On November 19th, Stephen Mansfield will release his most unique book yet. Entitled Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men, this latest from Stephen’s life and keyboard is a fiery, funny, fast-paced call for men to build a noble, manly culture that reproduces itself in the lives of the young. Mansfield believes that there is a new generation of men emerging who have had few masculine models and little inheritance from the men’s movement of some decades ago. “Millennial men want to know what a man does, how a great man behaves. Despite their reputations, younger men are less therapeutic and internal than their boomer parents and grandparents. They want to know what to do and they want to do it in league with other men fiercely devoted to noble manhood.” Stephen also believes that when men are true men, “women are well-served, sons and daughters are made whole and heroic and society only benefits.” Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is endorsed by a surprising array of famous men and is sure to help stir the men’s movement of a new generation.
There is an explosion of interest in Jesus today. Reza Aslan’s Zealot zoomed to the top of bestseller’s lists after video of his bruising interview with Fox News’ Lauren Green went viral. Bill O’Reilly has put his publishing power behind his recently released, Killing Jesus. And, of course, Stephen’s Killing Jesus has been on shelves since April of this year.
One question Stephen receives often these days is, “How did you and Bill O’Reilly come out with books of the same title at nearly the same time.” In a recent interview, Stephen answered this: “Well, most folks don’t know that you can’t trademark a book title. So duplications often occur. In this case, I had signed a contract and begun work on Killing Jesus when Bill had only come out with his wonderful Killing Lincoln. There was no series yet and certainly no one suspected he would eventually write about Jesus. My book was thirty days from being on store shelves when he announced his book on Jesus. But it might surprise you to know I’m thrilled. I’m delighted there is so much emphasis today on the fascinating figure of Jesus. Besides, only a fool would take on Bill O’Reilly in the market when the man is in front of millions most every night. No, he raises the water level for all of us who write biographies, particularly about Jesus, and I’m cheering him on.”
On October 11, Stephen will be visiting the United States Naval Academy. He’ll be speaking to a lunch gathering of Midshipmen about the role religious faith plays—the good, the bad and the ugly—in military command. Stephen was invited by one of the men he deeply admires, Commander Carey Cash, former chaplain at Camp David and now senior Protestant Chaplain at the Academy. Commander Cash is the author of A Table in the Presence, his account of ministering to Marines in Iraq, and is also a Hall of Fame former lineman at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. “Go Bulldogs!”
The Dominican and Catholic Institute at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, has graciously extended an invitation to Stephen. He’ll be speaking on October 8 about his book Lincoln’s Battle With God. Dr. Charles Zola, a professor of philosophy at Mount Saint Mary, leads the DCI. For more information, contact the institute at email@example.com.
Stephen Mansfield has been invited to speak twice at the 2013 George Mason University “Fall for the Book” festival. Joining authors such as Dave Barry, David Baldacci and Dean King—one of Stephen’s favorite naval historians—Mansfield will offer talks about two of his books and also discuss the art of the historian. He will speak about his latest book, Killing Jesus, at noon on Tuesday, September 24, in Research Building I, Room 163, on the George Mason University campus. The next day, September 25, Stephen will discuss Lincoln’s Battle with God, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Richard Byrd Library. Click here for more information about GMU’s annual “Fall for the Book” festival.