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According to Eldredge, whose book Wild at Heart has been a fixture on the CBA and PW's monthly religion bestseller lists, Christian men have lost their way. How can the church empower its men to find that path of spiritual growth that will enable them to grow up into the image of God? Eldredge, founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colo., attempts to answer this question in this helpful guide, a praxis-oriented follow-up volume to Wild at Heart. He begins with the observation that "God is a God of process," then identifies six stages through which men pass in their life journeys: boyhood, cowboy, warrior, lover, king and sage. Eldredge describes typical behaviors that occur in each stage, and illustrates them with examples primarily from the Bible but also from secular biographies, popular films and legends. He views the transition from one stage to another as a time when "something in us needs to be dismantled and something needs to be healed," a form of damage control that allows men to advance along Eldredge's "map." Eldredge insists that the church has not served its male population well and calls for greater insight into the masculine journey. (Nov.)
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About the Author

John Eldredge is a counselor, teacher, and the author of numerous bestselling books including Wild at HeartEpic, and Beautiful Outlaw. He is the director of Ransomed Heart, a ministry restoring masculinity to millions of men worldwide. John loves fly fishing, bow hunting,  and great books. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Stasi.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Int edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785288686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785288688
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,502 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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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Miles on October 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mark Twain once said, "Most men die at 27, we just bury them at 72." John Eldredge is a master at explaining this puzzling quote from Mark Twain with his newest book, The Way of the Wild Heart.

Eldredge says that in our technologically advanced/post-industrial revolution world, we have "Unfinished" or "Uninitiated" men. By this he means that we men can get spiritually stuck in an earlier stage of our development, even though we continue to mature physically. There are six stages of masculine maturity according to Eldredge, ranging from Boyhood, Cowboy/Ranger, Warrior, Lover, King, and the Sage. As a man grows, he can get wounded at one of the earlier stages, and never grow out of it, so he never fully realizes his God-given potential.

Fans of Wild at Heart will draw strength from each page, and it will be hard for a man to put this book down. Eldredge has not only grown as an author in my opinion, but this book is backed up with solid scripture that drives home his points.

This is a book that I will go back to again and again as I raise my son and have influence over those in the next generation. This is a must-read for any man, and especially those working with men.

It's time for all men to follow the Way of the Wild Heart, and raise our sons to do the same.

Our world will forever be grateful.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knudsen on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having read the first half of the book, I was starting to think it was more of an in-depth work book of 'Wild at Heart'. But then I started learning new things that made the whole book worth while reading.

It only takes one paragraph from a book like this to help a man bring parts of his life into perspective that he has been struggling with. 'Wild at Heart' did this for me and now 'The Way of the Wild Heart' has also enlightened me on certain subjects that I was not getting answers on from elsewhere.

Thank-you John Eldredge for stepping out and publishing a very personal book like this. I know your books have touched many a man's heart, and have also shown them what it takes to raise their son's to become men of God.

I would urge you to overlook the negative reviews of this book. I really don't think the negative reviewers understand what the author is trying to get across. This book is not the definite guide book to being a man, nor does the author want you to feel that way. Even though he heavily explores an important aspect of being a man, he does not leave out the other ones. In fact he does a good job of covering all the different aspects that the negative reviewers are saying he rejects!

The readers are not only shown how to implement what is shown in this book into their lives, but into their sons lives.

I would encourage all men, religious or non-religious, fathers or not, to read this book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rebecca Orchard on July 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've been going through an intensive Dark Night of the Soul, with God digging down into my heart to dredge up old wounds and expose them for healing through insight and/or submitting them to Him. Because this book is so clearly directed to men, I didn't expect to find much of use in it, but OH MY GOSH! It's THE best thing I've read during this very difficult time in my life! It is ministering directly to my deep father wounds and providing a bridge to wholeness - the words fairly leap off the page, directly into my heart. THANK you, John Eldredge.

I completely identify with the curse of having been left to myself in childhood to find my own way, teach myself, "raise" myself, learn it all on my own. And Eldredge expresses the pain of that so well in his book - the reviewer who criticized that aspect just DIDN'T GET IT. In fact, he didn't get the point in any of his criticisms. To find someone who identifies so well with how it feels to be "fatherless," is healing in itself. As a woman, "The Question" for me isn't supposed to be "Do I have what it takes?" but everything Eldredge says about feeling scared and alone and fearful of doing anything is so familiar to me. We do it anyway, I've even achieved a PhD in psychology, but with such self-doubt and pain along the way, devoid of a cheerleader. There's resentment that goes along with it, even when we feel guilty for feeling any kind of anger. And disbelief that God is really a loving Father - to ME. Huh? What does that even MEAN?? I have limped along in life and viewed with great envy and yearning the close, intimate, blissful relationships other friends have enjoyed with the heavenly Father, and just couldn't figure out how to get there myself. To know that I'm not alone is such a comfort.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on August 21, 2007
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I've read Eldredge's first book, Wild at Heart, and believe he has as good of a work here if not better. Wild at Heart is a pre-requisite to gain the most benefit from this volume. Even without having read the first title however, Eldredge here will resonate with many Christian male readers.

I simply don't understand how other reviewers can say this book is shallow on its Biblical content -- I don't believe I have seen a better analogy to the life of David in any other work. The masculine journey, according to Eldredge, begins first at boyhood, then progresses to the cowboy, then warrior, lover, king and finally sage. While the author doesn't bluntly offer chapter and verse for the ideas he shares, anyone familiar with the life of David can see clearly the parallels.

I recommend this book to all Christian men. Grandfathers, fathers, and sons alike will all find something here to inspire to walk closer to God and to develop much-needed relationships with other Christian men. This title is well-worth the price.
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