The Savage Path

A Memoir of Modern Masculinity

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“David Savage steps out with boldness on a topic that has fallen prey to our cancel-culture. He speaks with courage and truth as he embraces the importance of manhood and masculinity—cultural taboos—but biblical truths. ” 

—  Dr. Ed Young, Pastor Second Baptist Church Houston



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David L. Savage grew up as an Air Force brat in West Texas with a deep and rich scouting background beginning in Cub Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and earning the bronze, silver and gold palms, then establishing and leading a high adventure Explorer Post before heading to Texas A&M University to study engineering.  The summer after graduating from Texas A&M, he worked as a backpacking guide, or Ranger, at Philmont Scout Ranch and Explorer Base in Cimarron, New Mexico.


He has a passion for history and geopolitics, which he has enriched through global job-related travel and extensive reading.  He and his wife, Kimberly, have been married for eighteen years and live in Katy, Texas. They blended their families and raised four children, now grown.


He has written hundreds of poems and was the official Roaster-in-Chief at many company promotion and retirement events, all in verse.  His rich sense of humor has been displayed as an amateur at the Comedy Workshop in Houston and winning the Star Search contest in Chicago back in the late eighties.  He also was the U.S. Regional Winner of the Tall Tales Contest for Toastmasters International in that same time period.


Throughout his life, David has been involved with men’s ministries from the Walk to Emmaus to Men’s Fraternity, now known as Better Man, and taking two of his sons on a father-son retreat called “Christ in the Tetons.”  He considers his Alpha Tau Omega college fraternity “Brotherhood Award” one of his most cherished awards. 


David has been a lifelong backpacker and outdoorsman and has been blessed to have a group of five older advisors who, along with David, call themselves “The Sixpack.”  They have backpacked for twenty-five years together to provide some of the rich and humorous stories he shares throughout his memoir, The Savage Path.


The Savage Path

A Memoir of Modern Masculinity

Between gender confusion, the erosion of the nuclear family with absent fathers, and militant feminism professing any masculinity as toxic, young men today desperately need a compass for charting a path to authentic manhood. Their singular burning question is: “What does a path to authentic, positive, healthy masculinity look like?”


“The Savage Path” is a personal memoir relating stories, many quite humorous, throughout my life which demonstrates one man’s pursuit of authentic masculinity.  Using a metaphor of a path through the wilderness and offering useful resources for the reader in charting their own journey, the book offers an example for those young men who may have grown up without one.


An entertaining and motivational speaker, David is passionate about guiding men through the cultural challenges that threaten genuine, healthy masculinity. He is a nature enthusiast, retired from a successful engineering career, is active in local politics, and was appointed by Governor Abbott of Texas to serve on the Board of Directors of the Brazos River Authority. Using humor and humility, David shares hard-won wisdom gained from successes, failures, friendships, and family. If you would like to book him to speak at your event, please email

Below is his first podcast interview, as well as a few other outdoor videos speaking on the topic of Modern Masculinity!




The Sculptor


I took a piece of plastic clay
And idly fashioned it one day,
And as my fingers pressed it, still
It bent and yielded to my will.
I came again when days were passed,
The bit of clay was hard at last,
The form I gave it, still it bore,
But I could change that form no more.
Then I took a piece of living clay
And gently formed it, day by day
And molded with my power and art,
A young child’s soft and yielding heart.
I came again when years were gone,
It was a man I looked upon.
He still that early impress bore,
And I could change it, nevermore


-Author Unknown