Book: Gut Check, by Tarek Saab


gutcheckEvery man that wants to be a better man should read this book (Start reading it FREE here).  Every woman that wants to understand men better or help us to be better men should also read this book.

In Gut Check, Tarek Saab spills his life and insights into an inspiring story of a modern man’s search for real meaning.  I think he sums it up well in one of the final lines of his prologue:

“After tasting the bitter fortune of getting everything I had ever wanted, I realized that having it all was more of an anchor than a sail.” – Tarek Saab, Gut Check

Tarek’s life has been filled with many of the extraordinary things many of us spend our whole lives chasing.  The irony is that the pursuit of such seemingly extraordinary things, in the end, is actually quite ordinary.

In Tarek’s analysis of his life, he recounts challenge after challenge that most all of us can relate to in our own lives.  You’ll find yourself just nodding your head in complete understanding as this tale becomes your own.

I think this book is helpful for anyone to read, but it will have an especially powerful impact on men ages 17-40.  It hits on every aspect of what it means to be a real man and particularly takes on those issues that young, working, successful men (or those aspiring to be such) struggle with most severely.

A few revealing quotes:

“It’s one thing for a person to live his life as a vacuous shell without fully comprehending the extent of his transgressions, but I was guilty of the greater sin; I knew what was right, and I chose to reject it.” – Tarek Saab, Gut Check

“Without the necessary humility to worship, I subconsciously desired to be worshiped, not in a crazy Napoleonic manner, but like a modern-day celebrity.” – Tarek Saab, Gut Check

“There is no point when all the material benefits of the world add up to a general state of happiness. It is the Great Misconception.” – Tarek Saab, Gut Check

“I concluded, and reaffirmed with time, that either the Catholic faith was the one, true faith, or there was no God at all. Nothing else made any sense. But despite my best intentions, I was still unable to summon the strength to act in accordance with my beliefs in all phases of my life.” – Tarek Saab, Gut Check

He also gives plenty of other bits of wisdom along the way.

I loved it.  A must read for any young man and a great read for everyone else.  You can start reading it here for FREE or buy a copy here.

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Robin Myers June 15, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I bought each of my two sons (both age 17) a copy of this book. I highly recommend it as a graduation gift or as a gift to any young man coming of age. It will be a big blessing to anyone who reads it. Thank you for blogging it. God bless you

RAnn June 15, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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Artie June 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Read the book last year! It was awesome! My wife enjoyed the book too even though it was geared for guys. I could totally relate to Tarek’s story and how he got sucked into the college pop culture to a certain degree or extent. If I only had read this book when I was 18 years old.

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