Captivating: A Review

I’m sure there are scores of Christian women out there who might have a problem with the premise of John and Stasi 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 has lost.
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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