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New Hope® Publishers is excited to announce the release of Rite of Passage: The Making of a Godly Man by Eric Ballard. Rite of Passage is a courageous exploration of biblical manhood and offers unique interactive opportunities for the reader to redefine the essence of a man and reveals key lessons from biblical fathers.

“Eric Ballard’s Rite of Passage: The Making of a Godly Man has captured the essence of the biblical storyline with numerous examples of what godly leadership looks like and has coupled it with practical ways of challenging today’s young men with their responsibility of being a godly influence in the home. Not only is his approach biblical, but it comes from a genuine heart that desires to be a positive role model for his children. It is worth the read!” —J. Denny Autrey, DMin, PhD, dean and professor of pastoral ministries of the Havard School for Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Houston

“In a culture that mostly lacks rites of passage, and has also removed the onramps to adulthood for teenagers and young adults, this book offers a clear and compelling articulation of what it looks like to be a man. Readers are given a roadmap to guide their aspirations.” —Mark Oestreicher, partner at The Youth Cartel and author of Hopecasting: Finding, Keeping and Sharing the Things Unseen

Eric Ballard is a youth and college pastor and an outdoor enthusiast. Concerned about the effects of the “Peter Pan” syndrome to the church and family, Eric is passionate about helping today’s youth and young adults redefine the essence of manhood. He has an undergraduate degree in educational psychology from Mississippi State University and an advanced degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Christian education. Married with two beautiful daughters, Eric enjoys anything involving the outdoors, especially if it is sports related. He and his family currently reside in the Houston area.

The mission of New Hope® Publishers is to provide books that challenge readers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God. New Hope Publishers is the general trade publishing division for WMU®, a missions auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention. New Hope Publishers is a member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

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