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Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face Paperback – September 13, 2016
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About the Author
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. John and his wife, Staci live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Samuel Eldredge began his writing career in second grade with a memorable essay on penguins. He graduated with a bachelors in English and is currently developing an online journal for men. In his spare time he enjoys cigars and films by Hayao Miyazaki. When he goes out of doors he loves to ride motorcycles, sail, and adventure with his wife, Susie. They currently live in Minneapolis.
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How do I know I am making the right choices? Am I loving my wife and daughter well? What is my purpose and am I missing it?
Why does God have me in the job I am in? Am I alone in all of this? I feel needy.
These have been a few of the questions that I have had in my young adult life. Killing Lions touches on every one. It takes the pressure of of having it all together. I have a Father, really. He knows me, sees me and loves me.
To all the guys out there wrestling and searching, this book is a knife when you're caught in a net.
page 9. (John)
This is time for revolution, and one of the great wonders of Christianity is the idea that you are born into your times, to set your times aright...
Fredrick Buechner believed that, "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the worlds deep hunger meet."
Thank you Sam for asking the questions. Thank you John for answering them.
Thank you Jesus for validating who I am and giving me a new identity.
The topics of conversation listed in this book read like a grocery list from my journals for the past twenty years. Questions unanswered by all the theologians, pastors, lay church leaders and friends whom I've loved and respected over the years. I remember mentioning to my wife, fourteen years ago—I still remember where I was, in the kitchen of our first apartment—"honey, I think I need an older man to mentor me, to address this, whatever it is in my life that's missing."
Here’s my pitch: save yourself the sorrow of misinterpreting God’s intentions and your role in His story. Buy the book.
Sam, the 25 year old, recently married and wanting some everyday wisdom on how to approach marriage, his vocation, his faith, friendships, and how to cherish his wife provides the context. His dad, John, asks as many questions as he 'listens' to Sam and provides his views based on his experience as a 53 year old. Being a trained counsellor and coaching men in life provides John with greater depth as he is able to relate other mens experiences in addition to his own.
If you've read John's other books much of the content will not be new but being a witness to their conversation provides greater clarity and practical insight.
Particular highlights for me were Chapters 8 (A Few Questions about God) and 10 (Racing Toward the Unknown). Reading John share how he came to realise Jesus really is the way, the truth and the life is a very powerful witness. Then in the final chapter he raises a core question for all men: will I remain open to fathering?
The book also includes three of the Eldredge prayers: The Daily Prayer, Prayer of Guidance and Sexual Healing. All very useful to add to one's prayer arsenal.
I also bought the accompanying journal which enables the reader to explore each chapter on their own terms plus provides practical tips on additional reading, movies to watch, and questions to ask other men. It's a fabulous resource and I'd encourage everyone to buy it and work through it as you read the book.
This book is definitely geared to the young man and his early struggles in life, but some of the themes caught my attention for me having been through a previous marriage and career changes while trying to walk with God. Sam's lessons are relevant in many different seasons of a man's life to help clarify the past and give hope to the future. I have even thought there may be some lessons from the book my daughter can take from this as she leaves college into her first job and career.
There is an excellent chapter on prayer, praying against evil and praying against the noise of the evil one, which is very beneficial and well worth reading and following daily. Many of the Eldredge books incorporate the Daily Prayer and Prayer for Sexual Healing as does this one.
I took away much from the book, and knocked it down a star for some of its redundancy with other Eldredge books. This won't matter if you are new to 'Wild at Heart' and this will be a five star book for you, if you have a Christian background. Again, I think the book is a good one for those familiar with other Eldredge books for Christian men in all seasons of their lives.