I Cannot Believe How Long I Waited To Read This AMAZING & ENLIGHTENING Bool!
I was given this book 16 years ago - give or take a year - I was in my mid 20’s and I hated anything to do with reading at that point. I was raised to believe in the Almighty Father, the Holy Spirit, and my Savior, Jesus Christ from pre-school until 7th grade I attended Harding Academy. Plus both side of my grandparents where devoted to the Trinity and their brothers and sisters in Christ. I never ever stopped believeing in God, the Holy Spirit, or Christ, but I did not obey, walk with Jesus or pray once I got into my teenage years, unless I needed something from God. I actually became a master of practicing sin. But one day profound day not too long ago I was in a very dark place and the Enemy was constantly trying to get me to jump of a cliff - sort of speak - Then all of a sudden I decided after 44 years everything in my life was changing - my anger, hostility, violent nature - just every bit of living life my way - it had not worked at any point in my life…but I started reading a few books and studying my Bible for hours a day - like I said before this I hated to read. I only read for schools when I was in the Army and for college. I never read for pure joy and enlightenment. But I finally got to back to Wild at Hear a couple of day ago- I could not put it down. I would read a chapter and then be like WHOOOO and read the chapter again and take notes. It is a must read…and better now than later - trust me!
By Dermatology P. A.
I read this as part of the Men’s Hike ministry of Seacoast Church in Charleston SC, and it has been the most transformational month of the decade for me.
I am passionately committed to serving and loving my wife again, and I have an inner strength born of masculinity unlocked and unwavering validation that comes from God and not the world.
The battle is real. Satan is not a fairy tale, but if you believe that, he is winning already. This is war, let us take up our shields and fight every single day.
I will fight for my family, my purity, for the Kingdom.
Wild at Heart is an inspiring read!
Great book and great vision! There are a few pages that were a little over top for me, but when the other 440 pages truly touch home , then it’s a winner in my book! I love his chapter on being a warrior for your wife and be willing to fight for her, it’s true and John is so true on his vision of a churchy man and wife, although I am a church member myself I see exactly what he is saying! Thanks for the Book sir, and I’m looking forward to reading two more I have already bought!! Cheers my friends, Trey in Alabama
Broad generalizations and fairy tail allegories
Eldridge uses broad generalizations about men throughout his book. He claims that busy, successful, men are actually living in some fear. He writes from the land of make-believe with nearly every example and illustration in his book that are not directly taken from the bible coming from some work of fiction or theatrical drama, a fictional archetypal world to which he has devoted much of his life. Furthermore, his Biblical references take no consideration to context, audience relevance, or hermeneutics in general.
Eldridge marginalizes other men’s actual successes, in the real world, in order to explain away his own personal fears and struggles and he uses anecdotal and no true Scotsman, amongst other, logical fallacies to make his arguments.
“Every man feels that the world is asking him to be something he doubts very much he has it in him to be. This is universal; I have yet to meet an honest man who won’t admit it. Yes, there are many dense men who are wondering what I’m talking about; for them, life is fine and they are doing great. Just wait. Unless it’s really and truly a reflection of genuine strength, it’s a house of cards, and it’ll come down sooner or later. Anger will surface, or an addiction. Headaches, an ulcer, or maybe an affair.”
“What about the achievers, the men running hard at life, pressing their way ahead? Most of it is fear-based as well.”
To be fair, Eldridge does make several good points throughout the book pertaining to man’s place throughout history. (For example he raises an excellent thought question when he asks the reader what was Adam thinking and doing as he watched Eve take the fruit.) However, these few good points are far overshadowed by his failure to acknowledge that not all men have deep daddy issues.
Wild At Heart by John Eldridge
Never has a beating been so enlightening. It's been 20 years since I last got into a fistfight. This book hit harder that any man I ever faced. Eldridge pulled no punches while describing man's failures to live with the masculine heart GOD gave us. Many times, while reading this, I thought "How does John Eldridge know me an know what is going on in my mind and world?" Eldridge gets right to the point. While the Holy Bible is still the "Guidebook to Life", "Wild at Heart is perfect companion for men to read to understand our roles.
I read the book while being the team leader for the Wild at Heart: Band of Brothers study series for my Men's Group. As the leader, I didn't have the opportunity to sit quietly and wait for conversation, I had to initiate it. Eldridge revealed to me that all men have the same basic struggles in life. He articulated these struggles in such a way that I was able to have a meaningful experience leading my Band of Brothers.
I recommend this book for all men and women to get a better understanding of the roles GOD intended for us to have.
What an incredible journey!
Should be a mandatory read for young & older men alike
Not wild about this book
By G Dirk Mateer
I wanted to like this book but the one-dimensional nature of men that the author presents is limiting and insulting.