This may have been the most liberating book I have ever read. My need for a quest is normal. My video collection is not a trophy case of death but stories about MEN with conviction, passion and a vicious streak.
Sorry folks, I am gonna be the black sheep. I didn't like it. I didn't like Brave Heart either. I had to quit half way through being tired of the phoney masculin note. I suffered particularly when the "Gladiator" was quoted. I do not believe this is true picture of a man. My opinion: too wild too superficial. Can a life frustration by solved by a purchase of a motorbike or engaging in adrenalin sports? Is that what this book is suggesting?
Her is a guy telling he is NOT going to tell you how to live and then starts doing just that. Maybe I am wrong because I didn't get to the end and the miracle is happening somewhere in the middle but I feel misled by the reviews and the publisher's summary and was very disappointed.
This book was written for "men who want to be better, church-going Christians" and "men who lost their sense of masculinity" (quotes from the author), or preferably both. I do not count myself to be either.
John Eldredge holds the mistaken belief that Spirituality equals Christianity. In my view, that is not necessarily the case. John quotes extensively from the Bible, to a level that he is overshooting his target. I would not have minded a biblical quote here and there, as there are many learnings to be found in the Bible, but John is overdoing it.
I very much support the basic premise of the book that men seek battles, need adventure, and a beauty to rescue. John explains this enthusiastically in about 20 minutes. After that, it is just biblical quote after biblical quote and "open door" examples. I gave up after 71 minutes.
I would have given him 4 points out of 5 if John Eldredge would have set a more appropriate context. He could very well have used Darwin's insights on evolution to explain male behaviour, in addition to his biblical perspective.
Of all the great audiobooks that I purchase through Audible, this was one of the rare disappointments.