Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge

I started the book and immediately sighed and said, "ah, she understands me." Ultimately, I agreed with their deduction of the basic-level desires of a woman (and man).
I am so totally and completely blessed as I had an "uncomplicated" childhood and adolescence... free from the horrors of abuse and traps of bad (physical) decisions. (Too) much of this book, I felt, was spent talking about how to break free from those pasts and how to not let the past color what God created women to be.
I appreciated hearing about how womens' base desires went hand in hand with how God created mens' base desires. It is a testimony to God's amazing design. It was encouraging to read about how we can glorify God as a married couple by embracing our God-given differences and loving one another.
I didn't really like the way that they referenced so many movies and stories, although I guess I can see the reasoning - she was pulling examples for the way that the world portrays men and women. However, they were also using those examples as descriptions of our makeup as a woman. I am not much of a movie/tv-watcher, so these references didn't appeal to me.
Unfortunately, the book was also missing a certain depth - no challenge to go deeper. It seemed to stay on the surface level.
I guess, bottom line is, that the book was ok, but not one that I would keep in my "reference" library for ministry use.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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