Eldredge Wild At Heart
Secret of a Man’s Soul
By John Eldredge
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 0-7852-6883-9 (HC)
Reviewed by R. Cody Smith
Wild at Heart, professional counselor
John Eldredge digs deep into a problem he describes as epidemic boredom among
Christian men, and challenges all to begin to recover what he refers to
as a "masculine heart."
there is one question that seems to be hanging on the lips of Christian
women today it’s, “Where are all the real men?” John’s response
is simply, “Why you’ve asked them to become women.” The cultural
upheavals of the past thirty years have left many men, and women,
confused about who they are, and what they want from one another.
reveals some powerful insights into why so many men today feel
unfulfilled, angry, frustrated, even depressed. It seems that today’s
church hasn’t known what to do with dangerous men so; they’ve
decided we need to be tamed, even emasculated, and in light of so much
manhood gone awry in the past, our women have accented.
the following quote from Wild At Heart, John Eldredge describes the result of what he calls "The
Battle for a Man's Heart."
you see in the lives of the men that you work with, live by, go
alongside? Are they full of passionate freedom? Do they
fight well? Are their women deeply grateful for how well their
men have loved them? Are their children radiant with
affirmation? The idea is almost laughable, if it weren't so
tragic. Men have been taken out right and left. Scattered across
the neighborhood lie the shattered lives of men (and women)
who have died at a soul level from the wounds they've taken.
You've heard the expression, "he's a shell of a man?"
They have lost heart. Many more are alive, but badly wounded.
They are trying to crawl forward, but are having an awful time
getting their lives together; they seem to keep taking hits. You
know others who are already captives, languishing in prisons of
despair, addiction, idleness, or boredom. The place looks like a
battlefield, the Omaha Beach of the soul.”
men today have been trained to stifle what John calls a man’s three
essential needs: to fight a battle, have an adventure, rescue a maiden,
and to be just as wild and dangerous and the one whose image we bear. As
I followed along I began to explore my own deeply rooted need to be a
little wild at heart, and to wonder, what exactly is a real man?
a real man one who tells the truth even when it’s not popular, stands
up against the crowd, defends the week and helpless, and takes
leadership responsibility in his family.
Machismo is definitely out, real manhood waits desperately to be revived.
Swindoll says, “…Every man and his wife, and every mother of a boy
should read this book.” I couldn’t agree more.
with authors permission from "Wild At Heart; by John Eldredge
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