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John Eldredge revises and updates his best-selling, renowned Christian classic, Wild at Heart, and in it invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul is a book by John Eldredge published in , on the subject of the role of masculinity in contemporary. Wild at Heart Revised and Updated: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul [John Eldredge] on Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more.
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Ultimately, this book is contradictory, confusing, and only muddies the already murky waters of biblical manhood in the American church today.
It is also one of the most popular Christian books of the last decade. View all 5 comments. No one. What a sad excuse for a book's premise.
I paged through this, after reading some of the ridiculous reviews, and came away as disgusted as I thought I would be.
As soon as men stop attempting to ascribe to outdated theistic and frankly trite models of masculinity, the world will be a much safer, better place. I pity women who read this and think they may have come away with a greater understanding of men, as it's a false understanding of throwback, primitive males who have no place in a world c What a sad excuse for a book's premise.
I pity women who read this and think they may have come away with a greater understanding of men, as it's a false understanding of throwback, primitive males who have no place in a world culture that can no longer support the aggression and chromosomal ennui predicated upon concepts that fall somewhere between moronic piety and some suppressed lizard brain urge that results in antisocial behavior. Evolve, for "god's" sake. View all 8 comments.
I hate this book so much.
View all 13 comments. Which girl wouldn't grab a book with the title 'Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul'?. Men say they don't understand women,well, we don't understand you too! So, out of curiosity, I grabbed this book when I was a young twenty something year old. I don't know what prompted me to read it, or may I do and I just don't want to tell you. I read it alongside 'Bringing up boys' and as an aunt to several boys, these two books taught me to just let boys be boys.
When they decide to fight, I just watch Which girl wouldn't grab a book with the title 'Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul'?.
When they decide to fight, I just watch them and I will only intervene when there is need. It taught me to reduce the number of 'NOs' I use on boys because as John Eldredge says, 'God designed men to be dangerous.
John Says, "Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man. The masculine heart needs a place where nothing is prefabricated, modular, nonfat, zip lock, franchised, on-line, microwavable.
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Where there are no deadlines, cell phones, or committee meetings. Where there is room for the soul. Of course you have to read it to understand where all this is coming from. There is something fierce in the heart of every man. There is something wild in the heart of every man. There is something passionate in the heart of every man. Okay, I will have to read it again now that I am grown to come up with more points.
Have you ever seen a boy try to climb a wall and wondered what's wrong with him?
Wild at Heart: Essential Reading or “Junk Food of the Soul”?
Well, there is nothing. All men and many women. This book really helped me to understand who I am as a man in terms of creation. Why do I like to drive motorcycles, why do I love to travel the world where the average person dare not tread.
Why at the gym I have the need to lift more weight and drive my heart that much harder? It's because that is how God made me. God has a wild and dangerous aspect to His personality. We can see it in creation itself and it's reflected in every man. Helping men rediscover their masculine This book really helped me to understand who I am as a man in terms of creation. Helping men rediscover their masculine heart, Wild at Heart , a guide to understanding Christian manhood and Christian men, offers a refreshing break from the chorus of voices urging men to be more responsible, reliable, dutiful God designed men to be dangerous, says Eldredge.
Simply look at the dreams and desires written in every boy's heart: Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desiresaided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a "nice guy.
In this provocative book, Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to bedangerous, passionate, alive, and free. View 2 comments. Eldredge took Robert Bly's splendid, groundbreaking, ennobling book Iron John: View all 3 comments. Feb 08, C. It's not surprising this book became as popular as it did; it's full of the kind of faux masculinity our culture loves. Being Wild at Heart , it turns out, simply means being rambunctious, working on cars, saving a damsel in distress, yada yada yada.
It's the same old story, poorly written, and fortified with examples from movies like Braveheart and Gladiator. Who comes up with this stuff? Is Eldredge so confused as to the true nature of Christian manhood that he really thinks the William Wallace It's not surprising this book became as popular as it did; it's full of the kind of faux masculinity our culture loves.
Is Eldredge so confused as to the true nature of Christian manhood that he really thinks the William Wallace portrayed in Gibson's film is a good example for us? As for the subtitle: I know the secret of a man's soul, and it's not what Eldredge suggests.
The secret of every soul is that it is wicked and unclean until Jesus Christ redeems it, and that "masculinity" is simply a fulfilling of the role God gives you first as His child and second as a man. And it isn't boisterous physical activity that makes you a man; it's humility, love of God and neighbor, tenderness toward one's wife and children, etc. This is legitimately one of the worst books I've read.
I can't recommend it less. This is such an incredible book. It gives you insight from when you were little up to where you are now.
It made me think of a lot of things I hadn't really thought about before. To live for an adventure, to rescue a beauty and to fight a battle. Sounds like a story These are all great truths, but are they any truer than your own life? But, does your life seem like you are just sliding through, getting by one-day-at-a-time? That's how most of us live, to survive for the n To live for an adventure, to rescue a beauty and to fight a battle.
That's how most of us live, to survive for the next weekend, to get that job done But, there is more to our lives than duty, obligation and being the nice guy. But are we as men equipped to go on adventures, strong enough to rescue the lady in distress and brave enough to fight the foes for those we love? Most are not. If you think, want and hope and desire for more to life There is more, plenty more, and, you have everything needed to live life with freedom, excitement and purpose.
What keeps us from the real life we would like to have? A lot, this book is a key to help unlock men from their hearts of quiet desparation and how to be a vibrant, valiant man. There is a cost personal efforting but what of true value doesn't require commitment and dedication. For yourself, your significant other, for your children and all of those in your sphere of influence View all 9 comments.
A familiar title to many, wild at Heart is a popular book amongst male Christians. After hearing mixed views, I set myself the task of reading the book myself. This book explores the make up of the masculine heart, which appeals to me and I? One thing that is clearly highlighted throughout this book is this: Let me explain. The writer suggests that boys, sorry men, A familiar title to many, wild at Heart is a popular book amongst male Christians.
The writer suggests that boys, sorry men, have this need and desire to be in the wilderness, where he can create his own? He states that, men don? Something in that Y chromosome then eh?? With this said, he does what a lot of American writers do in my personal experience and relates this desire back to Disney. Disney is popular nowadays for creating fairytale romances, where the young man fights for his true love.
Although not the first to create such a tale, Disney brought these to the younger generation. The brave young man finds himself in his comfort zone, that is the wilderness, where he challenges his attackers. Obviously his attackers are greater than he, but somehow, this young man fights against all odds, to win the heart of his true beauty. The writer suggests that men crave this desire to fight for someone, the women he has been looking for.
But do they fight for the women, or do they fight for the adventure of fighting?? One thing the writer emphasises is this.
Men, being married does not make you any more of a man, than killing a lion does. Women do not make men,? He says: A man does not go to a woman to get his strength, he goes to her to offer it.? The writer highlights that often men feel, when they have a wife or girlfriend, they become a man.
He emphasises the need for God in this equation. A man needs to seek God and get his strength for Him. Becoming a man, is a journey that a man takes with God. Here he will discover what kind of man God has called him to be and God will guide and mentor him. That is the most important thing I can take from this book. A man will become a man, is God? You will become that woman of God, when you seek Him, to guide you in that.
Although the media creates the common misconception, that men can grin and bare all, they can? Their heart is more than a muscle too, and they need God to be their comfort, just like we do. Girls, this is important to know. I look at the males who surround me in my family and I consider what I? How many times have I seen them cry? Not many at all, but it has happened, and that? It lets us girls know that they do have a heart? To quote a great song?
My troubled soul, why so weighed down? You were not made to bare this heavy load. So cast your burdens upon the Lord, Jesus cares He cares for you.? He cares for you men out there too. God creating man in his own image, so of course He will be the only one who can define the masculine heart. He knows your heart, and knows what you can handle. Take everything to Him in prayer, and He will mould your masculine heart.
The book itself, does raise issues that I do not agree with, but that? On the whole I found this book enjoyable which I was surprised about. For all your? Wild at Heart? And for all you William Wallace? What I liked: This book was an easy read. I like to alternate between something light and something challenging. It is written from a Christian perspective. If you are not completely a frozen popsicle inside, then the book tries to inspire you to be more fully alive - seeking out your dreams, the very nature of your existence - dare to explore, take risks, and find a true calling.
What I did not like: The author repeatedly makes reference to fighting, like men are made to fight, physi What I liked: The author repeatedly makes reference to fighting, like men are made to fight, physically, like David, Joshua, et. Just because a man can fight does not necessarily make that a central purpose for him.
As a caveat, it is fair to say the author also delves into the idea of fighting for things that are right, which I fundamentally agree with. However, some of the scripture used to support said hypothesis somehow did not ring completely true. I liked it because I can really relate to the need to go out and do manly things, like woodwork, paintball, and heavy lifting, and using heavy machinery.
I think many men are wired for just such activities. I agree with Eldredge's final statements that we should seek out the things that make us feel alive. I also think the theme of giving up control to God is literally the only way that we can have a true relationship with Him.
Therefore, as we cede control we gain everything vs. The last part of this review represents certain fundamental themes to the Christian lifestyle and summarizes in a way why we Christians often describe our journey as a walk with God, because sometimes we are walking with God and other times we forget and stray and reject God.
Okay, I would definitely have to agree that if you have a son, if you are married to a man, if you have a brother or a father, or if you have ever had a conversation with a man you should definitely read this book!
It really was just so enlightening to what makes a little boy a little boy and how those things don't really change when that boy grows up. But it's not in a Men are from Mars sort of way or maybe it is, I actually haven't read that book! Anyway, I am very glad that I read it. I thi Okay, I would definitely have to agree that if you have a son, if you are married to a man, if you have a brother or a father, or if you have ever had a conversation with a man you should definitely read this book!
I think that in a way masculinity has been the sacrifice of the feminist movement. Guys just are not allowed to be guys as much now and that is certainly not how I want to raise my son.
I want to raise a warrior. This book gave me a different perspective of men and women. Although I've been single for awhile now, I already had in mind what kind of man I wanted in the future and made me think that I can always find someone better than the person in front of me.
This book allowed me to focus what I wanted in a man in a way that was refreshing and much more focused on his natural abilities of being "wild at heart. He wasn't talking about just an outwardly beauty but beauty that shines from inside out. Just enjoy being the creation you're meant to be.
It is the most beautiful and most satisfying state of being one can ever be. Eldredge narrows such a broad topic of the difference between men and women to the most fundamentally understandable ways.
This book is bad news. John teaches a man to live according to the wild nature of his flesh, rather than according to the grace and love of the Spirit of God.
As if a man can be spiritually free if He's emotionally free and wild? This is not the message of Christ, nor His gospel. Christ didn't come with an attitude of macho-ism. He came in meekness gentleness and love.
He is an all powerful God, and He is not a containable God, but that doesn't make Him wild like the nature of the flesh! This book is down right blasphemous!
I'm kicking myself at this point for not burning the book while I had the chance. Instead I just threw it out. Do yourself a favor, and do the same.
Words cannot describe the loathing I have for this book. Instead of going on a complete rant and diatribe that nobody would read, but might make me feel better, I will highlight some of my problems with this book. Shoddy theology--as I read this book, I was wondering Are you familiar with your supposed source material? Some of the major problems include Eldredge's complaint that by placing Adam in the Garden, God already tried to 'tame' Adam.
Eldredge also at o Words cannot describe the loathing I have for this book. Eldredge then suggests that Jesus was more like Wallace a fictional character Lack of source citing. If you are going to write a book on men Movies may be good examples First and foremost Yes atheist friends The view of women.
According to Eldredge, women are passive helpless beings waiting for men to rescue them. They seem to have no other purpose then to be beautiful for men. Books like this do more harm to the Christian message then good. Unfortunately, they become popular and people outside the church think this is what Christianity is about.
I think Christianity has a great deal to say about men and men's role in the world. Unfortunately, this book has very little in it to recommend it. This book is well-intentioned. I imagine it being given by well-intentioned parents to their come-of-age son as he heads out from under their wings to college. I imagine a well-intentioned group of men and possibly curiously concerned wives sitting down to include this in their Bible study. John Eldredge himself strikes me as a well-intentioned man.
I've heard a lot of buzz in the last couple years about this book, mainly from peers in college, so I decided to finally take the dive. What I fou This book is well-intentioned. What I found was that well-intentioned though it is, this book falls short in several concerning ways. First, I want to make it clear that I don't believe this book is without its beneficial qualities. There were many topics touched on by Eldredge in these pages that I find important to face.
I see this book as a reaction to that comfortable faith lifestyle, aimed particularly at men, calling them to be who they were meant to be in Christ--not a pew-warmer. Eldredge is calling on men to be what he believes we were created to be: What I like about this book is the call for authenticity it inspires in each man's journey of faith.
I appreciate Eldredge's acknowledgement that each person has a "wound" inflicted at some point in their lives which manifests itself in many ugly ways throughout. One of these manifestations is what he calls our "False Self"--the persona we try to live up to, what we want everyone to see us as, ultimately a damaging wall built in order to avoid the truth of our frailty.
Lastly, I am grateful Eldredge ultimately believes it is Christ, and he alone, that can validate men, and that all other searches for true self-actualization are in vain short of knowing his love. This brings me to the parts of the novel that concerned me. In fact, his fixation on battle imagery is concerning to me, though we are involved in one. Despite the acknowledgement that our battle is a spiritual one, Eldredge seems too easily caught up in the idolization of physical warfare there are ample references to Gladiator, Braveheart, and Saving Private Ryan, among other go-to "guy" films.
Frankly, the idolization of masculinity in and of itself bothers me, not, as one might suppose, because I don't find myself masculine, but because there is much more to it than Scottish claymores and rock climbing.
Wild at Heart Revised and Updated: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
Self-sacrifice seems to take a back seat in determining what is "manly" and what isn't. He points to many figures in Scripture such as Abraham , Jacob , Moses , and David who, when partnered with the call and will of God, were called on spectacular adventures. The third desire is for a "beauty to rescue.
What he does point out is that in almost every story worth telling there is a beauty that needs rescuing in some fashion, whether it is from a dragon or a wicked stepmother or whether it is from fear and hopelessness. He makes it clear that, like men, women have three core desires also, but a man cannot answer her question.
Eldredge moves beyond the notion that the Beauty equals a woman. Beauty can be found in nature, music, story, art, and ultimately in relationship with God. According to Eldredge, a man must become a "poet" in this regard--enjoying beauty outside of a woman--before he pursues a woman.
Along the way, Eldredge constantly reminds his readers that only God can ultimately fulfill these three desires and the only reason a man has these three desires is because they are a reflection of the heart of God. Everything in Wild At Heart points to God as the center for life, fulfillment, and purpose, according to Eldredge. In Eldredge with his wife Stasi wrote Captivating , a companion to Wild at Heart , which explores femininity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the novel by Barry Gifford, see Wild at Heart novel.
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