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Captivating by John Eldredge
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Sep 08, 07

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Read in September, 2007

So, I just read this today and at first, I liked it. The author seemed to embrace the ideas of women as a companion, as beautiful etc. It seemed to embrace femininity in a way that was refreshing and lively - basically, she didn't seem stodgy and repressive.
But really... although there were random quotes i liked etc, she bases her "truths" on movie quotes, movie examples, scripture taken out of context, and .. a lot of personal experience...
i mean, i wanted to like it. I feel like, someone should write a book for women who struggle more.. but in the end, it really felt sad that someone would go to such lengths to publish man's wisdom under the guise of counsel.
there were bits of ideas that did make sense, and i liked how she went into explaining woman as a companion as the ezer kenegdo but... yeah.. some stuff was plain weird.

for example: Ruth as a seductress. uhhh... pretend that Jesus Christ is Jack and you're Rose? ... ummm...........


hahaha.
i think i spent a lot of time frowning. and the only reason i finished it, was because i wanted to see how it ended. (maybe it would redeem itself).

it didn't.
the beginning was captivating enough.. but it just ... really fell flat.

probably because it's what i wanted to hear rather than being anything meaty.....

lastly, you probably won't understand all the "romantic" references she makes unless you read classic novels. or watch movies. yeahhh....
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Anna Scott WHoops! - no I didn't like this review - the 'like this review?' seemed to offer the option to say no, when in fact it only registered a yes vote - strike that 'yes', it's a 'No' from me - I don't like this review -sorry.


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Lindsay I appreciate your review. Incidentally, I think you might like this review, which talks of some things you mentioned, like the creepy Jack and Rose suggestion: http://www.cbmw.org/Resources/Book-Re...
I've never read the book. But after reading that review to understand more about what many people were reading and loving, I can't say I grew any more in my desire to read _Captivating_--except perhaps to be able to affirm that Thoennes' review is very accurate in its portrayal of _Captivating_.


message 3: by Lindsay (last edited Jul 10, 2008 10:35AM) (new)

Lindsay And by the way, without knowing what kind of struggles you wish people would write more about, here are some ideas of people whose work you might look into: Carolyn McCulley (on singleness from someone who is 40+ and single, on fading in beauty in a youth-obssessed culture, etc.), Elyse Fitpatrick (on idols of the heart, eating problems, etc.), http://monergism.com/ (a great resource for all kinds of issues), http://www.cbmw.org/ (a website addressing issues concerning Biblical manhood and womanhood), http://www.desiringgod.org/ (because Piper is great at showing how all issues in life involve God and how to go about them), http://femina.reformedblogs.com/ (because Nancy Wilson has a lot of wisdom on womanhood and at times even answers people's questions), http://www.reviveourhearts.com/ (a ministry to women by a woman), and http://www.baylyblog.com/ (not addressed to women but containing much wisdom, including on issues that many women face such as father-hunger). Anyhow, I hope something proves beneficial :-D


Samantha staci has struggled so much throughout her life. with many different things. I think this book highlights what she has overcome with God. I am stuck on the fact that you think someone should write a book for women who struggle more. This book shows that with God you can overcome the struggles


Hannah I think that what staci and John were trying to say through the whole rose and jack thing is that he does love us completely and wants to romance us to love him. A life with him is not meant to be some religious thing but more freeing. For me that part of the book really touched my heart because it made me feel like God is right there and not so far away. That I can have a close and personal relationship with him. I suppose it can be taken by people different ways it just matters how you are and what your past is.


junia Lindsay wrote: "And by the way, without knowing what kind of struggles you wish people would write more about, here are some ideas of people whose work you might look into: Carolyn McCulley (on singleness from som..."

Thanks Lindsay! I do know of those resources - I think I just wanted to hear about different pertinent struggle from the narrative voice that she had (which was so relatable.. although entirely misguided).


junia Hannah wrote: "I think that what staci and John were trying to say through the whole rose and jack thing is that he does love us completely and wants to romance us to love him. A life with him is not meant to be ..."

That's nice - and I think there are other areas in the Bible where God does say just that. I just don't think adding and embellishing and inserting our fanciful ideas about romantic love into God's agape love for us does God's love justice NOR is it true.


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