John Eldredge on Raising Resilient Boys, Being Wild at Heart and Finding Healthy Ways to Fight

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When everyone in your life tells you to read a book, the world is telling you something. 

This is exactly what happened with John Eldredge’s book, Wild at Heart. It started with my friend Ryan Mickler, who’d been talking about his work for years, and soon I felt like I’d heard this recommendation from over eighty guys I trust.

When I finally read it, I was stunned by his work and his message–and today’s conversation left me just as floored.

John Eldredge on Raising Resilient Boys, Being Wild at Heart and Finding Healthy Ways to Fight

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In today’s conversation with John, you’ll learn how he unpacked his family trauma to become the man he is today, how to nurture masculinity without being edgy for the sake of edginess, and what it means to show up with courage when you’re needed the most.

And if you’d like to get a free copy of Wild at Heart, just leave us a review of this podcast on iTunes, mention this episode and John in the review, and take a screenshot. Send it to, and I’ll buy and mail you (or anyone you want) a copy of the book!

“Someone listening in kindness to your story is healing.” - @JohnEldredge Click To Tweet

John Eldredge’s Podcast Highlights

  • The value of communing with nature in some form every day.
  • Fasting as a healing mechanism.
  • The power of resetting to cut out the noise.
  • Why are we in love with distractions.
  • How can chasing love and validation take over our lives and burn us out, and how can we unpack the wounds it creates in childhood? 
  • What’s new in the expanded and updated edition of Wild at Heart.
  • Why men need battles, adventure, and love in their lives.
  • How can men navigate the challenges of gender in the modern landscape?
  • How can you embrace the warrior spirit in service of love? 
  • What are some rites of passage you can pass down to your children?
  • What questions should men be asking to connect with their hearts?
“When you have someone who interprets failure, you build resilience.” - @JohnEldredge Click To Tweet

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John Eldredge’s Bio

John Eldredge

John Eldredge is an author, a teacher, and a counselor. He is also president of Wild at Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God’s love, and learn to live in God’s Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated) and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). 

John met his wife, Stasi, in a high school drama class. But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.

John earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, working as a counselor in private practice before launching Wild at Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons, two golden retrievers, and two horses.

John loves the outdoors passionately, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in his shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression “far out” way too much.

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