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Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around You by Ken Evans Book Review

In Wise Guys, Ken Evans explored the significant role fathers and men have on us and how the lack of a connection with a father is hurting our youth and even adults. The statistics in this book stated the lack of fathers results in, “likely to abuse drugs and go to prison, twice as likely to drop out of school, seven times more likely to become pregnant as a teenager”, and much more. Throughout the book, Ken Evans looked at the role key men figures had on his life and how they helped to shape him into the man, father, and husband that he needed to be. He begins the book by sharing how his parents went through a divorce when he was a teenager. He began to see a family therapist, Weldon C. Fuller. This men role model in his life had a remarkable impact on his life. Ken was deeply afraid of becoming his father and how he acted in the divorce. Fuller shared with Ken that we have to be extremely careful about trying to become the un-something. He stated that Ken needed to, “stop trying to not do this or not be that. Instead find some men, who have the life you want, and figure out why their situation is the way it is. Then do some thinking. What is it that makes these guys worth imitating? What do they have or embody that you want? Learn from them and then model yourself after the parts you like.” (Page 25). This was a critical introduction to how Ken Evans chose to model this in his own life and how he wrote this book. 

I would recommend this life changing book to all men who is ready to change their lives. I loved how Ken Evans asked men to make a list about who they wanted to be in five years and to pick twelve character traits that they want to display. Some of my traits that I want to display is hardworking, courage, integrity, and much more. I immensely enjoyed all the different stories he shared throughout the book in order to encourage men to find wise guys in their own lives that can assist them into becoming a better man, husband, and father. I like how he shared how he met his wife and how he came into a relationship with Christ. I really connected with the concept of the book and how important it is in learning and demonstrating vital character traits that other men are portraying in their life. This book can greatly benefit men, and it would make a wonderful father’s gift or even a graduation gift! 


For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions anyway?
But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys. Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?

Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him all the back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the guys in your own circle.


KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men.  Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life.  Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men.  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.


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