Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

“Life is not a problem to be solved, it is an adventure to be lived.”

I picked up Wild at Heart when I was a young man in college trying to find my own faith. At that time I was very confused. I didn’t know exactly what role God played in my story or what role I played in God’s story. I wasn’t sure what it meant to be a man of God. When I looked around the church I didn’t find any men I want to imitate. Churched men are so boring and uninteresting, and whenever there is a men’s retreat or meeting, it’s always about sexual purity or how to read the Bible better. They are genuine topics, but topics that have been so exhausted and overdone.

Wild at Heart was recommended to me by a friend and at first I was very skeptical. I didn’t want another book about how to be an honorable and nice gentleman. It only took one chapter to realize that this was not your typical book for Christian men.

A man is a very dangerous thing and we are reminded of that every day. Over the years, society and the church has tried to suppress a male’s basic instincts in hopes that he will not be so dangerous. John Eldredge suggests that we find our dangerous side, understand it, and use it for good. “A man is a dangerous thing. So is a scalpel. It can wound or it can save your life.”

I recommend Wild at Heart to any man who feels over-churched or bored with the life God has promised. Clearly we have missed something and we need to find it again.

I definitely don’t think that Eldredge believes that men need to be action-packed-daredevil-mountain climbers to be spiritual; however I can see how someone can get that from this book and feel somewhat confused or lost.