Captivating

I have a confession to make, which will probably come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well: I’m not a big fan of women’s bible studies. I know, that sounds horribly un-Christian of me, but most women’s bible study books just leave me feeling either angry, inept or both. And the Proverbs 31 Woman? Sheesh! Talk about an ego crusher! What woman could possibly attain that kind of virtue? It’s discouraging for me to have studies centered around the woman I should be instead of the one that I am. But when my friend Tamara (pastor’s wife) mentioned a women’s bible study, I knew it would be different than most, as she has the same aversion to most women’s bible studies as I do.

For the next several weeks, the guys at C3 will be discussing Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul and the gals will be studying Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul. Wild at Heart was written by John Eldredge and Captivating was written by John and his wife Stasi.

I’m looking forward to diving into this book and this study and I hope to share more with you in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in reading it, here’s a brief excerpt from the intro:

The mystery of the feminine heart was meant to be a good thing, by the way. A source of joy. Yet it has become a source of shame–women almost universally feel that they are “too much” and “not what they should be”. And men tend to pull away from the deeper waters of a woman’s soul, unsure of what they will find there or how to handle it. And so we have missed the treasure that is the heart of a woman, missed the richness femininity was meant to bring to our lives, missed the way it speaks to us of the heart of God.

Rest assured–this is not a book about all the things you are failing to do as a woman. We’re tired of those books. As a new Christian, the first book I (Stasi) picked up to read on godly femininity I threw across the room…In the 25 years since, I have only read a few I could wholeheartedly recommend. The rest drive me crazy. Their messages to women make me feel as though, “You are not the woman you ought to be–but if you do the following ten things, you can make the grade.” They are, by and large, soul-killing. But femininity cannot be prescribed in a formula…

Sometime between the dreams of your youth and yesterday, something precious has been lost. And that treasure is your heart, your priceless feminine heart. God has set within you a femininity that is powerful and tender, fierce and alluring. No doubt it has been misunderstood. Surely it has been assaulted. But it is there, your true heart, and it is worth recovering.
You are captivating.

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