Love, relationships, dating, marriage. Why do we do these things?
Because we love Love. We all seek to be loved; to be understood. To be desired, chased. We need love and closeness. We need avenues for us to be vulnerable. To be romantic.
Some people seek love for support. For help in everyday life. To have an extra set of physical or emotional hands to get us through the days. Tit for tat.
Some people seek lust. We all desire beauty. It’s human nature to look at pretty things. For most people, love is defined by lust. Especially for men. Oxytocin is a hormone released in our bodies after experiencing moments of bonding; kissing, hugging, cuddling, etc. that produces the feeling of being “in love”. This is one reason why lust and love can be so confusing.
Isn’t this adorable? Love and words and books. What else is there?! <3
For Christmas this year, my aunt and uncle gave me a copy of Gary Thomas’s The Sacred Search. I read it in all of three days. Three busy days, mind you.
It’s about love and commitment, desire and satisfaction. It explains most all of the different reasons why people marry; and discusses what happens as a result.
Is it because you’re “in love”? What does that really mean?
Is it because you’ve “invested a lot of time” and feel it’s too late?
Is it because you “don’t want to hurt” your significant other (SO)?
Is it because you’ve “already told everyone” and feel you can’t back up?
Are you “comfortable” and unwilling to change?
Do you believe marriage is hopeless and that all marriages fail, so why bother?
Gary Thomas explains infatuation in typical relationships and what usually ends up happening. He explains the reality of the physical bond created between people as a result of physical intimacy and how blinding it is. Thomas explains the importance of making sure you’re marrying the right person and why it’s OK to postpone the wedding if you feel you’re in too deep.
Gary lays down easy-to-read “how-to” steps in seeking marriage and a loving relationship. He advises the reader on what to look for in an individual, but also what to look for in one’s self.
In chapter 11, Thomas lists some key traits that every SO should have in order to be a sustainable partner for 50-60 years.
resolves conflict in a healthy way
knows how to communicate
is skilled in the art of friendship” (Thomas p. 143).
Thomas highlights the importance of not hastily jumping into marriage, but taking slow measures to cultivate a relationship that will flourish well beyond any human years on this planet. By setting ourselves up for an eternal relationship, with God at the center, we will find success.
If you are in a relationship and are thinking about getting married this book is for you.
If you are single and thinking about getting married this book is for you.
If you are in an unsatisfactory marriage and seeking tips on how to strengthen your relationship this book is for you.
If you are in a satisfactory marriage and seeking tips on how to strengthen your relationship this book is for you.
Not all marriages fail. In life, we reap what we sow, and haste makes waste. Check out Gary Thomas’s The Sacred Search to learn how to cultivate a lasting relationship, with time and careful consideration.
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