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I First read Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge a looong time ago. Like, in my early twenties. And I’ve reread it a handful of times in the past decade. It just doesn’t get old. If you’re a woman and looking for an empowering and encouraging book that speaks truth to the heart, or if you just need a breath of fresh air, this one’s for you.
3 things I gained from reading “Captivating”
- The differences between male and female are good. Historically, women have been made to feel ashamed for how they are. Physically we are (for the most part) the weaker sex. More emotional. Take more time in front of a mirror. We are made differently from men, for a reason. Our femininity is a good thing. An extremely good thing. The world needs it, or God wouldn’t have bothered designing it, right? Of Course we are equal with men, but that does not mean we should be like men.
- All woman have a beauty to unveil, have an irreplaceable role to play in an adventure, and long to be romanced. This book fleshes out these core essences of women wonderfully, in a very non stereotypical and non judgmental way. Rather it’s inspiring, urging women to be all that they were meant to be. However that looks.
- Being a woman is hard. There are certain expectations on us that men just don’t experience. Not to mention what we have to go through every month and every time we have a child. Physically and emotionally and mentally (and hormonally). Plus, in a male dominated world, we must prove ourselves that much more just reach our dreams and goals. Especially if those dreams in goals don’t fall into your typical female categories that many men would rather us just stay from. But… being a woman is also awesome.
We may not always be recognized or appreciated, but we are always needed. It takes guts to put yourself out there and open your heart up. That’s where Jesus comes in. Our Bridegroom. It’s a dangerous and cruel world we live in. Especially for women. But that is the very reason why our femininity is so crucial. Sister, you were planted here for a very important and beautiful purpose. You have something to offer that no one else has.
Sometimes I still struggle to figure out what exactly my calling is. I think of the “Proverbs 31 woman”, and like so many people I know, I just sort of shrink. But I once heard a very lovely woman say wise words that I’ll always remember. It went something like this, “The Proverbs 31 woman was not all these things at once. She grew into various roles at different seasons in her life.” I don’t have to have it all together all the time. God’s grace is sufficient.
I totally recommend reading this book. And if you have a man in your life, whether it be a husband or son or both (or if you’d just like to be able to understand men better in general) I’d urge you to read Wild At Heart as well, also written by John Eldredge. Don’t forget to comment if you know of any books that I just gotta read!