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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Rev Exp edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400202825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400202829
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Eldredge is a counselor, teacher, and the author of numerous bestselling books including Wild at HeartEpic, and Beautiful Outlaw. He is the director of Ransomed Heart, a ministry restoring masculinity to millions of men worldwide. John loves fly fishing, bow hunting,  and great books. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Stasi.



Stasi Eldredge co-authored Captivating with her husband John, which has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. alone and has changed women's lives all over the world. Director of the women's ministry at Ransomed Heat, Stasi leads Captivating retreats in Colorado.

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Customer Reviews

Great book I would recommend for every woman.
Heather Fritz
I think that anyone reading this book, female or male, will come away with a much better understanding of how a woman feels and why she acts the way she does.
miket767
If you remember John Eldredge's first book "Wild at Heart", you'll love Captivating where he teams up with his wife Stasi for a look into the woman's soul.
KC

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The Story Teller on December 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dear Whomever May Be Concerned,

Today I finished my girlfriend's favorite book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. There are three things that I have learned in the past two hours of reading and thinking. #1 My girlfriend is an amazing girl and I'm pretty much the luckiest guy on Earth to have her. #2 Guys suck at understanding girls. Being one of those guys who thought he understood girls in high school (arrogance is quite embarrassing) I just would like to say to every guy out there. "WE SUCK AT UNDERSTANDING GIRLS." Growing up I thought because I understood the two concepts "Girls like bad boys." And "Nice guys finished last." I could fully understand the concept of the girl's mind. Man was I wrong. #3 The women's heart longs to be romanced. As guys' we FAIL. Epic giant fail. I look around and I see more guys in my generation looking at porn and degrading women in their mind than I see men buying girl's roses and trying to win their hearts.

Men were created in God's image but women were taken from men therefore also created with God's image. Often times we make women feel like they are not skinny enough or too emotional but sometimes we need to be thankful that they exist! God knew exactly what he was doing when He made women. Kiss your mom on the cheek. Tell your girlfriend she's beautiful. Treat the women around you with respect. Stop looking at porn because it degrades women and turns them into objects rather than sisters in Christ. Most importantly start meditating on the fact that the heart of a women is a reflection of the heart of God.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cheri on March 22, 2011
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My husband of 26 years left me for another woman recently. This book seem to speak directly to the questions and ache in my soul. It helps me to understand why I depended on the love of my husband so much & how I can really fill that void with Jesus. I never really understood before but this book helps me to understand how much Jesus loves me & why.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By 4.0 on November 28, 2012
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My husband of 21 years recently met another woman and decided he didn't want to be married to me anymore. Through the pain of this, I was given "Captivating" by a friend who had also gone through a similar situation. God used the encouragement in this book to set me free from "needing a man" to validate me as a person. I felt God's love flow into me and out to others while reading the book. The more I read, the more love I felt for myself, for God, and for others. This is just my personal experience. I recommend this book to all my friends who suffer with insecurities.

My husband and I have recently reconciled, and he is now reading "Wild at Heart." We are both dependent on other people to validate us. I'm hoping the book helps him get past that and enables him to be the man he was meant to be without fear. At this point in our lives, we need all the help we can get to help us be healthy individuals in order to have a healthy marriage. We both love the Lord and want His will for our lives, but there are underlying issues from our past, particularly our childhoods, that have created two dysfunctional, hurting people. I thank God for placing this book in my hands at this time in my journey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Frucci on August 31, 2013
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"I wish every man and woman would read this book." is an exact quote from my review of Wild at Heart Revised & Updated: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge...a book I also gave 5 stars. After a few weeks and upon placing my selfishness aside...I realized I would be a hypocrite if I didn't read "Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul", a book about women's souls written by both his wife, Stasi and John. If you are a male reading this review, you have read, "Wild at Heart" and you think women should read "Wild at Heart"...then guess what? Yep, stop thinking about reading this book and read it.

After having read both books, I see, think and respond to women differently now...in a good way. I am beginning to understand why I have failed as a man in the past with my relationships with women...that one is worth giving this book 5 stars alone. Yet there is so much more in Stasi's book. The descriptions of the meaning of Beauty in both form and spirit will enlighten the soul. What it is...where it flows from...how we see and feel Beauty...the essence of a woman. Her husband John begins the introduction with this statement, "Now we are on holy ground." Yep...and every male understands the power of that statement. Again, Dudes...read this book...it will help your existing relationship, help you with the one destined for you along your path and help you to relate to all women in general.

This is a full on Christian book, but do not let that stop you from purchasing it. If like me, you do not like Christianity or any religion shoved in your face unsolicited, you might approach this book with caution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Leflar on May 27, 2012
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I have read Wild at Heart and Way of the Wild Heart many times and even taught them. When my first marriage died due to infidelity, my children were devestated, most especially my daughter. She no longer had a role-model to fashion her womanhood after. I bought the book and read it. I was amazed at the insight into a woman's heart it gave me! I am not a woman so I had no clue. I find myself buying this set; book, study guide and journal, for woman who I see struggling to find their identity as women. It has yet to let me down.
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