• Desire

  • The Journey We Must Take to Find the Life God Offers
  • By: John Eldredge
  • Narrated by: Kelly Ryan Dolan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (299 ratings)

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By: John Eldredge
Narrated by: Kelly Ryan Dolan
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Sometimes it seems we just can't get what we want. Circumstances thwart our best-laid plans. We struggle to live a heartfelt life. Worst of all, says Eldredge, the modern church mistakenly teaches its people to kill desire (calling it sin) and replace it with duty or obligation (calling it sanctification). As a result, at best, Christians tend to live safe, boring lives of resignation. At worst, their desire eventually breaks out in destructive ways such as substance abuse, affairs, and pornography addictions. In The Journey of Desire, Eldredge invites readers to rediscover God-given desire and to search again for the life they once dreamed of.
©2004 John Eldredge (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC

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Nothing Less Than Life-Changing

As a Christian who was brought up with the dismal view of Heaven as sitting around singing "Amazing Grace" ad nauseum for eternity, the book helped reshape my view of living a life for Christ and connected me with my hopes, dreams and desires in an entirely new manner. For everyone who has walked away from the Church and its duties and obligations, this book will help you reshape your theology into one that celebrates the life God sent His Son to die for. You're not the only one who has had questions that nobody else talks about; Elderidge brings them out into the open and offers scriptural solutions.

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Ashamed of Desires?

If you just can't justify your God-given desires, this book will explain why it is important to "follow your heart." But the real answer is a concept the church doesn't teach as much as they should: Unity with Christ. If you are truely in Christ, your desires are not your own and neither is your heart, but Christ lives and desires through you. I had problems with a couple of things Eldredge said. First, he said church is the problem, because it teaches us to be ashamed of our desires. I don't remember what else he said, but he seems to have an axe to grind. My advice to him is to go on a long camping trip with Henry Cloud, another author I really hate. I think the two of them would get along famously. And then maybe they would have something encouraging to write about, like "how to work out your philosophical differences with the companion you're stuck with for awhile."

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Great reminder of God's Love & the Battle

Where does Desire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Almost to the top!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did cry in some areas that really "hit home" with stuff I have dealt with in life.

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What no one else is willing to teach

I wasn't prepared for what this would do to my heart. This book got to the bottom of many deep issues in my own heart. I recommend beautiful outlaw in conjunction with this book.

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Great Book

I loved the Book, But would rather the book be Read by the Author. Great Book!

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Solid

I do believe John Eldridge offers us a very unique, original and needed voice for the 21st-century this book and most of his books are about 50% the same as each other; but once you get into the back half of this book it but comes more original and less scripted I believe. So again if you have read one of his books you've read most of them because he hits on a lot of the same things over and over again through movies and books etc. but like I said I think his voice is very needed today but I would say that Wild at Heart or Awakening in God our little bit better all-around books than Desire.

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Desire

Never have I seen a script that more perfectly captures the human condition--our yearning for Hope and the absolutely essential nature of the desires placed in our hearts by God. Anyone who has been discouraged or disenchanted with the current dead state of affairs within our church or within ourselves will glean richly from this text.

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Great book about heaven and your heart

This was another great Eldredge book. He takes a very intriguing approach to the description of heaven in terms of God making all things new not all new things. Drastically different view than the world view and very refreshing.

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Avoid this book

I cannot, in good conscious, recommend this book. The author rambles all over the place, takes multiple scriptures out of context, uses pop culture quotes from sources that should never be quoted in a Christian book, and preaches flat out false doctrine. The purpose of this earthly existence is to learn to live happily. We do that through constantly developing and maintaining a close, personal relationship with our Savior, which alters our hearts and desires until they are in line with the best God has for each of us. Despite the claims of this author, such happiness can be achieved in this earthly existence. Yes, our joy in Heaven will be greater than we can imagine in this mortal realm, but that does not mean we cannot, as the author claims, achieve the honest, righteous desires we have here and now. Remember my friends; just because it’s a best seller does not mean it’s worth the read.

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if you are ready for this book in your journey

to sanctification it is the missing piece the the christian culture has so unbiblically faught against.