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Manliness is a matter of heart; Mannishness is everything else, and western civilization has opted almost entirely for mannishness.

Boys are male, but being a man is much more than being male. Reaching a certain age, or boasting of a possession doesn’t make a man either. Manhood is a matter of the heart. It resides within and roots itself in the unseen soul.

Our society straddles a quaking fault-line as western culture pulls away from its ancient roots and truths about manhood, and the tectonic shifting of the societal plates is traumatizing every structure on the social landscape.

Despite the West’s many advances, great learning and vast experiences, we have not developed a sound dynamic equivalent to the simple aboriginal walkabout. Our markers of manhood are all over the map.

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How to Create a Rite of Passage That Makes Men of Boys

The Manual

To Fathers and Mentors,

My sons and I are concerned for boys in today’s world. For generations, cultures have preserved manhood and societal health through meaning-rich odysseys like the Australian aboriginal “walkabout.” These challenging journeys into the untamed equip young men mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically for adulthood by decoding the mystery of what it means to be a man and ushering them through its great doors. Our culture doesn’t provide our sons with this opportunity. As a result, our boys flounder toward manhood rather than race toward it.

Current society disagrees on the measure of manhood, and straddles a quaking fault-line as western culture pulls away from its ancient roots and truths on the subject. This tectonic shifting of the societal plates is traumatizing every structure on the social landscape, and like the splintering of pressurized rock, we are seeing a pornography explosion, widespread gender confusion, and a staggering increase of prolonged adolescence among males. Every son is in need of a clear, strong vision of manhood rooted in the ancient bedrock of truth, as well as the guidance of a father or mentor to prepare him for the societal San Andreas threatening to completely reshape western civilization.

My sons and I are writing The Manabouts Manual: A Rite of Passage Field Guide for Fathers and Mentors in response to this impending threat. We began by studying rite of passage patterns in cultures from around the world, and then developed a biblically-based equivalent relevant for the Western world. Over the past twenty years, we’ve field-test our model and the experience has been so rewarding that we want more fathers and sons to know the deep satisfaction, open lines of communication, and strengthened connection we experienced through our manabouts. The Manabouts Manual is a DIY process designed any father or mentor can use no matter his time limitations, abilities, or situation. If you want your son or a boy you mentor to move forward into biblical manhood, we can walk you through the five important stages of a meaningful rite of passage. To have what we’ve learned and to be notified when The Manabouts Manual is complete, include your name and email on the Notify-Me List. We can’t wait for you to see it!

— Stephen Meeks and Sons

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The Manabouts Course returns something that has been lost.

The art and craft of turning boys into men was once passed effortlessly from generation to generation. It isn’t as easy or as natural these days. Somewhere along the way we lost a valuable tool.

As our culture wandered the winding trails of slavery, the industrial revolution, two World Wars, the feminist movement, and the rise of social media it effectively lost its way when it came to manhood. Understanding the critical boy-to-man process was largely misplaced and/or replaced.

Over the past 20 years, my sons and I have been in search of finding this lost treasure….and we found it!

Our search led us to the safest, strongest, and surest way to initiate a boy’s crossing into manhood:  a father-led or mentor-led rite of passage.

The initial crossing from boy to man is critical. Doing it isn’t difficult, but doing it ‘right’ is important.

My sons (4 of them ages 17-33) and I have packed all we’ve learned into a 7-module online course so you can have at your fingertips what we’ve discovered. Taken at your own pace and on your own schedule, you walk away with the understanding, support, inspiration, and an actual plan you design to lead your boy to manhood.

We’re losing our boys; it’s time to turn that around! Allow us to share what we’ve found and help you rediscover how to lead your boy into manhood.

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