I just finished reading my third book of this challenge! Yay! I may have actually cheated a little bit but I never said you could not listen to the book on CD when I came up with the challenge. So, I guess I should really say I just finished listening to Wild At Heart on CD. Better? Anyway, here are my thoughts on this awesome book.
I loved all of the biblical illustrations that John Eldredge pulled in when talking about the different aspects of what a true man is supposed to look like. I know I know, this book is definitely more aimed towards men, but I think it is good to read it as well so that we as women can encourage our men to be the strong warriors that we often need them to be in our lives. After listening and while I was listening to this book, I could not help but think about the kind of men that I have encountered not just in the church but most of the time in general. I’ll go on a little rabbit trail there in my overall section. I just liked how he showed how God intended for men and women to be and how society and even the church today has made them not live out that intended purpose.
He got a little touchy feely for my taste sometimes. It happens. Its just a personal writing preference depending on the book genre. I was not expecting touchy feely and so was taken back when there was some of that in there. Other than that, I really liked the book!
It was a really good book. It made me super glad that TJ had read it and that he is the strong warrior like man that I do need him to be. I remember looking around at the young men around me in college and being like I want a man who is going to fight for me and who is going to give me adventure, not one is going to fight to get me and then forget that I need to be pursued and leave me to tend to the home. TJ knows he needs to fight for me, my soul all the time. It is not that I purposely withhold it, its just an innate human desire to feel wanted. God created woman for man. Man needs woman and woman needs man. I think if couples would just realize that pursuing does not stop in dating, then maybe marriages would last a whole lot longer. But men pursue until marriage, then women sometimes try to domesticate their man. The gender roles get switched in and out of the church. We women (I can be guilty of this) try to be in charge, when we are supposed to support our husbands who are the ones who are supposed to be in charge. Society has tried to conform men to be nice, safe, guys. I don’t know about you but I want a hubby who is willing to take risks to be who God wants him to be. I am so grateful that I got TJ and that he is not shy about who he is and what God has called him to be.
If you have read this book, what are your thoughts? If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it whether you are a man or a woman.