'Rite of Passage': When Does Adulthood Begin?


“If I could live my life as a parent again, I would read this book first.”
Andy Andrews
New York Times bestselling author
The Traveler’s Gift

– Society’s need to revive formal rites of passage
– The national trend for young adults—“adult-olescents”—to grow older without growing up
– A family’s Rite of Passage can be personally tailored to each child

NEWS SOURCE: Lovell/Fairchild Communications

CHICAGO – June 9, 2011 – When does a boy become a man and a girl a woman? First car? First sexual experience? Joining the military? Most Americans can’t say. And into a fuzzy culture rife with “adult-olescents”—20- and 30-somethings stranded in adolescence—comes Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing, a book by Jim McBride, a parent’s resource on the why and how-to of a ceremony to help today’s teens be tomorrow’s adults.

“Moms, dads, and certain other adults hold keys to a young person’s future,” McBride says. “That influence is a privilege, and using it well takes thought.” McBride also is executive producer of Sherwood Pictures’ COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, and FLYWHEEL, and executive pastor of Sherwood Church.

In his book, McBride surveys cultures across the centuries and the globe to ask what societies can both pass on and call for in the next generation. From there, he shows how Christian parents can create rites to hand children longstanding values such as faith, hope, love, purity, and integrity. Sharing the rites he designed for his two sons and two daughters, McBride’s readers learn how to develop their own ceremonies steeped in biblical principles.

The goal, McBride says, is a new generation of young adults unambiguous about their identity and values, their direction, and who can help guide their life paths. “All the resources a parent needs are in their reach,” he says. “It’s time to understand why rites matter, what’s worth passing along, and how to do it.”

Christian leaders salute the Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing, calling it “biblical (and) practical,” citing principles that can “help adolescents successfully transition into the kind of Christian adults that glorify the Lord,” and saying Rite of Passage is “a must for every parent and grandparent.”

For a new look at an age-old tradition long overdue in modern culture: Rite of Passage.

About Jim McBride
As executive pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., Jim McBride oversees operations, church staff, finances, and men’s ministry. He is an executive producer of Sherwood Pictures films, including COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, and FLYWHEEL. Jim worked for Coca-Cola for15 years and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for six years. He and his wife, Sheila, have been married 28 years and have four children, Victoria, Buddy, Tommy, and Sarah.

To learn more:
Rite of Passage MoodyPublishers.com