Checkpoints: A Tactical Guide to Manhood

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Society today rejects the idea of absolute truth and is openly hostile toward God. For boys who want to be more like Christ, going through adolescence in this culture is like crossing a minefield without a map.

They need parents and youth workers to engage with them early and equip them with the skills needed to thrive.

Checkpoints plots a course through this enemy territory that not only steers young men toward godliness but also explains how to avoid potential pitfalls.

And they will listen, because Checkpoints honestly talks about the core issues they face, opening a vital dialogue between fathers and sons, pastors and students.

  • Created by student pastors with 20+ years in ministry
  • 8 lessons
  • Written in a devotional style
  • Guys spend just 15 minutes each day to prepare them for their small group time.

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Hott Review:

At our house daily Bible reading and/or devotionals is a must. But, it’s hard to find devotionals that really speak to you. I grabbed Checkpoints: A Tactical Guide to Manhood for my older son. He’s 19 and has finished a year AWAY at college. He also has an odd perspective. He tends to be more on the pessimistic side of pragmatic and has been know to struggle with understanding why God would want him. He also loves hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping.

Between the cover (I remind him to use his compass to stay focused on God) and the synopsis I thought it may be a good book for the summer.

Boy was I right! CJ loved reading through this! Some topics were hard to share and be completely honest about, but overall each message spoke to him where he is. He said it felt like every day was a reminder from God about the things God is working on. Watching him work through this book, I’ve seen his patience and confidence grow as he remembers what’s truly important and which lines are drawn by God (as opposed to religion).

Checkpoints: A Tactical Guide to Manhood was great for us as a devotional but I think it would be a terrific small men’s group book for 16-25-year-olds.


Author: Brian Mills, Nathan Wagnon
Source: I purchased a used copy on Amazon on June 12, 2017.
Publisher & Date: June 19th 2012 by Think
Genre: Chhristian Non-Fiction, Devotions
ISBN: 1612911226 (ISBN13: 9781612911229)
Pages: 208
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA

Author Bios:

Brian MillsBrian was a youth pastor for 15 years leading ministries as large as 2000 students. He has planted campuses, preaches in churches all over the country and leads a college ministry of over 1000 college students from the University of Arkansas. Brian has a heart to share the gospel and disciple others weekly. He loves the local church and is committed to pouring his life into Pastoring.

Websites & Links: author's website author's twitter author's facebook

Nathan WagnonNathan C. Wagnon (BA, Ouachita Baptist University, ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is an equipping pastor at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. He specializes in Christian discipleship and has been actively involved in mentoring and leadership training for more than a decade. Nathan and his wife Margaret have two sons, Nate and Miles.

Links: author's twitter author's facebook


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