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Monday, June 7, 2010

Book Review: Captivating

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Newly revised and edited, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul (co-written by John & Stasi Eldredge) almost brought out the mad underliner in me…there are some people who underline, fold down corners and generally make a mess of their books. I was one of them, once upon a time. Underlining was my way of rereading a passage and imprinting it in my brain. Trouble is, I would have to underline nearly every sentence of Captivating, because nearly every one resonated with some deep hurt or desire from my life.

They should sell this in a gift pack with a box of tissues…or perhaps a dozen lace-edged hankies would be more appropriate.

The question on the lips of every girl or woman is “Am I captivating?” Am I pretty? Am I beautiful? Do you want me?

It’s the reason little girls (and even full-grown women) twirl their skirts.

It’s the reason there are whole aisles of “beauty” products at the corner drugstore.

It’s the reason for face-lifts.

For eating disorders.

And breast augmentations.

It’s the reason a battered woman will go back.

But it’s a question that often is never answered, never even really heard, here on earth.

So many women are in a world of hurt, broken by their lack of self worth.

But God hears the question.

And answers, if we only open our hearts to the sound of His voice.

Lest you think this book is about exterior “beauty,” it’s not. It’s about how we tend to look for love in all the wrong places. And how to repair the holes left by our past hurts by turning to God.

It’s a powerful book. And I recommend it.

Captivating is available as a hardcover from Thomas Nelson Publishing. Sold at online and brick-and-mortar booksellers near you.

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through BookSneeze.com. This review reflects my honest opinion and I received no compensation.

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