Consider your quest for “the one” in marriage, and ask yourself “why?” first, suggests bestselling author, Gary Thomas, in The Sacred Search, released the beginning of this year. What if you redirected your search for a “soul mate” – a partner in life – to focus your search on finding a “sole mate,” – a partner in your walk with the Lord, the author asks us to consider.

In this twist on considering the wisdom of conventional dating, Thomas asks, 

“What if there’s no such thing as ‘the one’—there’s something even better in God’s plan? What if being ‘in love’ isn’t a good enough reason to get married? What if God designed marriage to make us holy rather than happy?”

“The Sacred Search casts a vision for building a relationship around a shared spiritual mission-and making a marriage with eternity at its heart.”

Gary Thomas, bestselling author and international speaker, strives to bring people closer to Christ as well as to each other through his ministry by uniting the study of Scripture with church history and Christian classics. His goal is to foster deeper relationships and spiritual growth within the Christian community. 

In this latest book, Thomas strives to change how we look at romantic relationships. Regardless of your relationship status, whether single, dating or engaged, the author’s unique take on dating sets the stage for a marriage that, even before walking down the aisle, both satisfies and spiritually enriches a marriage. Thomas reminds us that a good marriage is something you make, not something you find.

The Sacred Search is endorsed by fellow authors and Christian leaders, who share their thoughts:

“The Sacred Search is a gut check for anyone considering, delaying, or even pursuing marriage. If marriage scares you, read this book and be encouraged; if you feel you are not ready for marriage, then please read and be prepared. Read this book and learn how to honor marriage.”
– Ted Cunningham, author of Young and in Love and Trophy Child

“Through his book, [the author] will help those who desire marriage to pursue it in a manner that deepens their faith, honors God, and blesses their future spouse.”
– Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

“Filled with questions to make you think and teaching that will bring ‘aha’ moments, this book is a must-read for everyone considering marriage, “says Linda Dillow, author of best-selling books, Calm My Anxious Heart and What’s It Like to be Married to Me? She highly recommends The Sacred Search, and adds that she wishes she’d had it during her single years.

In summary, suggests Thomas, in The Sacred Search, “If singles don’t know why to marry, they won’t know who to marry.”

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