers.
Without giving too much away, the book is intended for everyday men who currently struggle with or might become addicted to pornography, alcohol, gambling, you name it. Nate’s struggles with online pornography and extra marital sex are not sugar coated in this book and he encourages men to find strength only through open honesty with other men.
I’d highly recommend this book for any male out there looking for inspiration about your daily struggles. It’s not preachy but he does sell you on the idea of joining a local Samson Society to get the full benefit of authentic brotherhood. Where does the nickname Pirate Monk come from? You’ll have to check out the book and see for yourself.