Many men face two looming questions at some point in their life: "What does it mean to be a man, and am I one?" In his bestselling book, Wild at Heart, Eldredge empowered men to embark on an adventure to reclaim their manhood. The Way of the Wild Heart offers a detailed map on how to become a man. Exploring six biblically based stages of manhood, Eldredge initiates men into a new understanding and ownership of their masculinity and equips them to effectively lead their sons to manhood. Along the way, men will find what their father never gave them. Women will discover that before her man can love freely, he needs validation as a man, and parents will learn how boys become good men.
According to Eldredge, whose book Wild at Heart has been a fixture on the CBA
and PW's monthly religion bestseller lists, Christian men have lost their way.
How can the church empower its men to find that path of spiritual growth that
will enable them to grow up into the image of God? Eldredge, founder and
director of Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colo., attempts to
answer this question in this helpful guide, a praxis-oriented follow-up volume
to Wild at Heart. He begins with the observation that "God is a God of
process," then identifies six stages through which men pass in their life
journeys: boyhood, cowboy, warrior, lover, king and sage. Eldredge describes
typical behaviors that occur in each stage, and illustrates them with examples
primarily from the Bible but also from secular biographies, popular films and
legends. He views the transition from one stage to another as a time when
"something in us needs to be dismantled and something needs to be healed," a
form of damage control that allows men to advance along Eldredge's "map."
Eldredge insists that the church has not served its male population well and
calls for greater insight into the masculine journey. (Nov.) Copyright 2006
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