Tuesday, August 30, 2005

August Book Recommendation

Man, I absolutely love to read! I have pretty eclectic tastes and read at least a book a week. I typically stay away from the ‘self-help’ genres (excluding finance), but recently finished “Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul” by John Eldredge. I have long believed that a man’s character is forged in the fires of adversity. Unfortunately, adversity is going the way of the Dodo bird; replaced instead with self-esteem, political correctness, and overbearing compassion/empathy for mediocrity. The military was my ‘forge’ earlier in life and war only stoked the heat. There are still lingering questions, however, about what else I am called to do. Mr. Eldredge takes a look at these sorts of ideas.

Check out Amazon to read the inside of the jacket cover (and order the book). In addition, this short excerpt from the first chapter (pages five and six) may rouse your curiosity:

Whatever these [early] explorers were after, they were also searching for themselves. Deep in a man’s heart are some fundamental questions that simply cannot be answered at the kitchen table. Who am I? What am I made of? What am I destined for? It is fear that keeps a man at home where things are neat and orderly and under his control. But the answers to his deepest questions are not to be found on television or in the refrigerator. Out there on the burning desert sands, lost in a trackless waste, Moses received his life’s mission and purpose. He is called out, called up into something much bigger than he ever imagined, much more serious than CEO or “prince of Egypt.” Under foreign stars, in the dead of night, Jacob received a new name, his real name. No longer is he a shrewd business negotiator, but no he is one who wrestles with God. The wilderness trial of Christ is, at its core, a test of his identity. “If you are who you think you are…” If a man is ever to find out who he is and what he’s here for, he has to take that journey for himself.

He has got to get his heart back.

Good stuff. Please give it a read and let me know what you think!