We have two options.
We can trudge through on our own, doing our best to figure it all out. Or, we can walk with God - as in, learn to hear his voice. Really. He offers to speak to us and guide us. Every day. It is an incredible offer. To accept that offer is to enter into an adventure filled with joy and risk, transformation and breakthrough. And more clarity than we ever thought possible.
©2008 John Eldredge; (P)2008 Thomas Nelson
Wow, John show us by using one year of his life experiences how God wants and desires an intimate relationship with us. He backs up his thoughts with scripture and by looking at the character and nature of God, and using that to help tell us the truth about our purpose in life. This was my first book by John that I have read, and now, I will be going through all of his books!
This book is uplifting because it slices life and its challenges into smaller, more digestible bits and offers reassurance that God is in every nugget of our daily living. If we could just look at the SMALL picture, and find God's face in the details, life can much more manageable, productive and joyful.
The first third of this book changed my walk with Christ. The idea that the Lord wants me to feel joy was life-changing for me. His yoke is light and yet, before reading this book, I felt I served him best by running myself to the ground, living on five hours of sleep and feeling inadequate for not doing more. My common mantra now is "You can't take my joy, Devil." Definitely a recommended read for folks who overdrive themselves.
I found this book very challenging -- which is what I expect and want from a John Eldredge book. I can't say I'm totally swayed to this way of thinking (that is, I guess, mystically or something), but I definitely feel that he has given me something to think about. I'm less convinced about "spiritual warfare", and what he calls "agreements" (negative ways of thinking that people are tricked into by the "enemy"), though I see some truth in that. I guess more importantly, he has given me something to discuss with the one I call "Lord", and has given me some tools to do that with.
Since I have heard criticism of Eldredge that he plays loose with scripture, I was pleased to find liberal quotations that seem very much in context. Some go beyond what I would interpret, but in some cases, I found my self saying "yeah, that makes sense."
I would recommend this book only to those that feel they can really carefully determine what if anything they should apply to their life. It is not a "first" book for a believer, and especially not for an unbeliever. In fact, it's not even a 2nd or 3rd book, I think. But, for someone looking to go deeper into the spirituality of following the way of Jesus, this is one way to start. There's a lot of classics out there that one could go to as well -- but if you like hunting, fishing, rock climbing, etc., this may be your best bet.
John has a way with communicating to me things I know but really never focused on before. Yes God does talk to me, but He really, really wants me to hear what He is saying to me. Great book from a really good teacher.
Yes I know this is a long book but you will be surprised at just how quick you will read it before you know it it's over. It is one of thee best book I have read in a very long time!!! Ok there are a few others that where almost this good but they currently where not this long so the enjoyment did not last as long! Add that to the message and then put it in to practice or for some of us re put it into practice and you do have the best book I have read in quite some time!!! Sorry I guess I just can not say enough good things about this book, I know not every one is going to agree with everything that is in it but I truly think it is a great help book. I do have to give you a worming though...DO NOT READ THIS IF you have some issues you are avoiding and want to keep avoiding because this book makes it really hard to keep avoiding them!!! OWCH!!!!!
John shares his life experiences in learning to converse with God. He provoked a mega shift in my understanding how to walk in intimacy with God. Prayer is out of the closet and into John's real life experiences. He takes the risk of transparency in all things...personal, family, spiritual and even spiritual warfare. And, he models how to engage God conversationally...literally, doing it...the asking and the listening. This read can be a life-changer. It is for me.
This is the best book I have ever listen to. God has used this book to impact my life in such a significant way. I am so grateful to God and to John for the insight and real perspective I received from this book.
but apparently wasn't ready to hear it until now. Whoa! What an incredible book at the very time I started having many of the issues he discusses. His recipes for really walking with God are amazingly successful, and his pleasant, conversational style of narration make it lovely to listen to. This has got to be one of the BEST books in my library of literally hundreds of Audible versions, and listening to it restores and invigorates me. I return to it often, and regret when it comes to an end. I feel blessed to have found this book, and God bless John Eldredge for writing it (and narrating it... I wish ALL his unabridged versions were narrated by him!) I have already recommended it to many friends and church family, and so much more thoroughly enjoy my walk with the Lord, even though angels have been talking to me all my life. Thank you, John Eldredge!
Definitely recommend this book to all!
That everyone can have an intimate relationship with God
The story about his dog
"Excellent, thought provoking and challenging"
I highly recommend this book, especially if you have been brought up in a Christian home, life is a bit dull and you want to experience God. John Eldredge is writing an honest journal of his walk with God. I have taken on board many of his suggestions; this book has taught me listening to God's voice in every day life, asking him for more guidance and hearing him talk to me. It has been amazing and deeply challenged me.
"A walk with the authors personal story"
I struggled through this book as it seem to be the authors diary which at times was very simple. Choice language at points "Jeese frickin louise"! Guess that's an Americanism?
Other times it was very flippant in how the author spoke to God. eg. I asked God what to do and he said this! Did the author use discernment in the replies or just the first thing that came into his head?
Good ending overall.
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