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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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by Randy Clay.  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  St. Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV).

Paul, are you serious?  Give thanks in ALL circumstances?  There isn’t a circumstance that gets a pass?  I wish he had said ‘some’ or ‘most – or even ‘more often than not’…..but ALL.  Let me share some circumstances in my life that have challenged me to give thanks.

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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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