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Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul (original 2001; edition 2011)

by John Eldredge

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Title:Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
Authors:John Eldredge
Info:Thomas Nelson (2011), Edition: Rev Exp, Paperback, 272 pages
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Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge (2001)


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Si no, mire los sueños y anhelos escritos en el corazón de todo muchacho: Ser héroe, ser guerrero, vivir una vida de aventura y riesgo. Tristemente, la mayoría abandona esos sueños y anhelos… con la ayuda de un cristianismo que al parecer solo lo presiona a ser «un buen chico». No en balde muchos hombres evitan la iglesia, y los que no a menudo son pasivos y en extremo aburridos. En este provocativo libro, Eldredge ofrece a las mujeres una mirada al verdadero corazón del hombre, y permite a los hombres ser lo que Dios quiso que fueran al diseñarlos: arriesgados, apasionados, vivos y libres.
  biblioesepa | Aug 16, 2018 |
Challenging and thought provoking, but a bit outdated. Needs to be revised and updated. ( )
  highlander6022 | Jul 15, 2017 |
Wild At Heart by John Eldridge is a powerful book for men to uncover the wounds inflicted on us and how to overcome them. I've seen a lot of guys healed and made whole from reading this book and even watching the accompanying video...even though the video is really outdated! It's a very easy read that is easy to discuss but is incredibly insightful.
ACF: Todd Nagel, not currently in ACF's library. ( )
  ACFellowship | Mar 8, 2017 |
I have to say, I understood what he was trying to get across, but still felt very lost. I couldn’t connect with a lot of what he was saying. So either I’m pretty well off, or super screwed up, lol. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Where in the Bible does it really suggest that men should be "Wild at Heart?" living constantly on the edge and taking all kinds of risks and engaging in dangerous activities. Of course this idea will appeal to younger men and new Christians but it is completely the opposite of the Biblical model of denying self and taking up the cross to follow Jesus. There's nothing weak or unmanly about that! ( )
  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
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…Eldredge has a method for dealing with those who would disagree with him by standing on Biblical Truth – people he calls “Doctrine Police” and “Doctrinal Nazis.” In the Wild at Heart Facilitator’s Guide for “facilitators” of his workshops, Eldredge recommends a psychological technique of manipulation used to control and direct the outcome of small group discussions. By the use of marginalization and isolation, he instructs facilitators on how to “shut down the doctrine cop” (page 4). Again on page 5, he warns the facilitator to watch out for the “…doctrine Nazi – a guy who’s got some theological ax to grind.” Here again Eldredge instructs the facilitator to dismiss and evade any doctrinal issues being made and to marginalize and isolate the man who brings them to the group’s attention. “Doctrinal Nazis” and “doctrine cops,” as Eldredge calls them, must be silenced because Eldredge’s teachings will not stand up to the light of Scriptural Truth…

…His discussion of penis size in the book, and his use of profanity in the lecture series, including the ‘F-word,’ ‘G__ damn,’ and ‘sh__’ should be objectionable to Christian men, and a warning signal that Eldredge is not qualified to impart wisdom about biblical manhood….…John Eldredge has built his “wild at heart” theme on the works of Jungians like Robert Bly, Sam Keen, and others. … We must really concur with Byron Borger, in his essay on Wild at Heart, when he says this book “is so laden with wrong-headed biases that the book is unsound.”
Wild at Heart is insightful in noting that men live unfulfilled lives, searching to satisfy a vaguely unsettling malaise. So it is understandable that Eldredge searches to discover that certain "something" that we're all longing for. The Irish musical group U2 articulated this longing well when they crafted the song, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Unfortunately, although Eldredge has asked the right questions, he offers solutions that are sometimes misguided and at other times patently wrong.
Eldredge clearly knows how to write to men and by the testimonies of many, he has achieved one of his objectives, which is to give men permission to be men. With all of the good insights Eldredge offers in this book, it is actually a little painful to mention two of what should be considered very significant problems which undermine the entire book.
Wild at Heart is so full of unbiblical content and downright error that even Christianity Today wrote a negative review. When Christianity Today, which embraces everyone from Robert Schuller to Tony Campolo, and seldom has a pejorative word to say about anything, feels compelled to issue warnings, it ought to cause warning signs to pop up in our minds. Christianity Today implied that Wild at Heart is a “syrupy pop book that pleases undiscerning ears” and then stated clearly, “The therapeutic virtues of the book, however, do not outweigh its theological and cultural vices…. Theological error emerges by page three.” …Eldredge has bought into every form of psychobabble imaginable.
…There’s bound to be some controversy over Eldredge’s approach to the story of Ruth. On page 191 he writes, ‘This is seduction pure and simple–and God holds it up for all women to follow. I envision leaders of church singles groups panicking as they learn that a single woman is at her best when she can arouse a man (page 192)’….
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For Samuel, Blaine, and Luke. I love your warrior hearts. You definitely have what it takes.
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At last, I am surrounded by wilderness.

"I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections. And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill. I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help and patience, and a certain difficult repentance, long, difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself from the endless repetition of the mistake which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify.” – D.H. Lawrence
Life is a hypocrite if I can't live the way it moves me! Stephen Fry
How would telling people to be nice to one another get a man crucified? What government would execute Mister Rogers or Captain Kangaroo?                                      Philip Yancey- The Jesus I Never Knew 
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If Christian men are going to change from a pitiful, wimpy bunch of "really nice guys" to men who are made in the image of God, they must reexamine their preconceptions about who God is and recover their true "wild" hearts, writes bestselling author John Eldredge in Wild at Heart: Discovering a Life of Passion, Freedom, and Adventure. Eldredge throws down the gauntlet--men are bored; they fear risk, they refuse to pay attention to their deepest desires. He challenges Christian men to return to authentic masculinity without resorting to a "macho man" mentality. Men often seek validation in venues such as work, or in the conquest of women, Eldredge observes. He urges men to take time out and come to grips with the "secret longings" of their hearts. Although the book succeeds best in its slant toward a male audience, it also strives to help women understand the implications of authentic masculinity in their relationships with men. Eldredge frames the book around his outdoor experiences and appealing anecdotes about his family, sprinkling the text with touches of humor and overlying everything with heartfelt passion. Even as he mixes eclectic ideas about masculinity from popular movies such as Braveheart with classic words from Oswald Chambers, and lyrics from the Dixie Chicks with stories from the Bible, he points to only one answer for men searching for their true wildness of heart. Writes Eldredge, "The only way to live in this adventure ... with all its danger and unpredictability and immensely high stakes ... is in an ongoing, intimate relationship with God." --Cindy Crosby

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In all your boyhood dreams of growing up, did you dream of being a "nice guy"? Eldredge believes that every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. That is how he bears the image of God; that is what God made him to be.… (more)

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