Book Review: Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul (Revised and Expanded) by John Eldredge

If you’ve never read any of John Eldredge’s books, you need to. I have read a bunch of his works and Wild at Heart is among his best. The book I received is the “Revised and Expanded” version, which means there’s a bit more info and some extra add-ons at the end of the book.

The thing that impresses me most about Eldredge and Wild at Heart is his method of writing. He doesn’t merely give you ideas and concepts concerning manhood. Rather, he wraps and intertwines the entirety of the text in story. Not just any story, but the story: God’s story. For me, which isn’t saying much, it makes sense to begin with the overarching story of God and his actions in order to see how our stories fit into His. Thus, when looking into “Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul” it is sensible to begin with the archetypal man: Adam.

The main thrust of the Wild at Heart is following the story of Adam and Eve and by seeing what happened in their story as normative for our own. Eldredge essentially follows the flow of Adam and Eve’s narrative from their nascent origins and destructive choice(s) to their ultimate restoration and healing of their scars. All the while, Adam, and as a result, us as well,  are engaged in a battle similar to those stories which move us men. Pulling from stories such as Braveheart and Gladiator, he demonstrates the inner strength and motivation all men have towards rescue and adventure. Is there something bigger than all of us, yet residing within all of us, that seeks to emulate the stories of love, beauty, and struggle? Are we seeking to win back our woman, land, and perhaps, ourselves?

Overall, Eldredge paints a picture that will resound with most men. Wild at Heart isn’t a step-by-step manual for men to discover their manliness by spending a weekend outdoors killing things. Instead it is a text concerning itself with the story of how our stories make sense because of the God who is involved in our lives. Definitely worth reading.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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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