by guest blogger and faithful Inky follower Cheryl Klarich
But then, my friend Carole gave me Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge.
I was expecting that it would be a good read, but what I wasn't expecting was that I would be challenged in so many areas as a woman while reading this book. I thought that I could finish it after Thanksgiving and give a breezy review that everyone would like.
Instead, I have been working my way through Captivating and living it at the same time. This book is touching me to the core of my being.
It is about femininity, and understanding how woman was uniquely crafted by a loving Saviour, who is also a bride groom and king. It is about the heart and soul, and the desires you had as a little girl that you still have and long for, even as a grown up. Dreams of princes and castles and beauty, the beauty that is in all women, simply because we were created by a loving God, whose finishing touch on his creation, his crowning glory, was woman.
The problem is that doesn't take long for most of the lovely and mysterious princesses out there to realize that if she is indeed a princess, she's one that is in disguise. Perhaps she was dropped off by an evil witch to the wrong home to be raised by people who do not get the princess thing. Did you ever wonder, "Who ARE these people?"
I was five years old when Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella appeared on network television. I couldn't wait for it to begin. I sat enraptured in my daddy's lap in a recliner loving every second, from "In My Own Little Corner" to "The Prince is Having a Ball" to "Impossible"... I didn't want it to ever end. What I didn't understand was why my mother couldn't sit down and enjoy it with us. Maybe if she had allowed herself to enjoy the show she would have felt disappointed with her life. I sensed, even at five years of age that she was a captive, unfulfilled in her life's choices. And I decided that I wanted more for my own life.
John and Stasi Eldredge equate the love of story, fairy tales and happy endings with the desire that God put in our hearts for Him. They invite you to give yourself permission to love who you are, including your personality and wildest dreams.
I think this is a great book for all you novelists out there who are visited with all manner of heroines and plots. Know that they are all beautiful, because they are reflections of you. Embrace them.
It's the Holiday Season, and my Christmas tree is only half decorated, laundry has piled up, and I have to make something for a gathering this evening with friends. So will I fall captive to the pressures of the season, or will I trust my Lord to help me through?
It is a challenging time, but I am resolving to trust in Him and I know that He will bring PEACE... It's worth fighting for.
Captivating is taking me a little further on my journey.