Thursday, September 28, 2006


I'm making a substitution in my reading list. I'm abandoning Captivating because it is just not what I need in this period of my life. I keep wanting there to be more depth and spiritual meat about being a woman in God's kingdom, but I'm not finding it. I skimmed the last chapter and it seemed good, but as far as I got in the book it was mostly fluff about how women love to be romanced and be part of a great adventure...yeah, I know that, but how exactly does that apply to me as a wife, mother, daughter of the King? Maybe there are lots of women out there who have had experiences that caused them to lose their identity as a woman, a woman made especially by God to be female and all that encompasses. I already know that about myself, so I feel I'm just not in a place where Captivating speaks to me. If you would like to read it, email me.

So, with that said, I'm bringing in Unveiling Glory: Visions of Christ's Transforming Presence. Written by two professors from Abilene Christian University, this book is meaty!

It looks at Christ and what we can learn from the fact that he came to earth in the flesh and how our view of Him affects our entire lives. Here's an excerpt of what I read last night:

To orient us to his new radical vision of new life, Jesus did not call people to become members of an institution. He called people to himself, because within the person of Jesus, the world-affirming and world-rejecting dimensions of God's work exist side by side, in harmony: "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will also be" (John 12:26). The disciple is immersed into Christ, connecting intimately to Jesus' heart and lifestyle and enjoying communion with God. Jesus called people to become disciples whose allegiance to him--and therefore to God's plan for the world--would be absolute and uncompromising. This is what is means to believe in Jesus, to have faith in Christ. -Unveiling Glory, p. 28 (bold mine)

Now that is challenging!


Laura said...

It took me forever to read Captivating for a few reasons. First, I don't like getting on bandwagons (same reason I never finished 40 Days of Purpose). And second, because of the whole "women just want adventure and romance" deal. Blech. But. One day, I was wanting to get a book on tape for some commuting I was doing and all my friends were reading it and so I thought, maybe I should just "try" to listen to it.

I LOVED it. I keep wanting to buy the book so I can highlight and make notes (hard to do while driving plus it would mess up my cd if I put yellow marks all over it) ;) It didn't talk as much about romance and adventure (though that was in there) as much as it talked about the unique place God designed for women in this world. Much different than a lot of messages I've received as I was growing up.

But, I didn't come from a great home or a great church (both were ridiculously conservative in an oppressive, abusive way) and experienced a lot of abuse. I can see how this book wouldn't be for someone that didn't experience much or any of that. Plus, once you have a handle on this beautiful idea of what God created woman for, you're ready for more meat so I totally get why you'd want to make a substitution.

Just thought I'd share my experience with the book. :)

Let me know how Unveiling Glory is!

aggiejenn said...

Thanks for your perspective, Laura; I value your opinion so much!

Wendy said...

A couple books that come to mind that would be good.

Biblical Womanhood in the Home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes (I am currently reading this and have been very challenged and encouraged by it)

Munchkin Land said...

I'll be honest, I haven't had any desire to read Captivating, mostly because I haven't heard great things about it. I've heard the concept is nice, like you mentioned, but there was very little substance or biblical references in it.

I need to get my thoughts out on a book I'm reading. Soon, I hope, soon!

Barb said...

I bought Captivating, too, but like you, I just couldn't get through it. I put it down when I hit Chapter 3.

Right now I'm reading fiction, The Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers, but even though it's fiction, it's ministering to me. I'm in the middle of second book and can barely stand to put it down.

Susie said...

I had to comment here because I absolutely loved Captivating. I did it as a book study with 12 women in my home-one chapter a week. I know that each woman in that study will forever be changed from reading it. If you grew up in a loving home without any dysfunction, which is rare these days, then you may not find it of any interest. However, I feel as Christian women, that it is so important to understand other women's issues and struggles so that we can better equip them to grow in Christ. This book opened up my eyes to so much that women have dealt with in their pasts which makes them feel they are not worthy or enough to matter to God. It might be that I attend a church that is very huge on reaching the lost so we have many new Christians. This is a book that definitely appeals to new christians and is presented way that makes you want to fall in love with Christ all the more. Don't get me wrong I love my Beth Moore studies, but this book was amazing for my group of ladies. I am sorry to write so much, but I would hate for someone to read the comments and not read this book that has changed so many lives that I know personally. Thanks for letting me comment. Also thanks for sharing about Unveiling Glory. I will add it to my list.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting me and leaving a comment ( I am the home management binder chica).
I am reading Captivating with my women's group and I feel the same way you do about it!!! I laughed out loud while reading it the other morning because an image of a commercial from the early 90s popped into my head "Where's the Beef??"

Anyhow, thanks for hooking me up with this new book you are reading. I hope to pick it up soon. Perhaps it will be a good follow up to captivating for our group.


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