In Waking the Dead, John Eldridge shows us how God restores our hearts, our humanity and sets us free. The book tells us that there are four streams through which we can discover the abundant life: Walking with God, Receiving God's Innermost Council, Deep Restoration and Spiritual Warfare. When the eyes of our hearts are opened, we will embrace three eternal truths; things aren't what they seem, this is a world at war and each of us has a crucial role to play. A battle is raging, and it is a battle for your heart against the enemy and that he is determined to render us harm and ruin God's image bearers and to steal, kill and destroy. The story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by one who knows what you could be and fears it.
This is one of those books that you don't like to put down when you start to read it.
The Book is written in four parts and chapters dedicated to each part as follows.
Part 1: Seeing Our Way Clearly
Part 2: The Ransomed Heart
Part 3: The four Streams
Part 4: The Way of the Heart
Appendix: A Daily Prayer for Freedom
Review written by Bruce Cook
Waking the Dead
The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive
In Waking the Dead John Eldredge writes that God works through our heart and that we should be living through our hearts. Through scripture Eldredge goes on to show how God leads us through our hearts and that our hearts are sought after by satan as well as God. We are in a spiritual battle. Remain close to God and he will guide you through your heart.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV "Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
I had an interesting thought while reading Waking the Dead. We accept Christ with our hearts, not our minds. It takes faith and not reason or knowledge to accept Christ into our lives. Why is it then that we make the rest of our life decisions with our minds instead of our hearts? If we truly have Christ in our hearts then wouldn't the decisions of our hearts be the correct decisions?
The inside front book cover states the following:“How has this central truth been lost...that the heart is the center of human life? It is the creative powerhouse within you. It is the connecting point between you and others-between you and God. In fact, the heart is where we receive that life God offers and we long for-a life flowing through us, as Jesus said, in rivers. And it is through your heart that God wants to change the world.
In Waking the Dead, John Eldredge shows us how God restores our hearts, our true humanity, and sets us free. There are four streams, Eldredge says, through which we can discover the abundant life: Walking with God, Receiving His Intimate Counsel, Deep Restoration, and Spiritual Warfare. And once the "eyes of our hearts" are opened, we will embrace three eternal truths:
This is a world at war.
Each of us has a crucial role to play.
A battle is raging. And it is a battle for your heart."
This book will challenge you to live from your heart, which is not as easy as it seems. We are programmed to live from our minds, to hold back. Why not draw closer to God and live from your heart.
This is a very good book, it may change your life and you may come alive.