I received the book Captivating- Unveiling the mystery of a Woman’s Soul by Stasi and John Eldredge some time ago to review. This title had been recommended to me a few times in the past by friends, so I was anxious to read it. I enjoyed the overall “feel” of the book, speaking directly to the heart and soul of a woman’s God-given femininity. I particularly admire that Stasi was willing to share her personal testimony, and that both she and her husband co-authored the book which led to opinions and experiences shared in both feminine, masculine, and “couple” tones. Sometimes it was a bit confusing to realize just who was authoring certain parts, though.
There were many examples of real-life people’s experiences tied into support topics being discussed. There were equally as many fictional character references from movies, stories, songs, etc. which I didn’t care as much for. I can appreciate, however that the Eldredge’s didn’t hesitate to share their personal tastes and experiences to get their point across.
This book did take me much longer to read than I expected. My intial expectations were for an inspirational read, not a self-help or theological book. While this book was truly inspirational, I was tripped up a bit on the theological undertones. When I read a book attempting to quote or interpret Biblical principles, I take it as merely someone’s opinion and pick up my Bible for clarification of anything that seems a bit “off” to me. I’m not, however, a theologian, so I’ll leave that review for someone else. I will say some personal disagreement did decrease my overall enjoyment of the book. All in all, I’m happy to have read this book.
*Thank you to Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze program for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.