To prove I’m not (too) biased in the ‘Books to Buy For Christmas‘ that I have people review on this blog, today, Jason Stasyszen (who many know as @br8kthru) has reviewed the book Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge.
Personally, I don’t like this book but the majority of people I know who have read it tell me I’m wrong and it’s awesome.
Let’s hear what Jason has to say:
Some say there are no differences at all. Some have taken the differences to silly levels as if all men should be macho jerks and all women should be prissy princesses, but what was in the heart of the Father as He created us as male and female?
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge is an attempt to reveal that heart of God for men and restore a more proper vision for his life.
I don’t think it’s a perfect book, but it certainly releases a lot of freedom and grace for those who’ve been turned off by Christianity’s seeming quest to turn men into wimpy nice guys. In other words, I think it’s a valuable start for those who may be struggling with these issues (of which I have).
It’s in my heart to see men truly transformed into the reality of all God has for us. There are fears that are common to us as males and certain desires, as the one for adventure, that is present to some degree.
The author outlines the various ways that men typically try to find meaning while pointing us toward the “true self” that God has given us through Christ. We often settle for validation in these other means than to embrace God’s best.
The book is an easy read with plenty of cultural references mixed with personal stories and stories from the Bible. It all flows together nicely to stir and encourage, to inspire and embolden.
Like I said, I feel like this is a great starting point. For men, it’ll offer some hope and freedom as well as understanding of what it means to be a godly man while embracing what makes us fundamentally male. For women, it will give an insight into the heart and mind of the men in their lives and may help them to cultivate and encourage those men.
All that said, if you read this with the Holy Spirit, there can be a wonderful conversation started in your own heart and between you and the Father. The challenges, encouragement, and hope presented within are certainly relevant for today.
Thank you, Jason. I know that my opinion is never even close to perfect and I love that we’re in a community that can share ideas, opinions, likes and dislikes. I hope that people read this book and get a lot out of it!
Here are all the books that have been recommended thus far:
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