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There is a path leading to authentic manhood, cut by men who have gone before us, sons following in the footsteps of their fathers, generation after generation. There are perils along the trail, even disasters - all the more reason to rely on the guidance of a father who has gone before. 

But in an age when true fathers are in short supply, how do you find the path to manhood? How do you steer clear of the dangers? 

John Eldredge calls men back to a simple and reassuring truth: God is our father. In life's trials and triumphs, God is initiating boys and men through the stages of manhood.

Through personal stories and practical guidance, Eldredge provides a map through the six stages of a man’s journey:

  • Boyhood
  • Cowboy
  • Warrior
  • Lover
  • King
  • Sage 

Fathered by God maps out the path of manhood - not more rules, not another list of principles, not formulas, but a sure path men have followed for centuries before us. 

Find that path and become the man God sees in you.

©2009 John Eldredge (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Grand Slam!!

Eldridge it again! God is using this guy to mentor me! I am a different man after going thru Wild at Heart & Fathered by God! Thanks John!

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great reading

Books read by the author are very hit-or-miss, and unfortunately I'd have to say more often it's a miss. This was just the opposite. This may be the best author reading I've heard. The content was wonderful and exactly what I need, and I felt like John and I were sitting in a room together having a conversation.

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Life changing.

I wish more authors would narrate their own books. This book is so much more powerful because John Eldridge reads it with the tone he wrote it in! That makes such a big difference.

Production notes aside, this book has literally been life changing for me. I didn’t realize the stages of manhood that I was never initiated in, and that many of my life’s trials were God my Father’s sovereign work in my life to initiate me into a new stage of manhood! Now I want to pass those trials instead of side-step them. Truth be told I’m in the middle of a heavy one right now, and I’m about to listen to this again with the workbook. I can not recommend it enough.

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Paradigm shifting

I first read this years ago when the book was called Way of the Wild Heart. It was impactful then, but listening to John Eldredge read it himself was so much more powerful. As I struggle to understand what and truly means to be a man, and how to seek those experiences that initiate me in manhood, I am beyond thankful for examples and guides such as this one to help me understand the journey that God is bringing me through. You owe it to yourself to go on this journey.

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So many applications!!

This book is a must read if you are a father… Or a man who has ever had a father or been wounded by a father or in search of a father or just looking to have questions answered you might not have even known you had.. It is for any wife or mother who wants her husband to be this man and her son to develop properly as a man.

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Your headed in the right direction my brother

Pray, seek, listen, your story is just beginning. God has more for you. This book has been such a game changer as a young of man of 27 years old in the discerning process to step away from my occupation as a carpenter to serve in ministry under what John calls a Sage. I lost my earthy father to suicide 4 years ago. We had our rough patches to say the least. I want this comment to encourage men of all ages and circumstances. We try to do "right" as a man but there's something missing as John discusses in his books and lays out to such a fashion that only could of been guided by the Holy Spirit. We have a Very Good Father in Heaven. He is not finish with you. Take the steps one at a time and do what the apostle Paul says, find joy in the suffering and being slaves to Christ. Christ is sufficient

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life-changing

A truly life-changing book. Impactful on so many levels. Answered questions I didn't realize I needed to ask.

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The Book for Our Generation

For a gen of uninitiated and untutored fathers! This book should be on the list of every man and their leaders/mentors.

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A must read for every man

Life changing narrative. it help me as a man and it provide me the language to help other young men around me. Totally recommended.

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Fantastic

What a great outline of where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re headed as men.
John Eldredge again does an excellent job of calling the man to see the strength that God has given him, to grieve the weakness and missing parts in the journey and encourages him to give both to God to be used as God sees fit. Like Wild at Heart I’m fired up when I read this book to be intentional, to fight, to learn, to love and go climb a dang mountain!

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  • 10-16-19

Fathered by God

This is a follow on from "Wild at heart". The book describes the stages in a man's life and seeks to initiate the male reader through each stage. It describes how wounds can be inflicted in the stage and offers advice on how to heal people through these wounds and how people can be supported.
I found the book thought provoking and allowed me to reflect and understand what to do to seek answers to questions I have had in my mind for some time. It was both helpful and guiding.

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  • 10-18-19

Great Sequel To The First Book

This is a book that ties nicely to the first one. To understand this book or audio book reader needs two "readings" and the first book.

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  • 09-01-20

Author read

Having done the Fathered by God course and read the book, it was super cool to hear John read it with all the tonality and empathizing of certain words that only an author can do. Awesome