This book, The Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart was wrtten by Stu Weber. It was a good book. I had misunderstood that I had to read and report on both books before the end of the summer I thought that I was assigned one book while Billy was assigned the other, which is my reasoning for not reading this book until the last week of summer, because I found out then.
Anyways, I am just going to be going over a few of the points that stood out to me. This book starts off with him telling a story about when he was in the military. And how he loved being in the military. He was stationed in vietnam at the time at which this story takes place.
The First Pillar is called “The King Pillar”. In this section, the author talks about Camelot and how it was a place of peace and serenity, but yet they were strong warriors. Which is the reason why it could be so calm and peaceful. He also talks about how the king is supposed to protect the citizens. He speaks of how the king is the leader, and how he guides the people, also the king is like a shepherd and he guides and protects the sheep as a king does his citizens.
Some people may just associate being the king with having power. That is not even close to all that the king has. He has power but he also has more responsibility than anyone else. The lives of his entire kingdom are in his hands. If someone invades the kingdom, he needs to defend his people. To an extent we all in our lives reach a point where we are the “kings” of a portion of something. Whether it being king of the household or “king” of a major corporation. Or maybe even of a large city., providence, kingdom, or even country. Our word “president” is really just another word for a king that the people chose out above all others.
The Second Pillar is called “The Warrior Pillar”. This is the pillar that gives us our drives to fight. This is the part of us that makes us long to be a hero and want to help. He compares the warrior pillar part of us to Braveheart (which is an analogy a lot of books use when pertaining to this specific topic. It is just a great reference movie for this because William Wallace is that here, everyone wants to be like him and everyone wants to be the hero). Of course, every man has a desire to see danger and to laugh in its face, and to defeat it . It is just a desire that every man has. Some men have a bigger desire for it than others.
No matter how you look at it, all men have a desire to face danger and to defeat it, it’s just a guy thing. Not many girls have that same desire. Some girls do, but most don’t becasue as I said, “It’s more of a guy thing.”
The Third Pillar is called “The Mentor Pillar”. This is the part of us that wants to help people, and to fix things for them. This is the part of us that wants to teach and the disciple others. I enjoy the fact that this book makes an allusion to classical greek mythology when talking about Telemachos and Mentor, we read a book in english class last year called “The Odyssey” which talks about both of them, and also it talks about Odysseus, Telemachos’ father. But being a mentor is really just being a teacher and being willing to spend time with someone to coach them, whether in a specific thing, like a football or wrestling coach, or just in life in general, such as a Father does (or is supposed to).
The Fourth Pillar is called “The Friend Pillar.” The author makes it seem like this one is a very important pillar. He says (not exactly) that when you become close friends with someone that your souls “knit” together. Such as two strings get knitted together. Life experiences bring people together even tighter than they ever thought possoble. Going through rough times with someone brings you closer to them in a way that God designed to be called “friendship.”