Jun 13

Book: Captivating, Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul

Recently, a reader suggested a great book they had been reading: Captivating.  Here are some of the comments about the book.  However first a YouTube video:

“Every woman was once a little girl….and every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams.She longs to be swept up into aCaptivating - John Eldredge2 romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child’s play. They are the secret to the feminine heart.….and yet, how many women do you know or who never find that life? As the years pass by, the heart of a woman gets pushed aside, wounded and buried.

” She finds no romance except in novels, no adventure except on television, and she doubts very much that she will ever be the Beauty in any tale. Most women think they have to settle for a life of efficiency and duty, chores, and errands, striving to be the women they “ought” to be but often feeling they have failed. Sadly, too many messages for Christen women add to the pressure. “Do these ten things, and you will be a godly woman.”

“The effect has not been good on the feminine soul. But her heart is still there. Sometimes when she watches a movie, sometimes in the wee hours of the night, her heart begins to speak again. A thirst rises within her to find the life she was meant to live―the life she dreamed of as a little girl.

“The message of “Captivating” is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman, to become the woman who is truly captivating.”

Here is another review by Marciebaby:

“I love this book!! First of all, it’s not based on the Proverbs 31 woman. The books that say “Follow rules A, B, and C to be a good Christian woman” drive me nuts!! They make me feel so completely inadequate.

“This book was so different than any other book I had read. The Eldredges describe a woman’s deep desire to feel beautiful, cherished, and fought-for (how we want a knight in shining armour coming to our rescue), and how that relates to our relationship with God. The book describes how women reflect the part of God that wants to be desired and cherished as well.

“This book really spoke to my heart, and encouraged me in my walk with God. I would recommend to any woman, and to any man who wants to understand the heart of a woman.”

Here is a Review by Michael Bird on the book:

“I’m currently doing a group study of Waking the Dead, my third read of that book, and I think that it is a very good book. I enjoyed Wild at Heart and I’m giving this book a strong recommendation for both men and women alike. I won’t say that this offering is as good as Waking the Dead, or as much of an impact to a man was Wild at Heart was, however, I still believe that Christian men will gain a lot of understanding from reading this as I did.

“There is of course a group of Christians out there that don’t believe God actually speaks to people today. Okay for them, however, I’d not listen to them, if God is that silent, they are fools too. As for the Eldridge’s style of using books, movies and the like to create word pictures and draw analogies from, well if they are wrong then C.S. Lewis and Tolkien were idiots too I guess. Gee, you’d think John was selling dope on a street corner the way some Christians bash him. Oh Well.

“In any case, if you liked earlier works by Eldridge, you’ll probably enjoy this one too, if not, then you probably won’t.” You can find ‘Captivating Small Group Bible Study’ by Stasi Eldredge.  I give the book a strong recommendation to Christian women and to the men that love them.”

You can buy this book using my affiliate code for the Book Depositary:

Susanne Fengler. Blog Author

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