I'm no huge John Eldredge fan, but in a rush to round out his axis of ambition, Byassee really goes off path with this one. Eldredge's point is certainly not that "men recover their battling, adventuring, beauty-saving heart ... by watching lots of movies." His point, which stands, is that mainstream Christian men are becoming complacent, not that they're "girlie men," though he may think (and occasionally imply) that, too.
Truly this is poor literary criticism. The overall message of the book is tossed aside for sound-bite examples of Eldredge's supposed chauvinism, and Byassee somehow arrives at the theory that Eldredge really believes men should be out conquering for all their days. Never mind that Eldredge doesn't come close to saying that.
The book may not evaluate all aspects of Jesus' message, but does it have to? I always thought these types of expository books were meant to explore one or two aspects of the Bible, not the entire range of its contents. Leave that for commentaries, which are good for studying but make for bad bathroom reading.
R. Justin Shepherd
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Sound-Bite Criticism. by R. Justin Shepard. Sojourners Magazine, February 2005 (Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 4). Letters.
(Source: http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article &issue=-sojo0502&&article=050247a)
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