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John Eldredge is an author, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recovering their own hearts in God’s love, and learning to live in God’s Kingdom. He lives near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781400280278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400280278
  • ASIN: 1400280273
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather's cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife, Stasi, in high school (in drama class). But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.

John earned his master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons (Samuel, Blaine, and Luke), their golden retriever (Oban), and two horses (Whistle and Kokolo). While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. He loves the outdoors passionately, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression "far out" way too much.

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By David Lerner on April 14, 2009
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...if not for the fact that it's essentially The Way of the Wild Heart in paperback, with a few chapters removed from this version. It sure would have been great to know that before I ordered it. So I'm publishing this review, as a service to my fellow Amazon.com customers. If you've read The Way of the Wild Heart, then you've pretty much read this one, too...
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By R. Simons on May 6, 2009
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Fathered by God is indeed a re-release of part of The Way of the Wild Heart. The Way of the Wild Heart was like two books (a book on being parented by God and then how, in turn, to be a parent to children). Because of the volume of material and confusion with the title Wild at Heart, another of John E's books, it has been split. Fathered by God is a product of that split--a book solely on being parented by God. The author's website is clear about this, but Amazon makes no mention and the publishers failed to put any information on the book. So yes, the book is not meant for those who have already read The Way of the Wild Heart, but is a focused version to help the book be more palatable to new readers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kennedy on August 24, 2009
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This book is simply a re-release of The Way of the Wild Heart: A Map for the Masculine Journey When I received it and was anticipating something new, that is a bit of a let down. I wish I had read the reviews first. ;)
From the website: "In 2006 John released The Way of the Wild Heart--a deep and full book with guidance for men and for those raising boys. The title proved to be confusing; many people mistook it for Wild at Heart and missed out on it's contents. Fathered by God is a slimmer version of The Way of the Wild Heart and our hope is that the nine out of ten men who loved Wild at Heart but missed out on this message will discover it now, and discover in it all that they need to carry on the journey."

What this means is, if you have never read "Way of the Wild Heart" and aren't raising young men of your own, then this book is great, and you should definitely buy it.
But for those who, either read "Way of the Wild Heart" already or are raising their own men, get "Way of the Wild Heart" instead.

As for the text itself, it is exciting and absorbing. Reading it, one continuously gets that feeling of "Yes, that's what I wanted to say but I didn't know the words." It is encouraging and comforting. But it is also challenging, the message challenges you to stand up, grow up, and be a Man.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Schnitz on August 8, 2009
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I have not read Eldredge's book "Way of the Wild Heart" so the material in this book was all pretty new to me. I am a pretty big fan of Eldredge's work especially his book "Wild At Heart." "Wild At Heart" has influenced my life more than any non-religious book I have ever read and I feel Eldredge has continued to masterfully pass his wisdom and insight in this book. Like he did in "Wild At Heart," this book just really speaks to a man's soul and helps him understand the path of manhood as God desinged it. There are so many "uninitiated men" (as Eldredge refers to them in this book) in our society because they have not been fathered and taught how to actually be men. This book really helps to give the reader insight into the areas where men in our society miss out on being initiated into true manhood. Not only does the book point out where we may have been wronged by our earthly fathers, but it gives the reader direction on where he needs to head in our journey towards God ordained manhood. I would highly reccommend this book to every man.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Reeb Jr. on February 5, 2010
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John Eldredge made clear in a previous work, "Wild at Heart," that he sees a crisis in the Christian church caused by the absence of men in many congregations. His main argument in support of the need for men to return is to show them that they are not obliged to check their manhood at the church door. Indeed, Christ himself is shown to be far from the meek, submissive soul that his mistaken followers and secret antagonists make Him out to be. Eldredge carries forward that perspective by making the case in "Fathered by God" for God's shaping men in full accord with their created nature. That is, God really wants men to be men who lead but do not oppress, who fight but do not pillage, who advise but do not hector. Alternating references to Scripture with common-sense observations (many rooted in the Bible, particularly Proverbs), the author of this heartfelt work means to show men that they need not war with their own nature to serve God but to let the Holy Spirit show them how to make that nature serves God's beneficent purposes. Those belonging to churches where men are active and participating may wonder why Elder's work is necessary, but the undeniable fact of female dominated congregations in many instances--not to mention the crisis of male behavior in many of those churches to which they belong (alcoholism, drug addiction, spousal and child abuse, philandering and adultery, divorce and violent crime), should be proof enough. Highly recommended for Christian men, but all others too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheriffe J. Oliver on July 8, 2011
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Beautiful writing on how our Father, God, intentionally engages us in a way our earthly fathers cannot. A must read for any man, no matter the age. It serves as a great gift as well! I've bought two copies for my future father in law and my best friend. I see myself buying more for other friends as well.
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