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The Sacred Romance Drawing Closer To The Heart Of God

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The God who saves is also a God who woos His own to a relationship primarily of the heart. As we draw closer to Him, we must choose to let go of other "less-wild lovers," such as perfectionistic driveness and self-indulgence. Eldredge and Curtis identify the lies offered by "false loves" and instruct us on the journey back to the Lover of our souls.In carefully crafted wor ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 14th 1997)
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Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mother gave me this book several years ago, and I never found the time to read it. Recently, I picked it up and gave it a go. It was definitely the right choice at the right time.
As a girl who wishes she could journey with the fellowship in The Lord of the Rings or even travel through the countryside with Elizabeth Bennett, I fully understand the ache and desire for adventure and romance -- to be a part of something bigger than you are and engrave yourself into a story that stretches before y
Dennis Hall
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book for the second time, just in time to read it again. i love the book so much because it falls naturally in line with my own normal way of thinking. in fact many of the authors quoted are my favorites. For me the overlying theme of the book is: God loves you and every good, pure thing in your life is from God and to His purposes. This book will change the way you view God. Our relationship with God occurs in the heart, not in the church alone, but in the way we are create ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
About eighteen months ago, my mom handed me this little book and told me her book club was reading it. She thought I might like it. That little book was Epic by John Eldredge, and I more than liked it – the book fundamentally shifted the way I see my faith. And it made me want to read everything Eldredge has ever written.

One of the fundamental ideas in Eldredge’s writing is that humans were made for more than the mundane and drab; instead, we were made for joy and gloriousness and beauty. Thus,
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read this book several times before, but could never bear it. I ended up shoving it to the back of my book pile because it hurt too much to read. Warning: This book will awaken your heart; it will cause you to feel the edge of desires which are bittersweet. It will speak to those dreams and longings that you may have pushed away because God has not fulfilled them. At least, these were part of the reasons why I could not finish the book. It was more comfortable for me to not feel my he ...more
Luke Stoltzfoos
Sep 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this book. Please.

Fine ideas. Repetitious and drooling with emotionalism, seeking charismatic highs in disregard for fair interpretation of scripture.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The most moving and relevant book I've ever read. Put everything into crystal clear perspective. My faith was multiplied and nurtured reading this.
Erin Evans
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Eldridge. This is all about rediscovering the "haunting" that we have all felt at one time or another. There are two ways of handling that desire we feel deep in our hearts. Some try to capture the feeling in a never ending cycle of addictions: a new love affair, more alcohol, drugs, thrills. Others try to kill their hearts so that they no longer feel pain and consequently also give up on transcendent joy. This books points the reader to Christ, the object of our longing an ...more
Michael Chen
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'd rather read the Bible.
Sara Rogers
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My takeaway: This life is reality. It doesn’t need to be numbed. The ache and longing we feel for intimacy, beauty, and adventure is real and will be fulfilled and we can look forward to that promise some day, and in the meantime acknowledge those desires.

The beginning was pretty straightforward and could even be a little dated with the pop culture examples used, and I haven’t much liked Eldredge’s writing in the past, but I was in tears by the end of this book multiple times. Exactly what I ne
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jesus
This one is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, it took me about a year to finish it, with months of breaks in the middle...but when I did pick it up again, it was deeply encouraging and led me to encountering God in ways I hadn't in years. I probably will never read it again, but near the end particularly there are a few gems of quotes that I want to keep.
Erik Rostad
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
This is my hinge book - the book upon which all other books in my library hinge. If I had not read this one between high school and college, I would not have started the reading journey I am now on. It was great revisiting this book after more than 20 years when it first had such a profound impact on my life. I may reread it immediately again here.
Wes F
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sacred Romance is deep; it's also unnerving, since it cuts so deep down into the soul, the center of one's being. It exposes our fragility, our weaknesses, our longings & desires, as well as our hopes & dreams for something more, something lasting, something eternal. Read this together with my wife in the evenings before our dinner. Very good food for thought--and practical action steps for the heart & mind. ...more
Amy Hartle
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
This book is too froofy, even for me
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: holy-moly
I have mixed feelings about this book. I had shied away from it for quite some time because I was convinced by the title that there was going to definitely be some "I'm the princess, God's my knight in shining armor"/Julian of Norwich (am I thinking of the right religious figure?) "No, I reeeeally love God" weirdness in there. There was a slight bit of that, but I think more than anything, the book was about emotional healing. It framed our lives in terms of the Romance (beauty, wonder, hope, Go ...more
Dave  Johnson
this book has "first book syndrome" i think. sometimes when an author writes their first book it's either the best thing they'll ever write or a very amateur attempt at writing. i think this is the latter.

it has some very poignant ideas and valid points, but after you get to the third chapter, you've read the whole book. not to mention that John Eldredge repeats many of these themes in many of his other books. and the incessant quotes became really tedious to read. it's almost like i'm reading a
Charles Rogers
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As God's Word speaks to every individual in a way that is most meaningful to you at a given time, God placed this book in my hands as I struggled to prepare a talk for a men's weekend. The topic of my talk was Prevenient Grace, something that I, nor many of my friends, knew anything about.
This book brought the whole concept into a real perspective of God's endless and tireless pursuit of each person in an effort to have a relationship with us.
Often we wonder why we do not hear or feel the urging
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
150 pages of metaphor (is that even the right word for it?). Probably more, but that's the point that I finally called it quits.

I read that much and still don't have any idea what it is about. The author discusses all these abstract concepts that he names with proper, capitalized names. The Haunting. The Message of the Arrows. I think he was just referring to innocence (or the remembrance of it) and trials/problems. But instead of saying what he meant, he would give it a Name, and refer to it by
Kiri Stewart
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
I like the way John Eldredge writes and thinks, but I did not quite realize how similar all of his books seem to be. Having already read Wild at Heart and Captivating many years ago, I found The Sacred Romance to be strikingly like an early draft of both books. Or more accurately, the later books are a more targeted retelling of the same story began in The Sacred Romance, with just a shift in focus.
Either way, I felt like I had read this book before. Although I do enjoy his romantic, rugged vis
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sue Zomparelli
Mar 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
I got to page 4 or 5. Jesus referred to as he instead of He and Satan spelled with a capital S...hmm. My savior is He, capital H. Sacred Romance always in caps. This small stuff speaks to me. Not biblical in the least. If this book speaks to you, ask yourself whom is speaking cause it isn't God! It does not line up with scripture yet the title is captivating because I know the Lord does want us to be so close to Him...but this book has the details wrong wrong wrong. I skimmed through the rest of ...more
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I know he's controversial on all sides. But the first time I read this, I stayed in bed all weekend to finish it. I literally did not leave the house, and was brought to tears more than once. It was a turning point in my faith - to have so much affirmed that I thought did not have a place in the church. Its easy reading and there's way too many movie references, but I am forever grateful for the courage it took to stand in the face of the modern church culture and say we are missing it.
Jamie Stephens
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked this book by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis, but there were a few things about it that didn't keep my attention. There were a lot of metaphors in the beginning. It's almost as if the authors were trying too hard. But what I liked most about the book was how we can get caught up in the things of the world and place God on the back burner. I loved what they had to write about that.
Tommy Vaughan
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Healing my arrow pierced heart.

This book spoke directly to my heart. The would definitely that I have suffered from the arrows that have pierced my heart, damaging it, and preventing me from seeing myself as God sees me. Which also affected my ability to have the closeness, the intimacy and relationship that God wants to have with me. This book helped and guided me to be able to heal and remember who I am, and to have that Sacred Romance with God .
Shannon Burton
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book twice in ten years-and thanks to a presumable bad memory, I enjoyed it more the second time. I love this book. Curtis/Eldredge beautifully articulate the Heart of the Struggle. I have not read a comparable illustration of the Journey of Heart that the God of the Universe is calling us into; echoed and mirrored all around us. #bravo #beautiful #identify
Edna Mercy
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really helped me to start seeing God as my lover, someone who cares about my deepest feelings and wants an intimate relationship with me more than anyone else in the world. This book brings up feelings in me that I am still trying to process, so I cannot, at this time, write a proper review.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just taught through this book for a University course on Old Testament, Narrative, and Law - it was a delight to see the lights go one (though hard for some) to our Fathers heart for us and our need for the same!
Kirk Weikart
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great resource for understanding your relationship with God. A cautionary tale about how current secular society drains our spirituality and confidence in the Almighty. Every Christian should periodically read a book like this so you don't forget the goal of your spiritual journey.
Lynne Ellen
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't for everyone, but if its where you're at, it speaks volumes. It was hard for me to wrap my mind around such "poetic" writing, which is a bit mushy, but it rang true for me and it always sets my head and heart on a better path.
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
The first of a series. John Elderidge's first step, unfortunately Brent Curtis's last. (he died shortly after in a rock climbing accident.)
Justin Camp
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book introduced me to a God I never knew and a kind of relationship with Him I never knew was possible, but absolutely needed. Must read!
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John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Ore ...more

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