Cada jovencita sueÃ±a con ser rescatada por un hÃ©roe, sueÃ±a con ser transportada a una gran aventura, sueÃ±a con ser la bella princesa. Tristemente, cuando las mujeres crecen, se les enseÃ±a a ser fuertes, eficientes e independientes. Muchas mujeres cristianas estÃ¡n cansadas de luchar con el peso de ser una buena sierva, una proveedora de buena educaciÃ³n o un ama de casa ejemplar.
Lo que Salvaje de corazÃ³n hizo en los hombres, Cautivante lo puede hacer en las mujeres. Este impactante libro le muestra a las lectoras el diseÃ±o glorioso de las mujeres antes de la CaÃda, describe cÃ³mo se puede sanar el corazÃ³n femenino y arroja luz sobre el poder y la belleza que una mujer deberÃa tener. Al revelar los tres deseos principales que cada mujer lleva consigo: Un romance que compartir, una vida por la cual ser responsable y una belleza por resurgir-John y Stasi Eldredge invitan a las mujeres a recobrar esos corazones femeninos, creados a la imagen de un Dios apasionado. Debemos agregar que este libro animarÃ¡ a los hombres a descubrir el alma de la mujer y a deleitarse en la belleza y la fuerza que las mujeres por naturaleza pueden ofrecer.
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May 11, 2005
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Excerpt from Cautivante by John Eldredge
INTRODUCTION Now we are on holy ground. Writing a book for men ( Wild at Heart ) was a fairly straightforwardproposition. Not that men are simpletons. But they are theless complicated of the two genders trying to navigate love and lifetogether. Both men and women know this to be true. The mysteryof the feminine heart was meant to be a good thing, by the way. Asource of joy. Yet it has become a source of shame--women almostuniversally feel that they are "too much" and "not what they shouldbe." And men tend to pull away from the deeper waters of awoman's soul, unsure of what they will find there or how to handleit. 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 arefailing to do as a woman. We're tired of those books. As a newChristian, the first book I (Stasi) picked up to read on godly femininityI threw across the room. I never picked it up again. In thetwenty-five years since, I have only read a few I could wholeheartedlyrecommend. The rest drive me crazy. Their messages to womenmake 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 prescribedin a formula. We have women friends who love tea parties and china, andfriends who break out in hives at the thought of them. We havewomen friends who love to hunt, bow hunt even. Women who loveto entertain and women who don't. Women who are professors,moms, doctors, nurses, missionaries, dentists, homemakers, therapists,chefs, artists, poets, rock climbers, triathletes, secretaries,salespeople, and social workers. Beautiful women, all. So--is a true woman Cinderella or Joan of Arc? MaryMagdalene or Oprah? How do we recover essential femininity withoutfalling into stereotypes, or worse, ushering in more pressure andshame upon our readers? That is the last thing a woman needs. Andyet, there is an essence that God has given to every woman. Weshare something deep and true, down in our hearts. So we ventureinto this exploration of femininity by way of the heart . What is atthe core of a woman's heart? What are her desires? What did we longfor as little girls? What do we still long for as women? And, howdoes a woman begin to be healed from the wounds and tragedies ofher life? 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 femininitythat is powerful and tender, fierce and alluring. No doubt it hasbeen misunderstood. Surely it has been assaulted. But it is there,your true heart, and it is worth recovering. You are captivating. So we invite you to take a journey with us, a journey of discoveryand healing. For your heart is the prize of God's Kingdom, andJesus has come to win you back for himself--all of you. We praythat God will use this book in your life, in your heart, to bring healing,restoration, joy, and life! And if God does that, it will be causefor a wonderful celebration. With teacups and china. Or paperplates. Whatever. One day, we will all celebrate together. In anticipationand hope, may this little book draw you closer to God'sheart--and your own. CHAPTER ONE The Heart of a Woman Sometimes it's hard to be a woman. --TAMMY WYNETTE He saw that Fatima's eyes were filled with tears. "You're crying?" "I'm a woman of the desert," she said, averting her face. "But above all, I'm a woman." --PAULO COELHO You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea You belong wi