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Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul Paperback – July 10, 2007
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are a few places (especially in the prayers at the end of the book) where I had to take what they said with a grain of salt, because it didn't totally line up with my theology. But overall, they back up what they're saying with plenty of scriptures and real-life examples.
The authors have honestly been used by Christ to bring him more glory! And what a sight! I love it! And now I know that we were not simply made to serve others but to have adventures and romance as well! God has placed that in our hearts 💕
Reading this book will help us understand our fathers, our brothers, our guy friends and most importantly, our significant other. Totally recommend it.