Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cluck or Chuck: Wild at Heart John Eldredge a Review






Rock Climbing is difficult, not because of the rock but the lack of faith that rests inside ones heart. We cannot see the next step properly without a faith that the next step will hold us above the ground. We are continually battling a war against the little voice that tries to speak up and say, "Heck! That's an impossible step." "You can't do that!" "You are going to fall!" "Just give up!" Wild at Heart shares that this little voice is a common voice shared by all men. The voice will eventually wear a man down and hallow him out. A hallowed man will either grow violent and be consumed by anger. Or become a man that has checked out and is absent from his family.

Eldredge does a good job of outlining manhood in today's current age. He equips men with stories that enable them to better serve their wives and family. One area that was lacking was a series of author notes in the back; he makes up for the lack of author notes by having a very useful prayer index. I also had difficulty getting hooked into the story. (This may have been just the May blahs or the writing, I am not sure.)

All in all a decent read, one I would hesitantly cluck about. 7.9/10








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Criteria Description
Points Awarded
Points
Possible
1. Avoids Preaching Victimhood Author avoids preaching victim hood by discussing our responsible stewardship.
5 
5 
2. Flow  The author keeps you going and motivates you to
keep reading
4 
5 
3. Prayer Solution Based    
4.5 
5 
4. Insights Good examples and insights are clearly stated. 
5 
5 
5. Avoids Legalism Did the author make it where you had played any part in gaining a grace of our LORD? (1 A large part for Christian to play (5 God's Play alone)
4 
5 
    
    
    
6. Usefulness Was the book laid out in a useful manner? 
3 
5 
7. Fun/Entertaining/Engaging Was the book laid out in a fun/entertaining/or engaging manner?
3 
5 
8. Authors Notes Author Notes contribute to the overall reading.
Author outlines the evidence collected in telling
the tale.
2.5 
5 
    
9. Word Choice Good Mix Of eight grade vocabulary with
collegiate level vocabulary
5 
5 
10. Metaphors or Examples Used  Good Mix Of metaphors and examples utilized

4 
5 
11. Content and Process Collaborate
for overall effectiveness
Uses the bible Scriptures to back up points does it in a way that is not text doctoring. Has a list of scripture cited in the book.
3 
5 
14. Sparking Interest in Research Author gets you interested in researching the subject presented in the book. Quotes outside authors and their material.
4.5 
5 
    
15. Desire to share with othersThe book is rewarding enough to share with a friend without a fear of embarrassment.  
4 
5 
    
51.5 
65 
    
  
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Links to check out:

Ransomed Heart: www.ransomedheart.com One should check out Ransomed Heart for a number of great materials; including the daily prayer as read by John Eldredge.

Book Connections:

Iron John by Robert Bly

Joseph Campbell's books on Mythology (Too many to list).

C.S. Lewis the Great Divorce

C.S. Lewis the Chronicles of Narnia

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