Wild at Heart
Author: John Eldredge
Author: John & Stasi Eldredge
Submitted by: Jim Schuster
These two books had a profound affect on my life. I read Wild at Heart right after college during my first year of seminary. It enabled me to grapple with the longings of my own heart and what motivated me, helping me sort out what were authentic expressions of the masculine heart and where I was acting out of brokenness. My second reading of it a few years later was even more profound than the first, and it led to me making some major changes in the direction of my life (feel free to ask me more about it!)
Captivating was an eye-opening look at the interior life of women and their uniquely feminine battles. Many women I know who have read it found it incredibly validating and empowering. (Example: modern translations of Genesis give Eve the rather unflattering title of being Adam's "helper," or worse, "helpmeet." But the Eldredges point out that the original phrase, ezer kenegdo, was only used of one other person in the whole Bible - God Himself!) Reading this book was one of the most profoundly beneficial preparations for me for entering into dating and marriage.