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Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul [Kindle Edition]

John Eldredge , Stasi Eldredge
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (584 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the Beauty of the story. And yet―how many women do you know who ever find that life?


Most women think they have to settle for a life of efficiency and duty, striving to be the women they "ought" to be but often feeling they have failed. Sadly, too many messages for Christian 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.


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 are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

John Eldredge became the Robert Bly of evangelicalism with his blockbuster Wild at Heart. Now he teams up with his wife, Stasi, to encourage women to connect with their deepest desires. To facilitate this, the Eldredges reveal in the first chapter what every woman's three core desires are: to be romanced, to play a role in her own adventures and to display beauty. (This formula will be familiar to Eldredge's fans, as Wild at Heart offered a similar tripartite model of men's desires.) The rest of the book is an extended reflection on these three impulses. Drawing heavily on popular films to prove their points, the Eldredges warn that most women tend to become either controlling or needy. Godly women, in contrast, should see God as the ultimate lover, and look to Eve (and not, say, J. Lo) as their model. Also, women should form close, intimate friendships with one another, à la Ruth and Naomi or the ladies in Fried Green Tomatoes. These are all unoriginal themes, which evangelical women's writers have been recycling for years. Christian readers who embrace a robust egalitarianism will not find the Eldredges' perspective congenial. Regardless, the book is likely to fly off the shelves, purchased by all those women who gave Wild at Heart to their husbands, brothers and dads. (Apr. 14)

Review

"Authors John and Stasi Eldredge interpret their own work with a brisk cadence that switches from John’s clear tones and pitch to Stasi’s youthful, vibrant vocal personality. Their energetic delivery captures their feminine view of women in relation to God with contrasting voices that match voice to mood with a male-female technique. Their depiction of assorted characters from movies and books supports their theories, which seem to border on pop psychology, rather than biblical content. They deftly deliver vivid but simple character sketches with a versatile range and skill that humanize God as a “lover” and “romancer.”  Their lightly accented enunciation animates and freshens the entire reading, which emphasizes their woman-centered point of view." 
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

Product Details

  • File Size: 1818 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E96LPE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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360 of 371 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not, 'Captivating' is a blessing. October 9, 2005
By Lara
Format:Hardcover
I just spent the last 10 minutes reading or skimming through the 60-some reviews on here. Interesting to note that most people either love or hate the book. Personally I love it. When I read I find myself tearing up over various issues that fully resonate with my heart. I also promise you that I am not your typical 'gushy', chick-flick watching female. To be honest, i'm much more tomboyish and struggle to be feminine instead of 'tough'. But I believe God plants in woman many universal core desires and that is what 'Captivating' addresses. I give this book 4 stars and am going to explain why by addressing issues OTHER people had with the book's content.

A warning, this could be long. I love to write. I beg your indulgence.

First off..the title of the book, 'Captivating'. I saw one review that claimed this title is negative and implies men being captives of women. How misunderstood! In my evening Bible-reading, I came across this verse in Proverbs(5:18.19) 'May you rejoice in the wife of your youth...may you ever be CAPTIVATED by her love.' So yes, for the record, being captivating is very Biblical.

Secondly, comments about the 'over-use' of movie references and pop-culture. I've noted that much of our Christian culture has always been AFRAID of popular entertainment. I agree that there is a great necessity for discernment, but at the same time, we must address society WHERE IT IS. This book does not seek to REPLACE the Bible, but to encourage us to see God in everyday things. How many of us never go to the movies or listen to the radio or read classic literature? very few indeed. Is it really so terrible to draw truth from fiction? Fiction is not synonmous with lies, yet some still chose to believe this. God is the author of our creativity..
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171 of 180 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Message from a skeptic.... December 1, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I decided to read this book because I'd been told by multiple people that I respected as Godly women to read this. And I was given the warning- you might hate it at first, but get through the first few chapters and see what you think. I was skeptical, and reading the first few chapters I wanted to chuck the book across the room. I'm far from a Bibical scholar, but I value Scripture a lot and I think we're called to be skeptical of people's interpreations.

I do not think that John and Staci Eldredge have everything right. But I think "Captivating" speaks to our need for God to meet us deeply, personally and intimately. I hear many people saying- I don't relate because I don't need someone to rescue me. Well then, why do you need Jesus? I think I believe a lie that "God loves sinners- His grace is sufficent for sinners- sinners need Jesus to save them...but now, I'm a Christian (a saved sinner) and yeah, I still need grace and He loves me, but I'm no longer in need of rescue." God wants more for us then this- read Romans 5- read 5:8 (while we were still sinners Christ died for us- AMAZING)...now keep reading- it doesn't end with salvation...Paul says "HOW MUCH MORE" multiple times in the next few verses talking about what God has FOR us after our conversion. It never stops being about God rescuing us, or our need.

What I love about this book is that it does beat the idea that God loves us. And you know what- I don't think we ever really learn this lesson and need to stop hearing it. This is not a Barney "God loves me" now let's all run and give eachother hugs- it is learning that God's love is totally life transforming.
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102 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Balm for a woman's soul May 2, 2005
Format:Hardcover
"As a new Christian, the first book I picked up on godly femininity I threw across the room. I never picked it up again. In the twenty-five years since, I have only read a few I could whole-heartedly recommend. The rest drive me crazy. Their messages to women make me feel as though, 'You are not the woman you ought to be --- but if you do the following ten things, you can make the grade.' They are, by and large, soul-killing. But femininity cannot be prescribed in a formula."

So begins (or very nearly begins) CAPTIVATING, written by John and Stasi Eldredge. The "I" in question is Stasi, but it's her husband John you are more likely to be familiar with. He's the author of THE SACRED ROMANCE, WILD AT HEART, and a number of other books that promote an adventurous and cathartic brand of Christianity. Whereas WILD AT HEART tailored that message for men, CAPTIVATING looks to tailor the message for women and is likely to have similar bestselling results.

But even though femininity cannot be prescribed in a formula as the introduction says, CAPTIVATING's premise is that there is an essence that God has given to every woman. "We share something deep and true, down in our hearts," Stasi writes. And it's this universal feminine heart that CAPTIVATING hopes to expose, heal, develop, and celebrate.

That this feminine heart needs healing is not hard for the authors to evidence. "Every woman I've ever met feels it --- something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough and I am too much at the same time. Not pretty enough, not thin enough, not kind enough, not gracious enough, not disciplined enough. But too emotional, too needy, too sensitive, too strong, too opinionated, too messy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps perfect for the EXACT person looking for this storyline but...
Way too woo woo for me.
Examples didn't transfer to my own life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book truly spoke to my heart. I related to so much that was written in this book. It was like my life was the basis of this book. I highly recommend it.
Published 5 days ago by pdbrown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book for women! Easy reading.
Excellent for recapturing emotional health and self-esteem.
Published 17 days ago by Crystalyn Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars falling in love with Jesus
It has never come to my mind that I can have such romantic relationship with God, and I have never seen how God see me as a woman as clear as I am right now. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Charlotte
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Great book!
Published 1 month ago by Kristy Garlinghouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Used for bible study group. Good book.
Published 1 month ago by GF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful book, a must read for every woman, no matter what your faith
Published 1 month ago by Watermark 617
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bought this copy for my daughter to ...
Great book, bought this copy for my daughter to share with her teen daughter. Got it used and it came in good time and condition was as expected.
Published 1 month ago by CMK Lassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me figure out myself as a unique female. ...
Helped me figure out myself as a unique female. Some things in this book applied to me, and some did not. I encourage other female followers of Jesus to explore for themselves.
Published 2 months ago by RachelK
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read.
Haven't finished reading but wonderful book. Highly recommend. 5 stars.
Published 2 months ago by Nimue
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I am loving this book. Listening in my car on my drive to and from work and find God speaking directly to me every time I turn it on. I stumbled across it accidentally and now realize it was no accident. God put it directly into my hands and I can't wait to share it with others! I'm curious to... Read More
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As a man I see women as something far more then "nothing." Eve was God's final touch to creation, far from nothing in God's eyes. I have only read Wild at Heart, and was considering reading Captivating. Books like these are not replacement for scripture, but should be used as a... Read More
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