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The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life You've Always Dreamed Of

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Most contemporary Americans share the same dilemma: they long for purpose in life, but they’re not sure how to find it . . . or even what it might look like if they did. Yet the little-known truth is that the secret of a person’s true purpose is coded in the desires of his or her own heart.

In The Journey of Desire—newly updated and revised for today’s readers—John Eldredge

Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published September 13th 2016 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
Dec 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2013 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 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 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 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
right now- just amazing
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
Aneta Jackowska-Musiol
I couldn't really focus on what the book is about. I think I was expectig something else.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful - it changed my perspective on life for the better
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.
Sep 12, 2011 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyssa Muender
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing book
Gary B
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Not quite where I'm at, but John Eldredge's book calls for believers to acknowledge, embrace and sanctify desire rather than suppress or oppress it (or at least that's what I think he's calling for).

Some chapters were a little fuzzy and repetitive, yet other parts were a 100% reflection of my thinking, or where I've been, or where I'm going. An example of the later from chapter 3, Dare we Desire?

Christianity is often presented as essentially the transfer of a body of knowledge. We learn about wh
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how I ended up with this book - I'm pretty it was left over from a bookswap, and I thought I would finally give it a read.

I'm simply the wrong audience for the book. As a non-Christian, I don't suffer from lack of desire. My whole heart is open to the beauty of the world ever day, and I've never felt that it was wrong. He also writes for an audience who has spent their life reading Christian literature, so many of his references went over my head. Finally, when he talked about wome
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Gregory P.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intensely personal book with frequent insights

I enjoyed this book but its rather uneven. Eldridge tries almost too hard to avoid how-to's, making his message muddled at times. But regardless of that, he beings a useful and refreshing perspective to the questions of passions and desire in the context of Christian discipleship: stating that passion and desire are at the heart of true discipleship.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As much as I enjoyed "Wild at Heart" I didn't really enjoy this one at all. It felt choppy and hard to follow at times. The message is a good one but the flow to the reading just didn't seem to be there.
Chris Diehl
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my top 10 recommendations every Christian should read! A very foundational look at how to direct the range of our innermost wants and needs in a healthy, biblical, real and passionate way!
Paul McDonald
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a tremendous book written in the aftermath of Brent's death. An event that could have shaken his faith, his desire to see God work, resulted in this powerful testament to God's desire for our hearts. Definitely a book to savor, chew on and process to apply these lessons to our hearts.
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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
“We are made in the image of God; we carry within us the desire for our true life of intimacy and adventure. To say we want less than that is to lie.” 81 likes
“Worship is the act of the abandoned heart adoring its God” 53 likes
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