Ransomed Heart with John Eldredge

The Ransomed Heart Podcast is a free resource offered by Ransomed Heart. Each week you can download the audio file directly to your iPod, computer or MP3 player.

About John Eldredge

John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God’s love, and learn to live in God’s Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated) and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife, Stasi, in a high school drama class. But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.

John earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs. They have three sons (Samuel, Blaine, and Luke), a golden retriever (Oban), and two horses (Whistle and Kokolo).

While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. John loves the outdoors passionately, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression “far out” way too much.

Latest Episodes

  • Wilderness and the Soul – Part 2
    There's a huge difference between relief and restoration. In this series conclusion, discover the power of taking time away from your everyday to pursue stillness and wholeheartedness.
  • Wilderness and the Soul – Part 1
    John, Sam, Blaine, and Alex share stories from recent hunting trips that reveal the heart's need for simplicity, stillness, and beauty.
  • How Hard Times Prepare Us – Part 2
    In the series conclusion, John and Allen discuss how God can use our hard situations to prepare us for greater things – if we will embrace His invitation into deeper initiation.
  • How Hard Times Prepare Us – Part 1
    If the hard seasons of life are meaningless, we just need relief. But John and Allen reveal how God brings meaning to these times by using them to initiate and prepare us for what's ahead.
  • Soul vs. Spirit – Part 2
    To be wholehearted and grow in maturity, we need access to all Kingdom resources. John and Morgan dismantle the unnecessary tension between soul and spirit in this series conclusion.
  • Soul vs. Spirit – Part 1
    For many, spiritual experiences are defined either by dramatic encounters with God OR process-driven soul care. John and Morgan offer a more holistic approach to Kingdom living that involves both spir …
  • Our "Way" – Part 2
    Once we clearly see what our "way" looks like, God reveals areas that need deeper repentance, healing and transformation. John, Morgan, and Allen discuss this process in the series conclusio …
  • Our "Way"-Part 1
    We all have a particular "way" of doing life that feels justifiable and normal – yet gets in the way of relationships and restoration. John, Morgan, and Allen swap stories to shed light on t …
  • Exposing Self-Hatred – Part 2
    Bart, Morgan, and Allen further unpack the category of self-hatred, revealing how shame and fear give the enemy a way to turn anger inward and cause self-harm to body, soul, and spirit.
  • Exposing Self-Hatred – Part 1
    Though often not on our radar, self-hatred affects us all. Bart, Morgan, and Allen explain what it looks like, the toxic impact it has on relationships, and the ways it distorts our true identity.
  • Walking with God – Part 4
    In the series conclusion, John Eldredge shares how to navigate unmet longings and new beginnings with God.
  • Walking With God-Part 3
    It's often hardest to hear from God during seasons of crisis and struggle. Discover ways to make room for God when everything seems to be going wrong.
  • Walking With God-Part 2
    What if we could hear from God…often? In this week's podcast, John offers the basics of learning to listen to the voice of God. 
  • Walking with God – Part 1
    John Eldredge begins this four-part series – based on his book Walking with God – by revealing God's incredible offer to speak to us and guide us daily.
  • Parenting Without Fear
    Relationships with our children flourish when we pursue their hearts over an outcome. In this 2015 podcast, Craig McConnell and Allen discuss the difference between love and fear-based parenting.


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