i love this so much
New haircut! On my way to being all natural…it’s not the big chop but it’s enough for now!
Since I have been overseas, the Lord has blessed me with an amazing opportunity to get closer to him through books.
About a month ago, I began reading the male version of “Captivating” called “Wild at Heart,”but it wasn’t really capturing my attention. Nevertheless, I think it was just God telling me that I wasn’t ready for that yet and that I needed to first learn more about myself and him. So, I put that book down and read through some other short reads that I had stacked up on my living room table. Finally coming close to the end of my small book collection, I decided to dive into “Captivating.” When I began to read the book, it seems like all I could say was “wow, that is soooo true,” “every woman should read this book,” “shoot, every man should read this book,” and “thank you Jesus.”
This book by John and Stasi Eldredge has revealed to me so many things. Things about myself, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, human relationships, and our enemy, that prior to reading this book I had no idea about. They told me that I (as well as every other woman) long for 3 things: to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to unveil beauty. And they hit the nail on the head! We as women want to feel loved and fought for, we want to be warriors that can’t be forgotten and we want to know we are beautiful in every aspect of the word. However, in all of this…we don’t want to go about it alone, and we weren’t meant to.
You see, there is Adam…and when God created him, he knew it wasn’t right for him to be alone. So, he created Eve to stand alongside him. A woman… who possesses the feminine characteristics of God, who is the total opposite of a man but in partnership with one gives her a feeling of safety and freedom to be a woman, and in turn she gives the man freedom to be a man.The authors said, “A woman in the presence of a good man, a real man, loves being a woman. His strength allows her feminine heart to flourish. His pursuit draws out her beauty. And a man in the presence of a real woman, loves being a man. Her beauty arouses him to play the man, it draws out his strength. She inspires him to be a hero.” How amazing is that?! Look at the partnership that God created. A MASTERPIECE! But this love embraced between a man and a woman comes from a place deeper than what is seen by the naked eye, it comes from God….
God gave Eve the label of “Ezer Kenegdo”—not just a partner, helper, or sidekick, but a LIFESAVER! God did this to show us women that we are not only essential, but that we possess many of the same qualities as him…allowing us to gain a deeper understanding as to why we feel the way we do as women! But, John and Stasi let us know that not only can Christ relate to our feelings of wanting to be loved, wanting to be the one and only, wanting to be apart of everything…but he can also be the one who fulfills those wants…being our bridegroom BEFORE and AFTER he blesses us with a earthly one. They point out how God can’t wait for us to allow him to romance us and allow him to unveil beauty to us…he can’t wait to show us what we have been looking for (after having looked in all the wrong places). He gives us a chance to know love, before we give out love. He provides of an amazing example for what to look for in a man, while continually filling our hearts of its deepest desires even after we have one.
I guess the moral of this “review” is that… I love the book. I love that as women we can reach any goal and still be a woman, not forcing beauty but unveiling it. We don’t have to be afraid and we can rely on God to romance us as his bride, while still being able to maintain healthy earthly relationships. We can love, save, reveal beauty and give beauty as long as we first rest in Christ. Praise God.
These are so beautiful, I want them at my wedding!!!
Great read, can’t wait to see the movie!