John Eldredge

John Eldredge is an author, lecturer, and frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. He is founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs.


There are certain quotes from Eldredge's books that have raised suspicion concerning his theology. Some have taken the following quotes to sound like Open theism. The following is taken from Eldredge's book, Wild at Heart:

  • "God is a person who takes immense risks" (p. 30).
  • "It's not the nature of God to limit His risks and cover His bases" (p. 31)
  • "As with every relationship, there's a certain amount of unpredictability. God's willingness to risk is just astounding. There is definitely something wild in the heart of God" (p. 32)

Wild at Heart

"[Eldredge] relies on personal stories to stir your heart toward good things. He relies less on Scripture. This is part Robert Bly (Iron John), part Bible and part psychology." [1]

The other side

Despite the criticism, many Christians have been encouraged through Eldredge's writing. His passion to take men from being "nice guys" and to bring them to a place where they do not settle for mediocricy has encouraged and changed many men. Eldredge has a desire to see men become more passionate. His hope is that men would not be afraid to take risks for the sake of their wives and more importantly, God. Sadly, this has resulted in Eldredge encouraging men to take risks just as God takes risks by giving humans free will. Yet, many have looked past his shakey theology and still found encouragement and comfort in his writings.


  • The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God
  • Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
  • Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive
  • The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Only Dreamed of
  • Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul (written with his wife)
  • You Have What It Takes: What Every Father Needs to Hear
  • Epic: The Story God Is Telling and the Role That Is Yours to Play
  • The Ransomed Heart: A Collection of Devotional Readings