Monday, May 31, 2010

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul by John & Stasi Eldredge

TITLE:  Captivating:  Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

AUTHOR:  John & Stasi Eldredge


REASON FOR READING:  I acquired this book through Thomas Nelson Publishers' BookSneeze program in exchange for a review of it.  The publisher has in no way influenced the content of this review, and the views expressed are solely my own.  This is a book I've had on my wish list for sometime, so the opportunity to acquire it through the BookSneeze program was seredipity.  This book was also recommended by Dave Ramsey, along with many other authors I am reading at present.

SUMMARY:  Captivating is all about the soul of woman as created by God.  Starting with Eve, the authors describe the heart and soul of women, including the fictional characters found in age-old and modern day stories, and the author's themselves.  Weaving in references from Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Sound of Music and Cinderella, John & Stasi describe how every woman is built to be romanced, to be an irreplaceable role in an adventure, and to be beautiful.  The authors also describe how these qualities affect a woman's relationships with their husbands, parents, siblings, and children.

REVIEW:  This book is intense, full of material both scriptural, personal, and pop-cultural.  It will challenge your view of yourself and how you relate to the women in your life.  The few pages the authors use to translate ezer kenegdo  from the Old Testament have already improved my relationship with Dawn.  As with the other Edlredge book I've read [Epic], Captivating is full of drama, describing modern day, earthly experiences as taking place within a larger context on the spiritual plane.  The book is full of adventure and romance as Satan has a particular hatred for woman, God's image bearer for relationships and closeness, and God seeks to return the hearts of His fallen daughters to Him.  This book is challenging and eye-opening, but comforting and healing as well.  I highly recommend Captivating.


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