The Sacred Search: What If It's Not About Who You Marry, But Why?
:In the revised edition of his hit book The Sacred Search, author Gary Thomas helps single people of all ages make wise marital choices, in large part by rethinking what basis those choices should be made on. Readers...
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:In the revised edition of his hit book The Sacred Search, author Gary Thomas helps single people of all ages make wise marital choices, in large part by rethinking what basis those choices should be made on.
Readers are encouraged to think beyond finding their "soul mate," an idea that has its roots in the philosophy of Plato, and instead adopt a more biblical search for a "sole mate"- someone who will walk with them on their spiritual journey.
Thomas asks, What if we focused on why to get married more than on who to marry? What if being "in love" isn't a good enough reason to get married? And most of all, what if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?
Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage; Sacred Pathways; Pure Pleasure; Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith
His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation: how we can integrate Scripture, church history, and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into our modern experience of faith. Most recently he has produced Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul.
- :contents<br /> Acknowledgments 13<br /> 1. A Tale Of Two Tears 15<br /> 2. The Great Exception 23<br /> 3. Infatuated With Infatuation 30<br /> 4. You May Not Want What You Think You Want 43<br /> 5. Soul Mate Or Sole Mate? 53<br /> 6. A Match Made In Heaven? 67<br /> 7. Walk Toward The Music 73<br /> 8. Better To Marry Than Burn 81<br /> 9. What&rsquo;s Your Style? 88<br /> 10. Can You Climb A Mountain Together? 107<br /> 11. Making A Marriage 121<br /> 12. Is Anybody In Charge? 134<br /> 13. You&rsquo;re Looking For A Complement, Not A Clone 142<br /> 14. Dating With Intention 155<br /> 15. Your Brain On Sex 163<br /> 16. Problem People 184<br /> 17. How Would Jesus Date? 194<br /> 18. Knowing When It&rsquo;s No 202<br /> Epilogue: A New Vision 217<br /> Notes 221<br /> Author Information 224