Announcing the Winner of the Manvotionals Recitation Contest

by Brett & Kate McKay on March 3, 2012 · 10 comments

in Blog

Last month we kicked off the Manvotionals Recitation Contest. We asked readers to submit a video of themselves reciting a selection from our latest book, The Art of Manliness Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues. From the great submissions we received, we chose five finalists and then opened the contest up to voting by the public. It was a really close race among five men whose entries were all truly worthy of the prize, but after the votes were tallied, the man who came out on top was Stephen G. Kohn with his recitation of “The Man with the Iron Will” by Henry H. Johnson:

The imagery of a blacksmith combined with original music by Stephen’s wife and a dedication to Stephen’s fallen brethren made for one awesomely manly video. Congratulations, Stephen! A hearty slap on the back to you.  Stephen will be receiving an amazing prize package consisting of a Saddleback Leather Briefcase, a Col. Littleton No. 9 Journal, and a $50 Amazon gift card.

Thanks to everyone who participated! We really enjoyed watching your submissions.

Support the Art of Manliness by Picking Up a Copy of Manvotionals Today!

Did you sprout copious amounts of chest hair while watching these Manvotionals videos? Imagine the effect that reading 250 pages worth of inspiringly virile words will have on your manhood. Pick-up a copy of the Manvotionals book today. You won’t regret it. They’re only $10.33 on Amazon.

Kindle ($8.99) and iPad ($9.99) versions of the book are also available, as well as an audio version read by Stephen Hoye.

And if you’ve already read Manvotionals, we’d really, truly appreciate it if you could take the time to give it a review on That would help us out a ton.

Thank you for the support, and as always, stay manly!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James March 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

Congrats to Mr. Kohn ! “The Man with an Iron Will” is definitely a favorite of mine but your presentation was strong and heart felt. Especially th CIB at the end. 11 Bravo !

2 Mark March 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

Simply brought a tear to my eye. This poem reminds me of my late Polish Grandfather who fought the Nazis during WWll and who’s parents were executed for hiding Jews.If I die half the man my ancestors were I’m blessed.
Congratulations to Mr Kohn, beautifully done.

3 David Y March 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

Congratulations Mr. Kohn.

It is a very moving and manly video.

4 granata March 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

A well deserved win! I really enjoyed this with my coffee this morning.

5 Alexander March 5, 2012 at 12:13 am

Congratulations are in order, Mr. Kohn.

You created a marvelous rendition of an everlasting classic.

6 Nate D. March 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

Well done. This truly is an amazing tribute to all our brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Much deserved.

7 Jack Krasinski March 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I have to admit that the dedication was a cheap shot pathos move.

8 Jared March 6, 2012 at 1:10 am

Logos doesn’t have much place in a recitation thanks for playing jack. Well done trooper!

9 Joe March 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Hey, I know this off topic a bit but when I was looking around in the shop I noticed there was a 30 days to a better man ebook. Does this book provide more or the same amount of information as the online articles? Sorry to get off topic but I noticed it as I bought the manvotionals book.

10 Hays March 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

While I was originally reading the manvotional, I failed to move me and was easily forgotten. But you, you put your whole heart into what I now realize at a brilliant work made better by your equally brilliant ability to breath life into such a memorable work.

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