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Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul Hardcover – May 2, 2010

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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 Heart, Stasi leads Captivating retreats in Colorado. Her passion is to see lives transformed by the beauty of the Gospel and an intimate romance with Jesus Christ.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Rev Exp edition (May 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400202825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400202829
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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113 of 115 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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41 of 44 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Meredith L. Burton on August 14, 2013
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Having read Eldredge's The Sacred Romance, I was interested to see how this book, (an examination of the role of women), would compare. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful truths expressed in this wonderful book. Many reviews on this book are diverse, (some outright critics expressing venomous derision and others spouting praise). Here is my opinion for what it's worth:

I loved this book because of its honest look at our wounded hearts. The author's maintain that every woman possesses three deep-rooted cravings: the desire to be romanced, the desire to unveil beauty and the desire to be part of a glorious adventure. Whether we want to admit it or not, these desires are entrenched within us, and they reflect our Creator, for we are made in His image. Since the Fall, these desires have been smothered, and we cannot be fully whole until they are fulfilled. I loved how the author's illustrate that a woman is essential to God's plan. Eve was created to be Adam's helper and sustainer, to stand with him and play a pivotal role.

Though chilling, the author's emphasis on why Satan tempted Eve was mesmerizing to read. The assumption that Satan nurses a fierce grudge against women because we somehow encroach upon his pride, (I.E., our beauty reminds him of who he once was), is amazing. I'm not sure if I totally agree with this theological assertion, yet it is impossible to deny that women have endured unspeakable cruelty throughout history. This book illustrates how God is the One who can truly affirm a woman's worth. He is the One who gives us the strength to fulfill our purpose, to glorify Him and to make a difference. He rescues us from ourselves and from our enemy, the one who bears a profound hatred for us.
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32 of 38 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jim W on March 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm sure there are scores of Christian women out there who might have a problem with the premise of the Eldredge's book "Captivating". It very nearly goes against every notion that little girls were taught in Sunday school of women being the downfall of human kind and of their subsequent subordination to man. But speaking as a woman who has lived through the worst kinds of abuse, neglect, poverty, and loss, this book restores by leaps and bounds the self esteem a very large part of the world's female population.

Do I buy into all of the theological misrepresentations contained in its pages such as their view of Mary the mother of Jesus? Not really, but to dwell on those would be to miss the point of the book completely. This work is a celebration of God's last creation, Woman. Some of the passages that I found to be the most powerful I will quote here:

"How many of you see God as longing to be loved by you? We see Him as strong and powerful, but not as needing us, vulnerable to us, yearning to be desired (pp. 28-29).
God longs to be desired. Just as a woman longs to be desired (pg. 29).
It might come as a surprise that Christ asks our permission to come in and heal, but He is kind, and the door is shut from the inside, and healing never comes against our will. In order to experience His healing, we must also give Him permission to come into the places we have so long shut to anyone" (pg. 100).

Some might find fault with this view of God but if we are created in His likeness as it states in Genesis 1:26, then I think it's safe to assume that the One in whose likeness we are created would experience many of the same emotions that we as humans experience; the chief of these being the need to be wanted and loved. It's a powerful thought. One that can change a life.

All in all I found this book uplifting. I would definitely recommend it to any woman who is in need of a new, biblical view of themselves and of God.
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