John Eldredge

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John Eldredge (born June 6, 1960 in Los Angeles ) is an American bestselling author , Christian consultant, speaker and founder of Ransomed Heart Ministry .


Eldredge grew up in Los Angeles. As a teenager he explored different religions and worldviews. He discovered the Christian faith through books by the Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer . He studied drama and received a bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic University in Pomona . He then studied Bible counseling with Lawrence J. Crabb and Dan Allender at Colorado Christian University and graduated with a Masters.

From 1983 to 1988 he served in the Sierra Madre Church in Southern California. In 1988, his pastor and friend, Brent Curtis, fell while hiking in the mountains and died. From 1988 to 2000 he worked for Focus on the Family , a Christian organization that promotes and supports families in the USA. In 2000 he founded Ransomed Heart Ministry , an organization that aims to promote the spiritual life. He has written many books, of which Wild at Heart (German: The untamed man ) has become a bestseller. Eldredge is a sought-after speaker in the US and worldwide who speaks, inspires and moves many men and women.


Eldredge supports men in discovering their masculinity so that they dare to overcome their fears and to live their wild, untamed side more. “Every man has a battle to fight, a beautiful woman to save, and an adventurous life to live. “With this he sets an antipole against the feminization , political correctness and conformity of many Western churches and Christians. Wild, dangerous and free are important qualities for him, which he also attributes to God . That also creates contradiction.

Eldredge also speaks about social and political developments in the USA, although he is concerned about the growing hatred. Only God's love in and through us can be the answer.


He is married to the Stasi, they have three sons and live in Colorado Springs .



As a sole author

  • The untamed man. On the way to a new masculinity. Brunnen, Gießen 2001, ISBN 978-3-7655-1840-9 (17th edition 2016; original title: Wild at heart )
  • On the way of the heart. Brunnen , Giessen 2009, ISBN 978-3-7655-1720-4 (Original title: The Ransomed Heart )
  • The script. What happens behind the scenes in our life? Brunnen, Giessen 2009, ISBN 978-3-7655-1921-5
  • Follow your dream. Brunnen, Gießen 2010, ISBN 978-3765518805 (5th edition, original title: Dare to Desire )
  • Find the life you dream of: why it is worth listening to the voice of the heart. Brunnen, Gießen 2010, ISBN 978-3-7655-4039-4 (Original title: The journey of desire - Searching for the life - We've only dreamed of )
  • The wild heart of marriage. Why almost every love story turns into a fight. And what you can do together to win this fight. Gerth Medien, Asslar 2010, ISBN 978-3-86591-557-3
  • The wild heart of marriage. 40 devotions. Gerth, Asslar 2011, ISBN 978-3-86591-650-1
  • The untamed Christian. Brunnen, Giessen 2011, ISBN 978-3-7655-4138-4
  • You speak to my heart Brunnen, Gießen 2011, ISBN 978-3-7655-4137-7 (Original title: Walking with God )
  • Make me strong for life What only fathers can give their children. Brunnen, Gießen 2013, ISBN 978-3-7655-3854-4 (6th edition 2015; original title: You have what it takes - What Every Father Needs to Know )
  • The untamed Messiah. About an irresistible savior who will win your heart. Gerth, Asslar 2013, ISBN 978-3-86591-760-7
  • Freedom of the heart: salvation comes through the gift of sanctification. Gerth, Asslar 2014, ISBN 978-3-86591-976-2

As a co-author

  • with Brent Curtis: You woo my heart very quietly. How God satisfies our longing. Brunnen, Giessen 2011, ISBN 978-3-7655-4091-2 (7th edition)
  • with Stacy Eldredge: don't you know how beautiful you are? What happens when women discover the secret of their heart. Brunnen, Gießen 2014, ISBN 978-3-7655-1934-5 (Original title: Captivating. Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul )
  • with Sam Eldredge: Fighter Heart - The wild adventure of becoming a real man , Brunnen, Gießen 2015, ISBN 978-3-7655-0922-3 (Original title: Killing Lions. Courage and Answers for the Trials Young Men Face )


  • The untamed man. On the way to a new masculinity. Audiobook, Brunnen, Gießen 2013, ISBN 978-3-7655-8734-4
  • The way of the untamed man. Stations of the male journey. Audiobook, Fountain Voice Audio, Brunnen, Gießen 2013, ISBN 978-3-9523999-2-7

Web links

  • [3] Ransomed Heart Ministry website
  • [4] German website The Untamed Man by Gunter Völk

Individual evidence

  1. ^ [1] Homepage of Ransomed Heart Ministry
  2. [2] Article in Christianity Today on August 14, 2004
  3. Reinhold Scharnowski: Rousing letter from John Eldredge, hatred - the disease of our time. What do the attacks of the last few weeks here in Europe, social media and race riots in the USA have in common? Although postmodernism has begun to pacify the world, it is clear that a new, old disease is spreading again at the moment. We bring an in-depth analysis by well-known US author John Eldredge . Livenet July 27, 2016