What little girl doesn’t dream of one day being swept off their feet by Prince Charming and live happily ever after? These desires are the secret that fuel the hearts of women everywhere. Even though many women dream of this life, there are very few that ever find this type of happiness. As time passes, we begin to lose sight of these dreams and begin to “settle” for what we think will make us happy. Life events leave us wounded, pushed aside, forgotten, and doubting that true happiness in life will ever be found. If you add to that the typical “Christian women’s duties” that makes for an increased feeling of failure. The message of Captivating is this… Your heart, above everything, matters to God. The longing as a little girl that was once felt is how God created you to be to a woman. Just like Prince Charming who has come to sweep you off your feet, God has come to capture your heart and give you the freedom to live fully just as He created you to live.
In Captivating, the Eldredges attempt to explain the very nature of what it means to be a woman: “Every woman in her heart of hearts longs for three things: to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to unveil beauty.”
To be romanced – The desire to be pursued and loved is something that is deep within a woman. It runs so deeply that no man can fill this need. This is a need that only God can fill. Although women search for “things” to replace that void, it is not truly filled until one enters into a genuine relationship with the Creator of life.
To play an irreplaceable role in a shared adventure – Women were created for adventure and desire to be part of a team. They want to play a role in the relationship, not be on the sidelines. Women were created to be a “helpmeet” for their mate and to come alongside them to share in the adventures of life.
To unveil beauty – All women want to be beautiful inside and out. Beauty is found in many things. Art, music, moments in time… It could be considered a vision from inside each of us that portrays our interpretation of the way that beauty should be. I believe that this perception of beauty is placed in each of us and that it reveals the true glory of God.
This book deals with brokenness and wounds and goes into depth to explain how sin has impacted women. It explores the ways that women are wounded that demand activation of their defense mechanisms. I believe that this book is a very insightful read and can lead one to a path of healing and wholeness.
Captivating: Unveiling the Mysteries of a Woman’s Soul
By: John & Stasi Eldredge
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