Category Archives: John and Stasi Eldredge

Beauty Comes From Being Who You Are, Not Who You Are Not — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy or enough. She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that He finds her beautiful, has deemed her worthy and in him, she is enough. In fact, the only thing getting in the way of our being fully captivating and enjoyed is our hiding and striving.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, Captivating, pp 131-135

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Loneliness and Emptiness are Meant to Steer Us to God — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“Why did God curse Eve with loneliness and heartache, an emptiness that nothing would be able to fill? Wasn’t her life going to be hard enough out there in the world, banished from the Garden that was her true home, her only home, never able to return? It seems unkind. Cruel, even.”

“He did it to save her. For as we all know personally, something in Eve’s heart shifted at the fall. Something sent its roots down deep into her soul — and ours — that mistrust of God’s heart, that resolution to find life on our own terms. So God has to thwart her. In love, he has to block her attempts until, wounded and aching; she turns to him and him alone for her rescue.”

   Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes;
   I will wall her in so she cannot find her way.
   She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
   she will look for them but not find them.
   Hosea 2:6-7

“Jesus has to thwart us too — thwart our self-redemptive plans, our controlling and our hiding, thwart the ways we are seeking to fill the ache within us. Otherwise, we would never fully turn to him for our rescue. Oh, we might turn to him for our ‘salvation,’ for a ticket to heaven when we die. We might turn to him even in the form of Christian service, regular church attendance, a moral life. But inside, our heart remains broken and captive and far from the One who can help us.”

“And so you will see the gentle, firm hand of God in a woman’s life hemming her in. Wherever it is we have sought life apart from him, he disrupts our plans, our ‘way of life’ which is not life at all.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, “Captivating”, pp 96-97

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We are Made for Intimacy with God — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“We are made for intimacy with God, not just knowledge about him. There comes a time in the life of every believer when propositional truth is no longer enough. It will always remain central, the foundation for our faith. And sometimes it is all we have, and we can run far and long on it. But [we] long for romance. We are wired for it; it’s what makes our hearts come alive. The path of our restoration… the healing of our… hearts, that path takes us into a deeper experience of God and his Lover’s love for us.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, “Captivating”

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Eve Was Not Created as a Helper but a Lifesaver — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“When God created Eve, he calls her an ezer kenegdo… Robert Alter… says that this phrase is ‘notoriously difficult to translate.’ The various attempts we have in English are ‘helper’ or ‘companion’ or the notorious ‘help meet’…”

“The word ezer is used only twenty other places in the entire Old Testament. And in every other instance the person being described is God himself, when you need him to come through for you desperately…”

“A better translation therefore of ezer would be ‘lifesaver’. Kenegdo means alongside, or opposite to, a counterpart…”

“Eve is essential. She has an irreplaceable role to play. And so you’ll see that women are endowed with fierce devotion, an ability to suffer great hardships, a vision to make the world a better place.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, “Captivating”, pp 31-33

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Unveiling Your Glory Means Vulnerably Loving — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“Unveiling beauty [glory] is our greatest expression of love, because it is what the world most needs from us. When we choose not to hide, when we choose to offer our hearts, we are choosing to love. Jesus offers, he invites, he is present. That is how he loves. That is how we love — sincerely, as the Scripture says, ‘from the heart’ (1 Peter 1:22). Our focus shifts from self-protection to the hearts of others. We offer Beauty [Glory] so that their hearts might come alive, be healed, know God. That is love.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, Captivating, p 147 (insertion of “glory” for “beauty” is by Tim Thomas)

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Unveiling Your Glory Expresses Your Hope — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“Unveiling our beauty [glory] is our greatest expression of hope. We hope it will matter, that our beauty [glory] really does make a difference. We hope there is a greater and higher Beauty [Glory], hope we are reflecting that Beauty [Glory], and hope it will triumph. Our hope is that all is well because of Jesus, and that all will be well because of him. So we unveil beauty [glory] in hope. And finally, we unveil beauty [glory] in the hope that Jesus is growing our beauty [glory]. Yes, we are not yet what we long to be. But we are under way. Restoration has begun. To offer beauty [glory] now is an expression of hope that it will be completed.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, Captivating, p 147 (insertion of “glory” for “beauty” is by Tim Thomas)

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Unveiling Your Glory Involves Revealing Your Heart — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“Unveiling our beauty [glory] really just means unveiling our… hearts. It’s scary, for sure. That is why it is our greatest expression of faith, because we are going to have to trust Jesus — really trust him. We’ll have to trust him that we have a beauty [glory], that what he has said of us is true. And we’ll have to trust him with how it goes when we offer it, because that is out of our control. We’ll have to trust him when it hurts, and we’ll have to trust him when we are finally seen and enjoyed. That’s why unveiling our beauty [glory] is how we live by faith.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, Captivating, p 147 (insertion of “glory” for “beauty” is by Tim Thomas)

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God Heals Hearts Through His Deep Love — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“God… wants to heal us through his love… He wants us to experience verses like, ‘Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her’ (Hosea 2:14). And ‘You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride.’ (Song of Songs 4:9) Our hearts are desperate for this. What would it be like to experience for yourself that the truest thing about his heart toward you is not disappointment or disapproval but deep, fiery, passionate love?”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, “Captivating”, pp 112-113

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