Book Review: Captivated


So often we can allow profound truths to pass over us. In our fast-paced, busy world, it is easy to go about our days and only take a glimpse at Jesus during a hurried 15 minute devotional. Do you remember the last time you took a hard look at Christ. When was the last time you stared at his glory and bathed in the reality of who he is and what he has done? I’m not asking if you remember the last time you prayed, or the last time you lifted your hands during a worship service; I am asking you if you remember the last time you meditated heavily on the person and work of Christ. I think for many of us, the busyness of life can cause Jesus to become more of an afterthought than a person who captivates us.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile’s new book Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection is a work that seeks to assist the Christian in meditating on the death and resurrection of Christ. Christians can become so caught up with the busyness of life and so concerned with the daily affairs of life that they can neglect being captivated by God and gospel realities. Consider our triune God, for all eternity, the three persons of the Godhead have delighted in the presence of one another. The Trinity has always been eternally captivated by one another. This means, that without any risk of ever being exhausted, there is enough glory in the Son to eternally captivate any created being. This truth also applies to the Father and the often-neglected Spirit, as well.

Though far from exhaustive (95 pages) Captivated is an excellent addition to anyone’s library. Captivated seeks to take the reader into deeper reflection concerning various truths that are often simply glossed over. Instead of simply glancing at glorious truths, Captivated seeks to help the reader take a harder look.

Personally, as a seminarian and lay-leader, I plan on giving this book to new believers as well as more mature saints that feel they are not getting as much from their devotional times as they would like. I think this book will be very helpful to saints who desire to make the most of their devotional time and who sense a lack of enthrallment in their Christian lives.

In accordance with FTC regulations, I would like to thank Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


About Kyle James Howard

My name is Kyle, I am married to my “high-school sweetheart” and we have 3 children. I have a 7 year-old daughter (Hadassah), a 2 year-old son (Jonah), and 1 year old (Kesed). I am 32 years old and I am currently a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have an Associates degree in Biblical & Theological Studies, A B.S. in Biblical Counseling, and I am finishing up an Advanced M. Div in Historical Theology. Click on the "About Me" link at the top of my home page to read my full testimony.


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