The story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.

— John Eldredge

The most floundering John Eldredge quotes that will inspire your inner self

A wound that goes unacknowledged and unwept is a wound that cannot heal.


The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her heart.


She is the crescendo, the final, astonishing work of God.

Woman. In one last flourish creation comes to a finish with Eve. She is the Master's finishing touch.


In the end, it doesn’t matter how well we have performed or what we have accomplished—a life without heart is not worth living.


We think you'll find that every woman in her heart of hearts longs for three things: to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to unveil beauty. That's what makes a woman come alive.


We abandon the most important journey of our lives when we abandon desire.

We leave our hearts by the side of the road and head off in the direction of fitting in, getting by, being productive, what have you. Whatever we might gain – money, position, the approval of others, or just absence of the discontent self – it’s not worth it.


A man's calling is written on his true heart, and he discovers it when he enters the frontier of his deep desires.


A man needs a much bigger orbit than a woman.

He needs a mission, a life purpose, and he needs to know his name. Only then is he fit for a woman, for only then does he have something to invite her into.


The most dangerous man on earth is the man who has reckoned with his own death.

All men die; few men ever really live.


Don't climb on that, don't break anything, don't be so aggressive, don't be so noisy, don't be so messy, don't make such crazy risks. But God's design - which He placed in boys as the picture of Himself - is a resounding yes. Be fierce, be wild, be passionate.


I wasn't mean; I wasn't evil. I was nice. And let me tell you, a hesitant man is the last thing in the world a woman needs. She needs a lover and a warrior, not a Really Nice Guy.


Most Christians are still living with an Old Testament view of their heart.

Jeremiah 17:9 says, 'My heart is deceitfully wicked.' No, it's not. Not after the work of Christ, because the promise of the new covenant is a new heart.


About John Eldredge

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If we can reawaken that fierce quality in a man, hook it up to a higher purpose, release the warrior within, then the boy can grow up and become truly masculine.


Only by walking with God can we hope to find the path that leads to life.

That is what it means to be a disciple. After all -- aren't we 'followers of Christ'? Then by all means, let's actually follow him. Not ideas about him. Not just his principles. Him.


We are made in the image of God; we carry within us the desire for our true life of intimacy and adventure. To say we want less than that is to lie.


An intimate encounter with Jesus is the most transforming experience of human existence. To know him as he is, is to come home. To have his life, joy, love, and presence cannot be compared. A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness.


Eve is a life giver; she is Adam's ally. It is to both of them that the charter for adventure is given. It will take both of them to sustain life. And they will both need to fight together.


It takes great courage to be vulnerable. It takes enormous strength to be a real woman.


He is the playfulness of creation, scandal and utter goodness, the generosity of the ocean and the ferocity of a thunderstorm; he is cunning as a snake and gentle as a whisper; the gladness of sunshine and the humility of a thirty-mile walk by foot on a dirt road.


I'm married. I have three children. I have a mortgage to pay. The plumbing breaks and the yard needs trimming. However, what my wife and children need most from me is my passion for them.


There is something about human nature that just doesn't want to face the reality that we live in two worlds. We live in the physical, material world where we have jobs, read books, and go about our business. And we live in a spiritual world - and that is a world at war.


God endowed you with a glory when he created you, a glory so deep and mythic that all creation pales in comparison.


Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man.


A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family.


Moses does not encounter the living God at the mall.

He finds Him (or is found by Him) somewhere out in the deserts of Sinai, a long way from the comforts of Egypt... Where did the great prophet Elijah go to recover his strength? To the wild. As did John the Baptist, and his cousin, Jesus, Who is led by the Spirit into the wilderness.


To be in theater you have to be a kind of psychologist, for you're always trying to understand character and motives.


So long as man remains no real threat to the Enemy, Satan's line to him is 'You're fine'. But after you do take sides, it becomes 'Your heart is bad and you know it'.


If only Jesus' followers shared his personality.

That one shift alone would correct so many of the ridiculous and horrifying things that pass for popular Christianity.


Caring for your heart is also how you protect your relationship with God.

.. [The heart] is where we commune with him. It is where we hear his voice. Most of the folks I know who have never heard God speak to them are the same folks who live far from their hearts.


Desire, both the whispers and the shouts, is the map we have been given to find the only life worth living.


Henri Nouwen once asked Mother Teresa for spiritual direction.

Spend one hour each day in adoration of your Lord, she said, and never do anything you know is wrong. Follow this and you'll be fine.


There is something else I am after, out here in the wild.

I am searching for an even more elusive prey . . . something that can only be found through the help of wilderness. I am looking for my heart.


Eternal life is not primarily duration but quality of life, "life to the limit.


Truth be told, most of us are faking our way through life.

We pick only those battles we are sure to win, only those adventures we are sure to handle, only those beauties we are sure to rescue.


Most of what you encounter when you meet a man is a facade, an elaborate fig leaf, a brilliant disguise.


A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness.


Most of us live in a fog. It's like life is a movie we arrived to 20 minutes late. You know something important seems to be going on. But we can't figure out the story. We don't know what part we're supposed to play or what the plot is.


Every man carries a wound. I have never met a man without one. No matter how good your life may have seemed to you, you live in a broken world full of broken people.


The real you is on the side of God against the false self


When a woman forsakes her vulnerability because she's been hurt or because she lives in a dangerous world or doesn't want to be used, she loses something essential about being a woman.


It is the thoughts and intents of the heart that shape a person's life.


Caring for our own hearts isn't selfishness; it's how we begin to love.


We are created for adventure, and if we cannot find one, we start blowing things out of proportion so it feels like we have one.


I don't write anything that I haven't lived.

In terms of integrity, you have to write what you live. And if you write beyond what you live, it is theory. And theory is not helpful. It is just not.


A man does not go to a woman to get his strength; he goes to her to offer it.


You would not ask someone with a broken arm to swim the English Channel, so you cannot demand that the broken to live as if they were whole.


Am I really a man? Have I got what it takeswhen it counts?


You can't fight a battle you don't think exists.


Faith looks back and draws courage; hope looks ahead, and keeps desire alive.