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Wild at Heart

Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
Narrated by: John Eldredge
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

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.

In Wild at Heart, John Eldredge invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man's soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer.

©2003 John Eldredge (P)2003 Oasis Audio LLC

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"The exceptional writing and ideational balance (and a sensitive interpretation by Kelly Dolan) make this a compelling effort to integrate the hero's gritty nature with the public good." ( AudioFile)

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Personal evocative & clear

Just completed the first read in. Got to read again. Too good for one serving!

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Great Book

While listening to this audio book I had a feeling or a sense of Deja Vu.

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A rousing vision of being a man in Christ

particularly affected by assertions like "God is wild" and the question every boy wants answered "am I strong? am I formidable?"
well written. moving on to Robert Bly's Iron John next since it seems to be heavily referenced in here

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just replace jesus with love

An excellent guide for men. i found the reasons for any mans struggle to grasp life and make choices, to be compelling and eye opening. if you are not christian or, like me, have no asperations to be, then simply replace the parts where john connects with jesus and instead connect with love. if you manage this you are good to go and will find yourself a better person for having the knowledge shared in this book.

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  • 10-12-18

Every Christian man should read this

Now this is how a Christian man should live, boldly, with compassion but strength. A more "muscular" Christianity than the traditional milquetoast you get on a Sunday.

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great book

even as an atheist there is a lot in here to relate to ! !

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The message of the book is refreshing

The book reaches into the hearts of men and stirs you to live and be alive

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deeply moving <br />

This book is truly inspiring . I recommended any man going through any trouble single or married . rediscover themselves and reunite with God.

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Relevant, challenging and inspiring

I have read/listened to this book a few times now over the past 4years - each time I am challenged by something new and it has given me the confidence and reassurance I need to be who I am and who I believe God wants me to be.

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  • Michael
  • 05-07-04

Healing & Understanding

Wild at Heart was dropped into my hand at a time of personal crisis. My life was upside down and inside out. Having walked with the Lord for 27 years I had answers to many of the questions that we, as men, ask oursevles. Yet some of the most important questions had gone unanswered or worse were never really asked.

John carefully and successfully opened up my heart as no other man has (excpet Jesus) and delivered Healing, Understanding and Passion.

His writing style is personal and easy. I highly recommend Wild at Heart.

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  • Scott
  • 24-06-05

A must read for any christian man

Just when you think you're a man & that life is good...this read (or listen) brings you down to reality and let's you know you are far from being a "man of God." Perhaps if you're reading this, your marraige isn't the same as it was during that first year. Perhaps adding your own children into the mix has changed many of the reasons you married in the first place. Find out what truly makes you tick and empty that closet of all the cobwebs. Perhaps, rediscover your marriage and learn how to be a man of God! It may be one of many ways to prevent the generational pass down of poor fatherhood...or at least the realization of it.

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  • Gene
  • 01-08-04

Wild at Heart

Fabulous!! Eldredge hits a Home Run with this crucial work. Any of us who have struggled with what society has tried to force us to do and not asked us or allowed us to be the man God intended us to be, needs to read this awesome work.
This book is timeless and will continute to help men return to the strong physical, spiritual and emotional leaders God created them to be.

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  • Trisha
  • 25-08-07

Good enough to listen to again!

My husband and I both loved this book, we listened to it more than once. It helped us to understand the basis for the core differences between man and woman, and why we need each other. It helped me to understand the vulnerabilities my husband has, even though he tries hard to hide them.

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  • Sharon Sanderson
  • 11-09-04

WOW

All I can say is WOW and I wish I had known some of these things before we had our 3 sons! This is a book for everyone! No nonsense and right in line with the scriptures. Read and be blessed!

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  • Frank
  • 18-08-04

Wild at Heart

Great book, definately stirs the soul

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  • Robert
  • 17-07-07

THE book for men

Went through this book and materials for the book at a mens study at church this past winter. Was totally any eye opener..Now that I have it downloaded, I can listen to the book while driving down the road..And each time a little more is discovered...I cannot recomend this book highly enough..And will say to read the companion book "Captivating" for the women..Has shone me just how badly I have treated the women in my life....Is a shame though to find this out so late in life..Men I do hope you get into this book, and take it too heart, as soon as you can in life..The rewads are there just waiting for you..

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  • Katrina
  • 13-12-07

A must read not only for men

Excellent book, really gave me insight not only into the masculine heart but my heart also. John has a way with words that speak not only in the mind but into the soul.

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  • Dylan
  • 26-11-18

Too Anecdotal

The authors arguments are mostly anecdotal based on scripture, movies, everyday life, etc. This is fine except his counterarguments strategy is to use anecdotal evidence to deny opposing views. Examples: We hold so tightly to scripture A that tells us to do this but that’s perceived wrong, we should focus on scripture B that tells us to do that... or... societal norm A is wrong because it’s not in our nature but societal norm B is right because it’s in our nature. The arguments just don’t hold much water. That paired with obvious strategies to pull at the readers emotions to create buy in made it hard to trust the advice or take it seriously.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-17

AMAZING!!!

I agree 100% I'm glad this book was recommended to me! we all need this book!

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