Captivating Revised and Updated: Unveiling the Mystery of a Womans Soul

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See details. See all 14 brand new listings. Buy It Now. Add to cart. About this product Synopsis Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child's play. They are the secret to the feminine heart.

And yet, how many women do you know who ever find that life? As the years pass by, the heart of a woman gets pushed aside, wounded, buried. She finds no romance except in novels, no adventure except on television, and she doubts very much that she will ever be the Beauty in any tale. Most women think they have to settle for a life of efficiency and duty, chores, and errands, striving to be the women they "ought" to be but often feeling they have failed. Sadly, too many messages for Christen women add to the pressure.

But her heart is still there. Sometimes when she watches a movie, sometimes in the wee hours of the night, her heart begins to speak again. A thirst rises within her to find the life she was meant to live? 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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John and Stasi Eldredge revise and update this runaway bestseller. What Wild at Heart did for men, Captivating is doing for women. They quote the majority of the same movies mostly men's movies, at Now, I give this a 3-star rating because I do not have the option of a 3. They quote the majority of the same movies mostly men's movies, at that - i. The first chapter is great. It seems as though the Eldredges just rewrote it about 11 other times, as they redundantly state the same point, only adding something slightly different to have some minor impact.

I know that it appears as though I did not like the book - that is incorrect. I did. I feel as though I do better understand women though perhaps not all of them I do, however, feel as though Stasi and John placed much of their own ideals and interpretations into the writing. Yes, this book is intended for women, but it does not do a great job of making the genders equal. Now that is fine. I cannot see how men could be contrived as a Beauty in any fashion, but I cannot see how women are to play the role as a Warrior if that is what men are called to do.

The message seems to be contradicting. Men need to offer their God-given strength spiritually, physically, and every way while women offer their God-given beauty spiritually, physically, and every way - yet they state that "since men aren't always arround" that women need to also be warriors. I did not like that portrayl. Yes, some men are not present, but they too are battling themselves and their desires just as women are. They use a lot of scripture to support their points - this is good. They use a lot of stories to support their points - this is not as good. Their stories tend to take away, in some cases, from their points as the stories are too long or vague.

Stasi's personal testimonies not all, her dizzy spells seemed a bit exaggerated spoke to me the most If you are woman, then this book really will help you, I feel. If you are a man, this book will shed some light into the mysteries of a woman's soul, but it may offend you somewhat - just take it with a grain of salt and then read "Wild At Heart. 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. I read the first two chapters last night and it has a lot of good things to say! After finishing, I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I've ever read about being a woman and how women were created and understanding the soul of women.

I'm blown away. I think every woman needs to read this book 18 is a good point, or 16 for those who are mature enough 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. I think every woman needs to read this book 18 is a good point, or 16 for those who are mature enough to handle talking about marriage subjects and every man should as well 20 and up.

John Eldredge wrote Wild at Heart and I now plan on reading that one as well to better understand the journey of the Christian man well, all men, but Christian's in specific. Captivating is the flip side for women.

Captivating Revised and Updated : Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

I'll be rereading this one, maybe before the end of the year, because it has so much great info and applicable things to help get the question of our soul answered. SO, if you are a woman and over 18, get this book! Oct 10, Shantelle rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , reviewed , christian-living. Not sure how to rate this one. I think it was almost equally as fascinating as it was confusing, The way some things were worded was definitely over the top, and I just totally didn't agree with them.

Other things I was not at all comfortable with. For one, I think there's a delicate balance between esteeming a woman for what God made her, and exulting her beyond what's right. And a delicate balance between showing God's love and care for men and women are equal, and actuall Not sure how to rate this one. And a delicate balance between showing God's love and care for men and women are equal, and actually pushing the men down to show good qualities of the women. Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul , might have gone past the good and into the not-so-good in those areas.

But as for actually unveiling a woman's soul, I think they hit that pretty straight on. While other things seemed far-fetched and some a little weird, they described the essence of a woman's soul pretty well I think. Looking at and to ourselves more than to God. Maybe you want to read this book, but do so with a good dose of wariness I guess! For example, I hope to have my mom read it, and discuss it with her. It's good to understand your feminine nature and discover what God truly designed us as women to be, but we don't want to worship ourselves or anything like that.

Be a woman: feminine, humble, caring… yet knowing she is a child of the King through her Savior's blood, and beautiful in His eyes. For He is the one who created you, loved you with an unconditional love, and put the longing to be feminine in your heart. I had been homeschooled and isolated from my peers. I had never dated because I didn't interact with boys my age and I never asked to date because that's not what "good girls did". I felt fat and ugly. I went straight from classes home because that's what my parents expected of me.

I didn't do anything wrong - I didn't party, I didn't drink, I didn't smoke, I didn't even go out with friends. For an incredibly isolated, lonely young woman, I needed this book. But I'm not that woman anymore. I've grown up. I have had a boyfriend though that was meh. I have been out on dates though, again, meh.

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I'm a feminist. I've been to other cities, other states, a whole different continent and country. I've lost weight and feel attractive. I will leave this review up here in spoiler tags, but I ask you keep in mind: I was a young woman, very inexperienced, following a whole different culture when I wrote this. Of note: Rereading this review, I find it interesting that what I wrote about wasn't how I felt the need to be pure or more feminine, critiques I've seen given to this book, but the joyful affirmation that I was beautiful and uniquely loved by God. Truly, I was in a sad place, that I didn't feel beautiful and loved.

I would save the world from criminals, uphold the ways of the Force, and travel the world or the universe on my own starship. Eventually, the hero of my dreams either detective or Luke Skywalker would tell me how beautiful I was and marry me. Together, we would live happily ever after. Fast forward over a dozen years and the story is much different. Today, I have a less-than-glamorous job, no significant relationships with men, and little hope that anyone outside my family will ever call me beautiful.

My story is one that many women can relate to. In this book, John and Stasi acknowledge the way that women feel and encourage them to rise above it. Women are not called to mediocrity, is their cry. Women are meant to be beautiful, to be loved and to love, and to be involved in adventure and the way this can be achieved is by a meaningful, intimate relationship with the one who started it all: God, the ultimate lover.

When my church group encouraged the ladies to read Captivating while the men read Wild at Heart, I took up the challenge--this time with better success. In this chapter, John and Stasi gave me a picture of my femininity that I had never, in my wildest dreams, pictured before. Here, they assert that Creation was not complete without woman. For me, that was the most jaw-dropping moment of the book.

Furthermore, John and Stasi give plenty of examples--Biblical, pop culture, and real-life men and women--of what they mean. In describing God and how he wants to love us, they use examples from movies that many women have seen: Titanic, Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, and Sense and Sensibility to name a few none of the movies are endorsed, only the imagery is used.


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When describing how parents influence a daughter's image of herself, several women's life stories are given. This real-life approach is also given when describing interactions with men, interactions with God, and interactions in the world and lends the whole book great authenticity. But most importantly, John and Stasi made me realize how valued I was as a woman and how important it was for me to let go of all the chains and grudges and burdens I have been holding on to.

In this manner, the book was a success and a delight. I hate this because I am the type of person who wants to do the items and conquer each before moving on in the book. And if I just read all the steps one after another without doing each one, I tend to get overwhelmed with all the "to-do" work I have in front of me.

John and Stasi relate others' and Stasi's failed relationships. These include rape, sexual assault, physical abuse, verbal abuse, and other forms of domestic violence. Definitely not for younger teens; preferably for older teens and adults. Overall: Wow. What else can I say? I've learned so much about myself in the few days this book has taken to read that I never knew in all the years before. I know why I feel the way I do--and that many other women feel the same way. I understand how my parents influence the way I do things today. And I understand that God loves me in a special way--a romantic way that church never talks about.

Are you a lonely woman, looking desperately for someone to love and love you? Are you bored out of your mind in your job? Is someone calling you beautiful? This is a book that will show you that there is someone to love, to call you to adventure and who is calling you beautiful. A must read book. View all 3 comments. A room painted bubblegum pink, with floral border wallpaper, sporting an immense collection of plastic unicorns is the best way to imagine the tone of "Captivating. I hate it when men try to divulge the secrets of the woman's heart to women, but the wifes commentary was even more repugnant maybe because she should know better.

The premise of the book was worthy, but ended up completely botched by the authors. The best thing this book did for me was to remind me of how great my childhood was and to give me a glimpse into the lives of women who didn't have the same kind of childhood as I did. There is one chapter that starts out talking about a little girl's dream birthday the girl was even named Carrie.

It pretty much described how I aways felt on my birthday as a little girl - at that point, I realized that this book was maybe not directed at me. I often felt like I already have what the author and The best thing this book did for me was to remind me of how great my childhood was and to give me a glimpse into the lives of women who didn't have the same kind of childhood as I did. I often felt like I already have what the author and his wife her describing as every women's wish. But that doesn't mean I didn't take something from this book. First of all, I realized how grateful I am for everything I have.

Secondly, it reminded me of how important parents are to a little girl's life and how easy it to mess a kid up - this just reinforced how much of a priority I need to make my future children, especially if I have a girl. Thirdly, they talked about following your dreams and not in a cheesy way One of my friends recommended this book to me. It's a faith-based book. I was weary, but luckily it turned out to be Christian without being "here are the 12 rules to follow to be a good service provider to men. I would recommend it to some of the women studio execs I've known. It wasn't so captivating.

I think I was expecting something a little different from this book when I picked it up, than what I actually received in reading it. Overall, I guess I'd have to say it was a disappointment -- but one with some glimmers of good stuff that touched my heart. The book began with a look at womanhood through exploring Eve and various female archetypes through history and literature. Funny thing is, I couldn't really get into it at first. It was a discipline to push myself through the first couple of I think I was expecting something a little different from this book when I picked it up, than what I actually received in reading it.

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It was a discipline to push myself through the first couple of chapters, telling myself that friends have read and really benefited from this book, so it will improve. I'm not sure why I had trouble getting excited about the content of this book early on. Normally I'm a sucker for literary archetypes. I love the romance, the allegory, the subtlety captured by those who refer to Lewis, Tolkien, Shakespeare and draw out deep, meaningful principles that relate to life.

I remember once being reduced to tears by a speaker who quoted a passage from Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But for some reason, in this book, it wasn't working for me. Part of me wonders if there wasn't a little bit of "formula" squeaking through the cracks of this book that just turned me off.

In theory, I think Captivating is intended to be the female companion book to the wildly bestselling book Wild at Heart. Ever since I realized how the publishing industry does this, it has turned me off. Publishers and Christian publishers are no exception will churn out spin-offs to successful books, hoping to reach a new niche group in the market.

Trouble is, they don't really have much new to say. The book just gets a new title and a few different anecdotes. Never having read Wild at Heart , I can't say for certain how true this principle carries through in Captivating , but maybe I was sensing a little of that. For me the most meaningful contributions of the book came later on -- chapters 4 through 6, particularly. These points especially reached into my heart as I read them on the heels of a long and disappointing job-search.

A search in which I experienced fears of being worthless, of having nothing to offer. And questions of "Why does no one want to hire me? One more slightly annoying point that I should mention briefly, is that I dislike how some writers create principles out of thin air and then try to sell them as fact or even biblical truth. One such point that I couldn't buy in Captivating was the supposition put forth by the authors that Satan has a special hatred for women in particular, since they are a creation of beauty.

Brief quote from Chapter 5: "Satan fell because of his beauty. Now his heart for revenge is to assault beauty Because she is captivating, uniquely glorious, and he cannot be And there is more. The Evil One also hates Eve because she gives life Put those two things together Satan's heart cannot bear it He assaults her with a special hatred Sure, this idea might get women fired up about standing firm in spiritual warfare. But is it true?! I need to see more data to back up this assertion before I'm able to embrace it.

It warmed my heart at certain points, but also left some bad tastes in my mouth at other points. Awesome book-cover design, by the way. One of the greatest achievements in this book is that it manages to offend and bore at the same time. This was not a book I freely chose to read, it was suggested from my church book group and I found it a real struggle to read. It started on quite a promising note discussing the feeling that many women have , that they are simply not enough, whether this is maternal enough, pretty enough, clever enough or organized enough.

I do wonder if this is just a feminine trait or one universal to all, r One of the greatest achievements in this book is that it manages to offend and bore at the same time. I do wonder if this is just a feminine trait or one universal to all, regardless of gender. Parts are thought provoking, the book clearly believes that men and women are designed to be different, a view I have some problems with but can see some evidence to support it.

However the book completely ignores the role that society plays in shaping gender roles.

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The book makes a great deal of the differences between little girls and boys,the fact that little boys dress up as superheroes whereas little girls love to dress up as princesses waiting to be rescued. I think this was one of the points in the book where I gulped gin in frustration. Page 47 reads something along the lines of " little boys ask, " do I have what it takes?

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Chapter Four Wounded. Chapter Five A Special Hatred. Chapter Six Healing the Wound. Chapter Seven Romanced. Chapter Eight Beauty to Unveil. Chapter Ten Mothers Daughters Sisters. Chapter Eleven Warrior Princesses. Chapter Twelve An Irreplaceable Role. About the Authors. A Daily Prayer for Freedom. Excerpt from Wild at Heart. Other Books from John Eldredge. Chapter Nine Arousing Adam.