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The Men in the Arena podcast is designed for Christian men in the stress bubble of life: married, with kids, building your career and trying to follow God and lead your family well. We'll help you become your best version, equipping you to honor God in your marriage, parenting, work, church and community!

Monday's podcast is a high-octane interview with an expert in the realm of masculinity and Christian manhood, with authors like John Eldredge, Gary Chapman, Gene Getz, Patrick Morely, and Emerson Eggerich. We read their books and boil down their teachings into a powerful interview to help you learn from their expertise.

Thursday's podcast is Equipping Men in Ten - a ten-minute, laser-focused teaching from Jim Ramos to help you become your best version of a man.

Your host is bestselling author and speaker Jim Ramos. Jim has authored 9 books, including the bestseller 'Strong Men Dangerous Times: 5 Essentials Every Man Must Possess to Change His World', 'Tell Them: What Great Fathers Tell Their Sons and Daughters', ‘The Field Guide: A Bathroom Book for Men’, and the 5-book Strong Men Study Guide men's small group curriculum. Jim's high-energy storytelling and conviction will call you out, build you up, and motivate you to change.

The Men in the Arena are calling you into the Arena of manhood. We're calling you out of the faceless, nameless bleachers, and calling you UP to be the best version of you. Because when a man gets it, everyone wins.

May 23, 2023

In this week's 10-minute equipping episode, Jim Ramos outlines his top 17 books for men, along with why they are must-reads for every man. His list includes 2 Bibles, 3 biographical adventures, 6 fiction, and 6 nonfiction. Add these books to your reading list.

Here are direct links to his top 17 books for men:


  1. The Bible: New Living Translation Filament - complete with all-important ! at John 19:30.

  2. The Chosen Blended Harmony of the Gospels


  1. Undaunted Courage by Steven Ambrose

  2. Endurance by Alfred Lansing

  3. River of Doubt by Candice Millard


  1. One Second After by William Forstchen

  2. Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway

  3. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

  4. Call of the Wild (White Fang) by Jack London

  5. This Present (Piercing the...) Darkness by Frank Peretti

  6. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein


  1. Forgiving Forward: Unleashing the Forgiveness Revolution by Bruce Hebel

  2. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

  3. What Radical Husbands Do by Regi Campbell

  4. Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell

  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

  6. Strong Men Dangerous Times: Five Essentials Every Man Must Possess to Change His World by Jim Ramos (Now available in Audiobook format! You can finally listen to SMDT in your car!)

(Using these links to check out the books helps support Men in the Arena - thanks!)