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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802458807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802458803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BACK COVER COPY:

"If I could live my life as a parent again, I would read this book first.  I am folding it's words into my works as of right now.  Grab several copies of Rite of Passage.  This is a great gift for a family you love."

Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler's Gift & The Noticer



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"If I could live my life as a parent again, I would read this book first.  I am folding it's words into my works as of right now.  Grab several copies of Rite of Passage.  This is a great gift for a family you love."

Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler's Gift & The Noticer

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Time-tested and proven true in the lives of his own children, Jim McBride has written a book that helps adolescents and parents understand the "rite of passage" into adulthood. With biblical principles, practical advice, and ceremonial guidelines, parents can confidently guide their children into their future as adults. Read this book, follow its principles, and pass a legacy of blessing on to your kids.

Dr. Gary Smalley
Author of Guarding Your Child's Heart

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If taken to heart and put into practice, the principles and ideas in this book can help adolescents successfully transition into the kind of Christian adults that glorify the Lord and make parents, grandparents, and pastors happy. They will also help moms and dads become better Christian parents. I recommend it heartily.  Every church ought to adopt and support this kind of ministry.

Warren W. Wierssbe, author, a former pastor of Moody Church

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Jim McBride is a perfect tag-team partner for any parent.  I have grown weary of a lot of the psycho-babble that passes for battle-tested advice.  Personally, I want to know that the author is a leader at home andat work, I want to know that he's a success at home and at work and I want to know the spiritual and emotional character of the author's children.  I have known Jim McBride for 20 years, I've traveled with him and his family around the world and I know his children quite well.  This mountain of a man stands the tallest when he's on his knees playing with and praying for his children.  This book is a must for every parent and grandparent.  No more smack down, just time-tested Biblical inspiration."
Dr. Jay Strack
President & Founder
www.studentleadership.net

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"In a culture where many fathers are abandoning their responsibilities, our children desperately need to understand the significance of their passage into adulthood.  Jim McBride's book presents parents with a unique opportunity to intentionally call out their sons and daughters to mature manhood and womanhood.  The ceremony that he created is a labor of love and had a powerful impact on his own children.  Rite of Passage is based on solid biblical principles, and I know Jim's walk matches his talk, therefore I believe there is a blessing in store for those who read this book and follow his example."
 
~Frank Harrison, Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Consolidated - Charlotte, NC       

From the Back Cover

Adulthood Shouldn't Be an Accident.

When does your child become an adult? And how does a father call out the man or woman in his growing children?

In an era of aging pre-adults and wandering "adult-olescents," Jim McBride gives parents a practical tool to help launch their children into their own lives with purpose.

Drawing from the rites of passage he went through for each of his own kids, this executive producer of Fireproof and Courageous explains how we can equip our children to want to grow up - not when the video game's over, or "someday" - but at an appointed place and time. Dads, moms, and other mentoring adults have the unique opportunity to guide young people toward adulthood.

This guidebook includes ideas and practical examples for planning your own family rites of passage.

JIM MCBRIDE joined the staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in 2000 and has served as the executive pastor overseeing operations, church staff, finances and men's ministry since 2003. He is an executive producer of the films released by Sherwood Pictures: Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel. Jim worked for the Coca-Cola Company for fifteen years and served in the US Marine Corps for six years. Jim and his wife, Sheila, have four children: Victoria, Buddy, Tommy, and Sarah.


More About the Author

JIM MCBRIDE joined the staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in 2000 and has served as the executive pastor overseeing operations, church staff, finances and Men's Ministry since 2003. He is an executive producer of the films released by Sherwood Pictures, including Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel. Jim has also worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated fifteen years and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for six years. Jim and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 28 years. They have four children, Victoria, Buddy, Tommy, and Sarah.

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I wished they had or me and my parents knew about books like this one years ago.
Mr_Attentive_76
My dad was a great Godly example to our family, and this book has helped me see how I can set the same example for my children!
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I would highly recommend this book to any parent and anyone who is thinking about becoming a parent.
Mark Lane

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Wencl on August 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookReader on September 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was a very easy read-I finished it in one day! It was full of great wisdom for any parent. My dad was a great Godly example to our family, and this book has helped me see how I can set the same example for my children! The writer did a great job of showing how these concepts could be applied to any family. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends with kids...and even those who don't have them yet but are planning to in the future. It is never too early to set your children up for success. I am thankful that God spoke to the writer and led him to share this with others! It can be hard to find sold out Godly men these days, but he has shown us how to raise up a generation of Godly Men and Women who know what they believe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Christian Parent should read this book to gain practical examples on how to honor their Godly children and transition them to adulthood. The author spends the first two chapters explaining his background and why he feels a rite of passage is important.

The middle chapters of the book details the ceremonies that he did for each of his four children. I felt like I was a participant at the ceremony. There are key points in each part that are outlined by the mentors that were involved.

The final two chapters help a Christian Parent plan their own rite of passage and the real world reflections on the authors ceremonies for his children.

A Christian Parent would be well served to implement the Rite of Passage for their own children. Throughout the book the author gives biblical facts to cement the process. I believe the author did a great job of writing a practical example. That to me is a testament to the author as it has inspired me to plan something for my own children.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lane on September 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Although my wife and I are still newlyweds and just beginning our life together, we have a passion and desire to one day start a family and raise our children in a Godly home. 'Rite of Passage: A Father's Blessing' has already influenced me greatly in preparing my life, marriage and home for raising children in the love and fear of God. Jim McBride paints a wonderful picture of what it means to be a husband and father that truly loves our Heavenly Father and wants to prepare his children for adulthood. I would highly recommend this book to any parent and anyone who is thinking about becoming a parent. This book has already challenged me in what it means to be a Godly husband and father and raise my children to seek the will of God and to seek Him first.
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By Victory Girl on May 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you might remember that I have two children who are currently 12 and 10. They are the absolute joy of our lives and the biggest and most important challenge my husband and I have ever faced.

Recently I was having a discussion with my mother about a choice I made when I was 17 that was challenging for me and my family. Her response was that I was just a "kid". She said that several times... "You were just a kid!" But at 17, I felt like an adult... I was capable of caring for myself... I was able to make important decisions... I drove a car, had a job, cooked, cleaned... At 17, normally a young woman is even physically mature enough to conceive and give birth to a child of her own.

So when is a person really an adult and not "just a kid" anymore?

I have personally read more than a dozen books on the very subject of bar/bat barakah ceremonies and guiding my children into adulthood within the past six months. This subject is very much on my radar so when I got the opportunity to review "Rite of Passage" by Jim McBride, I did not hesitate.

Even though I have read several books about this topic, it was a very worthwhile read. Pastor McBride offers some insight that I hadn't read or thought of before including the need for adult mentors/prayer warriors in the young person's life. I also saw the value of the unique gifts given and the examples of the rites of passage he did with his two sons and two daughters. I especially loved the symbolism of when he told his children that today was they day when his little boy/girl would sit down and a man/woman would stand. Also, the author encourages more than one rite of passage, making this a stepping stone on your young person's life journey.
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