I admit, my list of resolutions this year is long and random. (let the previous statement serve as warning and a foreshadow of what is to come in a later post) One of my resolutions includes reading more. I definitely enjoy reading but somehow it is always thrown on the back burner to other activities. But not this year. Nope. 2010 is the year of the book.
Reading is so much more fun when you can share thoughts and bounce ideas off of another person who has already read (or is reading) the same book as you, right?
The answer is yes.
(and don’t try to argue with me.) 😉
So… Let’s start the new year right!
The Reading Meeting will be reading Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.
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 Christian 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–they 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.
Why do little girls love to dress up in twirling skirts? Why do they dream of a day their prince will come and together they will live in a great adventure? Because that is the heart God set within every woman. That is the role she was created to play–to be a valiant and beautiful woman whose life changes the world.
Why do most women abandon those desires when they grow up? “Seriously now,” John and Stasi Eldredge write, “picture the women we hold up as models of femininity in the church. They are sweet, they are helpful, their hair is coifed, they are busy, they are disciplined, they are composed… and they are tired.”
Life is harsh on the heart of a girl. And a woman. Remember your fairy tales–the villain always goes after the Beauty. The story of your life is the story of the long and sustained assault on your heart by the one who knows who you could be–and fears you. But every story also has a Hero. The story of your life is also the story of the long and passionate pursuit of your heart by the God who comes both to ransom and restore you as a captivating woman.
Eve was created as the crown of creation, the image-bearer of an intimate, passionate, and captivating God. This book is an invitation to becaome that again, become the woman you truly are. Just as Cinderella was invited to the ball, God is inviting you to a great Romance with him. “The eyes of his heart are ever upon you. The King is captivated by your beauty.”
If nothing else, it should provoke some thoughtful and insightful discussions… so join along! Tell your friends. The more the merrier… all are welcome to fellowship at Huckleberry Prairie.
Captivating can be purchased through Amazon here. Or it can be purchased at just about any bookstore.
The Reading Meeting will meet every Tuesday (starting January 12th) to discuss the chapter we read that week. I will post a chapter summation of sorts and then comments, insights, reflections, stories, ideas, etc… may begin! The reading schedule will be:
January 12th: Chapter 1 The Heart of a Woman
January 19th: Chapter 2… What Eve Alone Can Tell
January 26th: Chapter 3… Haunted by a Question
February 2nd: Chapter 4… Wounded
February 9th: Chapter 5… A Special Hatred
February 16th: Chapter 6… Healing the Wound
February 23rd: Chapter 7… Romanced
March 2nd: Chapter 8… Beauty to Unveil
March 9th: Chapter 9…Arousing Adam
March 16th: Chapter 10…Mothers, Daughters, Sisters
March 23rd: Chapter 11…Warrior Princess
March 30th: Chapter 12…An Irreplaceable Role
I thought a book regarding God’s creation of femininity, romance, beauty and love would be very relevant through the Valentine season… and most of us can find time to read one chapter per week, right?
I wanted to mention that Emery over at 365 Truth is having a “read the bible in one year” group. Go check it out! 2010 is a fresh new start and what better way than to read through the whole Bible with a group of godly women?
I’m excited for it!
There you have it! Two new opportunities to get involved with reading and fellowship! Even if you’ve never joined in before, I encourage you to participate. We’d seriously LOVE to have you… even if you are joining late or sporadically…or perhaps just curious to see what it is all about. You are ALWAYS welcome.
Looking forward to our 2010 reading!!