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Samson and the Pirate Monks
May 6, 2010


With no-holds-barred honesty and poignant storytelling, Nate Larkin introduces a model of community and friendship that is reinvigorating men's ministry across the country, a model he calls The Samson Society. Too many men see the biblical hero Samson as their model for manhood--a rugged individualist of the highest order. Yet, Samson's solitary successes were eventually overcome by moral weaknesses. Larkin, through the story of his own past and the stories of those in The Samson Society, offers a radical, refreshing alternative.
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On Wednesday, May 12, 2010, Luke Gilkerson said
Samson and the Pirate Monks is a story about a fellowship of men—men who are helping one another to take off their pious masks and bear their souls to each other. The subtitle really captures the purpose of the book: “Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood.”

Nate Larkin spells out his own story of porn and prostitutes in Samson with stark honesty. But it becomes evident very quickly to the reader that his story of sexual addiction is really only the surface issue. The underlying story is one about a culture of isolation in which Nate grew up, a culture that is sadly still prevalent in our churches today—a culture that unfortunately can become a breeding ground for secret sin.


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