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Captivating Revised & Updated: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

John Eldredge
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John Eldredge became the Robert Bly of evangelicalism with his blockbuster Wild at Heart. Now he teams up with his wife, Stasi, to encourage women to connect with their deepest desires. To facilitate this, the Eldredges reveal in the first chapter what every woman's three core desires are: to be romanced, to play a role in her own adventures and to display beauty. (This formula will be familiar to Eldredge's fans, as Wild at Heart offered a similar tripartite model of men's desires.) The rest of the book is an extended reflection on these three impulses. Drawing heavily on popular films to prove their points, the Eldredges warn that most women tend to become either controlling or needy. Godly women, in contrast, should see God as the ultimate lover, and look to Eve (and not, say, J. Lo) as their model. Also, women should form close, intimate friendships with one another, à la Ruth and Naomi or the ladies in Fried Green Tomatoes. These are all unoriginal themes, which evangelical women's writers have been recycling for years. Christian readers who embrace a robust egalitarianism will not find the Eldredges' perspective congenial. Regardless, the book is likely to fly off the shelves, purchased by all those women who gave Wild at Heart to their husbands, brothers and dads. (Apr. 14)


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: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 480 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 255 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1400202825
  • Verlag: Thomas Nelson; Auflage: Rev Exp (19. April 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008745BTG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #262.716 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Ein Buch über das Herz einer Frau und was Gott sich bei der Erschaffung der Frau gedacht hat... sehr gut geschrieben, psychologisch angehaucht mit Raum für eigene Gedanken... auch für Männer empfehlenswert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Woman's View Is Always Quite A View 24. Dezember 2012
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Dear Whomever May Be Concerned,

Today I finished my girlfriend's favorite book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. There are three things that I have learned in the past two hours of reading and thinking. #1 My girlfriend is an amazing girl and I'm pretty much the luckiest guy on Earth to have her. #2 Guys suck at understanding girls. Being one of those guys who thought he understood girls in high school (arrogance is quite embarrassing) I just would like to say to every guy out there. "WE SUCK AT UNDERSTANDING GIRLS." Growing up I thought because I understood the two concepts "Girls like bad boys." And "Nice guys finished last." I could fully understand the concept of the girl's mind. Man was I wrong. #3 The women's heart longs to be romanced. As guys' we FAIL. Epic giant fail. I look around and I see more guys in my generation looking at porn and degrading women in their mind than I see men buying girl's roses and trying to win their hearts.

Men were created in God's image but women were taken from men therefore also created with God's image. Often times we make women feel like they are not skinny enough or too emotional but sometimes we need to be thankful that they exist! God knew exactly what he was doing when He made women. Kiss your mom on the cheek. Tell your girlfriend she's beautiful. Treat the women around you with respect. Stop looking at porn because it degrades women and turns them into objects rather than sisters in Christ. Most importantly start meditating on the fact that the heart of a women is a reflection of the heart of God.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just for me 23. März 2011
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My husband of 26 years left me for another woman recently. This book seem to speak directly to the questions and ache in my soul. It helps me to understand why I depended on the love of my husband so much & how I can really fill that void with Jesus. I never really understood before but this book helps me to understand how much Jesus loves me & why.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Set Me Free 28. November 2012
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My husband of 21 years recently met another woman and decided he didn't want to be married to me anymore. Through the pain of this, I was given "Captivating" by a friend who had also gone through a similar situation. God used the encouragement in this book to set me free from "needing a man" to validate me as a person. I felt God's love flow into me and out to others while reading the book. The more I read, the more love I felt for myself, for God, and for others. This is just my personal experience. I recommend this book to all my friends who suffer with insecurities.

My husband and I have recently reconciled, and he is now reading "Wild at Heart." We are both dependent on other people to validate us. I'm hoping the book helps him get past that and enables him to be the man he was meant to be without fear. At this point in our lives, we need all the help we can get to help us be healthy individuals in order to have a healthy marriage. We both love the Lord and want His will for our lives, but there are underlying issues from our past, particularly our childhoods, that have created two dysfunctional, hurting people. I thank God for placing this book in my hands at this time in my journey.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful and Enlightening Read 14. August 2013
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Having read Eldredge's The Sacred Romance, I was interested to see how this book, (an examination of the role of women), would compare. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful truths expressed in this wonderful book. Many reviews on this book are diverse, (some outright critics expressing venomous derision and others spouting praise). Here is my opinion for what it's worth:

I loved this book because of its honest look at our wounded hearts. The author's maintain that every woman possesses three deep-rooted cravings: the desire to be romanced, the desire to unveil beauty and the desire to be part of a glorious adventure. Whether we want to admit it or not, these desires are entrenched within us, and they reflect our Creator, for we are made in His image. Since the Fall, these desires have been smothered, and we cannot be fully whole until they are fulfilled. I loved how the author's illustrate that a woman is essential to God's plan. Eve was created to be Adam's helper and sustainer, to stand with him and play a pivotal role.

Though chilling, the author's emphasis on why Satan tempted Eve was mesmerizing to read. The assumption that Satan nurses a fierce grudge against women because we somehow encroach upon his pride, (I.E., our beauty reminds him of who he once was), is amazing. I'm not sure if I totally agree with this theological assertion, yet it is impossible to deny that women have endured unspeakable cruelty throughout history. This book illustrates how God is the One who can truly affirm a woman's worth. He is the One who gives us the strength to fulfill our purpose, to glorify Him and to make a difference. He rescues us from ourselves and from our enemy, the one who bears a profound hatred for us.

Some reviewers have stated that Scriptures are taken out of context. Allow me to say that Song of Solomon is indeed a book about the intimate joy between a husband and wife, (the Eldredge's make this clear in Chapter Seven), but the call of the Lover to His Beloved is God's call to us all. And, where Hosea is indeed a prophetic book about Israel's redemption, the prophet himself was called to marry an idolatrous and adulteress wife. Chapter 2 of that book is a picture of God thwarting Israel in her rampant quest for fulfillment without Him, (just as Gomer runs away from Hosea, Israel runs from God). The same chapter also depicts God as a wooer, (and Hosea redeems his wife from the slave market). These truths apply to each and every one of us. Why else would they be recorded in Scripture? So, these verses are not out of context. They are being applied to all our souls.

Regarding the movie references: contrary to other reviewers aversion to them, I found the illustrations to be very enlightening. The movie references show us that all culture reflects our Creator, (whether intentionally or not), and that the inherent truth of our need for a Savior is reflected in everyday life. The author's examine many biblical women, (my favorite examinations are those of Eve and Ruth), showing how those who trust in God can boldly fulfill their destiny. Please give this riveting book a chance. It is not meant to be a substitution for the Bible but a tool to point people to the One who seeks to lead us in an unforgettable dance. God bless you all.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Captivating: A much needed facelift for the soul of a woman 9. März 2011
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I'm sure there are scores of Christian women out there who might have a problem with the premise of the Eldredge's book "Captivating". It very nearly goes against every notion that little girls were taught in Sunday school of women being the downfall of human kind and of their subsequent subordination to man. But speaking as a woman who has lived through the worst kinds of abuse, neglect, poverty, and loss, this book restores by leaps and bounds the self esteem a very large part of the world's female population.

Do I buy into all of the theological misrepresentations contained in its pages such as their view of Mary the mother of Jesus? Not really, but to dwell on those would be to miss the point of the book completely. This work is a celebration of God's last creation, Woman. Some of the passages that I found to be the most powerful I will quote here:

"How many of you see God as longing to be loved by you? We see Him as strong and powerful, but not as needing us, vulnerable to us, yearning to be desired (pp. 28-29).
God longs to be desired. Just as a woman longs to be desired (pg. 29).
It might come as a surprise that Christ asks our permission to come in and heal, but He is kind, and the door is shut from the inside, and healing never comes against our will. In order to experience His healing, we must also give Him permission to come into the places we have so long shut to anyone" (pg. 100).

Some might find fault with this view of God but if we are created in His likeness as it states in Genesis 1:26, then I think it's safe to assume that the One in whose likeness we are created would experience many of the same emotions that we as humans experience; the chief of these being the need to be wanted and loved. It's a powerful thought. One that can change a life.

All in all I found this book uplifting. I would definitely recommend it to any woman who is in need of a new, biblical view of themselves and of God.
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