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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 8th 2000)
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Larynda McKay
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
Lauren Hackbarth
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
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
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
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
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.
Gina Welborn
Captivating and Wild at Heart are my two favorite Eldredge books, but this one is certainly #3. I bought it in the summer of 2011. Didn't get around to reading it until November. Actually I started reading it on the drive from Richmond VA to Lawton OK for my mother-in-law's funeral. The book isn't about death or grieving. Yet I truly believe God impressed upon me to read it because inside were words to help me through the grieving process, and to remind me to have an eternal perspectivie.

We have
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
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.
Eric Reidsma
Insightful - it changed my perspective on life for the better
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.
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.
Another in Eldredge's series about getting real with your heart.
Stu Bicknell
Another great book by John-love his writing
This book gives me renewed hope...
Simon Billiot
I really need to reread this book.
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
Omar Hammam
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
Kristian Kilgore
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
Eldredge is now one of my favorite authors. I have devoured each of his books that I have read. Like water for a thirsty soul, they touch a deep inner part of me that craves something more. Desire is something we often try to avoid, for too often we are hurt by not getting what we desire. In this book, desire is seen not as the enemy but as what we must cultivate for our life that is to come. It cannot be found in this life. We were made for more.

"...basic commitment to find life here and now. I
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
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
This book really met me where I was, when I read it during a vacation in Barbados. It speaks to two things: on the negative side, how the world, our disappointments and frustrations really tempt us to settle for a lesser life, rather than pursing a life lived in fellowship with God. The metaphor he gives us is a sea lion who has lost sight of the ocean, which he was meant for, and decides to make do with a tiny pool of water in the desert. However, the ocean still calls to us - like God and eter ...more
John Eldredge is a prolific Christian author. In "Desire" he tackles the human heart and soul - the need for us to seek to fulfil our desires, and the need to identify those desires properly. Too many people settle for deceptions rather than the real thing. The real desires of the human heart, Eldredge says, are found through a healthy relationship with God, who knows the human heart intimately and who desires that we have fullness of life. Eldredge leads us through some of his own personal stor ...more
Heather Denigan
Excellent. In a way nothing new: reminders of Who God Is, who we are, our frequent temptations to forget and doubt God's grace and goodness.
Eldredge himself is different (at least to me) from any other writer in this vein. For one thing, he's not a pastor -- he's a counselor. So he's far less academic. He also actually likes the outdoors--off the top of my head, only Jonathan Edwards comes to mind who shares this love. Even C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Bonhoeffer don't compare--"naturalist" comes t
David Goode
John Eldredge is a one of a kind christian writer, after reading this book I have come to this conclusion. There were a couple of chapters in this book that blew my mind. Overall I felt the book could have been a bit more cohesive and less fluffy but very easy to say / safe to say that I am better for reading it. A proper review to come.
Michael E.
Very insightful book. The author uses the tragic death of a friend to frame his thoughts around the question of "Desire" in our lives. What do we live for? What is our purpose; our calling? The author wonderfully expresses the problem statement of living a status-quo life in our day-to-day living, and then goes on to express what a true eternally minded, purpose filled, life might look like. Filled with Biblical truths, and quotes & references to other authors, the book presents many practic ...more
This book was excellent. Addresses the unobtainable goal of trying to create the perfect existence on earth instead of acknowledging that our lives are a preparation for the heaven. Written in the wake of the death of Eldredge's closest friend he talks about coming to grips with not being "in control" but having a strong desire to do so. In the style that Eldredge is known for he employs numerous references from popular culture (song lyrics and movies) as well as anecdotes from his time counseli ...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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