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I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

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In the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis a beautiful young woman offers assistance to a weary traveler and his camels, and out of that simple action, a marriage results-a marriage that offers profound lessons to couples today. Bible scholar and renowned speaker Ravi Zacharias draws five points critical to the long-lasting success of every marriage from the biblical story of ...more
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Published April 3rd 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2001)
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Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Books on love and romance can be found in abundance. Knowing Ravi Zacharias's reputation for presenting biblical truth in a logical setting, I expectantly chose this one. I was not disappointed. I actually read it twice through in three days because I felt I'd missed some important things the first time. This author has the amazing vantage point of writing from the observations and experiences of two cultures with very different romantic traditions. He is able to point out the benefits and misus ...more
I had to listen to this book/sermon for school this week and I am recommending it to everybody I know!!! It is AMAZING!!!!! If you don't have time to read the book, you can listen to the sermon on youtube. It is a five part sermon (each part 14 mins). It is defiantly worth the hour and 20 minutes of your life. You will NOT regret it!!!!! It goes through everything about marriage from a biblical point!! I defiantly learned a lot from this sermon!! So now it is your guys time to go and listen and/ ...more
Ali Chatham
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read quite a few Christian Marriage/Relationship books, but this one really stands out! Ravi uses the biblical account of Isaac and Rebekah in genesis as biblical evidence for his arguments about necessary behaviors, practices, and beliefs in marriage. Although I’m not yet married, I found that many of his points were also applicable for any sort of friendship.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I want to read a Ravi Zacharias book on relationships, as I've only been familiar with his apologetics works so far. This book, however, has proved he is a godly man who can equally defend the purity and significance of family as he can defend the Christian faith.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I feel this book is not only good for couples but singles who desire marriage one day...Ravi is great at pointing to Christ as a foundation for love and all relationships.
Rating: 3.5 stars--I liked it, but it just was not as good as it should have been.

Generally Speaking: While working through Focus on the Family's The Truth Project, I became aquainted with Ravi Zacharias. I found him to be brilliant, intelligent, and insightful. I decided to rediscover the public library and borrow some books on a variety of subjects. I borrowed two by Zacharias and one edited by him. When I picked this one out, I was expecting it to be a commentary on Old Testament culture. Whe
Kelly Mize
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ravi Zacharias uses Genesis Ch. 24 as the basis for this book on God's eternal design for the family, courtship, marriage, and lasting commitment. And it seems that although the book isn't divided as such but is sectioned into seven chapters, these three themes emerge, and in that order. Rather than dispensing advice as so many marriage manuals do, Dr. Zacharias goes deeper. Rather than providing the usual dismal statistics and the erosion of culture and its effects on marriage, he asks us to lo ...more
Silvia  Tjendrawasih
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
It is when you get to read this book, will you completely comprehend that family, marriage is the idea of God, thus, it should be built under God's principles to achieve the harmonize, sacred marriage and joyful family.

Ravi Zacharia explained the concept of marriage so splendidly through the short record of Isaac's quest for Rebekah in the Holy Bible.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-books
This is a must-read book for anyone of dating age. I believe kids should read it in their teens, then again when they start dating, again when they're serious, before they get married, and every few years into the marriage. Such good and important information from a Biblical perspective.
Giju Abraham
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this just before getting married. It helped!
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
I recommend it for anyone who doubts that lasting love exists
And everyone who would like to achieve it.
One of my favorites. Read this book many times. Good to be reminded. A great read!
Tyler Collins
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I began reading this book because I have watched many videos of Ravi Zacharias speaking and read some of his writing and have found him to be a very wise man when it comes to world religions and the Christian faith, so I figured he would bring a lot of wisdom to the table in regards to relationships and marriage. It turns out that he does! At just over 150 pages and seven chapters, this book is an easy read. It could be read in one, long sitting or in sections over the course of a week.
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Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a wonderfully-written book drawing applications to marriage from the story of Isaac and Rebekah’s wedding. I can’t remember if I’ve ever read an entire book by Ravi Zacharias, but I wouldn’t have guessed that the first would be on the topic of marriage! I particularly loved the chapters on the Indispensable Element in Love and the importance of prayer.

“Many pray for the right partner but cease to pray for the right union—that they be one as Jesus and the Father are one and so experien
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Parts of the book are geared more toward men, no doubt because the author is a man and he speaks of what he knows. But other parts apply equally to both men and women. Some parts were more difficult to understand; had to reread a few times. Overall it was good.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
An exegetical journey of Isaac and Rebekah; a story bathed in prayer.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ravi does what he frequently does, and manages to mix apologetics, theology, personal reflection, and real application, to what is perhaps the most sensitive and difficult area of all, love and commitment.

While I am currently an outsider, I have experienced enough to know that much of what he says is dead on, and I suspect much of those things that I am not quite certain of are as well, not because I have experienced them, but because I have experienced the kinds of troubles and the kinds of jo
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beware of any culture which deems esteem over embrace. Ravi didn't write this book like other diet books for marriage which finally concludes 3 repeated things. On contrary to those ideologies he speaks about practical stuffs which were entailed alongside the story of Isaac and Rebekah. The gist is,

1) Servitude matters most in love
2) Cherish each other
3) Take hardship in willingness
4) Think your life begins at a funeral
5) Keep comfort in mind while resolving conflicts

The commitment he points
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got curious to see a famed apologist writing about LCM so I picked up this book. The book-owner also told me that Ravi will exegete the Isaac-Rebekah story in it. Well, there was little of the exegesis. There was one I remember; it says, "she became his wife, and he loved her" meaning, the will precedes the 'emotional' component of love. The rest are all principles applicable to all "the three loves", and not strictly to marriage ("the fourth love").

A couple of lessons/quotes Ravi reminded me
Brent McCulley
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marriage
This book has really taught me so much in a matter of a few short days. Written more for the single or engaged than it is for long-time couples, Ravi goes into the foundational Christian principles of Christian marriage. Ravi has taught me what it means to deny oneself for your spouse, and really hammered home the concept that love is not just a feeling, but it is dedication and hard work.

Although a lot of the books exhortations scared me, they scared me for the right reasons. What's more, a lot
Marcelo Gonzalez
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I believe most, though not all, of the thoughts that Ravi has on love, marriage, etc. are accurate. He does frame the entire book in the story of Isaac and Rebekah, which is fine and it works well, though not without some concessions. The largest issue is that for several chapters, he makes large assumptions about the mindsets of our protagonists that are not to be found in the Genesis text. He then proceeds to use that as the basis for his thoughts.

While I don't disagree with a good deal about
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked this book more at the beginning than at the end. It starts strong, and I enjoyed the focus on one of my favorite Bible stories. But in the end, I felt like there was just too much forced into the story. I like reading books where things are pulled out of the story in order to show God's truths to us and how those truths impact our real lives in practical ways. This felt like the opposite to me--he seemed to be fitting the story around what he wanted to say about courtship and marriage. A ...more
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I highly suggest this for anyone who is married, is getting married, or wants to get married someday. Catie and I read it together and talked to each other about each chapter and had a lot of fruitful discussions. Ravi really gets to the heart of what it means to wed by using examples from his own life. This is NOT a self-help book. As Catie and I read through other books together and go through our pre-marital counseling, we find ourselves referring back to something we read in "I, Isaac, Take ...more
Alexander Fitzgerald
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
I read pretty much anything Zacharias has put out, because I feel his writing gives me a real solid intellectual foundation for my faith. While this short passage, with several Kindle edition grammatical errors, is probably overpriced for the market I did enjoy it greatly.

Mr. Zacharias's thoughts on love and real commitment make you feel like you're talking to a wise grandfather. It's refreshing to not hear someone so pessimistic about building with a real partner, and to actually have a great
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ravi Zacharias gives a beautiful commentary on the centrality of marriage. It gave me a renewed commitment to my own marriage. Zacharias gives many examples that you probably wouldn't get from a typical Christian author, because his marriage bridges two different cultures. I was also impressed with his ability to give life to the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca, a story that doesn't often ring true when you are reading straight through the book of Genesis. It invokes a deep sense of reverence for ...more
Jul 11, 2008 is currently reading it
One of the biggest things that has struck me thus far is that Dr. Zacharias brings to light the fact that God designed woman for a very specific purpose, one which He himself did not fulfill. Man already had a relationship with God. If God wanted man to have a companion, He could have created another man. Yet he chose to create woman to "complete man" spiritually and in ways that no other creation could. There is also alot more about purity and the sanctity of marriage and about the spiritual ra ...more
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, the author has taken much of his teachings on love, relationships, and marriage and put it all together to form this book. It is roughly framed around the Isaac/Rebekah story. Different parts of the story serve as a launching pad to teach biblical truths about love and relationships. Overall, the book is helpful, especially chapter 2, “The Will to Do.” Zacharias is well-gifted in examining culture and critiquing it in light of Biblical principles. He does the same in this book.
Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone married or considering marriage
Great insight into the under-stressed dimension of love - love as an act of the will. Read it before I got married... my guess is that I'd like it even better if I read it now. This quote sums up the book best, "Without the will, marriage is a mockery; without emotion, it is a drudgery."

Ravi is always good for serving up a sentence that causes you to put the book down and chew on it for awhile. Consider: "To violate [marriage's:] built-in pattern is to mangle beauty and plunder one's own riches
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book for couples seriously thinking about marriage. It's a great book on love and how to see God in the people we choose to love. It hits on a few points such as, love should not be the main/only factor when choosing a partner, but one should also look at respect, kindness, generosity and faith. Ravi also advises that one should seek the advice and good council of family and friends or people you hold in high regard, because these are the people that know you best. A truly ...more
Scott Ray
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Based on a sermon that Ravi had preached some years back this book was pretty good look at marriage. It is based on the premise that marriage is not based on affection but it is based on love that comes from the commitment that we make when we get married. That affection may come and may go but when we stick to the commitment the love will flow out of that commitment. Doing this he points to the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca and from within his own experiences of marriage from the Indian context ...more
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Ravi Zacharias was a speaker and an author of over 25 books. He fully believed the truth of Jesus Christ can endure the toughest critiques and spent nearly 50 years addressing life’s great existential questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. He was founder and chairman of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (, headquartered in Atlanta with sixteen offices worldwide. He ...more

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