I recently received this book as a gift from a very special person. Thank you very much and I wish God continues to bless you abundantly.
Here is stolen summary from the book:
Our God is not distant deity, but a passionate, loving Father. Because of his love he has often wooed us with a life filled with unparalleled beauty, intriguing relationship and wonderful adventure. But we often reject his advances in order to pursue our careers, find self-fulfilment and seek after any number of lovers who are far less wild. In The Sacred Romance John Eldredge and Brent Curtis challenge us to let go of these “less-wild lovers” so that we can begin the journey back to the passionate lover of our souls. Don’t miss this opportunity to return to the intimacy, beauty and adventure of life with God.
My thoughts :
I really enjoy reading John Eldredge, so I was expectant when I read this book. As with all of his other books, this is focused on the heart, the assault on it by Satan and the wooing of it by Jesus. Most theological books demand that you have a dictionary to hand, much time and focus, but this is different, and I think that is because this book, along with the other Ransomed Heart writings, are focused on our relationship with the Godhead rather than purely intellectual arguments, so it is therefore easy to digest very profound and moving truths without being overwhelmed by complex language.
God is always romancing us through the simple daily things; a sunrise, the smell of coffee, the perfect conditions for jogging, sending us encouragers at the right time, all manner of things, but Satan is trying to derail those efforts with lies like, you are worthless, you will never fit in, you have not got what it takes, you are an inconvenience, basically anything that makes you doubt Gods goodness to you, the same lie he used in Eden.
Some of the painful arrows that hit our hearts are driven even deeper by ourselves when we agree with Satan. Like any foreign object in our bodies, they need removing in order for a complete and full healing to take place. It will hurt, but it will be worth it.
I purposefully read it slowly so I could take it all in and start to look back through my life and answer questions of where I was attacked and where I was being romanced by God, which lead to prayer for healing, deliverance, repentance, the breaking of agreements and then bouts of Spirit-led worship.
I would definitely read it again and can very highly recommend it, it will deepen your relationship with Christ no end.
Some of the quotes I underlined on the book:
– “The point is the love story. We live in a love story in the midst of war.”
– “The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her heart.”
– “One of the most poisonous of all Satan’s whispers is simply, “Things will never change.” That lie kills expectation, trapping our heart forever in the present. To keep desire alive and flourishing, we must renew our vision for what lies ahead. Things will not always be like this. Jesus has promised to “make all things new.” Eye has not seen, ear has not heard all that God has in store for his lovers, which does not mean “we have no clue so don’t even try to imagine,” but rather, you cannot outdream God. Desire is kept alive by imagination, the antidote to resignation. We will need imagination, which is to say, we will need hope. ”
– “Faith looks back and draws courage; hope looks ahead and keeps desire alive.”
– “We would like to picture goodness as being synonymous with safety.”
– “Some years into our spiritual journey, after the waves of anticipation that mark the beginning of any pilgrimage have begun to ebb into life’s middle years of service and busyness, a voice speaks to us in the midst of all we are doing.” | “It whispered the promise of the summer that was soon coming, which would never pass into fall.”