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

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Apr 17, 2011 - Religion - 256 pages
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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.

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Review: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul, revised and expanded

User Review  - Pastor's wife -

I am a Pastors wife and remember going through Captivating as a young Christian in my 30s. My husband and I read all the womens books we could find at the time (in the mid 2000s) and this was the Best ... Read full review

Review: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul, revised and expanded

User Review  - TMB -

There are many problems with this book, but I'm going to focus on just one. God is not interested in me in any romantic way. The entire chapter seven is devoted to how much God wants to be our lover ... Read full review


Chapter One The Heart of a Woman
Chapter Two What Eve Alone Can Tell
Chapter Three Haunted by a Question
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

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About the author (2011)

John Eldredge is an author, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God’s love, and learn to live in God’s kingdom. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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 Heart, Stasi leads Captivating retreats in Colorado. Her passion is to see lives transformed by the beauty of the Gospel and an intimate romance with Jesus Christ.

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