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Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul Paperback – January 1, 2006
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If you're the type that feels it's your god-given duty to scour the texts of books to find all "the errors" and expose "heresy", I'm sure you can (or already have) gleefully torn away at John's message. But, honestly, I ask, "Really? Why not just become an IRS agent instead?" And, I say, "Get a life." Sincerely, I say, go get a life that worth's living! Stop hiding behind your computer or your pulpit or your religious duties or your secret addictions and find the wide open spaces of life!
The message of WAH, both in the book and in the retreats Ransomed Heart put on based on this message was an invitation for me to experience God in ways I never thought possible and to experience life in its fullness in ways I never thought possible. And not only was it an invitation, it was permission to finally live my life. Maybe that doesn't make sense to many, but it was a game-changer for me. After returning from a WAH retreat, my wife literally said to me, "What happened? You even look different." My life will never be the same. Nor will the life of my wife and my children.
That being said, though the book focuses primarily on men, Eldridge spends quite a bit of time also exploring women and how they relate to us. I would encourage any woman to take the time to read this book, as it will not only illuminate much of the heart of the men in your life, it will also directly deal with some of the impacts they (especially Fathers) have had on you, whether positive or negative.
Most importantly, Eldridge does not simply point out what is wrong. He goes on to show how these failures can be addressed and amended. How you can start working to be the man you should be, rather than accept the shadow of manhood that you are. How to move on from the failures of your past, and embrace rather the wildness that is buried in your heart.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, male or female, old or young, Christian or not. As a father of boys, this book has helped me to recognize the failures of my own father and strive to not repeat them. As a husband, it has helped me understand how to be a servant to my wife, and a protector to our family. As a man, it has opened my eyes to the driving desires of my own heart, helped me recognize the lies I tell myself and have been told, and helped me understand the importance of what it really means to be a Man.
While this book is great pastorally, I would never go to John Eldredge for reliable biblical exegesis or good theology. His training is as a counselor, and it is through that lens that he reads scripture. As long as you keep that in mind, this book will be great for most men, and for women seeking to better understand the male mind.