©2004 John Eldredge; (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC
As a Christian who was brought up with the dismal view of Heaven as sitting around singing "Amazing Grace" ad nauseum for eternity, the book helped reshape my view of living a life for Christ and connected me with my hopes, dreams and desires in an entirely new manner. For everyone who has walked away from the Church and its duties and obligations, this book will help you reshape your theology into one that celebrates the life God sent His Son to die for. You're not the only one who has had questions that nobody else talks about; Elderidge brings them out into the open and offers scriptural solutions.
Almost to the top!
I did cry in some areas that really "hit home" with stuff I have dealt with in life.
If you just can't justify your God-given desires, this book will explain why it is important to "follow your heart." But the real answer is a concept the church doesn't teach as much as they should: Unity with Christ. If you are truely in Christ, your desires are not your own and neither is your heart, but Christ lives and desires through you. I had problems with a couple of things Eldredge said. First, he said church is the problem, because it teaches us to be ashamed of our desires. I don't remember what else he said, but he seems to have an axe to grind. My advice to him is to go on a long camping trip with Henry Cloud, another author I really hate. I think the two of them would get along famously. And then maybe they would have something encouraging to write about, like "how to work out your philosophical differences with the companion you're stuck with for awhile."
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