Meet Our Small Group Books: “Wild at Heart” and “Captivating”

“Every man was once a boy.  And every little boy has dreams, big dreams,  dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.  But what happens to those dreams when we grow up?”*

The simple answer?  They’re crushed.  John Eldredge, director of Ransomed Heart Ministries, wrote these books (and was joined by his wife, Stasi, in Captivating) to empower Christian women and men of all ages to recapture the dreams of their childhood and to find the fulfillment of those dreams in our God.  I have seen entire college campuses overtaken by these two books and I’ve witnessed the transformative powers of understanding true masculinity and femininity in the context of faith; it is something truly amazing and I can’t wait to see how the young adults of the Newman Center are empowered and encouraged through these short and incredibly readable books!   Contact me today to join a Small Group and become the woman or man that God created you to be!

 

Wild at Heart Review:

“If Christian men are going to change from a pitiful, wimpy bunch of ‘really nice guys’ to men who are made in the image of God, they must reexamine their preconceptions about who God is and recover their true “wild” hearts, writes bestselling author John Eldredge in Wild at Heart: Discovering a Life of Passion, Freedom, and Adventure. Eldredge throws down the gauntlet–men are bored; they fear risk, they refuse to pay attention to their deepest desires. He challenges Christian men to return to authentic masculinity without resorting to a ‘macho man’ mentality. Men often seek validation in venues such as work, or in the conquest of women, Eldredge observes. He urges men to take time out and come to grips with the ‘secret longings’ of their hearts. Although the book succeeds best in its slant toward a male audience, it also strives to help women understand the implications of authentic masculinity in their relationships with men. Eldredge frames the book around his outdoor experiences and appealing anecdotes about his family, sprinkling the text with touches of humor and overlying everything with heartfelt passion. Even as he mixes eclectic ideas about masculinity from popular movies such as Braveheart with classic words from Oswald Chambers, and lyrics from the Dixie Chicks with stories from the Bible, he points to only one answer for men searching for their true wildness of heart. Writes Eldredge, ‘The only way to live in this adventure … with all its danger and unpredictability and immensely high stakes … is in an ongoing, intimate relationship with God.'”

Captivating Review:

“Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child’s play. They are the secret to the feminine heart.  And yet―how many women do you know who ever find that life? As the years pass by, the heart of a woman gets pushed aside, wounded, buried. She finds no romance except in novels, no adventure except on television, and she doubts very much that she will ever be the Beauty in any tale.  Most women think they have to settle for a life of efficiency and duty, chores, and errands, striving to be the women they ‘ought’ to be but often feeling they have failed. Sadly, too many messages for Christen women add to the pressure. ‘Do these ten things, and you will be a godly woman.’  The effect has not been good on the feminine soul.  But her heart is still there. Sometimes when she watches a movie, sometimes in the wee hours of the night, her heart begins to speak again. A thirst rises within her to find the life she was meant to live―the life she dreamed of as a little girl.  The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation.  The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live.  He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman.  A woman who is truly captivating.”
*all quotes taken from reviews at Amazon.com
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