In 2000, a Christian counselor named John Eldredge left Focus on the Family to launch an independent ministry with a mission to, among other things, “equip men to rescue others.” The following year, Eldridge released “Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul,” a book that sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone.

Critics claimed Eldredge was promoting an antiquated fairy tale version of gender, but the message resonated with millions and sparked a ‘Christian manhood’ cottage industry. This included books with titles like “Act Like Men: 40 Days of Biblical Manhood,” “Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole,” and “The Dude’s Guide to Manhood.” Has fifteen years of “Wild at Heart” propelled Christians forward or pulled them backward? I talk with John Eldredge…

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