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Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul [Hardcover]

John Eldredge
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3 April 2001
God designed men to be dangerous, says John Eldredge. Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy: To be a hero, to be a warrior, to live a life of adventure and risk. Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires-aided by
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (3 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785268839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785268833
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 14.2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take it with a pinch of salt - but read it 15 Aug 2009
Glancing at the reviews for this book, I noticed that they are remarkably polarised - either '5 stars, it changed my life' or '1 star, borderline heresy'. I read the book a few years ago and then as now I can sympathise somewhat with both extremes.

The negative reviewers seem to have approached the book expecting to find fault with it, and indeed there are faults to be found. Eldredge's Biblical exposition is often simplistic and selective. Also, he's clearly a very outdoors-y kind of man, and most of his specific examples about manliness seem to reflect that.

Nevertheless, although I'm very different from the author in temperament and interests, I found that a lot of his insights about the nature of manliness really ring true. His summary that deep down men want a battle to fight, an adventure to go on, and a beauty to win hits the spot as far as I'm concerned. Of course all of these can be directed in a worldly direction and some of Eldredge's examples seem to do so.

But if the battle is against sin, the world and the devil, and the adventure is discovering and carrying out God's will in your life, these can be biblical, Godly desires. In my own case God has used these desires to lead me to live and witness for him overseas. And as for the desire for beauty, it drives me to try to cherish my wife and enrich our marriage as much as possible.

The reason this book has made such an impact is that it scratches where many men are itching and is honest about the problem the western church has with the role of men. I don't think all it's answers are correct, but when it was written there simply weren't any books covering the same ground.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - a breath of fresh air 17 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Personally I found this book immensely helpful, speaking to masculine emotions and issues in a way that other "how to" Christian books just don't quite reach. So many times I have felt deflated when simply trying harder to be a man after God's heart didn't work - this book was genuinely helpful in sewing the various compartments of my life back into one seamless whole and helping me to be honest about my desires and hopes to God. However, if you want the proof of the pudding - ask my wife! She's recommended it to more women than I have men, and I've given away about 7 copies now....
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian men wear pants 21 Oct 2003
Where did men get the idea that we have to sacrifice our masculinity to be "good Christians"? In an age where gender roles are increasingly smudged and distorted, would you rather be a spineless, toothless Nice Guy or a Manly Man with a solid identity and knowledge of God's purpose in your life?
John Eldredge challenges us as Christian men to rediscover the passions of our youth. Christianity is not a prison of rules, regulations and restrictions; it is a battle to be won, an adventure to be experienced.
Eldredge puts us in front of a mirror that reflects the person we were meant to be. He enhances a sound scriptural base with an eclectic collection of movie clips, song lyrics, poetry and literature. (...)P>While this book will be most beneficial to men, I think women will get a lot out of this book as well, getting a better idea of how their man is really wired.
No more Mister Nice Guy. Get Wild!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conqueror. Not cave-man 2 Jun 2003
By Edward
This is a fantastic book. It deals with the universal feelings in men of deep anger, inadequacy and often lust. Men want to be men but seem to be born with a limp - never quite being able to be manly from the core of their beings. The result is a pretence: Macho man, effeminacy or as most wives can relate to an irresponsible inertia. The book leads men to be honest about this paralysis and directs the way to freedom - to be wild at heart as they were created to be.
Not just for men, it deals with women’s brokenness and will help them to understand their men's.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Men & Gentlemen 12 Sep 2003
By A Customer
This is an amazing book. Showing men that they can be who they know they really are. Deals with letting men be men, so that women can be women. May sound very sexist, but is infact highly liberating. This book is very freeing for men that read it, and for women that read it wow, you'll know what a man is & should be. Would highly recommend it. Buy one for yourself, read it & then pass it on! It is a book to share.
Will liberate Men everywhere!! Revolutionary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more Mr Nice Guy! 13 Jun 2007
I found this book very encouraging and insightful.

Men are not supposed to be the bland and benign nice guys the world and the church has insisted they be. God intended men to be dangerous and to fight for what is right, to win the heart of their wife, and together to embark on the adventure that life is.

Eldridge also does a great job in explaining where masculinity has gone wrong and how to help our sons to avoid the same mistakes.

This book was so good I read it twice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about mens walk 12 Nov 2006
By A bloke
I can honestly say that this is possibly one of the best books I've ever read.

Its rare that I find myself reading a book and agreeing with almost everything said, being challenged to the point that I am thinking about it all night long, laughing at some bits (with relief) and sobbing at other parts.

At first the book seems sexist, at first it seems wide from the mark, but as you work through it it turns from this to a book of great challenge and gentle guidance. Its also one of those books that you have to read at least twice straight off.

Really if you are struggling with the question of men or masculinity this is an essential.
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. Larcher
5.0 out of 5 stars NAILED IT
An absolut wake up call and mindset free. I really recomend this book to all men, everstraight or men with same sex atraction who is not happy with it.
Published 1 month ago by Ismael Macaia
5.0 out of 5 stars Really inspirational book
This book is amazing! The author is very honest and it is a very engaging book to help you to understand how God will help you to be a real man!
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Franks
5.0 out of 5 stars great read, inspiring
Living out the life of a man as God intended in relationship with Him, executing the vision God has placed in your heart. This is what this book is about.
Published 4 months ago by Simon Doneghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Inspirational
God inspired, delving to the heart of man's problem and providing a practical way forward for men to live as authentic Christian men as God designed us to be.
Published 4 months ago by Colin Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Every person needs to read this book. EVERY person.
Only one Book has had a greater impact on my life. FINALLY, I felt validated. That I WASN'T weird. That it was OKAY to feel like a warrior looking for a beauty to rescue. Read more
Published 5 months ago by valiantdefender
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought to accompany the Course
My husband has been attending a "Wild at Heart" course for men at our church which spanned several weeks. The course was based on the book.
Published 7 months ago by E Hattersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Discover the truth about your soul!!!!
Insightful, honest and thought provoking.
Read this book and did the DVD series, and had questions I hadnt been able to properly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by SurvivorPete
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
Every man and woman in the Body of Christ should read this book. A profound message that would get us closer to resolving a lot of the issues we seem to have with each other.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. O. Campbell
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