Wild at Heart

Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
Narrated by: John Eldredge
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,169 ratings)

Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $23.09

Buy for $23.09

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Every man was once a boy. And every little boy has dreams, big dreams: dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.

But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are...bored.

In Wild at Heart, John Eldredge invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man's soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer.

©2003 John Eldredge (P)2003 Oasis Audio LLC

Critic Reviews

"The exceptional writing and ideational balance (and a sensitive interpretation by Kelly Dolan) make this a compelling effort to integrate the hero's gritty nature with the public good." (AudioFile)

What listeners say about Wild at Heart

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3,299
  • 4 Stars
    570
  • 3 Stars
    163
  • 2 Stars
    78
  • 1 Stars
    59
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,603
  • 4 Stars
    456
  • 3 Stars
    130
  • 2 Stars
    34
  • 1 Stars
    32
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,604
  • 4 Stars
    422
  • 3 Stars
    114
  • 2 Stars
    47
  • 1 Stars
    49

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Healing & Understanding

Wild at Heart was dropped into my hand at a time of personal crisis. My life was upside down and inside out. Having walked with the Lord for 27 years I had answers to many of the questions that we, as men, ask oursevles. Yet some of the most important questions had gone unanswered or worse were never really asked.

John carefully and successfully opened up my heart as no other man has (excpet Jesus) and delivered Healing, Understanding and Passion.

His writing style is personal and easy. I highly recommend Wild at Heart.

26 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

A must read for any christian man

Just when you think you're a man & that life is good...this read (or listen) brings you down to reality and let's you know you are far from being a "man of God." Perhaps if you're reading this, your marraige isn't the same as it was during that first year. Perhaps adding your own children into the mix has changed many of the reasons you married in the first place. Find out what truly makes you tick and empty that closet of all the cobwebs. Perhaps, rediscover your marriage and learn how to be a man of God! It may be one of many ways to prevent the generational pass down of poor fatherhood...or at least the realization of it.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Wild at Heart

Fabulous!! Eldredge hits a Home Run with this crucial work. Any of us who have struggled with what society has tried to force us to do and not asked us or allowed us to be the man God intended us to be, needs to read this awesome work.
This book is timeless and will continute to help men return to the strong physical, spiritual and emotional leaders God created them to be.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

WOW

All I can say is WOW and I wish I had known some of these things before we had our 3 sons! This is a book for everyone! No nonsense and right in line with the scriptures. Read and be blessed!

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Good enough to listen to again!

My husband and I both loved this book, we listened to it more than once. It helped us to understand the basis for the core differences between man and woman, and why we need each other. It helped me to understand the vulnerabilities my husband has, even though he tries hard to hide them.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Review

Wild at Heart Notes

-Prologue: What’s our adventure? The author seems to suggest that we must go on a physical adventure/into the wild in order to grow closer to Heavenly Father. I believe the adventure we all face is that we must grow and be challenged, outdoors and false bravado play no part.

-Wild vs Adventure...Christ did go on an “Adventure” to save men’s souls, but was he wild? Most likely not, his ministry was about obedience to his father and love. The only thing wild was the world into which he was born.

-Chapter 1..Author expresses the core of a man is undomesticated, and that it is good. Reminds me that the natural man is an enemy of god. I have to disagree, the "domestication" or bending of or will toward a higher power is essential.

-Ch 1: Author states that fear keeps me at home...I reject that notion. Cincinnatous was a devout patriot and farmer in Rome who stayed at home, and only acted when called upon.

-Ch 1. Author justifies man and woman’s natural state through the scripture by stating god made man in his own image. I think we must look critically at the context in which part of us was made in his image. Our challenge in this mortal journey is to overcome our natural desires, bend our will to His, thus the great adventure!

-Ch 1: What is your current battle? What was your last adventure? When was the last time you rescued someone (literally/figuratively)?

-Ch 1: Author makes a hasty generalization and logical fallacy that popular films like the Flying Tigers, Bridge Over the River Kwai were popular because men went to see them, but he didn’t remember that MEN ran film studious, and an entire generation of men went to war in the 40’s and this was one way to portray and share these hallmark events with others, contrary to the strong female execs now that we have now that heavily promote strong female leads, and those that also are able to serve in the military contrary to the 40's.

-Ch 1: The author justifies many of his assertions based of unrealistic and idolized romance and adventures based movies, especially for his justification that a woman need to be rescued. Probably should discuss how mankind needs to be rescued because of their wild and ignorant state.

-Ch 2: Author makes a comparison to Christ vs William Wallace from the movie Braveheart (incredibly inaccurate movie, and renounced by Scotland as a whole) calls Scottish nobles weak and fearful. Doesn’t know his history, but suggest that a mythological Hollywood representation of a misrepresented historical individual as portrayed through the lens of Hollywood is the ideal man. I would suggest no man ever compare himself to another, but if you have a belief in God then set your compass upon Christ and follow his teachings as best your able.

-Ch 2: I must say this chapter really bothered me. Author continues to use Fred Rogers as a poor representation of masculinity. Fred was a loyal and passionate advocate for children’s education and fearless when he testified at a congressional hearing about the importance of children development. See https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/about-us/about-fred/freds-legacy/
The book seems like a personal confession and resentment that often blames the church he was affiliated with and Mr Rogers for stripping his mantle of masculinity away instead of taking moral responsibility in living the life he leads now.

-Ch 3: The author calls Abraham a coward. I disagree. Abraham knows he is going into a dangerous situation and chooses to not put this wife at risk; Furthermore, Abraham is so committed to the lord that he is willing to sacrifice his son. Also, was Indiana Jones a coward when he let Mariam be taken by the Nazis at the end of the movie? I would suggest there is a time and place for strategic thinking, and trust in the divine...

-Ch 4: Author states that you cannot assume the mantle of masculinity through women. George Washington (raised by mother), Shaka Zulu (raised by mother), Alexander Hamilton (orphan), Batman (orphaned).

-Ch 5: Author speaks about validation through women. I don’t agree with the author with how men look for validation through women, but I do believe he brings a good point about validation through others. Should men look for validation through their wife? (Why or why not?) So, if you believe in the Bible then you should also consider strongly the passage about cleaving to your wife and becoming one. My wife (no other woman) do I look to for support, validation, inspiration etc...

- Ch 8: Author contradicts himself by stating that a warrior must cunning and knows when to retreat (ref ex of Abraham and wife)

- Ch 9: Author likens the current situation of the church to coward airborne soldiers of WWII living in dangerous denial. I would suggest these men were never cowards, they were leaderless. It takes "Braveheart" type essence to jump out of a plane will full gear onto a combat zone. Furthermore, no man or woman who has ever served in a foreign conflict should ever be called a coward. I don’t think our (collective) church’s are in Denial of the adversary. I think they lack leadership at all levels to show men the way to be effective and why and how they need to fight. Ex. Moses, Nephi, Joseph, but we must first accept the Lord as our captain.

-Ch 9: Author states he would rather go down swinging...what exactly has he risked in his life up unto this point, seams pretty vanilla other than public ridicule for this nonsense...your thoughts?

-Ch 9: Author states we no longer have a warrior culture. Wrong, the US has only known 7 years of peace since it was founded. Author makes general assumptions based off personal choices and experiences, and then share with the audience as factual information built entirely off of his perspective instead of a collective and thoroughly researched philosophical piece.

- Ch 11: The only chapter I agree with.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Insightful & Reassuring

The book points out the man we as woman want and gives insight into a mans soul and struggle with God. It reaffirms our need as woman to lift up our men, support and encourage them. We must remember who we were when they meet us as well the wild things we loved about them.
We must be captivating and seek God to fill us leaning only on our wonderful wild God fearing men.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    out of 5 stars

Wild at Heart

Great book, definately stirs the soul

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

THE book for men

Went through this book and materials for the book at a mens study at church this past winter. Was totally any eye opener..Now that I have it downloaded, I can listen to the book while driving down the road..And each time a little more is discovered...I cannot recomend this book highly enough..And will say to read the companion book "Captivating" for the women..Has shone me just how badly I have treated the women in my life....Is a shame though to find this out so late in life..Men I do hope you get into this book, and take it too heart, as soon as you can in life..The rewads are there just waiting for you..

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

A must read not only for men

Excellent book, really gave me insight not only into the masculine heart but my heart also. John has a way with words that speak not only in the mind but into the soul.

9 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for sophie
  • sophie
  • 05-15-18

great book

even as an atheist there is a lot in here to relate to ! !

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Niall R
  • Niall R
  • 05-23-20

Required reading for fathers of all ages

Leaving most of the Biblical references aside, and considering I don't agree with every assertion in the book, Wild At Heart should be required reading for all parents, especially fathers.

There's nothing wrong with masculinity and anyone trying to sell you that idea has an agenda.

John Eldredge highlights this in very exacting detail.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Noel A Brown
  • Noel A Brown
  • 08-13-16

Personal evocative & clear

Just completed the first read in. Got to read again. Too good for one serving!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-20

Too much god

Once he started on the god stuff I couldn’t listen to any more. Will return.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Vlad
  • Vlad
  • 12-08-19

This book will make you free

This book will make you free.
do everything in side and you will be free .
Find you heart , you will be abld to breathe again!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-14-19

Great Book

While listening to this audio book I had a feeling or a sense of Deja Vu.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

A rousing vision of being a man in Christ

particularly affected by assertions like "God is wild" and the question every boy wants answered "am I strong? am I formidable?"
well written. moving on to Robert Bly's Iron John next since it seems to be heavily referenced in here

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for D
  • D
  • 12-10-18

Every Christian man should read this

Now this is how a Christian man should live, boldly, with compassion but strength. A more "muscular" Christianity than the traditional milquetoast you get on a Sunday.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for timi
  • timi
  • 04-05-18

The message of the book is refreshing

The book reaches into the hearts of men and stirs you to live and be alive

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-18

deeply moving <br />

This book is truly inspiring . I recommended any man going through any trouble single or married . rediscover themselves and reunite with God.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-18

LIFE CHANGING!!

This book is very much LIFE CHANGING!! I mean, really life changing! I challenge everyone to read it.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jacob
  • Jacob
  • 12-06-15

great

Learn to be the man of God you are recreated to be! This will change you as a man!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tim H.
  • Tim H.
  • 06-09-20

fantastic genuine and inspiring

real story, lived experience and freely offered wisdom from years of life, tears, mistakes, and victories

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-20

started slow for me but finishes strong

it is probably due to relevance and what i needed to hear. but a great book in my opinion

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Shawn Delaney
  • Shawn Delaney
  • 01-12-20

OUTSTANDINGLY DEEP

I'm only up to chapter 6 but already I have been given the gift of personal insight from this book and am in tears while I type this. Mr Eldridge sir, I thank you from the bottom of my hea... no from the bottom of my SOUL!!! This book shows just how inadequate parenting can be even under the best situations and more importantly explains what one can do to REMEDY the damage caused by the many slings and arrows of life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

Life changing

This book is everything I needed to hear. I wish I had of had it 10 years ago.