Wild at Heart a 6-Day Guide to Recover Your Masculine Heart by John Eldredge


Day 1 

The Heart of a Man

This six-part reading plan is a journey into the most important part of your life—your masculine heart. What does it mean to be a man? Is masculinity something that is just socially created?  

Genesis 1:26-27 gives us insight into what God had in mind: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Male and female He created us. 

This is an absolutely incredible passage because right here at the beginning, the very first things God says about the human race—about you—is that you are made in His image and you are made in His image as a man. 

Masculinity is deep, immortal, and everlasting. 

God made the masculine heart and sets it within every man He creates. Knowing this is going to help us understand so much about our lives as men. If we know who we are, if we know what we were designed for, it helps us make sense of our stories and plan for our future. 

Out of your masculine heart flows all of the things that make your life worth living—friendship, family, love, adventure, career, your dreams, and your relationship with God. If you look at the games that little boys play and the movies men love, you will find in every man's heart three core desires: a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to love.

You simply have to get your heart back. This is like a treasure hunt, with Indiana Jones. Only we’re not looking for a golden statue, we’re looking for something a whole lot more valuable than that.