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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
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
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.
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