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Manvotional: The Power of Truth

by Brett & Kate McKay

“The Power of Truth” From The Power of Truth: Individual Problems and Possibilities, 1902 By William George Jordan TRUTH is the rock foundation of every great character. It is loyalty to the right as we see it; it is courageous living of our lives in harmony with our ideals; it is always—power. Truth ever defies […]

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Manvotional: Jack London on Life That Lives

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The excerpt below is taken from the beginning of the preface to Jack London’s book, The Cruise of the Snark, a non-fiction work which detailed he and his wife Charmian’s attempt to sail around the world in 1907. From The Cruise of the Snark, 1911 By Jack London It began in the swimming […]

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Manvotional: Seneca on the Value of “Obvious” Advice

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Our recent posts on the simple power of aphorisms and the need to direct your attention towards that which matters most brought to my mind these excerpts from the writings of Seneca. In them, the ancient Stoic philosopher answers the question of why we should continue to study things we already know and […]

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Manvotional: Man’s Chief Purpose

by Brett & Kate McKay

From Faith for Living, 1940 By Lewis Mumford Man’s chief purpose…is the creation and preservation of values, that is what gives meaning to our civilization, and the participation in this is what gives significance, ultimately, to the individual human life… The individual contribution, the work of any single generation, is infinitesimal; the power and glory […]

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Manvotional: Thoreau on Media and Information Consumption

by Brett & Kate McKay

  From “Life Without Principle” By Henry David Thoreau Just so hollow and ineffectual, for the most part, is our ordinary conversation. Surface meets surface. When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip. We rarely meet a man who can tell us any news which he has not read […]

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Manvotional: There Is Always a Time for Heroism

by Brett & Kate McKay

“There Is Always a Time for Heroism” By GR Jordan From The Emerging Revival, 1946 Once Wendell Phillips and a young friend were sitting by the fire. It was a memorable evening. Recollections had flushed the cheeks of the veteran campaigner. Memories of former heroic days had loosened his tongue. He had completely lost himself […]

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Manvotional: The Call

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Call By: Earl H. Emmons Did you ever have a longin’ to get out and buck the trail, And to face the crashin’ lightnin’ and the thunder and the gale? Not for no partic’lar reason but to give the world the laugh, And to show the roarin’ elyments you still can stand the gaff. […]

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Manvotional: The Majesty of Strength

by Brett & Kate McKay

“The Majesty of Strength” From Royal Manhood, 1899  By James Isaac Vance “O, east is east and west is west and never twain shall meet Till earth and sky stand presently at God’s great judgment seat; But there is neither east nor west, border, nor breed, nor birth. When two strong men stand face to […]

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Manvotional: A Little Fellow Follows Me

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share an anonymously-penned poem that’s hung in my parents’ home for as long as I can remember. I never gave it much thought as a kid, but since becoming a dad, it’s become one of my favorite poems. It’s a simple, gentle reminder to always […]

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Manvotional: The Coming Man of the World

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Coming Man of the World By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox c. 1891 Oh, not for the great departed Who formed our country’s laws, And not for the bravest-hearted Who died in freedom’s cause; And not for some living hero, To whom all bend the knee, My muse shall raise her song of praise, But for […]

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Manvotional: Leadership and Responsibility

by Brett & Kate McKay

This is a different kind of Manvotional…a short audio interview rather than a piece of text. But I heard it today on NPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” and found it so powerful I knew I had to share it here. In the clip, Steve Paulson interviews Donovan Campbell, currently an author and business […]

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Manvotional: Fighting

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This week’s post on thumos brought to mind this Manvotional. Tom Brown’s School Days was a popular nineteenth-century novel that followed eleven-year-old Tom Brown, as he adjusted to life at a public boarding school for boys and learned how to become a young gentleman. The following excerpt introduces an account of Tom’s only […]

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Manvotional: Jack London on Success

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: We’ve recently been researching the life of Jack London for a future post(s), and came across this bit of advice he gave to writers — which really applies to those in any vocation in life. From “Getting Into Print,” 1903 By Jack London Don’t dash off a six-thousand-word story before breakfast. Don’t write […]

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Manvotional: 4 Rules on How to Make the Most of Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

“How to Make the Most of Life” From Every-day Religion, 1886 By James Freeman Clarke Some persons make a great deal of life; others very little. To some it is intensely interesting; to others, very vapid. Some are tired of life before they have begun to live. They seem, as has been said, to have […]

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Manvotional: Do It Now

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This week’s article on giving more compliments reminded me of this poem. It’s a simple poem, but I like it very much, I suppose because I’m a simple man. Do It Now By Berton Braley If with pleasure you are viewing any work a man is doing, If you like him or you […]

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Manvotional: The Courage to Face Ingratitude

by Brett & Kate McKay

With Thanksgiving this week, many minds will be turning to the things they are grateful for. But here’s a twist on the subject not often explored: what do you do when others do not share your attitude of gratitude and your good turns go unappreciated? Our good friend William George Jordan offers up a veritable […]

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Manvotional: Theodore Roosevelt on Integrity in Private and Public Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

From the speech, Citizenship in a Republic, 1910 By Theodore Roosevelt The very last thing that an intelligent and self-respecting member of a democratic community should do is to reward any public man because that public man says he will get the private citizen something to which this private citizen is not entitled, or will […]

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Manvotional: The Power of Purpose

by Brett & Kate McKay

From Talks to Young Men, 1897 By Charles Henry Parkhurst When calculating the prospects of a young man, and the likelihood of his being able to go through life without being taken off his feet, I always want to know whether he stands for anything in particular. A written sentence may be mere words or […]

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Manvotional: The Majesty of Calmness

by Brett & Kate McKay

“The Majesty of Calmness” From Self Control, Its Kingship and Majesty, 1905 By William George JordanCalmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-reliant and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute […]

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