Has it really been ten years since John Eldredge’s book Wild at Heart was published? I guess so.
This book was one of the first books to say, “Christian guys don’t need to be pansies” and for that, Eldredge deserves major props. I’ve blogged about this attitude previously, so I won’t rehash my comments here. I agree with Eldredge – wholeheartedly.
But my favorite part of Wild at Heart is not what Eldredge writes about men but what he writes about women. “Every woman years to be fought for…Every woman wants and adventure to share...Every woman wants to have a beauty to unveil.” That alone is worth the price of admission.
If you don’t know, I love everything about women. When someone wrote about “Wine, women and song,” he was writing about the three things that express God’s creative diversity and complexity better than anything else on earth. They’re the most awesomely, paradoxically, perplexingly beautiful creatures God ever thought of. And the one who lives with me as my wife is the pinnacle of his art!
And this is where Eldredge is at his best, speaking about the relationship between man and woman. He enjoys all men to rise above the silly feminine idea of a man that pervades the church. Let the women be women, and you be a man. Sweep your wife off her feet, let he feel desired and fought for, and invite her into a grand adventure of life together. Love your wife with a masculine intensity that does not allow you to take her for granted or put her on a shelf. This is the core of his thoughts, although he expands far beyond it.
I’ve read Wild at Heart before, and while I don’t agree with everything Eldredge says, I do think that this one idea is worth the price of the book. It is close to my heart because it is something I had to face in my marriage. We had to unlearn the way I thought I was supposed to love my wife and rebuild our marriage almost from the ground up. It was hard, and I’m not bragging, but I don’t know if most marriages would have survived it; but ours did. And it was in no small part thanks to God speaking to me through Wild at Heart and teaching me a better Christian masculinity.
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