“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Quote from “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge.

I received “Captivating” by Sasti and John Eldredge for Christmas and after I read it I decided to read “Wild at Heart.” The books cover similar ground. I have heard mixed reviews about the books. Many themes in the books have been covered by others but I found it to be a refreshing read. The themes are presented from a different perspective using original illusions but the themes themselves are not new.

I first came across the theme of romantic love when I was reading Selwyn Hughes’ Every Day With Jesus March/April 2000, that edition being called “The Beloved” and in it Hughes draws much from the Song of Solomon. The Eldredge are also highly influenced by Neil Anderson and quote several times from him. Neil Anderson is also a favourite of mine.

Having read the books several weeks ago two thoughts have stayed with me. One is that the devil will particularly attack anything that is beautiful, which explains such things as pollution, the oppression of women etc.

Secondly that Christians have tried to make the Christian life safe and in doing so have made it boring. In trying to make the Christian life safe men have become passive and reluctant to take risks. Women have become distracted with careers, home making etc. In retrospective I’m not sure if the Eldredge’s actual say this but that is what I thought after I read the books. To start to solve the problem we need to ask ourselves what makes me come alive? Which I have found to be a difficult question.