Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face


In Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face, Eldredge writes alongside his son Sam, exploring the questions that young men encounter as they come into manhood—questions that if unanswered can haunt men into middle age.

The Challenge Before You Is a Bold One: To Accept the Wild, Daring Adventure of Becoming a Man

The style of Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face is conversational, with each chapter comprised of dialogue between father and son. Sam initiates by telling a story from his college years, graduation, pursuit of a woman, marriage, or the like, and John responds with counsel and stories of his own “coming into manhood.”

In the summer of 2012, Sam Eldredge was one year out of college and about to ask a woman to marry him. He turned to his dad for counsel, and what unfolded over several months was a series of conversations about love, money, work, God, and life that became the passion and inspiration for this book.

In this midst of those conversations, John asked Sam, “How many of your peers have anyone they can ask these questions?” Sam’s answer: “I don’t know any. No one.”

At its core, Killing Lions is an authentic exchange between a young man representing the Millennials and an older man offering wisdom and insight on the timeless issues of the journey toward adulthood. The title is drawn from the Masai tradition in which a boy finally knows he has become a man when he has killed a lion.

“Our hope is that the authenticity and wisdom that this book holds will meet a deep need within our culture,” says Hampton. “John is the perfect author to explore issues of manhood, love, and faith with a new generation of men. We’ve seen the phenomenal success of his past titles, and we expect that Killing Lions will have a similar impact on the reading world.”

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