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Captivating Revised and Updated: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul Paperback – April 17, 2011
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What Wild at Heart does for men, Captivating does for women: Setting their hearts free. This groundbreaking book helps readers by:
- Providing a look into the glorious design of women.
- Describing how the feminine heart can be restored.
- Casting a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be.
- Healing the trauma of the past.
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. A woman who is truly captivating.
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|Captivating Study Guide Updated Edition||Captivating Video Series Updated Edition||Captivating Guided Journal Revised Edition||Wild at Heart Expanded Edition|
|Explore these titles from John and Stasi Eldredge:||Stasi Eldredge's message in Captivating is that your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. 6 session study guide.||Stasi Eldredge's message in Captivating is that your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. Six session video series.||By revealing the three distinctly female desires every woman shares, John and Stasi Eldredge invite participants to recover their feminine hearts, which may have suffered many wounds but were originally defined in the image of a passionate God.||The bestselling book that has revolutionized the lives of millions of men, revised and expanded.|
|God has set within you a femininity that is powerful, tender, and fierce. No doubt it has been misunderstood, but it is there, and it is worth recovering.||Defiant Joy reminds us that a joy that is defiant in the face of this broken world was meant to be ours.|
About the Author
John Eldredge is a bestselling author, 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 and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Stasi Eldredge is a New York Times bestselling author, and her books have sold nearly 3 million copies and changed women's lives all over the world. A teacher and conference speaker, Stasi is the director of the women's ministry at 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. Her passion is to see lives transformed by the beauty of the gospel. She and her husband, John, make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson; Rev Exp edition (April 17, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400200385
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400200382
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.63 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #540 in Christian Marriage (Books)
- #697 in Christian Family & Relationships
- #1,057 in Christian Women's Issues
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I have made it a practice to have a few extra copies of this book on hand, and I give them to women that are seeking to grow in their faith. My girlfriend has started her own women's group, where they are walking through chapters together and are taking steps in their faith together. This book prompts questions that bring answers they didn't know they needed, and it addresses hurts they didn't know they had.
I read the first chapters and new questions surfaced in my thoughts:
Why do the authors choose many peculiar/nebulous words and phrases like "a true woman," "a real woman," "the heart of a woman," "recover essential femininity," "unveiling beauty," "romanced," "captivating," "a real man"? Why do they use words and passages in the book that are sexually suggestive (as is the cover art)? Why do they say "being a real woman," or "real man" depends on the opposite sex?
Why do their conclusions feel confining and confusing? Why do they keep speaking for everyone and for me? They tell me what I am thinking, and it's bad, sad, and a shame! These authors don't know me.
No one can speak for me. The things in my heart are known by me and my God, and sometimes by my wise therapist who knows me well. And I don't know what other people are thinking, therefore I won't analyze and judge them.
For examples from the book, page 6, "Seriously now--picture the women we hold up as models of femininity in the church...They are trying to live up to some model of femininity." What? We do that? Or this sentence: "Somehow, she (the Proverbs 31 woman) has sanctified the shame most women live under, Biblical proof that yes again we don't measure up. Is that supposed to be godly--that sense that you are a failure as a woman?" What? It is irrational to say you know the thoughts of other individuals, and of entire groups.
Stasi's advice is based on her knowing every person's inner failure. I don't appreciate being included in her descriptions.
In addition, it is wrong for her to describe my friends in churches everywhere critically. An example, while describing women's roles, page 5: "The church has not been a big help here. No, that's not quite honest enough. The church has been part of the problem..." This statement is not good. If some individuals, or even some congregations, have real challenges regarding the roles of women, then may God help them make the correction, and soon. But God's church, imperfect as it is, has been a blessing to women. It has been to me.
Is Stasi projecting her own troubled heart-feelings into everyone else? I don't know. Do some people need good therapy? Yes they do. A competent therapist (hard to find) or a good book may help. the Bible definitely helps.
But I don't have enough space here to describe many, many other troubling passages I encountered in just the first chapters. This book is not expository Bible teaching. I don't think the peculiar, detailed psychological advice is based in research, but on imagining and lamenting the failures in the hearts of whole groups of Christians and of individuals. Moreover, the complexities regarding conflict in male and female relationships is not accurate. I feel like Stasi does in only one way, I want to throw this book across the room.