Like its predecessor it contains far too much poor theology and draws as much from popular culture as it does from the Word of God. It wasnt a good foundation to start with. A refreshing reminder that there is more to a woman than meets the eye & our beauty has everything to do with how God sees us-. We’d love your help. However, once I started I couldn't put it down. Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2010. Check out our booksYou can visit full library of Captivating History hereand full library of Matt Clayton’s books here Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2016. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute. Refresh and try again. It seemed to embrace femininity in a way that was refreshing and lively - basically, she didn't seem stodgy and repressive. I first discovered John Eldredge with "Wild at Heart" which completely changed my perspective about my husband. My eyes were opened and my perspective began to shift for myself. The authors rewrote Genesis 2:18, which most translations render similar to “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” They turned to a commentary and translation written by Robert Alter and suggested a better translation of the verse is “I will make a sustainer beside him” (page 27). Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 1) To be romanced – Every woman wants to be wanted, to be pursued, to be loved. “Every woman I’ve ever met feels it – something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. His glory, his purposes, his design is the utmost, foremost, and only true context of mankind's existence and needs to be the foundation upon which we determine our responses in life. After reading the book multiple times and having the 3 things a man needs embedded in my spirit, I realized there was "Captivating"! The authors are blatantly ignorant of things they pretend they are experts on- such as art. April 22, 2005. Our beauty reflects the glory of God. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. So, any book that attempts to define and describe those things is guaranteed to be controversial and met with criticism. This book restores my soul. I say this to preface my review to John Eldredge’s latest book, Captivating. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. It was mostly good and oh-so wonderfully inviting to the senses. The way some things were worded was definitely over the top, and I just totally didn't agree with them. You can find that life – if you are willing to embark on a great adventure” (page 19). So thankful for John & Stasi Eldredge and pray we get to thank them face-to-face one day for being the mouthpiece Papa used for freedom. But is this faithful to Scripture? My wife, Jennifer, and I are going to read through the book together and discuss it. Louisville, KY 40280. Is this a good book for my 55 year old mother-in-law? I do not intend to write an extensive review, primarily because of the subject matter. There is a strange emphasis on spiritual warfare. The man-  (woman-) centered context upon which the book springboards (e.g., her purpose, her status) as well as the continuing elements of discussion throughout (e.g., her woundedness, her need for romance) begin with man. I'm no woman, and so I have to take all of the "you" statements in the book as "women" statements. I knew the book was used when I ordered it.. but it came full of someone else’s writing and notes. 2) To play an irreplaceable role in a shared adventure – Women were not created to be boring, busy machines of routine. I ordered this for my bible study group and for me to make my own notes, now I’ll have to work around someone’s else’s thoughts & opinions. He either becomes a passive, weak man—strength surrendered—or he becomes a violent, driven man—strength unglued. One thing I didn't like was how Stasi broad-brushed women as little girls who twirled their skirts and dreamed of being princesses, put mommy's pearls and heels on. The authors tell us that the women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus are mentioned because of their vulnerability (page 155). There is one chapter that starts out talking about a little girl's dream birthday (the girl was even named Carrie). I'm not a big fan of "self-help" books like this, but a good friend said she kept thinking of me as she read it, so I picked it up. After all, each book should be taken on its own merits. It describes femininity in many ways - tender, loving, beautiful, fierce. The discoveries you will have about yourself, or even the discoveries my husband now has had about me, are life changing. You can learn more about cookies, the types of information we collect, and how this information is used in our Privacy Policy. You are hated because of your beauty and power (84-85)." These are not questions we as woman can take to a man to answer but these are questions only our Heavenly Father can answer and for each one of us His answer is truly unique. I purchased this book a few years back, but could never get past chapter one or two. There’s a lot more in Captivating, particularly dealing with the wounds and brokenness all women deal with. A person whose theology once seemed rock-solid, could, unfortunately, write a book later in life that seemed to be anything but orthodox. I received this book as a Christmas gift and it is probably one of the BEST gifts I have ever been given. As requested, I've decided to review the "book" Captivating, by husband and wife team, John and Staci Elderidge. Even if you’re not spirital or religious, you get a great sense of self worth. It is still part of my daily devotions. This review will be valuable to other readers, who might enjoy a book that you have just enjoyed, and it will also be valuable to writers like me, who want to know what … ), i found that this book is such a refreshing read, and it truly did awaken my feminine spirit. As a young woman who was raised in an abusive home and without a father this book spoke VOLUMES to me. This really made you look at God and Jesus in a different light, and it made me ponder things I never did before (especially about Adam and Eve). Kids these days! Your contribution will go directly toward the production of more gospel-centered, church-equipping resources. Like Willoughby to Marianne in Sense and Sensibility. I could not get through this book. Like the cake mentioned above, portions of its text are sound. It comes off smug in my opinion, completely lacking the humility and honor I would expect in a book written for women who love the Lord. This book restores my soul. The premise is very appealing as demonstrated by its popularity in the marketplace. I could discard it (the safe option) or scrape it carefully off my floor, removing dog hair, dirt, and other unidentifiable items that might be attached. I have little doubt that in a short while we will have many detailed, critical analyses of this book available to us – reviews that will be far more detailed and insightful than any I could write. He is inviting you to dance with him. The question should be how have I glorified You, Father? While there was some benefit for me in reading about the hearts of women, there must be better resources available that would do this in a more biblical manner. There is even an 8-page excerpt of it at the back of the book. I have a totally different perspective about my feminine soul after reading this. I didn't "have time" for this flowery mumbo-jumbo! If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do so here. This book is based on opinion and tradition, not the word of God. All I have to do is seek it. We respect your right to privacy in making this choice. The back cover tells us that “What Wild at Heart did for men Captivating will do for you.” It promises to “unveil the mystery of a woman’s soul.” This book is co-written by Eldredge’s wife, Stasi, and represents her first publication. Who woulda 'thunk' it?? And she wonders, What did I do wrong? I must admit the second option was appealing for several reasons: I had spent time and resources in making the cake; I had plans for my family's enjoyment of that cake; and most strongly, the fragrance of melded pumpkin, spices, and cinnamon wafted so invitingly to my nose. When they talk about Adam doing the action and Eve standing around, they obviously failed to look at all into history. There is great disagreement in our society as to the essence and role of women. I didn't "have time" for this flowery mumbo-jumbo! I also liked how blunt the authors were about certain issues like the role of women in the church (regardless of the denomination you subscribe to). Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2018. I've also read the men's counterpart by John, "Wild at Heart." The story of your life is also the story of the long and passionate pursuit of your heart by One who knows you best and loves you most (115)." Her newest release, The Light of His Presence offers readers 40 days of prayer and reflection. After reading the book multiple times and having the 3 things a man needs embedded in my spirit, I realized there was "Captivating"!


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