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Desire: The Journey We Must Take to Find the Life God Offers

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Can we find a life filled with passion, without being overwhelmed by it?

In Desire, John Eldredge writes, "There is a secret set within each of our hearts. It is the desire for life as it was meant to be." Yet how do we uncover our desires and learn to decipher them? As Eldredge says, "We all share the same dilemma-we long for life and we're not sure where to find it. We w

Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Nelson, Thomas, Inc. (first published March 1st 2000)
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Lauren Hackbarth
Jun 16, 2012 Lauren Hackbarth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a whim and it has been one of those reads that really found me instead of the other way around. There is really no way for me to review this book because I think that Christian literature meets you in the place that you're at and the transformation that your heart undergoes is dependent on where your heart is at that starting point. This book has met me at a low point, but if you understand how low that point is you'll understand how great a blessing the book is. So this "b ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Gela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book for years... Needless to say I believe people break away from church because we are made to fear God plain and simple. I don't know how I feel about this book. It's not for me. Maybe I'll pick it up again later and like it. I've been known to do that.
Feb 02, 2013 Ryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book. I did, however, love another one of his books; "Walking with God; Talk to Him, Hear from Him" . I believe timing of reading them in my life had everything to do with liking one book; not liking the other. I must be fair.

I read this book while single, while going through some challenges at work with the certainty of the position I was posted in as temporary (hoping for permanency). I was in a new city, trying something different. I thought this book would help me. I was
Feb 16, 2009 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Eldredge’s The Journey of Desire is a book that met me right where I needed to be. The basic premise of this work is that people need to recover their desires, their true desires, and go after them. For believers, that means we need to thirst for and long for life with God that we also need to follow those desires that are given to us - our vocations, our passions, our loves. . . Wow, did I need to be reminded of that. As Eldredge points out, so much of life tells us to deaden our desires, ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Amberjoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is allowing me to question why I put things away in my heart and focus on the mere survival of life. I am starting to challenge myself in either living out my desires (stemming from who God created me to be) or grieving those desires that will never come to be. What an eye opener.
Apr 20, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to put this book down after every chapter at the longest to absorb the many lessons, many times after only a few pages or even a paragraph. It helped me turn on the flashlight of self-appraisal and guided me to shine it to the darkest corners of my self. Read it slowly but definitely read it.
Nov 05, 2009 Zena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
right now- just amazing
I am a bit of a book snob, especially when it comes to Christian literature (terrible, I know!), and I often look with great derision upon those fluffy "touchy-feely" works of what might be called "inspirational literature". Despite the vague and lofty descriptions that are found on the back-of-the-book-blurb, I ventured into Eldredge's book about human desire, fulfillment, and Christian life. I read his immensely popular "Wild at Heart" years ago when it first came out, and remember having a po ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to rate books on how much they'll be memorable and continue to change my life after I'm done reading them.

I read part of this book and then returned to it. I don't recall a whole lot about the first 3/4, but the last quarter of the book made it well worth it for me.

Eldredge talked a lot about desire and how God created us with a restless longing for him. I've spent a lot of my life shying away from desire, thinking it wrong, or wrong in an unmarried season of life, at least. Eldredge co
Jul 13, 2014 Stanton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The analytical side of me feels like this book is kind of ADD. In that though there is definitely a lot to be gleaned from it. The last three chapters and the chapter intros with the sea lion looking for the sea to me are the most important parts of the book. There is a deep yearning in all of us and most don't really know what to do with it. This book seeks to explain some of that and inspire us to move past the hurt and embrace the love and grace that Christ offers us.
Sep 24, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's really a hard work on part of the author to come up with such an excellent book. It does dig the very core of human's desire - the need to live in accordance with God's will and ways which so often bombarded by the world's enticing offers for a better life. This book reminds me to desire for the best and what is worthwhile in this once given life.
Aug 16, 2011 Rachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book I've ever read. I love all of John Eldredge's writings and so far this book is unmatched. I'm presently reading "Waking the Dead" and it's starting off just as good as I'd hoped.
Another in Eldredge's series about getting real with your heart.
Eric Reidsma
Jul 16, 2014 Eric Reidsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful - it changed my perspective on life for the better
Apr 30, 2009 Andria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives me renewed hope...
Karina Harris
Apr 06, 2010 Karina Harris is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
John Eldredge has become one of my favorite Christian authors. I started this one awhile ago, and lost it (sorry to say)...recovered it recently and picked right back up where I left off.
Sep 12, 2011 Giedra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are never living, but hoping to live. –Blaise Pascal

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them. –George Eliot

And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. –U2

And so began this book. I loved the quotes that began each chapter, generally a mix of quotes from the Bible, various historical/religious figures, poets, playwrights, and popular music. (Other favorites from music
Simon Billiot
Aug 10, 2012 Simon Billiot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really need to reread this book.
Stu Bicknell
Oct 29, 2012 Stu Bicknell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by John-love his writing
Alyssa Muender
Jul 12, 2012 Alyssa Muender rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing book
Preston Rentz
Jan 31, 2017 Preston Rentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book more than any other helped me to understand that God speaks to us through our own desires, especially the Godly ones.
Jan 13, 2008 Stevie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in hopes it would illuminate my understanding concerning the way God has made me and how to abound in holy desire.

Poignant Quotes:

We cannot live without the yearning, and yet the yearning sets us up for disappointment - sometimes deep and devastating disappointment

Do we reach for nothing life because our reaching opens us up to tragedy?

How long can we sustain desire against continual disappointment?

eternal life is primarily quality not duration

Christianity has nothing to say to
Omar Hammam
Jun 15, 2012 Omar Hammam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Journey of Desire, John Eldredge

منذ حوالى الشهر أو أكثر قليلاً كتبت على مدونتي:

"الكتابة عن أحلام الطفولة شئ صعب للغاية لأننى ببساطة لم أتجاوز كونى طفلا بعد!
هذه الحقيقة مريرة و رغم أنها تحمل لى الكثير من المرح فى بعض الأحيان إلا أنها تسبب لى متاعب التعامل مع حياة قاسية بغضاضة قلب الطفل...
حلمى الذى أشك أنه سيتحقق أن 'أعيش'!!
نعم، أريد أن أعيش و حسب، أن أستغرق فى التفاصيل و الألوان و النغمات و الكلمات و العلاقات ...
أن أستقبل الشمس صباحا بقلب مشرق و ذهن صاف
أن أتناول إفطارى من أشجار التوت البرية ف
Sep 28, 2016 Shauna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eldredge offers an honest perspective on the purpose of desire, which is this: It is there for a reason; and although we often miss the mark in our attempts to truly satisfy it, the greatest tragedy is to deny its existence and consequently lose touch with it entirely.
Kristian Kilgore
Dec 23, 2012 Kristian Kilgore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will not soon leave behind some of the impressions that this book made on me. Eldredge didn't cover very much new territory in Desire, but his approach made it a very personal book in it's delivery. So much of the book, other than the wonderful draw of quotes and illustrations, came across like a conversation with a counselor or friend.

A good portion of the book's inspiration is drawn from the death of a good friend of the author and from that grief Eldredge dives into an exploration of the d
Oct 27, 2015 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping that this book could better help me awaken my desire. Perhaps this is some indication of a criticism of the author, or perhaps it is fitting that my satisfaction wasn't totally found in this book. Regardless of how I felt about the impact of this book, I did appreciate how he does give a substantive response to the dutiful Christian posture of "simply give everything over to God because nothing truly matters." This is very much not the case.

In talking about desires, Eldredge discuss
Ryan Delfft
"To lose heart is to lose everything." (pg. 2)

Self-help books are usually the bane of much Christian literature. Yet, few books come around that show themselves as not as self-help manuals but as honest, wisdom for the realities of being human. This is gloriously such a book. The author of "Beautiful Outlaw" again enumerates that the most challenging issues that involve with sanctification and maturity are issues that always related to humans being imaginative creatures that have the capacity to
Dave Johnson
i hoped this book was going to be better than the previous book "Sacred Romance". i guess this just isnt my thing. again, i wanted to like it. it started off better than the first book. the writing is better, generally. he uses less quotes and anecdotes (though it wouldnt be an Eldredge book without ANY quotes. there are a lot in there, just not as many as the first).

so why didnt i like it? well. it's the same book, more or less. i didnt think that The Sacred Romance needed a whole to talk abou
Jul 17, 2014 Britt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I cannot describe this book accurately with words and simultaneously do it justice.

To anyone who is tired of average, mediocre, ordinary, day to day life, this book is meant for you. If you have felt that being a Christian just means striving towards a moral existence, this book is for you. If you've ever though, "There must be more to life than the mundane," I recommend checking this out.

John Eldredge has a way of writing that keeps you interested, inspired, and gets you excited a
Jan 18, 2015 Rejoice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, John Eldredge speaks to my heart, piercing it with beauty and pain. How it pains me to think that we settle for less, complacent in the life we now have, detached and somehow deadened, going through the motions of daily life, forgetting that we were made for so much more...there is so much more God, The Source of True Life is offering us. The Journey of Desire tells us this life is not all there is but its just a mere shadow of the life to come, just a rehearsal for the real play whi ...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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