Male Heroes


The other day, after reading a booklet by Dr. John L. Barger, founder of Sophia Institute Press, entitled, Do You Love Me? I realized just how awesome some of the males in my life are.  I also realized just how incredible a number of males throughout history have been; so incredible that I think of them as heroes.

They aren’t all perfect — in fact, only one of them is.  But every one of them represents for me something that is embodied in the term “hero.”

I think many of us women have been hurt enough times by men that we mistakenly “write off” the entire male sex as being uncouth, uncaring, and untrustworthy.  But that is such a shallow view of our world and the billions of males God has created — and we do nothing but a disservice to ourselves by adhering to it.

There are thousands (maybe millions) of tales of heroism.  They are found in every culture in every age of history.  Some stories have been passed on; most have died.  Some extoll virtues which in other cultures and eras are not necessarily viewed as heroic.

Thinking over this, I have looked through many descriptions over the past few days of what is considered to be the definition of a hero.  While there are many similarities amongst all the definitions, I have found that truly, to each person, a “hero” is something different — and that there are many different types of heroes.

I’ve compiled what is certainly not a be-all and end-all list, but is fairly representative of those I consider to be MY TOP MALE HEROES. I’m sure I’ll add to, and maybe even subtract from, this list as time goes on (I added it to the sidebar, as a permanent “page.”)  I definitely decided early on that it would not be exhaustive of every single male I’ve ever admired at all, nor of others’ heroes — you know, the “Greatest Americans in History,” or other such lists.  And, I decided not to even attempt to put them into a hierarchical order.  There are so many different reasons for choosing the people (or entities) I did, and they represent so many different types of heroism, that I’m not sure that it would be possible to arrive at a hierarchy.

I think that the people we look up to and would like to emulate speak volumes about who we are.  Give my list a look…and then think about who you admire, who you consider to be a hero.  I’ll bet that you, just like I did, will learn a great deal about yourself in the process.  Feel free to discuss yours with me — or give me ideas of people that I may have missed, based on who I do have on the list.

March is Women’s History Month.  There is a saying that “behind every great man is a great woman.”  I think that’s true; and I think that it’s important to study the women who have really helped to advance our causes as women.  These are some fantastic gals!

I also think that during this month, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to say a prayer of thanks for the great men who have supported us in so many ways, and the great men who have served as examples for those men.  God created us all in his image, to work together– and the more we do that, the greater we all can become.



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  1. Guys: Just can’t understand women? Ask them for their Top 10 List.

    REALLY want to dig in? Ask them WHY each is on the list….

    (Might work better than yelling, “I just don’t get it! What the #*&% do you want from me?!?!” A lot less personal…. 🙂 )

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