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Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." That's the offer of Christianity, from God himself.

Just look at what happens when people are touched by Jesus: the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life. In other words, to be touched by God is to be restored. To become all God meant you to be. That is what Christianity is supposed to do for you; make you whole, set you free, bring you fully alive.

But Jesus also warned that the path to that life is narrow, and few people would find it. You'll notice few have. Waking the Dead will help you find that life, see the fierce battle over your heart, and embrace all that God has for you.

There is so much more. Do you want it?

©2003 John Eldredge; (P)2003 Oasis Audio LLC

Critic Reviews

"The book...has an unguarded heart and an opinionated lucidity that may surprise readers. Eldredge is honest about the fact that life can be arduous, confusing and filled with despair, but he also affirms a deep Christian hope." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Ryan
  • Corvallis, OR United States
  • 08-26-04

I've been Awakened!

I came across this book in passing and now realize it was meant to be. This is an excellent book and destroyed so many illusions for me that I'm starting to re-read it and have gotten the hardcover book to go through. I've already loaned the book to two others and mention it constantly. I was listening to the book during my daily commute and heard my inner "doubts" making comments about what I was hearing only to hear Mr. Eldredge voice those same doubts. This really made me realize the battle I was up against to become fully alive. God Loves Us All! You'll love the book and enjoy the stories, humor, and warmth that come from listening.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Glean truth from this one!

This is one of the best Christian books I have read in a while. Oddly enough, Sacred Romance also fits in this category. The reader does a great job also; Dolan also reads The Message.

I am still working through all the information contained in this book to see if I believe it all. It is, after all, a book written by a man. There is, however, truth to be gleaned from it. Definitely worth the money and time.

Read it and allow the Holy Spirit to do a deep work in you through it. I especially liked being reminded that we have an enemy set against us and the focus on redemptive community.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Stirs the heart

Hearing this via Audible is my second time through the book. The narrator starts out a little monotone but really warms up to the subject very quickly. I have really enjoyed hearing this during my commute and will look forward to listening again and again. One interesting thing about the recording... they left in two flubs early in the program. The reader so flawlessly moves into the second take, the editors didn't notice and take it out!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Arthur
  • royse city, TX, USA
  • 05-20-07

Eye Opener

WOW It seems he has touched on every issue I have faced so far in life wih honest grab you attention understandable answers!!!

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  • William
  • Snohomish, WA, USA
  • 07-16-04

Not your Fathers Christianity

John Eldredge will take you down the path of what God has intended for you to be. Wake up to the fact that your an Image of God, not focusing on your brokeness. I have seen men dying to be men, this is a guide on how to be the man that God and your family needs you to be.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Douglas
  • Carrollton, GA, USA
  • 04-08-05

Cuts through the red-tape

Mr. Eldredge really hits those topics that I've been struggling with in ny journey towards faith. His references towards movies and literature such as The Matrix, The Wizard of Oz, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion King, and dozens of others really help to bring home his points and it sure doesn't hurt that every reference he mentioned were some of my personal favorites.
The main thing is that he breaks through all the 'religious' red-tape to get to the 'heart' of the matter
I give this book (and audio book) my highest recommendation.

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  • Karen
  • Worthington, OH, USA
  • 06-11-05


I was leary of listening to another christian book for fear that it might be slow and boring but not this one! It was fresh, fast and inspiring. The author challenged me again and again to renew my faith and see my life as a journey of faith. I will listen to this again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive

This is by far the best spiritual book I have EVER read!! Mr. Eldridge is truly blessed with his insights and his analagies!! I did an entire bible study on this book! I can't wait to read it again!! This is a must have.

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  • Adrian
  • Everett, WA, USA
  • 04-09-05

Mandatory Reading For ALL Christians

I think this book along with the beliefs held by the author will revolutionize Christianity from the soft, goody two shoe, Jesus pin wearing, bible toting, non-impact having, Christians to vibrant real people of faith who love God no matter the cost and love others enough to be real. It could possibly be the greatest work (along with Wild at Heart) since Luther's reformation. Please read with an open heart. More importantly listen how God feels about what Eldrege is saying. Onward Christian Soldiers!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Easy Listen, But Challenging

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book really challenges you to listen to what God is doing instead of what the enemy is doing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Waking the Dead?

The concept that my heart is good is something I'd like to consider more and more.

Which character – as performed by Kelly Dolan – was your favorite?

The read was enjoyable and engaging. Not dry at all...really enjoyed the narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A little too much to digest in one sitting, but I kept coming back to it again and again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • fatgarth
  • 11-08-05

Recovering a heart that has become fragmented

I have just finished listening to 'Waking the Dead' - having already worked through John Eldredge's earlier books: 'The Sacred Romance', 'The Journey of Desire' & 'Wild at Heart'. Each has its merits and there is something to be gained in working through them all. My personal route began with the abridged version of Wild at Heart - that gripped me & I came back for more.

In this work, as ever, Eldredge is after your heart because God is after your heart. It is only from a whole heart that we can live a whole life.

As an expression of reflections from Eldgredge's own spiritual journey Waking the Dead builds on earlier themes in order to paint a picture firstly of a fragmented heart and secondly of how that heart can move towards wholeness through the integration of the 'four streams' of discipleship, counselling, healing & spiritual warfare.

In an early chapter Eldredge highlights the fact that propositional truth has become the currency of meaning in a predominantly modern world but explains that such truth fails to work as an effective vehicle for what is really meaningful in our lives. It is 'mythic truth' rather than propositional truth that connects with the heart of who we really are and what we are really for. In keeping with this idea the book draws effectively from film and literature in order to tap into the collective narrative of human existence, purpose and relationships. All the time Eldredge is looking for a story to awaken the sleeping heart that tells The Story of who God created <b><i>you</b></i> to be.

In the closing sections Eldredge outlines the role to be played by 'Fellowships of the Heart'. These are an expression of Christian community that facilitate the integrating of the four streams in our own lives. There are plenty of times when we need others to listen to our heart, battle on our behalf, help us toward healing and most importantly - tell us our story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful