Book Notes: Wild at Heart John Eldredge

In 2001, we published Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. At the time, the conventional wisdom was that books for men don’t sell. Boy, were we wrong. Since that time it has sold more than 3 million copies. It is still one of my very favorites.

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If you walk into the average church, you will notice lots of bored men. For the last several decades, men have been taught that they can’t keep their promises, be spiritual leaders, talk to their wives, or raise their children.

But if they try really hard, they can reach the lofty summit of becoming—are you ready for this—a really nice guy. No wonder men are bored.

This is hardly the stuff that young boys dream of. They don’t aspire to grow up and become some version of “Mr. Rogers.”

Instead, boys and men long for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. That is how men bear the image of God; that is how God has made them. In this book, John invites his readers to discover the masculine heart and he unique role they play in God’s story.

I should also point out that this is not just a book for men. It is a book for anyone who wants to understand men, including wives and mothers of sons.

Question: If you have read Wild at Heart, what impact did it have on you?

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