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

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

by John E Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge

Thomas Nelson | March 17, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Captivating Revised & Updated: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul is rated 3.7143 out of 5 by 7.

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. "Do these ten things, and you will be a godly woman." The effect has not been good on the feminine soul.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 life she dreamed of as a little girl.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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.71 in

Published: March 17, 2011

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400200385

ISBN - 13: 9781400200382

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from absolutely captivating :) I was excited when this book was offered up for review on Booksneeze(Thomas Nelson Bloggers), I've heard so many people talk about this book, or recommend it! Heck I'd even bought a copy of the original book a couple years back but never did get around to reading it, despite all the rave reviews! I'll start by saying when i received my book i was in awe..this is a BEAUTIFUL book! It's a simple yet gorgeous embossed white vellum cover over a hardcover book that has a womans shadow walking up a hill in a flow-y outfit...it's LOVELY. The edition that i received was a newly revised and expanded edition of Captivating, by John & Stasi Eldredge, a runaway bestseller that originally came out in 2005. What 'Wild at Heart' does for men, 'Captivating' now does for women'. This book 'unveils the mystery to a woman's soul', and reveals our inner desires and what 'captivates' us. John and Stasi use their own personal stories to express a message of hope and grace, and using biblical examples, express why we're here, why we're made and why we do the things we do. In the epilogue, i LOVE how Stasi writes "Ask some friends to join you in a small group and go through Captivating together. So the guided journal the second time around. It's like getting two years of counselling for about thirteen dollars. What a deal!". I've been thinking a lot about this and think that this is something that i need to take up with my dear friend, who also happens to be the pastor's wife!..i think that this might just be the thing needed to bring the eclectic mix of women from my church together. Disclaimer: i received Captivating for free from Booksneeze in exchange for my unbiased review.
Date published: 2010-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Truths! Finally a book that helped me understand a little more why i am the way i am. There are so many self help books out there, telling you what you should do or how you should act in order to find healing. But Stasi and John didn't do anything like that. They just opened my eyes to a few truths. The linked how we feel and what we go through back to the time when Eve first showed up. and They showed how everything gets carried down the line to us. All our self esteem issues, and heart problems. They then so you the truths that God so clearly lays out in his word. We see that there are longings and desires in our hearts that we shouldn't be ashamed of because God put them there on purpose! So HE could satisfy them. That is an amazing love! The book starts off kinda slow, and you almost wonder if there will be any meat to the book, but then it picks up speed and you then see yourself, and even your female family members differently. It really was an eye opener and a chance to grow closer to our heavenly father. Every woman at some point in her life needs to read this book!
Date published: 2010-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They Were Talking Right To Me I read this book at a difficult time in my life--I was the "Proverbs 31 woman", and like they describe early in the book, although I was doing all those things I thought I should do, I was mostly just TIRED! And I was lonely, even though I had a wonderful husband and a happy marriage. I did not feel valued for who I was, or all of the things I was doing. Every sentence in this book seemed to speak to me--I started to see not only myself, but ALL women, in a different light. I saw how beautiful God made every woman, whether they met the standards of "worldly beauty" or not. It made me tolerant of myself, and of those around me. Instead of being annoyed when another woman gave me bad attitude, instead I felt compassion and saw the beauty of God that was being revealed through her. The premises of the book are that all women have three needs that they try to answer in whatever way possible: 1. To be romanced. 2. To be part of an adventure. 3. To unveil beauty. When you start to realize that these are God-given desires, and they were meant to be met by him, as well as reveal him through you to those around you, you start to see yourself in a different light. I recommend this book to any woman who is still discovering her place and purpose in God's plan. It could change your life.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Difficult Writing Style After reading Wild at Heart last year, I thought I would enjoy the companion book for women. Alas, not so. The premise of the book is that every woman has three common desires: to be romanced, to play a role in her own adventures, and to display beauty. Sadly, many women do not get these desires met and end up depressed, angry, isolated, and tired. The authors believe that if women see God as the ultimate lover, look to Eve as their model of ideal womanhood, and form close, intimate friendships with one another, they will better get their needs met. This is not new material, and not every woman will agree with the foundational concepts on which the authors build their argument. Not recommended. The writing style was challenging, and it took me about six weeks to plod through. You would spend your time more wisely with a book like Completely His: Loving Jesus without Limits by Shannon Ethridge.
Date published: 2009-05-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from made me feel a little ill It's sad that this book is being pushed as providing great knowledge and wisdom on what it is to be a woman. It provides a very limited scope of what it is to be a woman at best. It is a step backwards in the journey of gender equality.
Date published: 2008-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, eye opening! What a wonderful journey for every woman to take. The views in this book are new and easy to grasp. This is a must read for all women, to understand who they are, where they have come from. Highly recommended read.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Every woman should read this book. It gives women hope and helps us realize that we are very precious to God. This book defines the "essence of a woman". I did a book study with a small group of women and we all agreed that this book is incredible. I will read this book over and over again.
Date published: 2006-06-14

– More About This Product –

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

by John E Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.71 in

Published: March 17, 2011

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400200385

ISBN - 13: 9781400200382

About the Book

John and Stasi Eldredge revise and update this runaway bestseller.

What "Wild at Heart" did for men, "Captivating" is doing for women. Setting their hearts free. This groundbreaking book shows readers the glorious design of women before the fall, describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be.

From the Publisher

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. "Do these ten things, and you will be a godly woman." The effect has not been good on the feminine soul.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 life she dreamed of as a little girl.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.

About the Author

John Eldredge is the director of Ransomed HeartT Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. John is the author of numerous books, including Walking with God, Fathered by God, Waking the Dead, Desire, and Love & War (with his wife Stasi).

Stasi Eldredge co-authored Captivating with her husband John, which has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. alone and has changed women''s lives all over the world. Director of the women''s ministry at Ransomed Heat, Stasi leads Captivating retreats in Colorado.

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