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Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  5,577 Ratings  ·  263 Reviews
Waking the Dead leads readers to understand how to live from the heart, care for their hearts like the treasures of the kingdom, and give from fullness instead of emptiness. This message also shows how living from the heart can energize people to love God and others in a way they've never experienced, revealing to them life's purpose: fighting for the hearts of others.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 12th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 29th 2000)
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Mar 23, 2009 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recognizing Goodness - A Review of Eldredge’s Waking the Dead

Something happened with children of my generation (people some call Generation X) and those kids that followed mine. Somehow, through no one’s intention or desire, we became people who were taught both that self-esteem was absolutely essential for help AND that we are not really worth that much in the scheme of things. Somehow, when we started teaching kids that they were valuable and worthy and then started allowing them to act like a
Dec 04, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-hard-copy
This book spoke to me. It was like the words were jumping off the page as I read. Everything made sense.

'Waking the Dead' will always hold a special place in my heart because it is the book that helped me find my feet again when I had been down and who-knows-where for a long time. Nothing made sense, I was reluctantly giving up my faith, desperate for something to cling on to. Then I found this book on a friend's bookshelf - my interest was piqued by the title. I read the intro and knew I had to
Nov 25, 2011 Frank rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Waking the Dead by John Eldredge

"Waking the Dead" is a title that grabs your attention. It's even more of an eye-opener when you realize the author is not talking about the unsaved who have not yet found Christ. He's talking about us Christians.

"How can this be? " you may wonder. Even though we have Christ in us, all too often we're swallowed up by the events of our day to day lives so that to a large degree we're oblivious to spiritual reality. So much so that Christ, in his love
Aug 13, 2007 fleegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a God book. It was pretty clever. The author uses a lot of literary and movie examples to make his points and that's kinda neat, so instead of it being all, "hey! we should be like David and slay giants and pray and write songs!" the author is more, "hey! remember the part in the Matrix where Neo..."
May 10, 2010 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
The good insights are buried in a continuously meandering style. John Eldredge tends to ramble, and with so many analogies, I think he sometimes forgets to return to his thesis.

The thesis itself is a mixed bag (man's heart created good). I found a couple of his points questionable (our parents taught us lies about our hearts??), but some of his insights were really outstanding (chapter 11: "Fellowships of the Heart" was a gem).

In this book are hidden snippets of his life story, and I kept want
Apr 11, 2010 Selena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book makes you feel like your veins are filled with sunshine, and that every thought your brain has blossoms like huge white flowers. John Eldredge uses references from movies, quotes from book, and a fresh perspective to show his reader that the only way we can feel like we're living a worthwhile life is recognize that by being one with God, we have pure and precious hearts. But Eldredge doesn't merely say: Jesus loves you, he pries away the cover of that, and allows you climb into the bon ...more
JJ Vancil
Jan 12, 2012 JJ Vancil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-growth
This book is about the heart & it connects with the heart. John Eldredge is a master of telling stories and this book is proof. Countless personal stories & pictures from epic tales litter this book and add to its truth an emotional connection that moves the heart. The core truth and theme of this book is that the heart is good and needs to be set free & guarded. Moreover, we are at war and our heart is the goal. He attacks the false doctrine that we are wicked (after receiving Chris ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Good book.

I read one of his other books, Wild at Heart, with a small group of guys in my freshman year of college. In retrospect, I don't think all of my friends understood the purpose of that book. They'd dress up in armor and beat on each other. It's unfair but true, my friends at the time gave me a negative sense of that book and the author.

Now, years later, I finally get around to reading Waking the Dead and I'm pleased. This book is engaging and full of good wisdom. If you're a b
Jan 01, 2010 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Christians
Excellent work. John Eldredge is a gifted writer. He had a way of putting my secret thoughts on paper, in a way that made me say, “Hey, that’s just how I felt.” This is a must read for Christians in particular, because he deals with our core issues – our heart and the relationship we need to have with the Creator.

One aspect that stood out to me in the book was that everyone has a part to play. Each of us can contribute something. And each one of us can be used of God. The book brought to life t
May 28, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book about three years ago and skipped around and kept putting it down...probably because it was hitting too close to home.

We all have broken places in our hearts that need healing and this book explained why healing my heart matters (not only to me, but to everyone in my family, church and beyond) and how to get there. The journey is painful but simple and as a result of reading this book I am leaping over pitfalls in my life that used to trip me up every time.
I am not a fan of this author. This is one of his better books. I read it through in college, and I am thinking about skimming it again someday. The final chapters are an intricately written example prayer.
Mar 13, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my husband and I's lives. I saw a 180 degree heart change in him after he read this. He lost his father at a young age, and Jesus healed his heart from that loss through this words of this book.
Jenny Elizabeth
Apr 21, 2011 Jenny Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Oh John Eldredge, you sooth my aching soul.
Great idea; incomplete development.
Niel Knoblauch
Oct 22, 2013 Niel Knoblauch rated it it was amazing
This book is a glass of ice cold water on a hot day. Really enjoyed it and I take so much away with me...
Mar 10, 2017 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You always know what you're going to get with a John Eldredge book. You'll get some movie or book quotes, a lot of scripture and straight shooting, no bs advice on how to walk out this crazy journey called Christianity. Another great book that I'm sure I'll be revisiting in the future.
Jamie Pennington
Mar 15, 2017 Jamie Pennington rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I can't always relate to the movie comparissons he uses in the fact that I have never seen the movies the Marticx, the Two Towers, the Gladiator or most of the Star Wars or evn Chronicles of Narnia movies (I know I'm unamerican) I still highly recommend reading this book. It will not be the last of Eldredge's books I read.
Feb 24, 2017 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a remarkable read. John Eldredge is a very refreshing voice for a generation that finds themselves displaced in a shifting and eroding corporate church system. There is no shortage of articles on "Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church", etc, and I believe Eldredge answers many of these dilemmas through this book. Eldredge is intentional with his words, he is a captivating story teller and he is very vulnerable with his own experiences in his walk of faith. Eldredge's approach to w ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Although I can appreciate what Eldredge is seeking to communicate to the Body of Christ I'm not at all impressed with his book.

On a positive note, I do appreciate the emphasis Eldredge places on the heart as the wellspring of life, and rightly so. God redeems these broken hearts of ours so that He can indwell us and meet us there.

However, the reason this book didn't speak to me as much as I had hoped is because of three main assumptions which undergird Eldredge's whole argument: 1. The glory of
Mar 26, 2008 Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theological
Tremendous book. Brother John presents a new view of humanity and Christian living in Waking the Dead, one that is deeply rooted in our hearts. He points to a great swath of scriptures that really illuminate the heart and it's true power, especially as it is filled with the Holy Spirit and its full potential is realized. I have to say, I track with him. There are a lot of living dead in our churches, on our TVs, and on radio stations. As he says, it's easy to forget we're in a war. Out of all of ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2008
Twenty clear days a year-that sounds about like my life. I think I see what's really going on about that often. The rest of the time, it feels like fog, like the bathroom mirror after a hot shower. You know what I mean. What exactly are you perfectly clear on these days? How about your life? Why have things gone the way they have? Where was God in all that? And do you know what you ought to do next, with a deep, settled confidence that it will work out? Neither do I. Oh, I'd love to wake each mo ...more
Sep 17, 2007 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We live in a far more dramatic, far more dangerous story than we ever imagined. The reason we love The Chronicles of Narnia or Star Wars or The Matrix or The Lord of the Rings is that they are telling us something about our lives that we never, ever get on the evening news. Or from most pulpits. This is our most desperate hour. Without this burning in our hearts, we lose the meaning of our days. It all withers down to fast food and bills and voice mail and who really cares anyway? Do you see wh ...more
Dec 24, 2016 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the most significant book I've read this year. If you want to learn how to live from your heart, this is the book to read.
Mar 09, 2009 MannyO rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The glory of God is man fully alive. The heart is not fully alive until a person sees their way clearly, with God walking with them in stride. Waking the Dead helps you “see with the eyes of your heart” instead of just wanting to get through each day, and awakens your own relationship with God. By overcoming society’s preconceptions of what life is supposed to be and how to get there, this book explains that there is deeper meaning to life when its true purpose is found.
This book is set up in
Davidson Evans
Jul 11, 2013 Davidson Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
In this book Eldredge emphasizes the fact that the heart is the core to our being. Nowadays it seems that we forget it in the sea of our jobs, families, and responsibilities; this should not be a reality. Yet, sadly, it is. So, we must fight for our hearts. We are at war, and it is far from easy. We must especially fight of the Father of Lies, whose name proves most true in this war. We must never make "agreements" with him. Never tell yourself that you're ugly, worthless, powerless, or stupid, ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." - Proverbs 4:23

I can't recall who recommended this book to me or why I ended up buying a used copy, but I'm glad I did. Waking the Dead made me consider why it's important to care for myself. I do have a tendency to wear myself out, constantly going and doing things with and for others, and while I still believe these are important and life-giving things, I am also finding that I feel exhausted more often. How can I care for o
Neil Geisel
Jan 14, 2015 Neil Geisel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is intense and gave me some great advice to apply immediately. Walking a life of faith is never easy, like many think it will be when starting out on that journey. Oh, but it is a journey and experiencing a daily, hourly, sometimes every second barrage of attacks from satan is discouraging and ultimately a test of our commitment to Christ. I love how John Eldredge illustrates the battle of war and gives rich imagery to help us, who think along the lines of artistic impressions, think a ...more
Joel Wentz
Jul 12, 2015 Joel Wentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Eldredge takes a lot of flak for over-generalizing (especially with statements regarding gender) and for a prose that is almost overly accessible, possibly a little too "dumbed down." And while I can't say I disagree with either of those criticisms, I also believe he is on to something radically important here. The "warfare worldview" he advocates for has a massive impact on how one understands life's struggles and the role of God. His assessment of the human heart hit me in a powerful way, ...more
Mike Graham
Apr 28, 2016 Mike Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I am sent to the proverbial desert island and am only allowed two books, I would choose the Bible and Waking the Dead. From John Eldredge I have understood the only interpretation of the biblical story that makes sense to me and that thrills me. I know why I love books and stories -- it is because God has placed The Story in me -- a Story that has all the elements we love: adventure, battle, romance, enemies and a life or death mission. He has taught me to think and see life mythically (a lar ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Libbydale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa
This is excellent. I am rereading it more slowly and digesting it's message because I read it so quickly at first. Eldredge is getting to the heart of the matter, literally, and speaking to our hearts about our hearts-- that they are good, that they can choose to do wrong, but that God created them good. That we too easily believe lies. That we make agreements with the Enemy too often, and that we need to learn to walk with God, we need deep healing, we need God's counsel, and we need to go to w ...more
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John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Ore ...more
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“somehow we have overlooked the fact this treasured called the heart can also be broken, has been broken, and now lies in pieces down under the surface. When it comes to habits we cannot quit or patterns we cannot stop, anger that flies out of nowhere, fears we cannot overcome, or weaknesses we hate to admit--much of what troubles us comes out of the broken places in our hearts crying out for relief.

Jesus speaks as if we are all brokenhearted. We would do well to trust His perspective on this.”
“Part of me knows that prayer is essential; another part of me would rather turn on the TV and check out. And that whole bit about being long-suffering-no way. Part of me wants to just get drunk.” 6 likes
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