BOOK REVIEW: 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 efficeincy 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 Christian 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--they are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offersto 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.
MY REVIEW: I really enjoyed this book; I thought there were some very good points made. John and Stasi use examples from their lives and some of the people they know to bring their point around.
One chapter talks of letting God in your heart and life. Letting Him be the one you run to when you need a friend--a friend who won't let you down. So many people go to friends or other addictions in their times of need, but God wants us to come to Him.
Another chapter is dedicated to the subject of inner beauty. A woman who is at rest with who she is will attract others; she will be a delight to be around. A woman who is always trying to "fix" herself, never believing she is good enough, tells others that there is a problem and will not draw people to her. She lends an air of turmoil, rather than peace.
I really liked this book; I'm glad I got to read it. (I say that about every book, don't I?)