Can we move out of a broken past and into a healed future? Dr. Joe Martin believes we can — and that we are charged to help others do the same. As someone who grew up without a father, Dr. Joe Martin knows what it’s like to crave a mentor and to need a Godly example. Today, he works to build men up and to connect them through their shared stories.

Who is Dr. Joe Martin? Dr. Joe Martin is a speaker, author, and educator. He is a leading national expert in new teacher retention and student motivation and works as a visiting professor and educational consultant, helping to fix schools across the country. He lectures at more than 60 college campuses each year. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including 201 Lessons I Wish My Dad Would Have Taught Me, and he is the host of the Real Men Connect podcast which is the #1 rated podcast for Christian men on iTunes.

Dr. Joe Martin has a mission to help men move from passivity to action in their roles as men and fathers. He encourages men to open up and share their secret stories, because it is only through sharing our hard truths that we give permission for others to do the same.


“I thought God was punishing me. Now I see that God was preparing me.” — Dr. Joe

“I would tell my younger self: ‘It’s not your fault. You are worth more than you know. You are more powerful than you think.’ ” — Dr. Joe

“A real man leads his family spiritually, loves and serves others sacrificially, leaves an eternal legacy, and teaches other men how to do the same.” — Dr. Joe

“When I started seeing my identity in Christ, my behavior started coming out of that. It’s not about behavior modification, it’s about heart transformation.” — Dr. Joe

“I truly believe we can truly break the bonds of addiction when we start helping men understand their identity in Christ.” — Dr. Joe

Action steps:

  • Don’t get stuck in an identity that Christ has not given you.
  • Ask yourself: are you willing to deal with the issues in your life alongside another person? Are you willing to be transparent and vulnerable?
  • Is there a way in which we need to open our own lives in order to allow others to pour out their secrets so they can find healing, too?
  • Brené Brown says that secrecy is how shame perpetuates itself, and the antidote is empathy. Seek out ways to have empathy for others today.

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