I thoroughly enjoy reading books written by New York Times best-selling author John Eldredge and his son Sam. This father and son team are Christian men who don’t sugar coat the Word of God in their writing. When I was asked by Family Christian Bookstores to review John and Sam Eldredge’s latest book, I did not hesitate at the opportunity! Truth be told, I had no prior knowledge of the subject, but I based on previous books I’ve read by John and his wife Stasi, I just knew I would enjoy this book, too.
What is the book about?
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. Isn’t 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.
It’s 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. It’s not all up to you. You are going to find your way.”
Have you walked through the aisles of a bookstore recently (and by recently I mean within the past 10 years)? Have you noticed the multitude books geared towards men? More specifically, the books geared towards being a father? Many of these books give advice for fathers to teach their sons about life. These life lessons are good, but they’re often given in a subject format. You’ve probably read things like teaching your son to honor God, understand the value of a dollar, and show them how to treat women, just to name a few. However, these books rarely give examples or advice in starting these conversations or carrying on these conversations. For example, my husband is an excellent teacher and mentor, but he is also battle hardened after 20 years serving in the military and is somewhat rough around the edges when speaking to boys instead of men. Although much of this is due to his service, but most of it stems from an absence of a father figure when he was a young boy. In John’s book “Wild At Heart” he says, “A man without a father figure is like an explorer without a map.” Killing Lions is a follow up to “Wild At Heart” as father and son join together. This book is based more on conversations between a father and son sitting around a campfire talking.
The theme is the importance of this book. Men and boys are much different. They act different and think different and, unfortunately, neither come with an instruction manual! LOL! Thankfully we have writers like John Eldredge and his son Sam to offer insights on both fathers and sons. Topics that are covered include career choices, doubting and dating. This is a great book to pass on to your sons as early as their teen years. I plan to save my copy to give to Clay to read and then hand it off to my oldest.
I appreciate how this book is written to help young men who are leaving boyhood and transitioning into being a man. Not just turning 18 but venturing into marriage and a career. I know a lot of books out now deal with teens, college, marriage, jobs, and the list goes on. However, this is the first book I’ve read that deals with this season of life for young men. It was definitely a hit for me. This is an excellent resource for anyone with sons or those who work with young men. I give it a 5/5!
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***I was given this book by Family Christian stores in hope that I would share my thoughts on my website.***