The Hard Corps: Combat Training for the Man of God
“I much appreciated Dai's book reflecting on these little–considered characters. The lessons for manly, godly living, are reinforced from elsewhere in Scripture, exemplified in Jesus and rammed home in personal study with good questions. Unlike many character studies Dai keeps pointing away from the character qualities of the people under scrutiny to the God who created them and us too. A great short book with refreshing and direct honesty.”– Andy Lines, Mission Director, CrosslinksSee All
“I know Dai! I have watched him, listened to him, prayed with him and commissioned him to the frontline of ministry. So I know that this book is written from the trenches of his personal experience as a Welsh Valleys Church Planter, husband and Father of four. It is loud, direct and not for the feint–hearted. It is a man's book, hard core, but it's spiritual, biblical, practical dope. And if you find that word as foreign as I once did then you need to understand that Dai's world is a world the Church too often avoids, preferring instead the middle class comforts of suburbia. So if you want the same old as a Christian, then don't bother with the Hard Corps. But if you want to fess up, man up, step up and sign up, this may well be just the job! The King needs warriors — wimps need not apply.”– Pete Baker, Highfields Church, CardiffSee All
Mission Director, Crosslinks
“To be honest, when I saw the title of this book, my heart sank as I thought, “Oh no, not another one of these gung–ho lets all be bare chested Christian, male, super heroes” type of books that seem to be all the rage in certain circles these days. I am glad to say, however, that in this case I was happy to be very wrong. This is a warm, witty and practical book that could be used significantly as a study guide with young male believers in our churches. Based on king Davids ‘Mighty Men’ each of the 7 chapters offers us some insight into how to live the Christian life boldly, confidently and adventurously for the glory of Jesus. The language is decidedly quirky, simple and yet warmly engaging as the author challenges men to stand up and be counted as disciples of Jesus Christ. Each chapter is followed by a set of questions to help us think through the issues discussed and to consider relevant scriptures to the topic at hand. As the author so eloquently puts it: “Lets be men who leave behind us a legacy of grace–changed lives. And may Christ the King get all the glory for it.” A good tool for young men and warmly recommended.”– Mez McConnell, Pastor, Niddrie Community ChurchSee All
Highfields Church, Cardiff
“Punchy, direct, blunt with a genuine desire to challenge and help his target audience, this Bible study is vintage Dai. Rarely hesitant to go boldly where few have gone before Dai has every chance of presenting hope to many young men through this work.”– Elfed Godding, Evangelical Alliance WalesSee All
Pastor, Niddrie Community Church
“The stories of Davids Mighty Men provide me with some of my favourite speaking material. Dai has captured the heart beat and the grit behind their exploits. Its an action packed, no punches pulled read for men. Get it, read it, live it.”– Carl Beech, Director of Christian Vision for MenSee All
Evangelical Alliance Wales
“Pulling no punches and with humour, honesty and heart, Dai Hankey unpacks the lives of David's Mighty Men. Importantly, what Dai does well is nail what a few men back then can teach a man now. It makes this book an easy read but a challenge to live. But then who wants a life with no challenges — definitely not the hard corps.”– Ian Henderson, The Message TrustSee All
Director of Christian Vision for Men
This book is not just one of his customary rants — it's so much more. It's a biblical manifesto of what it means to be a man of God. I loved this book and was challenged by it. However for me it represented more. Over the years I have know him, Dai and I have shared a journey together as we have met at events, conferences and coffee shops. We discussed not only the white knuckle warriors in the book but men who we knew that were being taken out by the roaring lion. I think this book should become essential reading for Christian men. Then not only will less be devoured by the sneaky beast but more often he will get the kicking he deserves from the newly empowered army flexing the Kingdom muscles they exercised as a result of treating this as a training manual that it truly is. Buy one for yourself and then one for every bloke you are doing life with.”– Gary Smith, CEO IgniteSee All
The Message Trust
“Dai Hankey is a man's man. I mean he is an attentive husband and a doting father but he's not big into hugs from blokes, is not a fan of the power ballad and has never eaten quiche.”See All
“This book will want you to go punch somebody in the head. Hopefully, it'll be the world, the flesh, or the devil...your three most formidable foes. Dai Hankey delivers a barefisted beatdown by taking to the field of battle with the toughest hombres in the pages of scripture. This book will cause you to come out swinging, and keep you there till the fight's over and your knuckles are bloody in your war against sin.”See All
New Breed Church Planting, www.newbreedchurchplanting.org
“Some books are sophisticated, smooth and subtle. This is not one of them. In fact, it should carry a warning for those with a sensitive disposition. It is hard hitting, confronting and very challenging. For all of its bite & boldness, the book displays a sure touch when it comes to handling the Bible because we are always taken to Jesus, the true hero. This is a great book for men to help them consider the call & claims of King Jesus. But in the end, you will not just be challenged about masculinity, you will be taken to the feet of the Ultimate Man so you can act like a real man and worship.”See All
Director Acts 29, Western Europe
“Over the last few years I have watched with a great deal of joy God raise up young men and churches in the UK. Dai is an example of the type of men God is raising up. Faithful to the scriptures, missional in his approach and passionate about the call of God to make disciples of all nations. Pick up The Hard Corps and let the Spirit of God encourage and challenge you.”See All
Pastor of The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX and President of Acts 29
Spend time in the trenches with David's Mighty Men, learning how to fight for Jesus.
Heard the one about the guy who wrestled a lion in a pit on a snowy day just for fun? Or about the guy who took on a giant Egyptian twice his size? Or the three special ops ninjas who risked their all in enemy territory — just to get a bottle of spring water for their General?
These are just some of the startling exploits of the Mighty Men who fought alongside King David. The stories are gripping, astonishing and powerfully brought to life in the pages of this book.
But these are not just bed–time tales of heroic men from a lost age. They are stories that shine a powerful and sometimes uncomfortable light on what it means to be a true man of God — a Christian — today. Read it, reflect on it, think through the implications by yourself or with others to train yourself for the greatest battle of all.
Oh yes, and what's so special about a bean field that would make you want to stand your ground alone against a slavering horde of Philistines?
The answers to these and many more questions are to be found within this no–holds–barred guide to spiritual warfare for today's Christian man...