The Sacred Search  -     By: Gary Thomas
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David C. Cook / 2012 / Paperback

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From the award-winning author of Sacred Marriage comes a fresh look at dating---and how to make a covenant relationship spectacular before it starts! Encouraging singles to abandon the idea of a "soul mate" and trade it for the notion of a "sole mate"---a partnership dedicated to Christ---Thomas contends that a good marriage is something you make. 272 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434704890
ISBN-13: 9781434704894
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What if you stopped looking for a "soul mate" and started looking for a "sole mate"—someone who will live out with you the great purpose of God? What if dating isn’t about finding "the one" but making a wise choice so you can better serve the One who loves you most? What if God didn’t design relationships to make you happy but to make you holy?
 
In The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas will transform the way you look at romantic relationships. Whether you are single, dating, or engaged, Gary’s unique perspective on dating will prepare you for a satisfying, spiritually enriching marriage even before you walk down the aisle. As Gary reminds us, a good marriage is not something you find—it’s something you make.

Author Bio


Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and a popular speaker around the world. His award-winning books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold hundreds of thousands copies. Thomas and his wife have three children.

Editorial Reviews

"Gary Thomas looks at the heart of a subject that many consider him an expert on—successful marriage. Anyone who is dating, engaged, or hopes to be one day needs to read this book!"

"Singles, pay attention. Gary knows marriage, and is eager to help those of us desiring marriage get there with confidence and grace."

"Gary Thomas debunks the mythical search for a soul mate to help you choose a 'sole-mate'—someone who will lay down their life in faithful love. This biblically based book is for anyone who wants to be wise in their pursuit of a spouse."

"Gary creates a compelling argument that shifts the believer's view of relationships, dating, and marriage to focus on something greater. I'm thankful Gary has created this resource."

"The Sacred Search will help those who desire marriage to pursue it in a manner that deepens their faith, honors God, and blesses their future spouse."

"Marriages are falling apart all around us and I believe Gary Thomas has just gone straight to the root. Gary just built a map to help you see through the emotion and infatuation to God's heart for dating and marriage."

"Our culture is obsessed with compatibility and chemistry. However, in relationship formation character always trumps chemistry. The Sacred Search is a gut check for anyone considering, delaying, or even pursuing marriage."

"Why should I get married? could be the most important questions Milennials are asking. Gary Thomas helps this generation navigate the why in a Christ-honoring way."

"Filled with questions to make you think and teaching that will bring 'aha' moments, this book is a must read for everyone considering marriage. I highly recommend it to you—I wish I'd had it when I was single!"

"Gary Thomas dismantles contemporary philosophies on love, sexuality, and marital union by offering strong arguments for why they have not been successful. His appeal to a kingdom-first perspective gives both hope and healing for a generation in desperate need of a fresh and Christ-centered understanding of God's plan for marriage. This book is a must-read before anyone says 'I do.'"

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Sacred Search
    October 11, 2014
    Booky
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is amazingly insightful. It contains insights I know and have been taught, but to see it in writing is so encouraging. This is definitely a book that every born again believer needs to read, ingest, and digest before being married.
  2. Old Bridge, NJ
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great content!
    December 26, 2013
    Katrina Marie
    Old Bridge, NJ
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has revolutionized the way I look at, engage in, and pursue relationship. It has given me a new perspective of marriage and courtship in such a way that I now have the confidence to allow a relationship with an amazing, godly young man to occur. I was always fearful of relationship because I did not want to waste "his" or my time, emotions, and energy. However, after reading this book, I have realized I would be a fool to let this particular young man walk by. God is so good and Gary Thomas is a spectacular writer. The book is engaging and life-changing.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book for singles
    December 2, 2013
    Pamt
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I bought two of these books for my college age kids. I have been reading it myself and Gary is right on target. Great stuff...just like all of his other books.
  4. Lancaster, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Parts are terrific, but had some reservations.
    October 11, 2013
    Suzy
    Lancaster, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I LOVED "Sacred Marriage" by the same author. I went into reading this book with high expectations. I liked a lot of his cautions, his emphasis on the person you marry being the father of your children, the porn trap, reasons for getting married, and more.

    I did feel that he talked out of both sides of his mouth, saying there isn't one soul mate (I agree), but there were MANY areas in which he felt it was important to be compatible making it seem nearly impossible to find someone who would meet all the criteria he puts forth.
  5. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God's Way To Find The Perfect Spouse
    May 27, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gary Thomas in his new book, "The Sacred Search" published by David C. Cook asks us What If It's Not about Who You Marry, But Why?

    From the Back Cover: 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 read this book.

    What if you stopped looking for a "soul mate" and started looking for a "sole mate"--someone who will live out with you the great purpose of God? What if dating isn't about finding "the one" but making a wise choice so you can better serve the One who loves you most? What if God didn't design relationships to make you happy but to make you holy? In The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas will transform the way you look at romantic relationships. Whether you are single, dating, or engaged, Gary's unique perspective on dating will prepare you for a satisfying, spiritually enriching marriage even before you walk down the aisle. As Gary reminds us, a good marriage is not something you find--it's something you make.

    On the issue of marriage there are some issues that can be compromised on, this one shouldn't be. "The Sacred Search" is all about finding the person that you will not only spend the rest of your life with but will be the co-parent of your children and grandparent to your children's children. There is much that the Bible has to say on this matter and Gary Thomas addresses many of these issues. In marriage the person you marry will be your best friend, your confidant, your beloved so choosing that special someone better be done wisely and according to the way God has said. Gary Thomas in "The Sacred Search" has given us a book that will help anyone looking to get married laser focus their vision. I recommend this book highly!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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