For generations, other religions and cultures have put their children through a rite of passage to adulthood. Many people are aware of the Jewish practice of the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, for example. The reality, however, is that many children today don't learn how to become adults on purpose; rather, they ride the wave of adolescence toward an unknown adult future. Moms, dads, and other perfectly placed adults have the unique opportunity to guide the teenagers in their life toward adulthood. This is not a privilege to be taken lightly, but neither is it an impossible task. Jim McBride, executive producer of Fireproof and Courageous, brings wisdom, experience, and practical examples to his guidebook for leading those burgeoning adults in your life through a real-life Rite of Passage.
- Authentic narration
'Listeners will find Morey's voice easy to listen to, authentic and well suited to McBride's motivational words.'
J.E. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
- New angle on parenting that goes back to the days of the bible
I actually read this book. I enjoyed the concept and it really challenged me to look for Rites of Passage in my own children's life.
Pros: New concept for todays parenting. Gives good life illustrations. Shares the ups and downs of parenting. Even shares a personal story of his own child's failure.
Great comparison of kids in America and kids in Israel.
Cons: A little confusing in the order and jumbled material. Will take a couple of reads to understand.
A little too illustrative. Seems to venture a little into wording that is unnecessary.
Overall: Good book will and have recommended it to some others.
- A Vital Idea
I received this audiobook as a reviewer for christianaudio.com. The concept of this volume is that fathers/parents need to establish rites of passage with their children in order to help usher them into adulthood. This concept is vital to the development from middle to late adolescence.
What I Liked: Jim is very intentional about parents taking responsibility for their children's spiritual lives. It is not the job of the church or the youth pastor or anyone else to ensure that a child/teen grows in his relationship with the Lord into adulthood. It is the job of the parents.
What I didn't Like: Although I enjoyed that he gave examples and walked through a "rite of passage," ultimately, he devoted four chapters, one for each of his kids, to describing in painful detail every aspect of the rite. It seemed tedious at best, unnecessary at worst.
Personal Takeaways: This book challenged me to, from the beginning of their lives, establish myself as a spiritual leader to each of my children. It is important for me (and Emily) to spiritually guide our children through all aspects of their development, not just from middle to late adolescence.
Who's It For?: I would recommend this to people who are planning some sort of celebration/ceremony for their adolescents. That is where this book thrives-- examples.
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- A Good, Short Memoir
Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing by Jim McBride (one of the producers of Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel), is an interesting, short, little book that seeks to help Christian parents prepare for their children’s entrance into the adult world. Even expectant parents like myself can learn a few things that they can start doing now that would make the occasion even more special.
The American culture has little in the way of a rite of passage. And with the deterioration of marriage and the family, our youth could really use a well thought-out ceremony for introducing them to the responsibility and privilege that should define true manhood and womanhood.
The book is not really a how-to guide as much as it is the memoir of how McBride and a few others gave a blessing to their children and bestowed upon them great gifts that would follow them and impact their lives, and even their legacies, for years to come.
The narrator was calm and steady, and aside from the occasion voice change that indicated where two recordings had been spliced, it was fairly inconspicuous.
As a soon-to-be father I have been thinking a lot about how to raise up my child and prepare her for authentic womanhood and to introduce her to both her ancestral and spiritual heritage, this book shared a helpful story that got me thinking a little more through these things.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from christianaudio as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
- Great Concept
I really like the idea behind this audio by Jim McBride. Unfortunately I didn’t find it kept my attention whilst listening.
The narration by Arthur Morey is absolutely perfect as he has a wonderfully mature voice for this type of subject. He sounded just like a father taking you through the whole concept of the rite of passage.
Maybe as a mother it lost my attention because it was mostly about fathers blessing their children and taking them into adulthood. I found it rather repetitive at times and there were too many scripture references for me.
I think if you are wanting to do an exclusively Christian rite of passage then this audio would really appeal to you.
I’ve been listening to this on both my mobile phone’s mp3 player and Windows Media on my PC and the audio quality is outstanding on both.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer’s Program for this copy.