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February 01, 2011


Ali Campbell

What disturbed me the most about this book was the massive assumptions and the complete lack of any theological underpinning - that it has been a runaway bestseller, is even more worrying!

Right at the start the premis is wrong, they talk about Adam and Eve and the fall - but rather than move (or think about the New Covenant), they then build their argument based on the curses in Genesis of the 1st Adam rather than Gods grace found in the 2nd Adam and the fact that we can become, together, "new creations", as God restores and renwews us - I am convinced that until we re-discover what it means to partner in the Gospel, men and women working together for Gods glory - we will struggle to truly reflect the nature of God to those outside the Church, He who created "us" in his likeness and image . . .

Good review, thanks Rosie


Thanks Ali - interesting to hear a male reflection on the book, and I agree with your observation.

One of the things I struggled with in Captivating was the universal statements about women - that we are all asking the question 'am I lovely' and we all secretly want to wear twirly skirts (I'm paraphrasing) and if we don't then we're in denial. There's so much diversity among women, and among men, but that just gets squashed.

Jane Watson

I started to read the book but had to put it down when I got to the bit about all little girls wanting to be princesses. Some may do, but I spent my childhood wanting to be a red indian brave! Very little of what the writers seem to think what women want or like rang true with me at all, there seemed to be sweeping generalizations. We are all different and God made us that way!

Jo Royal

Both this book and Wild at Heart (I wondered if I would find more of 'me' in that book!) wound me up a treat. Far too many sweeping generalisations that instead of offering comfort and encouragement, risk triggering an 'I am not normal' response in people - particularly those already struggling with identity.


Such a good review. Books like this don't interest me, if I'm honest, because I know that the generalisations and gender stereotypes based not on the Bible but on cultural norms will annoy me - and secondly because I don't feel that the messages they give out have much to offer me. I do feel that they 'squash' diversity among women and that this is not at all helpful.


Agree totally with all of the above. 'Captivating' has got to be the most embarrassing book about 'Christian' perspectives on women written in a while. The whole clue for me is in the title: the word 'captivating' is a passive word - you can only be captivating to a man. Whilst the word 'wild' (of the men's equivalent, 'Wild at Heart') stands alone. A man can be 'wild' without reference to anyone else. Awful non-biblical 'mush'.

Faith Hope & Cherrytea

thanks for your thoughtful & challenging review..

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