- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 12 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780785273424
- ISBN-13: 978-0785273424
- ASIN: 0785273425
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 336 g
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God Paperback – May 12 1997
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In The Sacred Romance, authors Brent Curtis and John Eldredge inspire readers to enter into the greatest romance of all time--one with God. Many Christians have tried to satiate the hunger of their hearts by substituting the love of God with things from this world. Since "our heart is the key to the Christian life," this often leads to spiritual stagnation and unhappiness, while God, the "Great Lover," attempts to lavishly adorn us with His perfect love. Doubting God's goodness coupled with fear of trusting Him blind the believer and prevent him from being wooed by God into a rich relationship. Life can soon become empty, cold, and worthless. Through personal narrative, Curtis and Eldredge take turns convincing the reader not only that God is good, but that recklessly abandoning oneself to Him results in a fulfilling life of abundance and awe. In this portrayal of God's character, the obvious error lies in believing that He could need anything from His creatures, or that He could be "hurt" by their unrequited love. On the whole, however, this is a call to a more passionate relationship with the lover of our souls. A follow-up book, The Journey of Desire, was written by John Eldredge after Brent Curtis's tragic death. --Jill Heatherly
About the Author
John Eldredge is a bestselling author, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God’s love, and learn to live in God’s kingdom. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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I almost skipped over this book until I saw the subtitle: "Drawing Closer to the Heart of God." Once I started it, I could hardly put it down. The authors remind us that the Sacred Romance really begins with the Trinity as the most perfect and intimate relationship, that we long for such intimacy because we are made in God's image and likeness, and why "less-wild" relationships can never completely satisfy us. God is a "lover at heart, from all eternity." Then His Heart was betrayed by the fallen angels. But in spite of the pain of that betrayal, He not only created and gifted an Eden-ic world to humanity, and made us His beloved, but He took the enormous risk of giving us freedom, because "He didn't want puppets, He wanted lovers." The fall in the garden is seen not as disobedience or theft of fruit, but as a betrayal of love. The authors quote Yancey, saying that reading the Old Testament and the prophets is like hearing a lovers' quarrel through the apartment wall. Then, after 400 years of silence, our heroic Lover, Who cannot abide the separation, comes to save us through the Cross. "Greater love hath no man...." God is the initiator, the pursuer. Sometimes we think that we have to do it all, reach out for God, call Him to us, try to find Him, or say the right prayers in the right way. The refreshing insight of this book is the almost poetic portrayal that He is already relentlessly pursuing us! This is a book way beyond entertaining. It has the ability to change hearts! I think that the reason some biblical scholars may have trouble seeing the value in this book is because of the littleness of their scripture-parsing approach. This book speaks to the unfettered potential of the mystic's soul.
The opening chapter of the book (The Lost Life of the Heart) spoke to me very strongly - it made my heart pound. I have never had a book do that to me before. I was the one the authors wrote about in the first chapter. It describes what happens when we come to a point of being burned out in our spiritual life - or perhaps is it better to say overwhelmed by the weight of everything around us. It is so easy to be distracted into focusing on our own little stories.
The authors guide the reader to remember that God is up to something big. He is working out in history His own big story. Each of our lives is a little story within that big story. However, so many people get caught up in their own little story, that they forget that God has a role for them in His big story. This causes us to lose heart along the way. Our problems overwhelm us when we forget God's big story.
Okay, but why is this book so good at reminding us of that?
The authors paint the picture of a wild God - the Lover of our souls who pursues us restlessly. They look thoroughly at both the Old Testament and the New Testament. But, this book isn't preachy. The authors go beyond Scripture, while staying Scriptural. They look at Literature and Cinema, old and new. What is this longing presented to us throughout history - why all the stories of the lost love pursued by her lover? Because, deep down inside, we all want to be loved and pursued. The authors show us that the Bible presents us with the story of the Lover of our souls pursuing us. God longs to meet our deepest needs. The authors claim that the intimacy God desires to share with us is "an intimacy much more sensuous, much more exotic than sex itself" (p. 161).
Ask yourself what the following names have to do with God. Forrest Gump, A River Runs Through It, When Harry Met Sally, Robert Frost, Soren Kierkegaard, The Hobbit, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, Henry V, Pilgrim's Progress, and Helen of Troy. These, and more, are used to teach us what God wants from us.
Chapter 12 (Coming Home) was worth the price of the book.
I have only one negative comment. I was frustrated by the incomplete bibliography. Hey, it's the scholar in me.
I loved this book so much that I bought a copy for every Sunday School teacher that teaches under my ministry. This is the best book on the overall message of the Bible that I have ever read. I believe everyone, not only Christians, should read this book. I believe it will help non-Christians see what Christians believe, even if the non-Christians don't agree with our beliefs. It will be worth your time and money!
Often the depictions of God in the Christian Church cast Him in the role of a distant dictator. This is the metaphor I grew up with. A closer look at the Scripture reveals a God who is passionate and desires more than anything a right relationship with us. The authors discuss this concept at length and provide Biblical backing for the theology.
The more compelling aspects of the book were the more practical. A close look at our lives reveals our fears keep us trapped in the mundane, and keep us from risking the "larger story" we are called to be a part of. We have lost the romance, the spark, and the adventure, of our youth, to be replaced with a cold logic and practical drudgery, and small stories. The depictions of the hope and grandeur of our dreams from youth are depicted with such stark reality, that it jars you awake to the fact that so much of what we call maturity is a lack of trust, adventure, and passion. There is a longing in each of us for something more, this book shows what that is.
An excellent book, but one that must be discovered on your own. I chose not to go into detail in the review, as this book is not about the "what" of our lives, as some technical self-help rulebook would be, but rather about re-discovering the passion and romance we long for. Take a risk, immerse yourself, and prepare to be awakened.
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