Top critical review
Could’ve been 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 8, 2019
I enjoyed Wild at Heart but some things didn’t connect with me. I’m just a born again Christian man who wants to get to know God and I am always interested in knowing how to get closer to God.
Here are somethings I liked:
- the general synopsis of a healthy child rearing of boys
- where some men go wrong because of wounds
- stages of manhood
- writer always encourages us to “ask God”
- lots of historical referencing and personal anecdotes of leadership and fatherhood (being fathered)
- biblical references
But, here’s what I would like to suggest in future editions:
- A stand-alone chapter on THE GOSPEL - it’s super important to know that in order to have a relationship with Father God, you need to give your life to Jesus. Jesus sacrificed Himself for you so that you can have eternal life and everlasting loving relationship with Our Heavenly Father.
John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
A. Salvation is the "permission slip" to enter heaven when you leave this world.
B. Salvation takes place when a person listens to the salvation message, believes it, and makes a decision to receive Jesus into his or her heart.
So, if you feel that you really want to have a relationship with Father God, I encourage you to make this heartfelt prayer:
"God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus' precious and holy name. Amen."
- MASCULINITY is important but not everything.
Look, I get it. A lot of men out there are broken. I come from a family that didn’t have it all, especially my father. He was an orphan and he didn’t know what it took to be a man. He looked for his masculinity in all the wrong places and that really messed me up. In Wild at Heart, I appreciated the guiding of acknowledging wounds and asking Jesus to heal and to give us strength to forgive. Love that. Awesome.
What I’m a little wary is that anything that is made more important than God is an idol. And, if we’re not careful, masculinity, leadership, positions, etc...could be made into idols. That is, “oh, if I _________ then I’ll be happy.” Trust me, I had many many many idols in my life and God has picked them away one by one. And I am so THANKFUL for that.
- ENJOY THE JOURNEY. It could have been emphasized a bit more. There’s this incredible warmth and sense of safety when you seek first the Kingdom of God.
- PERHAPS A FEW TOO MANY MOVIE REFERENCES - I don’t know. I understand the importance of connecting with the audience. I like more facts than fiction.
All in all. It’s a synopsis of manhood and being fathered by God. Just a few suggestions for future editions. God bless you men. Be well and God be with you.