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The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,733 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Sometimes it seems we just can't get what we want. Circumstances thwart our best-laid plans. We struggle to live a heartfelt life. Worst of all, says Eldredge, the modern church mistakenly teaches its people to kill desire (calling it sin) and replace it with duty or obligation (calling it sanctification). As a result, at best Christians tend to live safe, boring lives of ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Thomas Nelson (first published March 1st 2000)
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Lauren Hackbarth
Jun 16, 2012 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
Peter Holford
This book was given to me but sat for some months unread - the introduction and opening chapter just didn't resonate. I just wasn't sure where it was going. I put it aside. Some time passed and then I decided to flick through it again, and fell upon the title of Chapter 6: 'The Divine Thwarter'. Interesting concept. Who thinks of God in this way? What kind of God might thwart our efforts and intentions - especially if they are good and wholesome and altogether reasonable? Reflecting on the last ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Alexandria If you’re going to give a book one star, maybe include at least one reason why. You’re just talking about yourself here.

Thank you mom!


Since when are we not allowed to talk about ourself or how things make us feel?

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
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
John Neece
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
There were elements of Eldredge's book that I loved. Yet, I sometimes found myself thinking he was going over the same things again and again. Also, I disagree with some of his philosophy. I absolutely loved Wild at Heart but didn't like this book as much. One portion of this book I did love was when Eldredge talked about our forgetfulness when it comes to God and the need to keep remembering. ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2013 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.
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
right now- just amazing
Claire Johnson
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful journey Mr. Eldredge took me on this winter. I would consider myself a pretty passionate person, but I was taught more often than not that the Christian way is a logical focus on apologetics or illogical focus on “faith,” but either way there was little room for all those emotions I had. My desires, too, I was taught to see as a snare in the journey to “seek first the kingdom of God,” which I was taught to see as a command that good Christians should just eagerly await singing i ...more
Aneta Jackowska-Musiol
I couldn't really focus on what the book is about. I think I was expectig something else. ...more
Matt Mobley
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and this author. His book Wild at Heart is 1 of my favorite books ever. I do not see eye to eye with everything this Christian author writes. I do enjoy his uplifting books and when I read them, I feel like I have heard an inspiring church message.
Jul 13, 2014 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. ...more
Sep 24, 2012 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. ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed and resonated with what was in this book. Eldredge's main point is that we are generally scared to listen to and live out of our deep desires. It's easier to distract ourselves than to feel and be let down. However, desire is a key part of the Christian life as it humbles us and causes us to admit how desperate our situation really is. ...more
Aug 16, 2011 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. ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, faith
This is a faith-based self help tome, which is not my typical cup of tea. But a friend recommended it and my wife enjoyed it, so I thought I would try it. I liked how it used scripture and it definitely made me think about my relationship with God.
Justin Camp
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many of us have become so disconnected from desire that we’re unable to even talk about it. All we can express is what our culture tells us we should desire—larger bank accounts, better jobs, bigger houses. John helps us reconnect to our true hearts and to the desires God’s placed within them.
Clifton Bartholomew
A book that has given me the vocabulary for the way that I have been feeling for so long. It is like water being poured onto dust. So many of us live in a state of deadness and do not listen to the calls God has placed on our hearts. Thank you for writing this book.
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Another in Eldredge's series about getting real with your heart. ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives me renewed hope...
Karina Harris
Apr 06, 2010 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.
Eric Reidsma
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Insightful - it changed my perspective on life for the better
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
I really need to reread this book.
Stu Bicknell
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by John-love his writing
Paige Gordon
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not an easy book and it's certainly not one that I came away from with all of my doubts and issues cleaned up and stored neatly away. But it was a deeply heartfelt book that gave words to some stuff that I've been feeling and questions I've been struggling with in life. It's not a book I would recommend to just anyone at any random point in your life. But if you feel like for some reason you can't explain you need to read this book, I can promise you - you do. Do yourself a favor and pi ...more
Patrick Lawrence
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The meadowlark has long been my favorite song bird. I suppose to many people it’s a simple bird, not really all that colorful, none too spectacular in flight. But I love its song because it invokes so many summer days out in the fields and streams of the West. Because of my story, there is much romance for me in the meadowlark. Its song means summer, hay meadows, long lazy days, fly-fishing. More than anything else, it has become for me a symbol of hope. The meadowlark returns to Colorado in th ...more
Kt Roth
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book to me was so honest to the Christian experience. I hate to say this but I often feel we have anesthetized our feelings and desires in a two fold way. 1. We indulge in sin such that we can no longer be sensitive to the spirit of the Lord in a moment by Moment way and we then must manufacture hyper “emotionalization” in church to make God feel real.
2. We preach behavior management in churches until we’ve completed abandoned freedom in Christ which he died to grant us.
God’s intention ha
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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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