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The Way of the Wild Heart: A Map for the Masculine Journey

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  924 ratings  ·  54 reviews
This is a book about how a boy―and a man―becomes a man.

It's a guide to the process of masculine initiation, that ancient path every boy and man must take if they would become the man they long to be. The path whereby they come to "know" they are a man, and are able to live and love from a deep, centered strength.

We live in a time where most men (and boys) are essentially f
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Nelson Books (first published 2003)
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Adam K.
It's been several years since I read Wild at Heart, and this book is meant to be read quickly after that. There are many concepts Eldredge expands on here that he introduces in the earlier book, but once read and understood, you'll never forget them, and I don't feel my reading was hampered by the long interim between books. I will say that I've grown up a lot between readings, and so certain concepts affected me differently than they had in Wild at Heart, most notably the "father wound". Eldred ...more
This year has been very good for my spiritual growth as well as the fortifying of my faith in the Godhead (Abba Father, Beloved Son and Savior Jesus Christ, and Guidance and Moving of the Holy Spirit). I am proud to say I am a Follower of the Holy Trinity (I don't say Christian because it's a term diluted through time...well for me), and I've been reading more into my belief. John Eldredge was introduced to me through my Pastor with his first book Wild at Heart. When I first read the book, I was ...more
Either because I wasn't feeling it, I was rushing through it, or because it is a slow-starter, I had trouble getting into this book. But about half-way through it I was totally into it.

There simply isn't enough support for masculine growth in our society. Our entire culture is mired in emasculation, so to come across a book like Eldgredge's is like a breath of fresh, manly air. There are many passages that struck me on a deep emotional level, and that's why I want to read it again.

I definitely
Okay, I realize I am putting my reputation on the line, but I am throwing caution to the wind. I read this book on a whim, and probably against my better judgment. But turns out- I liked it. Eldredge's uber-macho approach to masculinity is polarizing and in many ways shame inducing (i.e. you're not a man unless you love to kill things, participate in extreme sports, and ride a horse). I understand why so many are turned off by his words. However, despite my distaste for his limited perspective, ...more
Justin Ulmer
Apr 12, 2012 Justin Ulmer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nicholas Ulmer, Jason Wire
Recommended to Justin by: Julie Ulmer
Shelves: religious
The Way of the Wild Heart was well constructed and organized. I believe that John gets the journey a man takes, or should take, pretty accurate.
I love how this book spoke to me on a deeper level. There were parts that really spoke to me and I felt something inside of me (God) saying, "That was for you," or "This is where you are right now."
John wrote a lot about challenging yourself and how to interact with other males of all ages. I believe every man should read this book. There are parts of
Danny Bennett
This book picks up where Wild at Heart leaves off. Eldredge wants to walk through the progressive stages of manhood. I think Eldredge is largely misunderstood. One tends to get the idea that a real man is one who can change a tire and loves fly fishing. Personally, I find myself energized and alive with a cup of coffee and a good book. Nature does play a role, but I think Eldredge gets the idea that the hobbies he has are not what's important. His themes touch on journey, fatherhood, and the rea ...more
My 20 year old son asked me to read this book as he is reading the precursor to it (Wild at Heart). It talks about the stages of the journey into manhood from a Christian perspective. The reading itself was tedious at times because the author had a tendency to carry on for too long, and gave many, many examples of the points he was trying to make. So I skimmed over some of those areas and focused on the main points. I saw a lot of truth in what he was saying, and recognized my son in many of the ...more
Verschiedene Stadien hat ein Mann zu durchlaufen, etliche Bewährungen zu bestehen, um eine reife und ausgewogene Persönlichkeit zu entwickeln: Geliebter Sohn, Abenteurer, Kämpfer, Liebhaber, König, Weiser. Dies habe Gott - aus der Sicht des Autors - so angelegt. Ob man(n) wirklich auf ein solches Programm festgelegt ist, sei dahingestellt. Insgesamt macht das Buch aber Sinn, gerade weil es nicht immer "politisch korrekt" ist; die Aussagen und Denkanstösse haben Tiefgang und lassen einen nicht un ...more
Jan 04, 2008 Dustin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Eldredge only.
Shelves: religion
The author expressly tells you he'll expand upon themes of Wild at Heart, but he doesn't follow through. There are very few uses of popular culture, which the author used to a great degree in the first book, and instead he tells a lot of stories about his family vacations. I felt like I was invited to a party and then forced to watch the host's home movies. There are a few promising pages, but the author never quite finds the stride that worked so well in Wild at Heart. I'd recommend the book, b ...more
Dave Johnson
this was the best Eldredge book that i've read. of course, since its a sequel to Wild at Heart, it talks about a similar topic: the hearts of men. even more than Wild at Heart, this really affected me. there were parts of the book that just had me. it was a very emotional book. i remember reading this in the airport while waiting to board my plane to Boston, and i read parts of the book that made me start crying. no, i didnt bawl like a baby, but i DID have to make sure no one knew i was tearing ...more
I actually liked this better than Wild at Heart, because this "road map" offers sign posts on the way to healing. Wild at Heart presents the case that men are created in the (masculine) image of God. The Way of the Wild Heart describes the stages of growth in the process to becoming a man who fully embodies God's masculine nature.

The stages are:

Beloved Son





and Sage.

Just as men are often wounded and stuck at some point on the way, our Heavenly Father can provide hea
Wow. This book was a great continuation of Wild At Heart. John Eldridge is really great at looking into the core of a boy/man's heart. For a woman to read this book is to gain great insight into understanding her son, brother, father, husband, etc. You will see the males in your life with a whole new perspecitve and understand that God created them with certain things in their heart and we should not try to change that. A must read for every woman looking for greater understanding of the men who ...more
Zelda Popovich
I just finished reading this book that has been on my bookshelf a while now. I wish I had read it sooner. It is the type of book that doesn't just entertain, but opens your understanding and helps you look at life differently than before. It also helps you understand others better and makes you wish you had the insight that this book offers when you were younger. It is the kind of book you will be quoting to friends long after you have read it; the kind of book you think everyone should read for ...more
God is teaching me how to live intentionally. This book was a very challenging book to read.
Brian Daniel
Because it is more practical and applicable, I actually preferred this to its predecessor Wild at Heart. You don't have to agree with everything Eldredge says or concludes to walk away from this content better because of it. In a world somewhat replete of the "masculine journey", as the author calls it, this map is a good measure to rediscovering a man's way. I docked it one star to 4-star status because the format is a little unconventional. Required reading for any man or even woman with sons. ...more
I honestly like this book better than Wild At Heart. I've heard Eldredge lecture on both books. I like his maturity in this one. And, I feel it is "the rest of the story." Men need this in depth material as much as they need the beginning thoughts of The Sacred Romance and Wild at Heart. THIS is the one I'd recommend.
Brett Walker
While Eldredge's book "Wild at Heart" was paradigm-altering for me, this book was too much of a good thing. It walks nicely through the stages of manhood--boy, cowboy, warrior, lover, king, sage--and does a nice job raising some possibilities for initiating boys (or even one's self) into manhood. And, even though I love the outdoors (camping, hiking, hunting, etc.), Eldredge pushes a bit too hard on that as the primary setting for initiation.
This is the sequel to Wild At Heart and Eldridge covers in greater detail what he covered in WAH. This is a must read for anybody trying to understand why we guys are the we are. Girls, if you are wondering why your BF thinks the way he does read this book!!!
I just reread this book and had to add a star to my previous assessment. It offers understanding in the man's journey through life. It gives insight in the way to raise a boy and to support your husband through it. I have always felt like one cannot "skip" phases of learning in their lives, and Eldredge states the same. To be "whole" we have to go back and learn and experience those stages we've missed. Amen!
May 13, 2008 RC rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fathers, men
A great read. Inspiring book about how to raise boys, including ourselves to be the men God has in mind. Definitely want to read Wild at Heart now. I'll definitely read this again as my son gets older.
A great insight into the things a man through his life journey might have missed out or will be going through in the future. A wonderful read esp for guys who are open and willing to listen and understand God plan for them in their walk with him. Ladies too should have a read through to better understand brothers, husbands and in bringing up sons.
Recommended to me by Journey to Comfort - my husband and I are both reading this together - helps any man top understand the stages of his life, and can help any woman understand her son and/or husband

Only read about half - returned to library - chapter about author's son was the most helpful in tips on dealing with a teenage son
Legacy Dad
Great book on the masculine journey and the stages that men take through our lives. This book offered great insight into my own life and why I feel the way I do about certain manhood issues. Some people argue that the author is not scripturally accurate but the book is still worth the time to read.
I loved this book! I am a father to a seven year old boy and this book not only spoke to me as a father, it also spoke to me as a son. I liked how the author describes each stage of masculinity. I know which stage I am in and which stages I have skipped which have kept me stuck in earlier stages.
Clint Flatt
A description of the stages of a man's journey through life and how moving from one stage to another affect the rest of his life. This is a sequel to "Wild at Heart" but they can be read independant of each other. I enjoyed this book and found it to be true in my life journey.
Vicki Boyd

Non-fiction. My son wanted me to read this. He has a terrible relationship with his father. Something in this book was supposed to reflect some message he wanted me to get. I just didn't get it. Begged him to help me get it. me!
Eric Bell
Much better than the previous book by the author. This book lays out a path throguh life highlighted with stories and examples that in turn add to the book's practicality. It answers some of the questions you're left with reading wild at heart.
Mar 16, 2010 Troy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Troy by: Chuck
Review coming soon; went through it slowly, with a few buddies. Will probably re-read it more quickly myself someday, but I definitely liked it. Not my favorite Eldredge book, though Eldredge is one of my top favorite authors.
Good book about the 5 stages of manhood. It has some wonderful insights on what makes us as men tick and also about raising young men to feel loved and empowered by their earthly and heavenly fathers.
David Warner
Excellent book. Dave Ramsey recommends the earlier book--"Wild at Heart." This book is a fascinating study in the development of a man from "Beloved Son" through "Sage." I must-read for any man.
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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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