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A gripping, fearless exploration of masculinity

The effects of traditionally defined masculinity have become one of the most prevalent social issues of our time. In this engaging and provocative new book, beloved actor, director, and social activist Justin Baldoni reflects on his own struggles with masculinity. With insight and honesty, he explores a range of difficult, sometimes uncomfortable topics including strength and vulnerability, relationships and marriage, body image, sex and sexuality, racial justice, gender equality, and fatherhood.

Writing from experience, Justin invites us to move beyond the scripts we’ve learned since childhood and the roles we are expected to play. He challenges men to be brave enough to be vulnerable, to be strong enough to be sensitive, to be confident enough to listen. Encouraging men to dig deep within themselves, Justin helps us reimagine what it means to be man enough and in the process what it means to be human.

©2021 Justin Baldoni (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Deep. Real deep.

I had high expectations for this book after watching Justin's pre-launch interviews. In a way, the book wasn't what I expected. But maybe that's because I'm not a man? I really loved some of the chapters but lost interest over a few too. As I said, he goes deep, really deep into issues associated with masculinity and perhaps I lost interest a but because it was not relevant to me? Overall I WOULD recommend this book to others. Men AND women need to hear this book and decide for themselves, what does it mean to BE A MAN? Love you Justin.

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  • Shelli Spotts
  • 14-05-2021

No Matter your Gender this is a MUST!

No matter your gender I think this book is a must. A beautiful guide on how to be a better human!

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  • Ashley
  • 14-05-2021

A book for EVERYONE

Justin does an excellent job discussing the challenges that not just men face, but the challenges of humankind. This is a book of heart and vulnerability. Definitely worth the purchase!

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  • Literarily_Occupied (N. English)
  • 09-05-2021

IMPACTFUL & ENLIGHTENING

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Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity by Justin Baldoni is a book that benefits all, not just men.

If you have males that you love and care about in your life, they need to read this book. Whether they are in high school, college, newlywed, or beyond; please get a copy of this book in their hands and encourage them to read and absorb these words.

As a mother to two sons I have often found myself at a loss for words or understanding when it comes to their ever evolving physical and emotional needs, wants, and turmoils; but in Justin's book he shines light on the fact that really, men aren't so different from women. Not when you truly look beyond all the layers of how society has told them them to think, feel, and act.

This book isn't about tearing down masculinity. It's about giving boys and young men the "okay" and support to truly be who they are inherently at their core; human. To lift them up and give them courage to say screw the narrative forced upon generations before them and truly believe that they are enough just as they are. That we are all enough.

I listened to this book via audio and felt Justin did a fantastic job. You can feel how much these words mean to him and the personal stories allow for an easily relatable read, no matter your gender.

My 14 year old son is currently reading my physical copy of the book and I plan on buying a copy for him to have so that he may visit these words in the future as he continues to mature into the man he will one day become. He is taking it in slowly, giving himself time to digest all the wonderful morsels and says that thus far he is really enjoying it.

I will be getting a third copy for my other son as well, but at just 9 years of age he still has a little while before I suggest that he reads it. In the meantime, I will take what I have read and make an effort to be more mindful of the narrative that I put forth to him of what it means to be man enough.

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  • Breaette
  • 07-05-2021

Honest, brave, and timely.

Man Enough is honest, brave, and timely. This exploration of masculinity tackles body image, shame, insecurities, and a myriad of other topics that boys and men are traditionally discouraged from talking about. This book helps make space for understanding, empathy, honest conversation and the idea that you are enough. It is a must read.

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  • Emma Smith
  • 06-05-2021

Stop reading my review and START READING HIS BOOK

Breathtaking. I’m grateful that audible allows you to speed up the recording, because I just couldn’t eat this book up fast enough! I felt transformed into a way of thinking that, as a woman, I had no idea existed. I’ve always been hard hearted towards men that don’t show up emotionally, but hearing Justin’s memoirs taught me that under every man’s armor, there is a little boy in there longing to be loved. As someone who’s grown up in a household of self-sufficient women, it’s refreshing to hear Baldoni’s perspective on the value that women offer this world, without his intention being to belittle or undermine the male gender as a whole. We can all do better at loving ourselves and loving others. This book is a safe space to learn, ponder, and humbly decide what we as individuals can do to become the best versions of ourselves from the inside out. Now seriously, stop looking at reviews and download the dang book!! You won’t regret it.

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  • Stranton
  • 29-04-2021

More than a book

Justin has done the work. Let me clarify, Justin has taken surrendered the idea of following the traditional social norms of being a man, and has invited his fellow peers to search for answers to what’s it like to be a man. This book isn’t one that tells you you have to this a specific way. Honestly he could have called it “Why man?” Asking why is a common theme throughout the book and although it seems simple, it’s what helped him guide his head to his heart. There are too many priceless points to share and ones I most likely missed my first time through, so I’m here to tell you to take the leap and listen to the human experience. Now allow me to start the book over :)

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  • sk
  • 28-04-2021

Truly a one of a kind book

What an incredible book. I’ve listened for several hours on book release day and have gained so much insight already. This book is so authentic and sincere and the author’s desire to create and perpetuate an important conversation is incredibly genuine. What a true inspiration.

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  • Kim Lee
  • 15-05-2021

Timeless!

I absolutely love this book!! It’s written so well and teaches you so much throughout the way. It’s an eye opening book that can touch, so many hearts and minds! I would encourage anyone to read this fantastic book!! Overall highly recommend; an amazing book!

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  • Brigitte Tolbert
  • 15-05-2021

WE ARE ENOUGH!

In Man Enough, Justin Baldoni uses his personal experiences to explore how the perpetuation of society's perception of masculinity impacts men and their relationships with all humans including themselves. But Justin's journey does show us that doing the necessary reflective work and removing the years of armor will reveal that simply as we are, we are enough. LOVE IT!!

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  • Colton
  • 14-05-2021

Such Authenticity is Rare

Celebrity books sometimes rely on name recognition rather than quality to find commercial success—Justin Baldoni’s Man Enough is an exception. The writing and narration are equal in quality to the impactful story of The author’s experience with masculinity. Justin achieves a work that is at once, raw, polished, and surprisingly original.

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  • Jojo
  • 08-05-2021

A must read for everyone!

An incredible book. Listening to the author read it so enthusiastically and emotionally makes the book even more special and powerful. This book really makes you think about yourself, society, social norms and so much more. It cover and looks at so many thing that we do not talk about or discuss enough. It also reminds you that you are enough as you are.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2021

He reminds us of the good in people

This book is insightful, profound, real, brave, and heartwarming. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, regardless of gender, because Justin shares an important analysis of the human experience through his own battles. I was so sad to finish it so soon, and will definitely read it again. Amazing work.

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