Captivating:  Unvieling the mystery of a woman’s soul by John and Stasi Eldredge.  Another book to add to my list of great and fabulous books!  This one was fantastic!  A change your life kind of book.  It discusses what a woman is to God, how beauty enhances the world, and why the world can be so incredibly difficult for women.

Although it is a christian book, I didn’t find it the least bit conventional or chauvenistic.  I found it exciting, deep, meaningful and incredibly encouraging.  Often times I was in complete awe at how revealing it was!  It covered even taboo topics like abortion, and rape.  The authors lay thier hearts, their wounds, and thier lives wide open for all to see.  I can’t imagine how much courage it took to put that all in print!  This is my kind of spirituality!  Here’s how describes it:

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.
If your heart has been wounded — like mine–  and your heart is open to spiritual matters, you have to check out this book!  It’s a masterpiece for healing broken hearts.
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  1. I love this. I am totally ordering this book. I always feel like I have got to somehow be more, do more, make more, find more… yikes! It gets me! And then I day dream that I am everything I need to be.

    • My favorite part was when the author mentioned feeling like **too much and not enough all at the same time** I totally feel that way.

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