A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the latest book I was reading: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge. To update you all, I finished the book last night and I have to return it to the library today because someone else is requesting it. This makes me sad. I refrained from writing in the book as if it were my own, but that didn’t mean I didn’t fold down some corners of some awesome pages or underline something in pencil. Whoops.
This just goes to show that I need to save money in my budget for books like this.
So before I return it to the library so someone else can read its awesome truth, I wanted to reflect on what I learned and share some awesome quotes I found.
First off, this book was amazing. It made me think, process, learn and understand new concepts about my life and my life as a woman. I gave me a new mindset and it was part of this ongoing lesson God’s teaching me about the importance of relationships and community (which I talk about in a post, here!).
This book reminded me that God is beautiful and I am beautiful. And that beauty is an mechanism of change and good. While reading, I remembered God’s incredible and deep love for us, how he speaks through us starting when we were a little girl. I then learned that God created our hearts as women to be unique, but to be beautiful and loving just like him. Our heart is for relationships, for people, for God and for vulnerability. The most important thing in the universe we have are relationships. As women, it’s in our nature to keep the world relational, to keep it beautiful.
Many quotes really stuck out to me that I couldn’t help but write down and share with you all today. They spoke directly to me, and it was so hard picking just a couple to share.
The first one speaks about how we lose our femininity when we strive for control over our lives. This was probably the concept I remember most. We are made to be vulnerable. And the opposite of that is control, which is something I know I seek all the time, everyday. Control.
The next one I feel like is so true and they state it so very well. Do we know we are irreplaceable that we have this beauty that the world is meant to have?
Along the same lives, this speaks to who we are from God’s view. I never thought of this before, but wow does this next quote really amaze me and excite me. It makes me feel loved.
The next and final quote really summed up the book for me. It’s awesome to think about your life as a love story, but there is added drama. We have a spiritual enemy that tries to get us to go in different directions and I was deeply reminded of the fact that I feel pressured to let go of my femininity. I feel tempted to give into myself. I feel the tug that wants me to hide and isolate myself from other people, to not be relational. Because to do so is easy. I feel the pressure to live an easy life. But that’s not one we’re called to. We’re called to be in Jesus’ presence, which is neither safe nor easy. But it’s a place of love and eternity.
I hope you all enjoyed these quotes today and that they encouraged you in some way. Have you read Captivating before? What did you think of it? What has been encouraging you lately? I hope you all are having awesome weeks and are getting the chance to share your hearts and have fun with friends and family!