The Bible uses the word ‘heart’ as the most comprehensive term with which to refer to the ‘whole person’. It includes our affections, our emotions, at times our mind and much more. The heart is the master control centre of life. It is the fount out of which everything else comes and is why the Bible often describes the heart as the source of all our troubles. In essence, whatever you open your heart to has the power to bless or curse you.
The Captured Heart examines the factors that compete for the attentions of your heart; money, sex, pride, idolatry, forgiveness, righteousness, thankfulness, discouragement, betrayal and much more.
The book is divided into two parts, the first seeks to answer the question, ‘Why guarding our heart so important’ and covers topics such as; Money, Sex and Pride, Idols in the Heart, The Dangers of a Divided Heart and Healing the Wounded Heart.
The second part deals with the all important issue of ‘how’ to guard your heart under the title of ‘Setting a Guard’ and deals with such issues as; Keep Your Heart Soft, Forgive, Righteousness, The Power of a Thankful Heart, Don’t Lose Heart, What Has Captured Your Heart? and A Heart After God.
It includes a lot of practical advice including ‘seven tests that will help to show you what has captured your heart’, which looks at such questions as ‘what do you think about when not thinking about anything in particular?’ ‘What are our priorities?’ ‘What makes you laugh?’ ‘What is stored in your heart will come out of your mouth’.
In ministry gifting and anointing are vital but it is the heart that carries them and to have a heart captured by God is essential for the Christian walk. Many Christians know of someone who once had a powerful ministry but has now backslidden and doesn’t even attend church anymore. Charisma without character creates confusion and ultimately failure and heartache. Our gifting may get us started but it is only character that will sustain us. Integrity always has been and always will be more important than image.
The book uses life stories and biblical insight to help you measure who or what has captured your heart and above all encourages the reader to pursue a heart after God.
David Holdaway’s book explains and expounds the topics he covers with insight, humour and an easy to understand style that draws you in from the very start. This book will make you think but more than that – it will change the way you think as ‘whatever captures your heart will control your life and determine your destiny’. Understanding and applying these truths will change your life.