I've been reading this book called Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge. I got it yonks ago, but got turned off by all the silly quotes from Gladiator and Braveheart and all this stuff about heroes and damsels in distress.
But, as often happens, I happened to pick it up again the other week, and it was just what I needed to be reading. I love how God slips things in my path. I've been getting a lot out of it, and if you can sift out the bits that feel a bit dopey, there's some great stuff in there. Here's one bit got me-
Most men spend the energy of their lives trying to eliminate risk, or squeezing it down to a more manageable size. Their children hear "no" far more than they hear "yes"; their employees feel chained up and their wives are equally bound. If it works, if a man succeeds in securing his life against all risk, he'll wind up in a cocoon of self-protection and wonder all while why he's suffocating If it doesn't work, he curses God, redoubles his efforts and his blood pressure. When you look at the structure of the false self men tend to create, it always revolves around two themes: seizing upon some sort of competence and rejecting anything that cannot be controlled. As David Whyte says, "The price of our vitality is the sum of all our fears".