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.
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, 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.
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I read this book after reading Wild at Heart....in small bits as life’s demands often interfered. Often I searched to relate more personally to Stasi’s intended messages....my reading comprehension interrupted by noise of every kind. ( I’m one of those old school types who need absolutely quiet when reading.... an impossibility in today’s suburban world of living). Then all of a sudden I’d find myself crying as a word or sentence broke through with meaning seemingly personal to me or to someone I know. I’ll give it some time and prayer then think I’ll read Captivating again. Thanks, Stasi for the section on a woman’s role to nourish relationships.... there are a few phone calls I may need to make with that in mind.
I bought 5 copies to hand out to friends. It is healing and awakening all at the same time.
This book spoke to my heart the whole way through. It was a balm to my hurting, lonely heart. It helped me realize I have no reason to feel guilty for the desires of my heart because that is exactly how God made me! Thank you both for stepping outside of the box and pouring into me! If it helped no one else, it has helped me!