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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sweat, Blood, and Tears - Giveaway and Review

Real men are hard to find - but maybe we can change that.

By the time he graduated college, Xan Hood appeared to having everything a young, privileged modern male needed for success and adulthood.

But like so many others his age, he was afraid to take the next step. So he took a slight detour and headed west, surrounding himself with a class of men he had been raised to avoid. Follow Xan as he learns lessons that can only be taught by God's grace, hard work, and the presence of older men.

Sweat, Blood and Tears is a searingly honest coming-of-age story. It has a look at how God raises a man - a story for young men and those who love them. (excerpt back cover).

Some 20 million young men between the ages of 22 and 35 are men seeking direction that are stuck between boyhood and manhood. The lack the skills to leave their boyhood years behind them and enter fully into the role of manhood and the responsibilities that belong to become a man of God.

What the author of the book, Sweat, Blood and Tears, Xan Hood, who is the director of the Training Ground in Colorado uses his own experiences in how to make this difficult transition to becoming the man God wants him to be to teach young men through this book how they can make those same changes.

He has recognized that young men who are raised in homes of both economic privilege and economic adversity often grow up in the absence of a father who is willing and able to teach them the skills they will need to enter into manhood successfully. Oftentimes, a father's willingness to supply his son's every need is done without teaching him the true cost of obtaining a particular goal. While the role of provider is vital in a man's life, provision without teaching responsibility creates a void of understanding and skill that leaves the boy ill equipped to become a man in his own right.

He writes this book from the narrative of a young man and shares his own process of leaving boyhood behind and embracing his life as an adult. With searing honesty, Hood shares his experiences with God and men and paint and trout and fashion and hunting. He examines the critical issues common to many young men, and then outlines the journey that must be traversed in order for them to become the men God created them to be.

I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and can honestly say for anyone who has a son that will soon be making that transition from a boy to a man or knows someone who is struggling with these issues, this is a must have book. I love how he shows these young men who either have no father figure or do have one, how to make the difficult transition that is required to become the men God destined them to be. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

In addition, I am giving one lucky winner a copy of the book for being a follower of my blog. Here are the guidelines.

1. You must be a follower of my blog.

2. You must be a resident of the US or have a US address I can ship this to. No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I need a way to contact you, so please include an email address in your comment. You may use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. The giveaway will end on August 21st. I will be notifying the winner by email. You will have 5 business days to respond or I will select another winner.

5. Leave me a comment and tell me how this book would benefit you if you win it.

For more information on this book, the author or where to purchase a copy click on the links below:


  1. I'd love to read this book. I'm a follower. Thanks for the possibility.


  2. Would love to win this.....follower!!

    vidishamun (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Love your blog! I am now following :)

    This looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


    ruralmoms AT gmail DOT com

  4. I'd like to win this. I follow as frugal tumbleweed acres.

  5. Kat,
    I would love a copy of this book. It would be very insightful as I am the mom of an 18 year old son. I follow your blog.....

    Have a Blessed day,

  6. This book describes my 19-year old son(Michael). If he won't read it I will and maybe be able to help him through life's hurts.
    I am a follower.

  7. Sounds like a great teaching tool! Please enter me. desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  8. I'm a follower and I would love this to get some perspective from a man that age and then to pass it on to my son who is in his lower 20's. Thank you for the chance!

  9. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. I'm a follower.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  10. I would enjoy this book because it might help me to understand my 15 year old son better. It may be a book he might enjoy as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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