Harmful messages about what it means to “be a man”–also called toxic masculinity–are ingrained in the minds of males from the minute they are born. 

From the first time a little boy scrapes his knee, to the time he grows up and starts his own family, he is taught by family, friends, and the media that as a male he must embody certain “rules” to be accepted as a man. 

Rules like:

  • Men don’t cry
  • Men don’t show weakness
  • Men don’t seek help

The damaging effects are obvious. 

Men are more at risk for substance abuse than women. They downplay symptoms of mental illness and are less likely to seek help in crisis situations. 

These problems have only worsened since the year 2000, with men being 3 times more likely than women to die by suicide.

It’s time to make a change.

Read these books to learn how you can embody a healthy masculine identity. Find tools to live a more successful, purposeful, and emotionally fulfilling life–all while letting go of toxic masculine narratives and redefining what it means to “be a man.” 

#1 School of Man

Life coach Cole Rodgers is on a mission to liberate men across the globe by helping them develop healthy masculine mindsets that allow them to be vulnerable, powerful, and free. His book School of Man, co-written by U.S. army veteran Guy Choate, teaches readers how to maximize their potential in every area of life through non-attachment, openness, honesty, and purpose-driven action. Gain the secrets to emotional fulfillment, vulnerability, courage, and strength. Plus, learn how to leave a lasting positive impact on the world around you. Get it here.

#2 Identity Shift

Husband, speaker, and former NFL player Anthony Trucks believes that identity is “the most important tool to achieve your dreams.” Unfortunately, when your internal identity is not in alignment with your desired external experiences, those dreams are likely to remain out of reach. 

Anthony Trucks is here to help. 

In his book Identity Shift, Trucks gives readers powerful tools to unlock new levels of perspective, passion, and productivity in their lives. He teaches you how to overcome feelings of worthlessness, shame, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, and stagnation simply by shifting your beliefs about yourself and stepping into who you truly are: amazing. Get it here.

#3 Sovereignty

Husband, father, and Iraq combat veteran Ryan Michler is the founder of “Order of Man,” a tight-knit community for motivated and ambitious men working to improve key areas in their lives. He is also the author of Sovereignty–a book that is meant to help men reclaim their purpose and vigor in order to become better husbands, fathers, businessmen, and community leaders. In his book, Michler details thirteen Sovereign Virtues that can help men learn to be more capable of fulfilling their masculine duties and responsibilities in a way that is healthy and beneficial to society as a whole. According to Navy SEAL and NYT Best-Selling Author, Clint Emerson, “Sovereignty is more than a self-help book, it’s a self-assault to a better life.” Get it here.

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