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Christian lecturer and counselor John Eldredge follows up his bestselling Sacred Romance with The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed Of, a book whose very title evokes hope and possibility. The first half of Journey of Desire argues that Christians have forsaken their heart's desire due to the failures and sorrows of life. This is tragic, Eldredge insists, because "absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it." A rousing call to search for the life you've only dreamed of ensues. The question naturally arises as to the "wayward" desire that lies within us, and how it is to be controlled let alone differentiated from our true desires. While the answer isn't clear, the second half of the book focuses on what Christians have to look forward to in heaven--what they are to set their hope upon. Each chapter begins with insightful literary quotes and aptly applied modern song lyrics pertaining to the upcoming text. While the contents could fuel many a theological debate, Eldredge does inspire one to consider what lies in the recesses of his heart, and for Christians hopefully it is a primarily desire for God alone. --Jill Heatherly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785267166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785267164
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Stephans VINE VOICE on November 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
While meeting with a friend at Barnes and Noble, I shared with him a recent experience I had that caused me considerable disappointment and grief. After listening to my story, he disappeared for a few minutes, and when he returned he set a book on the table and told me I had to read it. The book was The Journey of Desire by John Elderidge.

I took my friend's word for it and read the book. He was right! I did need to read the book. I do not recall ever reading a book that seemed to speak directly to me as this one did. If prior to his writing this book, I had sat down with Elderidge and shared specific details of my life with him, I do not think he could have written a book that speaks to me more than The Journey of Desire does.

In The Journey of Desire, Elderidge delves into the mystery of redemptive life in a fallen world. He speaks to the disappointment and disillusionment that Christians experience as we try to live the life we desire and have known only in our dreams. He writes, "We all know the dilemma of desire, how awful it feels to open our hearts to joy only to have grief come in. They go together. We know that. What we don't know is what to do with it, how to live in this world with desire so deep in us and disappointment lurking behind every corner."(23)

Elderidge teaches the reader to examine his or her heart and to discern whether there is still hunger and thirst for the heart's desires or whether grief and disappointment have caused apathy and complacence. The book works to resurrect the God-inspired heart's desires that we all possess.

Elderidge reminds us that the greatest enemy to holiness is not passion but apathy.
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I have now read all three of the books in the Sacred Romance series. The last two volumes authored by John Eldridge are far superior to the first volume co-authored with the late Brent Curtis. It appears God has used the painful, tragic death of a close friend to make a much better writer of John Eldridge.
This work is not so much about desire for life in itself, but rather about the lack of desire for life and the regaining of it. Eldridge speaks of a passion for living, and how multitudes of Christians have lost it by settling for little or no passion at all. The author takes the reader through a literary journey to recapture the deepest desire of one's heart, which is ultimately nothing less than a love relationship with God himself.
I enthusiastically recommend this book and the third book in the Sacred Romance series, "Wild at Heart." The author is Scriptural, spiritual, and sound theologically. Your devotional life will be greatly enhanced as a result of reading them.
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From reading the publisher's review above (I wonder if they even read this book) one would have no idea how paradigm-busting this book is. The author takes off on themes that remind me of John Piper's Future Grace, but in my estimation the implications and potential for life change goes way beyond it.
The author quotes Gerald May, "There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake... Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire."
Power to move us, to sustain us, is found in the well of our own desire.
From the flyleaf: "The modern church often teaches people to kill desire and call that sanctification. The author writes, "Christianity is not an invitation to become a moral person. It is not a program for getting us in line or for reforming society... at its core, Christianity begins with an invitation to desire."
He shows that there are only three options for dealing with our desire: (I'm paraphrasing) 1) distract it, 2) Deaden it, 3) Get to know it. The world shouts to distract, sadly most often the Church works to deaden it. Wholeness is found in embracing our desires as God given, and with it, the pain of unfulfilled dreams.
Through this book, I personally experienced a sort of death and resurrection. Death to what John calls "arranging for our life" and a new life of rest and adventure, now exploring my deep desires as a journey into the heart of God without distraction. While Journey of Desire is absolutely mind-blowing it is also very readable. This is a powerful little book!
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The book was absolutely excellent. For any Christian who is seeking to live his/her life with authenticity and integrity, this book will be like a glass of refreshing water for you. It asks us not only to be honest about who we are, what we really want, but why we want it. And this honesty will in turn lead us to the only Person who is capable of fulfilling our deepest desires.
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All my life I 've searched for the answer to my unending misery and disappointment. I believe in Christ but have largely bought into mistaken ideas that being a Christian is all about doing the right thing. No one's advocating doing the wrong things, but simply put, I want more, much more. I want to know God. At last I'm finding the words in print that explain my inner uncomfortability and help me understand what the Gospels are trying to say to me and mankind. I believe it is possible I have for the most part missed the true message. this book has helped me discover what my heart hunger has been trying to tell me for almost 30 years.
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