The Five Marks of a Man

Finding Your Path to Courageous Manhood

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A boy doesn't automatically become a man at age eighteen. What differentiates a man from a boy is the way he lives.

A boy . . .
· lives day to day
· wants to be MVP
· plays
· wants the reassurance of the crowd
· is a predator

A man . . .
· has a vision for his life
· is a team player
· works
· has the courage to take a minority position
· is a protector

These are the five marks of a man. They are a primal code that every great man in history has aggressively pursued. Drawing from his own experience and the lives of others, pastor Brian Tome calls on men to examine themselves and take steps in the direction of the adventure of a fully realized manhood that honors God, respects women, elevates others, and works purposefully for an end greater than their own satisfaction or pleasure.


"For a generation that has not had great role models of what godly men look like, Brian's clarion call to live out the five marks of biblical manhood inspires and challenges men to be all God intended so that future generations have men worth following."--John Burke, New York Times bestselling author of Imagine Heaven and No Perfect People Allowed

"In this era of great confusion over what it actually means to be a full-fledged man, Brian Tome has written a helpful, timely, and at times hilarious book. I highly recommend it."--Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church


Brian Tome is senior pastor of Crossroads, the fastest growing church in America (Outreach Magazine, 2017), which is actively engaged in combating poverty, building homes for girls rescued from sex slavery, and bringing together entrepreneurs to start the first faith-based business accelerator. An avid motorcyclist, Tome rides tens of thousands of miles and camps more than 30 nights every year.


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"For a generation that has not had great role models of what godly men look like, Brian's clarion call to live out the five marks of biblical manhood inspires and challenges men to be all God intended so that future generations have men worth following.

John Burke, New York Times bestselling author of Imagine Heaven and No Perfect People Allowed

"As a dad of four (including two teenage boys), I believe it has never been harder to raise young men. We have certain expectations of how our boys should grow into manhood, but they get many conflicting signals from the world around them and can easily feel that no matter what they do they can't ever measure up. Brian's insights into the marks of a man are spot on. They challenge me to my core, but nothing great comes easy. I find myself going back to these marks when I am making tough decisions or when my boy impulses might direct me in a way that is contrary to what God would want me to do. The marks are simple, easy to remember, and important, and we need to incorporate them into our lives so that we can be the men God intended us to be."

Kirk Perry, president, Brand Solutions, Google

"Contrary to what lots of folks seem to think, adolescence doesn't turn a boy into a man. A real man is far more than a boy with a few years under his belt. Thankfully, in this era of great confusion over what it actually means to be a full-fledged man, Brian Tome has written a helpful, timely, and at times hilarious book. I highly recommend it. You'll find it well worth your time."

Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church


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