What if being in love isn't a good enough reason to get married? What if dating isn't about finding "the one," but about serving the one who loves you most? Don't get married until you listen to this audiobook.
In The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas challenges you to think beyond finding a "soul mate" and to look for a "sole mate" - someone who will walk with you on your spiritual journey. After all, if you don't know why to marry, you won't know who to marry. The Sacred Search casts a vision for building a relationship around a shared spiritual mission - and making a marriage with eternity at its heart.
©2013 David C. Cook (P)2013 Oasis Audio
I enjoyed it for the most part...and precisely because it was rather negative in its outlook and that not uniquely among others I've read. Very powerful truths in there for good measure!
"Good and sobering advice"
I liked the fact Gary didn't candy coat the reality of marriage and the fact that most people don't choose wisely. Most of the world will tell you you must be in love and how important sex is but marriage is much more than that. It should be based in friendship as well- supporting one another and helping each other fulfill a purposeful mission. Looking for someone of good character was emphasized rather than worldly attributes. This is one of the most realistic and practical Christian books for singles looking to get married out there.
"Good practical book"
Book uses great examples and imagery to drive its points. Makes you consider the future when choosing a life partner.
Only problem is if you search for a wife/husband in this manner you can kill any romantic notion.
"I need this book to regain perspective"
Just reading this book when the wave of emotions is high allows me to bring things back into pespective. This is an amazing book filled with so much truth that washes over ones soul. instead of being drawn into the tide of emotional attraction it has allowed me to realign my appoach for pursuing a wife in a way that is pure and good. No more this business of running wherever the emotions go, rather i control tings ... Haha at least i hope i do.
"Perfect for all singles, no matter the age."
Loved loved loved this book. I just wish I would have read it prior to my first marriage. it is a MUST for all ages, regardless of circumstance, who are looking to get married. I've gifted three copies so far and I'm sure there will be more to come. read it!
"A Great Read for both Singles and Couples"
As a single woman who loves the Lord, this book reached me right where I'm at in life. I needed to hear the truth that resides within these pages (or my headphones as the case may be). I received so much revelation about my own values on dating that I need to work through with God before I enter into a dating relationship.
I also see how this book can be great for non-married couples, whether they're dating or engaged. It will challenge your relationship and make you look at one another with new eyes, which is needed before saying wedding vows.
I highly recommend this book, and I pray that it will be as much of a blessing to you as it was to me.
"A must read before getting marry"
An eye opener. It makes you dig deep and helps you to understand what it takes to have a life long marriage.
I loved this book. It was both revealing and even convicting of what I should look for and what I should be. I do want to say that I had read The Sacred Marriage before this one, and although it can be read without it, I understood much more having already established a Biblical framework of marriage and corrected my thinking by reading The Sacred Marriage prior. Both are excellent!
"directly from the middle ages"
biased, sexist & so old fashioned I couldn't make it to the end. It's 2017 goodness...
"Very basic teachings"
A friend recommended this to me and I was excited to listen to it cause I thought it'd be helpful. I was sadly disappointed. Many of the relationship examples were obvious and therefore difficult to compare to my own situation. If you have a very bad/skewed view of what a relationship is supposed to look like, this book could be helpful to you. Otherwise you're better off looking elsewhere. Furthermore, I did not appreciate the blatant lying and scare tactics used to ward people off pre-marital sex.
"Everyone should Read"
This book is the best book even if you are married, explains a lot of things you probably over looked in looking for your mate and for me it helped me keep on stronger in my marriage.
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