The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldredge

When I first read Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, I felt enlightened, motivated, and energized. Finally I had found a resource for men striving to be authentic, strong Christians. Though he began to become repetitive, I continued reading other works by Eldredge that focused on deep, meaningful relationships. When I picked up The Way of the Wild Heart, I was hoping Eldredge could recapture the impact of Wild at Heart and further inspire jaded men in the church.

The heart of the book centers on the six stages of masculine journey and how to raise a son properly within that journey. The stages include boyhood, cowboy, warrior, lover, king, and sage. Each stage is unique and requires special attention. Eldredge describes each stage in excessive details and follows with personal overly dramatic stories about how he and his friends have raised their so-to-be-men sons.

Though I do not directly disagree with anything from the book, I do feel like the images presented are a bit over the top and unnecessary. Much of the imagery used by Eldredge is drawn from the wilderness (rock climbing, fishing, hiking, etc.) or romantic images of the medieval ages (knights, warriors, damsels, swords). I do not believe a boy needs to succumb to these masculine stereotypes to develop into a man. When you read this book, focus more on the relationship between the boy and others (father, mother, family, older men, etc.). That is the important part that should be emphasized.