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When it comes to living the man-life God intended, far too many of us find ourselves unprepared, disconnected or just plain tired. We know there is something more, but just can’t seem to put our finger on what that more might be or where to find it. Restoration Project is a movement of men determined to live this life to the fullness God designed…
There is something in the hearts of men that aches to be fully alive, to be free and to bring his strength to bear. Most of us long to be deeply connected with other men, to be impactful fathers, and to fight for goodness in the world. We know we have stories to share, but far too often find ourselves living isolated and alone.
And so, we are stuck in between our deep and true desire to engage and the reality of our man-heart’s autopilot default to resign, give in and fall into passivity. Far too often good men are taken out simply because they don’t quite know how to engage. We are called to challenge men to break through the barrier of passivity and into the full man-life God designed – because we believe men who engage change the world.
Restoration Project is not a program or a process, and we are most certainly not into tips and techniques. Restoration Project is a movement of men who have the guts to ENGAGE, to take the deep dive into their own lives and stories with the conviction that what they will find there is a man designed by God to bring life, hope and restoration to the world.
We envision a world where men are men as God intended – where fatherlessness ceases to exist and the hearts of men are fully restored to God, family and community. We imagine a world where the inner wounds of men are healed, where men know God deeply and wildly, and where men move from an inner core of strength to restore God’s Kingdom to the world.
We are experience and resource architects, seeking ways to help men heal their wounds, know God and restore the world.
Everything we do involves three core conditions: experience, story, and blessing. We believe that men need to be engaged in fun, challenging and intense experiences together. This opens the door for their stories to be engaged, known and seen. And once a man’s heart is engaged and blessed, things change — for him, for his family, for his community, and for his world. Therefore, all of our resources and experiences involved these three elements. Some call this our “special sauce.” It’s what makes Restoration Project unique.
You have to go on Base Camp! It's a wonderful opportunity to invest in your son. You just have to show up and be open and the RP team will help you take it from there. Man Maker Project has the best framework I've seen for dads and sons and it's not overwhelming, yet simultaneously rich.
Bring your son, bring your friends and their sons, and bring your heart. Don't miss this opportunity to see all of these enriched at once.
This experience has been incredible. Restoration Project created the space for me to spend intentional time with my son and speak into his life in ways that I most likely would not have done on my own. Being in "the company of men" in the wilderness, unplugged, was an experience that will live on in my life and my son's.
This book articulates the vision, purpose, result and strategy of ushering sons to mature masculinity. It is skillfully and thoughtfully written, encouraging and challenging. If father's heed and invest in their sons in the manner detailed in this book, the world will certainly change for the better. If you are a father of sons, read and beware. You will be transformed!
You will be enlightened, inspired, and connected to God's powerful plan for you as a father. I'm excited for the many sons who will become men of God through the influence of this important work.
My husband and I have really pulled a lot of great insight from this book. We have 3 boys and this book covers so many various situations so it's applicable to each of them in individually. A GREAT resource for parents to boys! Highly recommend.
Fantastic discussion and roadmap for addressing the critical elements of being a man.
What a phenomenal experience! The time was so very meaningful for my son and me as he took meaningful steps forward in his journey to manhood. We made some great memories and laid some wonderful foundational blocks for him to step forward. Such a great bonding time. Overall, a wonderful time.
Man Maker Project is a stunning work. It is a feast of narratives that prove the struggle into manhood is not only worth it, but can display the kindness of God. This is a meaty feast, worthy of all men and fledgling men.
The day was very impactful. The power and openness was shocking to me given the short time I had to engage with the other guys! I loved it!
For centuries, men in most cultures knew they had a sacred responsibility to guide the boys of their community into healthy manhood. This practice is largely unknown in our own culture. Most men intuitively know they want to pass on some significant teaching about masculinity to their boys, but they have no idea what. This book is truly a gift to those boys, their dads, and our culture.
It was a truly beautiful Base Camp weekend for us as a father and son. My son enjoyed the activities and meeting the other boys, but he got to SEE and HEAR other fathers with their sons. I was pleased he embraced the content of the weekend and earned his key. The Base Camp weekend established a framework between us- my son knows that I have intentional plans for him, he knows I’m here for him, and he’s begun to assemble the many pieces of Man Maker. This weekend was a very rich first step for us on this amazing journey. Thank you!
From incarceration to abuse to just plain missed opportunities, so many boys in our country become 'chronological men' who never arrive at manhood. Chris Bruno has given us the kind of book to carry into the terrain where boys become men. This book is for fathers, mentors, grandfathers, teachers, and anyone who cares about even just one boy.
Bruno does not give a cheap, easy, cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, he dives deeply and honestly into the fundamental traits the masculine heart was designed to bring to his world and also how to usher young men into the space of restorative, responsible masculinity. While he gives incredible advice, encouragement and numerous tools to help you understand and usher your son into manhood, it is not prescriptive in nature, which makes it usable by any father or father figure.
Be prepared to be challenged to grow in your own idea of what it means to be a man, to draw closer to God and your son, and to be filled with awe and wonder at God's creation and the miraculous way He uses fathers to help turn boys into men of valor and courage.
I'm buying a box of Man Maker Project and giving copies to all my colleagues. I'm also putting this book to practice in my work as a jail chaplain and with the young men I pastor out of crime, and mailing copies to guys I love still sitting in their prison cells.