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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.
Meet the Authors
Stasi Eldredge, who is passionate about mentoring women in finding their true identity as the Beloved of Christ, has been leading women's Bible studies for years. With a BA in Sociology and formerly on staff with Youth for Christ, Stasi now leads the women's ministry of Ransomed Heart. She is married to co-author of CAPTIVATING, John Eldredge, has three sons and lives in Colarado Springs, Colorado.
John Eldredge is an author, a counsellor, and teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. He is also the author of numerous books, including Epic, Waking the Dead, Wild at Heart, and Desire, and co-author of Captivating and The Sacred Romance.
John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather's cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife Stasi in high school (in drama class). But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theatre, and directed a theatre company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.
John earned his master's degree in Counselling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons.
While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. He loves the outdoors passionately, especially living in the Rocky Mountains, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression "far out" way too much.
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When we are growing up, we can all get the wrong understanding of what love is, and look in the wrong places for it. This book helps show you who you really are, and what you mean to the Creator of the universe - Knowing who you are, means you can be who you were made to be, and enjoy the relationships God has or is putting you into. It's ok to be who you are, and its even better to know that God has made you deliberately that way, as a woman... and He doesn't make mistakes! Find out just what you're worth!
After reading 'Wild at Heart' I was so excited when John and Stasi wrote 'Captivating'. It is a life changing book that will help women better understand their life's journey and purpose. It will bring you closer to God as you realise how special you are as a unique individual. It will help you deal with past and present issues in your life that may be holding you back from becoming the woman you were made to be. After reading this book, I went on to read all of John's other books as I really connect to his voice as an author. He is passionate and honest and always brings me closer to God through his wonderful words of wisdom. I'm very happy to see Stasi has released another book which I will put on my wish list. She helped me become a confident, happy, secure and content woman and this is why I think all women should read this book as early in their life as possible.
I have owned this book for many years now, and each of the few times I have read through it, it has rocked me deeply. At first, it was only in understanding myself as a young woman. Now, as I read through, I am astounded at the wisdom in it I missed when I was younger. This book describes almost exactly the journey of healing God has taken me on. If only I had been paying heed then! Buy it. Read it slowly, pondering each section and praying over it, and you will find more than simple knowledge about the make-up of your heart. You will find glimmers of His heart toward you.
'Captivating' by John and Stasi Eldredge is a book that I read and immediately connected and engaged with. Written for women, it offers great and Godly insight into a woman's personal journey - her heart, her role, her challenges. The book verbalises the deep question in a woman's soul, 'Am I captivating?' I found it helpful as the book adopts a very conversational tone, never judgemental but often challenging, and speaks to the reader directly. As I read, I felt as though I was in conversation with a friend who understood or sought to understand the same struggles I had. 'Captivating' also jumps between the voices of Stasi and John, a married couple also behind 'Wild at Heart' (the male counterpart of 'Captivating'), and strives to give different perspectives in each chapter with anecdotes and stories of other people's experiences. This is a book that will become a part of your life as you read it. I shared phrases to friends, quoted passages in my journal and reflected daily on the significance of each chapter. There were parts I related to more than others, but ultimately this book helped me to grow as a woman of God.