Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge – Book Review

As boys, they want to be warriors, they want to battle, and wage war on the enemy. As men, they feel confined to the “nice guy” role. John Eldredge writes in his revised “Wild at Heart” that God designed men to fulfill the dreams they have as boys, to be dangerous, passionate, alive and free.

As a wife and mother of two boys, I selected this book because I wanted to gain new perspective on how to encourage the men in my life to fulfill those dreams. To be the men God wants them to be. I wanted to ensure that I was not stifling them.

To my dismay, I didn’t get there. I’m typically a voracious reader, and struggled to get through this book. It simply did not speak to me. I didn’t feel as though it was aimed towards men in general, and at times, I didn’t really know that it was aimed towards anything. The author made reference to such popular movies as “Braveheart” and “Gladiator” and I was left feeling like he was grasping for some way to tie in the idea of the adventurer, the warrior. Unfortunately, trying to compare the everyday lives of our men to the Hollywood portrayals of men from a different time and place was simply to to much of a stretch.

While I can agree with his mission, that men should not be stifled by the church, but should instead fulfill God’s will in their lives, I’m just not sure that Eldredge provided any true guidance on how to make that happen.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  1. What a bummer. I hate it when I get all excited about a book and then it completely lets me down.

  2. I read the same book and I foudn it to be a bit of a let down too..