Many of my female friends had been encouraging me to read Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. I have already read John’s prior book, Wild at Heart, and knew him to be an honest writer with a true heart after God’s original plan for his creation, specifically men and women and their biblical roles. I really enjoyed Captivating because although it was focused on a female audience it really captured so much of what we, as people, care most about, being accepted and loved for who we are. We were created to be loved and to love. In the image of the Trinitarian community, where the Father, Son and Holy Spirit constantly enjoy perfect fellowship we, too, were created and long for that feeling of acceptance and love. John and Stasi do a wonderful job of addressing and opening up this subject through biblical examples as well as movies and books we are all familiar with. With all of the focus on human desires and longings, the one thing I felt that the book did not address is the depravity of the heart. Although we were created in God’s image and much of what we feel and experience is a product of being his creation there is also the corruption which proceeded out of the fall. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” With this simple, yet pivotal truth in mind we can read and enjoy so much of what John and Stasi share with us in this pleasant book.

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