Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

What makes a man tick? John Eldredge addresses this question (and many more) in his bestselling book, Wild at Heart. He claims masculinity is having a crisis. Men have constructed a facade to hide their true identity and desire. Eldredge attributes this trend to some event that made a child believe that his father did not approve of him. In one case, a young pianist was insulted by his macho father. Instead of becoming the next Beethoven, the child completely stopped playing the piano and continued to ignore his true desires throughout life. Eldredge also believes that men have an inclination toward violence. Although this is natural, Christianity has resorted to creating passive men who become bored with their lives.

I did not have a clue what Wild at Heart was about when I first opened it. When I first realized I was reading a book geared toward men, I did not feel I could relate to it in at all. However, the book completely drew me in. I found myself identifying with several of Eldredge’s points. I especially loved how the book is peppered with many movie quotations, poems, personal letters, and of course, Bible quotations. Overall, I would recommend Wild at Heart to both men and women. It is a quick but powerful read.

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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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