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The Sacred Romance Drawing Closer To The Heart Of God [Hardcover]

By Brent Curtis (Author) & John Eldredge (Author)
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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2001
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785267239  
EAN  9780785267232  

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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 words and images, the authors entice the reader to his or her own journey of the heart, promising, "It is possible to recover the lost life of our heart and with it the intimacy, beauty, and adventure of life with God."

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Rambling and Incoherent   Jul 19, 2005
The Sacred Romance is rambling and incoherent. The author's nearly irrelevant personal reflections litter the chapters and do nothing but complicate extremely simple concepts. If you read this book, you will spend 25% of your time reading and 75% struggling to make sense of what you read.
Riveting, Revealing, Romantic  Jul 10, 2005
"Every woman is in some way searching for or running from her beauty and every man is looking for or avoiding his strength. Why? In some deep place within, we remember what we were made to be....we carry with us the memory of image-bearers walking in the Garden. We long for intimacy because we were made in the image of perfect intimacy. So why do we flee our essence? As hard as it may be for us to see our failures, it is far harder still for us to remember our glory. The pain of the memory of our former glory is so excruciating, we would rather stay in the pigsty than return to our true home." (page 95)

I read this book several years ago, when I was at a place in my spiritual walk where I was questioning my relationship with God. I am not easily impressed with modern literature, but this book made me dissolve into tears, laugh with utter abandon and rededicate myself to knowing God on the deepest level possible. It isn't an epic. It isn't lengthy. Yet the profound truths and spiritual depths contained therein makes this book an immediate classic.

This book reveals the true ageless tale that begins, "Once upon a time...and ends, "And they lived happily ever after." But, thankfully, it isn't a fairy tale. It is a true story of God in relationship and His heroic intimacy...intimacy beyond our wildest imagination. Like the shimmer of sunlight on a lake, these are reflections of the love that flows from God to us...His beloved. It is a story of an eternal romance that will carry your heart away...and make you ache for the kind of love for which you have dreamed....for which you were created.
Just Awful and Devoid of Any Sound Theological Premise  Jun 2, 2005
I am in complete agreement with reviewer "zmusicman" in absolutely panning this book. I found The Sacred Romance to be so poorly written that at many times I could absolutely not understand what the point was at which the authors were clumsily trying to arrive. Okay, one thing was clear: God is courting us and trying to get us to enter into a "romantic" relationship with Him, which promises to enter us into the whirlwind adventure of our lifetime. Hmmm, I have to wonder if the authors were somehow referring to the theological concept of Divine Eros, which has been expounded upon by the Church Fathers and in Orthodox Christian (and perhaps Roman Catholic?) theology. However, their arguments and illustrations show that even if they have heard of Divine Eros their understanding of it is faulty and extremely shallow, resulting in a self-centered, thirsty for self-esteem sort of "I'm OK, You're OK" relationship with the almighty God. This is not surprising in light of the fact that this book was written by "evangelical" counselors (not respected theologians) more bent on emotions and warm fuzzies than on the Truth in relation to God's relationship with man, man's fallen nature and sinfulness, the Eros of the Holy Trinity, Christ's Incarnation, etc.

The next big problem that I found lay not in the idea of "romantic" adventures in the Christian life (for if you read the lives of the saints you will find this, as this concept is not new, much to its credit.), but in the so-called messages of the heart and messages of the arrows. Basically these are the things that either help or hinder our relationship with God. However, according to Curtis and Eldredge, all of the wonderfully happy and pleasant things occurring in our lives are helpful and all of the not so pleasant, mean, and traumatic things that others have inflicted upon us are arrows from Satan to keep us away from God. This is, of course, ludicrous and completely unscriptural as the Bible teaches that all things are under God's providence and, although the Devil can harm us, not every unpleasant and uncomfortable occurrence is necessarily from the Evil One or even to his temporary victory. Many "arrows" are allowed to occur and are even blessed by God for our spiritual growth and health (obviously the cultivation of humility is not a big priority for these guys as it might make someone uncomfortable). The result: humans remain a bunch of "whiny spiritual babies" who can't take the pain required to gain the Kingdom! This is obviously dangerous to our souls and I fear that all of the earnest but misinformed readers and workbook filler-outers who buy into this pseudo-psychology (as tempting as it may sound) are placing themselves in spiritual danger.

Finally, I must return to my original critique in once again stating that this book is terribly written. The authors rarely finish a coherent thought. Entire chapters are presented without a lucid conclusion. The quotes from scripture are taken out of context (such as the rambling on Job) and, worst of all, they use literature and film in an attempt to prove their theological assertions as being true. I am not saying that fiction and the arts cannot contain glimpses of the truth, illustrate a point, or even be biblically based- of course they can. However, they are not the Canon of Scripture or Church Tradition. The last time I checked my Bible there was not a Gospel according to Forest Gump or an Epistle to the Last of the Mohicans (of which the authors referred only to the movie, not the novel). Thus although these films most definitely contain Christian themes they cannot possibly prove theological precepts as being true or false! On a different note, after reading about 145 pages of nonsense and boo-hoo heartstring tugs disguised as personal accounts on the spiritual life, the authors finally caught my attention with a rudimentary introduction to spiritual warfare. "Alas", I thought to myself, "They are starting to speak my language!" My excitement soon waned when two or three short pages later they made an offhanded and clumsy reference to the concept of spiritual "detachment" without even citing it as the drowning of the passions or crediting it to St. John Climacus' Ladder of Divine Ascent and the monastic tradition of the Orthodox Christian Church. Why would they, after all? Why not just make the public think that you've reinvented the wheel by making the spiritual life easy, carefree, and painless? Self-denial, discipline, and obedience just don't sell books. So Curtis and Eldredge apparently decided to merely borrow the term, clean it up, polish it and paint it, and present it to the unsuspecting masses in a spiritual "get rich quick/miraculous diet pill" sort of way: It might work, but it will most likely destroy you. Come on Christians, its time to go back to your roots and seek the Truth of Christ. He may ask you to change your ways, it may sometimes be unpleasant, but the pay off is eternal.
Life Is a Wedding and a War  May 2, 2005
When Curtis and Eldredge penned "A Sacred Romance", they started an avalanche of Christian writing on the Bible as a passionate romance novel and a grand adventure narrative. Theirs is still the classic on these themes.

"A Sacred Romance" puts into words, pictures, stories, images, and illustrations (both ancient and current) concepts about God that many Christians always sensed were true, but rarely felt permission to believe. But more than adding new intellectual insight, Curtis and Eldredge provide a pathway toward a journey of spiritual intimacy. The subtitle says it well, "Drawing Closer to the Heart of God." At they explain, when you know His good heart, then everything within you longs to cling to Him.

I would summarize the premise of "The Sacred Romance" with the phrase, "Life is a wedding and a war." Life is headed toward the marriage supper of the Lamb, which is immediately followed by the final victory of the Lion over the Serpent (see Revelation 19). Curtis and Eldredge describe how all of history contains this twin theme.

Their message is not nearly so novel as some reviewers imagine. A thorough reading of Church history demonstrates that the life of the mind and of the heart has been integrated throughout Christianity. It is modern, Western Christianity that sidetracked the dual emphasis of head and heart. Yes, they could have developed their emphasis with more theological precision. However, the texts they do use, they develop appropriately. Further, their style is to offer a narrative, not an analytical, retelling of the eternal sacred romance.

Whether you're a new Christian or a seminary professor, "A Sacred Romance" can open windows to your soul. These windows will not only refresh your relationship with God, but also with others.

Reviewer: Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is the author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," and the forthcoming "Sacred Companions: A History of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
a love affair with God  Dec 29, 2004
I am going into the ministry and come from a background of legalistic Christianity. While I moved into the 'nondenominational' sect - bordering on First Church of God - I still handled the Gospel as a gospel of sin management, as a list of do's and don't's, even though I told people it wasn't. I felt many unexplainable insecurities with this mindset until I was recommended this book by a friend. It brought all the insecurities to the light and my love with God has been revolutionary in my life.

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