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John Eldredge is a bestselling author and counselor. He is also president of Wild at Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God and recover their own hearts in God's love. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado. To learn more, visit wildatheart.org.

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Works by John Eldredge

The Utter Relief of Holiness (2013) 184 copies, 3 reviews
Walking with God: How to Hear His Voice (2010) 62 copies, 1 review
Epic Study Guide (2007) 28 copies
Captivating DVD study (2007) 21 copies
Wild at Heart Journal (2003) 19 copies
Desire Study Guide (2007) 13 copies
Epic: Live DVD (2005) 12 copies
Epic Church Kit (2007) 9 copies
Walking with God: A DVD Study (2008) 7 copies, 1 review
Love & War- DVD (2010) 5 copies
Community Impact Handbook (1991) 3 copies
The Refreshed Heart (2009) 3 copies
Twoje urzekajace serce (2008) 2 copies
Coração selvagem (2004) 2 copies
Die Groot Liefdesverhaal (2007) 2 copies
Eu, Femeia 1 copy
Srdce muže 1 copy, 1 review
永恆之戀 1 copy
Die Hart 1 copy
Chraň svoje srdce 1 copy, 1 review
Vyro kelionė (2010) 1 copy
Dziennik pokladowy (2014) 1 copy
Echte mannen 1 copy

Associated Works

Mapping Mormonism (2012) — Contributor — 34 copies, 1 review
Utah Historical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 1 (Winter 2008) (2008) — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge

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There were some bits in here that I really did like, but so many more that I didn't.

John and Stasi say that they understand women and their personalities run the gamut, and that they tried avoiding stereotypes. However, I got the distinct impression that a "real" woman would be an E*F* Myers Briggs-type. (I'm an ISTJ, so naturally, I balk at that.) I constantly felt that they were playing to a woman's emotions.

They were so determined to prove that women are defined by their beauty that they seemed to almost demonize efficiency and task-orientedness - two things that are central to my personality; so I walked away feeling vastly misunderstood and like my strengths are still unappreciated. Now, I don't disagree with the fact that beauty (inward and outward) is a defining quality of women, but I believe that a woman can embrace her God-given strengths (even efficiency and task-orientedness!) in a way that exhibits beauty.

A huge concern for me while reading the book is the way that they refer to the reader as the Bride of Christ. This is repeated over and over again, and I find it rather dangerous. Never in the Bible is a woman (or a man) called the Bride of Christ – the Church, as a whole, is the Bride of Christ. We cannot each be the Bride individually.

What else?

•The authors kept comparing a woman's life to the romances found in books and movies like The Titanic, Braveheart, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Lord of the Rings. Over and over and over, the same references were made. I sort of wonder if they realized that those are all fiction?
•They mentioned that they "didn't have the time" to go into certain biblical accounts of women. But they spent so much time on fictional characters (see point above)! Gah!
•John and Stasi didn't always differentiate who was speaking when, or they would wait too far into a passage to clue the reader in. Frustrating!
•Several times, John quoted himself from the book he wrote for men, Wild at Heart. I just think it's weird to quote yourself.

Two quotes that I did like:

"What would it be like to experience for yourself that the truest thing about [God's] heart toward yours is not disappointment or disapproval but deep, fiery, passionate love?" -p. 113

"Unveiling beauty is our greatest expression of love, because it is what the world most needs from us. When we choose not to hide, when we choose to offer our hearts, we are choosing to love.... Our focus shifts from self-protection to the hearts of others. We offer Beauty so that their hearts might come alive, be healed, know God. That is love." -p. 147
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RachelRachelRachel | 31 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
Your heart matters more than anything else in creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longing you still feel as a woman - they are telling you of the life God created you to live. For your heart is the prize of God's Kingdom and Jesus has come to win you back for himself - all of you!
MenoraChurch | 1 other review | Nov 7, 2023 |
It's always tricky when someone gives me a book -- I love books and often love the person giving them -- however, books from close relatives make me nervous. In recent memory, a book came by post from someone who felt my definition of forgiveness needed correction. Fair enough. But the book lacked subtlety to such degree that passages of competent writing were overwhelmed with didactic sap. And I felt insulted. So many good books, so little time. And I'd invested my time in this...

This memory colored my receipt of John Eldridge's recent title. Nevertheless, I dutifully added the book to my nightstand tower and when it rose to the top, read it front to back.

Some writers reveal themselves in their work more than others. I suspect that Eldridge, touted as the director of a ministry that "has become a grassroots phenomenon with millions of followers," my feel he must write; a striving quality rises from the pages. (All those grassroots to feed.) In spite of this, I realized that the bulk of the text really is hopeful, encouraging, and may, for many readers, be the first introduction to, or much needed reminder of, what makes the Gospel "good news."

Eldridge and I differ on our theology, no surprise. He is certain of hell, certain that homosexuality is a choice and a sin, and certain of certainty. "So let us remember this truth: Doubt is not a virtue. Doubt is not humility. Doubt is doubt. It is unbelief."

Hm. If one is certain, what's the point of faith?

However, instead of two stars, I opted for three. The writing is neither lyrical nor succinct, sage or surprising -- there is only one C.S. Lewis -- but I appreciate the choice of the [a:Eugene H. Peterson's|27926|Eugene H. Peterson|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1265902384p2/27926.jpg] Message Translation as springboard for discussion. And as noted above, I appreciate Eldridge pointing out that following Christ, and through the Spirit emulating Christ's holiness, there is a way "to be good again." Finally, three stars may mean that I really would like to like books from relatives. So I flipped a coin. Two stars.
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rebwaring | 2 other reviews | Aug 14, 2023 |
Not one of Eldridge’s better books. He tries to walk a fine line between criticizing organized religion, which he says hurts developing a relationship with Jesus. But he often implies that many of the traditions of faith including worship services, music type or other facets are of the “religionist” variety and impair Christians, rather as acting as tools/catalysts for many Christians to strengthen their faith. This book often appears contradictory in his message.

The printed study guide can add some to group discussions – but his free online video sessions are nothing more than him sitting in a room with an audience while he reads portions of his book. There is no interaction from the small group in the room with him other than some laughter at some of his comments. He does not engage in any conversations or discussions with those present in the room; that method for some of his other books adds immensely to their content. The sessions appear to be nothing more than what you would find at an author reading at your local bookstore that has no audience participation. It almost looks like Eldridge did not want to have a conversation because he likely could not explain some of the contradictory commentary that might result.

While the book does present some material for discussion, I would not recommend it. The small group that I participated in reading and discussing the group unanimously agrees with my comments on the confusing presentations in the book.
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highlander6022 | 3 other reviews | Jun 16, 2023 |



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