Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face
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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
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The Challenge Before You Is a Bold One: To Accept the Wild, Daring Adventure of Becoming a Man
We want to be self-sufficient. Find our own direction as we pursue our dreams. Know it all and never ask for help. Isnt this how most guys approach manhood? On our own, pretending we are doing better than we really are? But sooner or later the thrill of independence gets lost in the fog of isolation.
Its time to take the pressure off. We were never meant to figure life out on our own.
This book was born out of a series of weekly phone calls between Sam Eldredge, a young writer in his twenties, and his dad, best-selling author John Eldredge. Join the conversation as a father and son talk about pursuing beauty, dealing with money, getting married, chasing dreams, knowing something real with God, and how to find a life you can call your own.
Killing Lions is more than fatherly advice. It is an invitation into a journey: either to be the son who receives fathering or the father who learns what must be spoken. Most important, these conversations speak to a searching generation: You are not alone. Its not all up to you. You are going to find your way.
John Eldredge is a counselor, teacher, and the author of numerous bestselling books including Wild at Heart, Epic, and Beautiful Outlaw. He is the director of Ransomed Heart, a ministry restoring masculinity to millions of men worldwide. John loves fly fishing, bow hunting, and great books. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Stasi.
Samuel Eldredge began his writing career in second grade with a memorable essay on penguins. He graduated with a bachelors in English and is currently working on an online magazine for men. When he goes out of doors he loves to drive motorcycles, sail, and adventure with his wife, Susie. They currently live in Minneapolis.
wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5An invitation to a journeySeptember 8, 2014wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Book Review: Killing Lions: A guide through the trials young men face, by John Eldredge & Sam Eldredge
As we move through life on our journey toward authentic manhood, every man wants to hear encouraging words--"You are not alone. It's not all up to you. You are going to find your way." That is the theme of the joint venture by father and son, John & Sam Eldredge, Killing Lions: A guide through the trials young men face.
In the preface, Sam explains that after college, he went through a season of searching. After the elation of being on his own wore off, he found himself floundering. He was struggling on his own, yet wanting to be self-sufficient. He wanted to know it all yet didn't have the answers he wanted for the deeper issues of lifeidentity, relationships, women, work, marriage, doubts about God. It was then he turned to his father.
As Sam explains,
I stopped one day and asked my dad if we could talk about how things were going for me. What followed were weekly phone calls where we would dive in to my struggles and seek answers together--conversations not all men get but, I think, all of us desperately want. This book is a result of those conversations, an opportunity for us to flesh out the process for your benefit.
The story ebbs and flows in and out of the college years, searching for meaningful work, pursuing a young woman, getting married, and chasing my dreams. None of this is fabricatedthe questions are real, the doubts are real, the answers are real. The interaction between father and son are real.
I recently read an article about a young Maasi man who came to the United States to pursue his master's degree and then a doctoral degree. Before arriving in the Western world, the young warrior had killed a lion in order to protect his village and their cattle. This practice is deep in their tradition--that young men must face and defeat a lion with a spear, should it attack their livestock. He had been badly wounded, as one would expect, but after slaying the predator he was regarded as a hero and a leader. I can't imagine any university final or job interview being very daunting for a man with lion scars across his chest.
There was something about that story that spoke to the deep places in my soul--something about having faced a great challenge, one in which victory was far from certain, yet conquering it, that makes me wonder. If I had prevailed through my own great trial, would I walk taller or carry a greater confidence into this uncertain future? I can't help but think: if I had taken down a lion, life wouldn't feel like I'm heading out into the bush with only an iPhone at my side.
And so we offer this book as a confession, an invitation, and a manifesto for a generation.
I found the book to encouraging and helpful in thinking through the trials and challenges that are faced by a younger generation. It gave me ideas and questions to ask as I talk with my son and other young men in my church.
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