The Literary 10 – Number 4

4. Waking the Dead

And now we come to the first of the books by John Eldredge. I think the best way to open, then, is to tell you how I discovered Mr. Eldredge and Ransomed Heart Ministries.

In 2010, I was at the midnight launch for Halo Reach with my brother and a mutual friend. This mutual friend at the time was delivering pizzas to make some extra cash to pay down his debts and he brought a couple of pies for us to enjoy while we waited for midnight.

After we were done eating, we headed for Wal-Mart to quench our thirst. As we crossed the parking lot we started talking about paying off credit cards and reducing debt. My friend is a fan of Dave Ramsey and as he talked about his own journey to be free from debt, I was inspired. I made plans to attend Dave’s live event coming to town and I started listening to his radio show.

While listening that week, Dave had on two different callers. Both were men and while both were having money troubles, their problems ended up being more about their relationships with their wives. Dave is not one to suffer fools gladly as any listener will tell you, and he told these men to get a book by John Eldredge.

That’s not this book. Stay tuned for that.

Waking the Dead is the third book I’ve read by Mr. Eldredge. It’s a call for Christians to recover their hearts and to truly embrace life.

This book outlines four steps that Mr. Eldredge calls the Four Streams. These are counseling, discipleship, healing, and warfare. Though they are presented separately, they are meant to flow together for the benefit of God’s children.

Beyond that, the book features the debut of the Daily Prayer. I pray this most mornings and depending how I feel, it takes 15-20 minutes. It’s a powerful tool for asserting spiritual authority, banishing those things coming against you and just getting your day off on the right foot.

If I were running a church’s discipleship program, this is the first book I’d have congregants read. It’s just a solid foundation for the Christian life.