July 10, 2014 by Jen Cudmore
I love to read. (Don’t roll your eyes and say ‘duh’!)
I’m always looking for a good book, whether it be a novel, or some kind of personal growth book about Christian life, marriage, or parenting. And somehow God seems to wave the right book in front of my nose at just the right season of my life.
I was astounded several years back when I came across Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. I couldn’t believe all the stuff I was missing! I can’t tell you specifically what hit me because I loaned out my first copy which had all my notes in it (did I tell you I write all over my books so I can go back and refresh my memory on what I learned or what moved me?)
Anyway, the point is I learned a great deal about how God made men. I was still pretty new in my marriage, so this book helped me better understand my husband. But I also learned a great deal about my dad, all my brothers, and the future ahead of my son. I actually wrote a post back in October about this book as it pertains to raising sons.
The basic idea that John portrays is that there are three needs deep-rooted into the heart of a man. They all want:
1) A battle to fight
2) A beauty to rescue
3) An adventure to live
He explains that many men are led to believe the Christian life is all about being a nice guy, but that’s not God’s plan. I highly recommend this book for women, even though it’s technically directed to men.
Every man was once a boy. And every little boy has dreams, big dreams, dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.
But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are . . . bored.
From his site: 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, recover their own hearts in God’s love, and learn to live in God’s Kingdom. John earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs. They have three sons, a golden retriever, and two horses.
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