Item description for I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love by Ravi Zacharias...
Overview A Bible scholar and renowned speaker draws five points critical to the long-lasting success of every marriage from the biblical story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah.
In the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis a beautiful young woman offers assistance to a weary traveler and his camels, and out of that simple action, a marriage results-a marriage that offers profound lessons to couples today. Bible scholar and renowned speaker Ravi Zacharias draws five points critical to the long-lasting success of every marriage from the biblical story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah.
"Real love folds together both the emotions and the will," writes Zacharias. "Without the emotions, marriage is a drudgery; without the will, it is a mockery." Building upon that foundational truth, Zacharias goes on to explain the principles of seeking the counsel of others when finding a mate, cherishing your partner, remaining pure, becoming a man or woman of prayer, and, finally, risking everything in a relationship in order to experience God's ideal for love.
Couples everywhere, from those about to be married, to those who have been married for decades, will draw strength and wisdom for the journey of marriage as they learn from Ravi what it means to move from romance to lasting love.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 5, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849908221 ISBN13 9780849908224 UPC 023755025746
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More About Ravi Zacharias
Born in India, Ravi Zacharias earned a master of divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School before he began an international speaking ministry as a recognized authority on comparative religions, cults, and philosophy. Zacharias holds three doctoral degrees and is the author of numerous award-winning books, including Can Man Live without God? He also hosts a weekly international radio program called Let My People Think. Zacharias lives with his wife, Margaret, in Atlanta. They have three grown children.
Reviews - What do customers think about I Isaac Take Thee Rebekah?
Milk Apr 7, 2006
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. --Hebrews 5:11-14
I picked this book up because I've heard the author speak and have much respect for him; he is smart and well-spoken. But I was sorely disappointed by this book. Its advice is shallow and tired; I've heard it all before a hundred times. It's not bad advice, it's just... milk. The same old basic things any pastor includes in a sermon on marriage: listen to your parents, love is a choice, die to yourself, etc. Blah blah blah.
Worse yet, his use of scripture is shallow and questionable. He's one of those authors that offers an interpretation of scripture that might be true as if it is inarguably true. I need the arguments. I want to be convinced.
I suppose there's nothing wrong with milk. Certainly there are people who need it before they can get to solid food. But I expected more from Mr. Zacharias.
(Disclaimer: I only made it through 100 pages of this book - which is more than halfway - before I decided there would be better ways to spend my time.)
Rich insights, but must be gleaned with patience Dec 30, 2005
One thing is clear from reading Ravi Zacharias's book, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: marriage is hard work. Using the biblical story of Isaac and Rebekah, Zacharias attempts to reveal God's will for marriage.
Zacharias's background as a professional speaker is obvious from reading his book. He ties in stories and examples effortlessly with a conversational tone, letting the reader know that it's safe to go on. His views on marriage are at the same time agreeable and challenging to anyone reared on biblical values. It's all been said before in other marriage books, but perhaps not in such a sober way. Zacharias's passion is to show people that marriage is a serious business. He doesn't pull any punches in this regard; everyone takes responsibility, from pastors to parents to society. In particular, Zacharias does not go easy on men, saying: "There is little doubt that men have led the way in the dereliction of duty to the family" (p. 145).
But his confidence as a speaker works against him to a large degree. He makes the assumption that people will want to listen to him. He takes his time how life ought to be--rather than presenting them as they are. Therefore, people who are looking for answers to their problems in a clear, straightforward way may decide to look elsewhere.
This is not a self-help book. Instead it reads more like a 156-page sermon and, like a sermon, tends to go off topic quite easily. The chapter titles are clever and informative, but the material in between doesn't always fit; it's not at all unusual to finish a chapter and wonder what it was about. The problem is that Isaac and Rebekah's story was intended to be a framework for how the book is structured. Unfortunately, it is used as a springboard instead, launching off into lengthy discussions only loosely tied into the subject of marriage.
While there is no doubt that parenting, church life, and personal devotions all relate to marriage, Zacharias could have done a better job of tightly joining them into the main idea. As it is, they fit more like oversized pants, requiring the reader to do the work of holding up the point: marriage God's way.
Another part of the problem is that Zacharias doesn't seem to know to what audience he's writing. Is it to those who are single and thinking of marriage? Or is it to those who are already married? Or is it to parents or pastors? A specific focus would have been beneficial. The fact is, the story of Isaac and Rebekah would make a much better Prayer of Jabez-size book: repackage it as many times as you want for different audiences.
I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah has some rich insights, but they must be gleaned with patience and a meditative approach in order to benefit from them. -- Charlie Gormely, Christian Book Previews.com
not an average marriage/dating book Jun 6, 2005
I bought and read this book last summer, going through some difficult mental and emotional battles involving not dating anyone or being married yet. This book was brilliantly and beautifully crafted and gave me hope and practical principles I could use now to prepare for marriage later.
I picked it up again this summer, not intending to read it again, but somehow finding myself engrossed once again. I think I could read this book once every few months to remember--whether I'm single, dating, or married. I so appreciate Zacharias' delicate yet bold handling of modern issues including homosexuality and divorce. These aren't themes, but they are issues approached in an inoffensive manner.
I have read many other books on dating and marriage and this one by far is the best thus far. I know there is a bookcase of books on this subject out there and can't say this is the best out of all of them, but that is only because I haven't read all of them. I'm sure this one would come out near the top no matter what.
Good read Nov 23, 2004
I think Zacharias did a great job with this book in highlighting important, practical steps in finding a spouse. I appreciated the stress he placed on the parents' role in the process and the importance of their involvement through it all. However, i wished he more fully disclosed his parents' thoughts and ideas through the course of his wedding after only sharing their initial objection with his marriage. Parental blessing is in an important aspect to him and i was curious as to the turn of events that produced their blessing (if at all). Nonetheless, this is an insightful book and is a good reference in counsel for marriage and marriage-preparation.
Wisdom to help Oct 16, 2004
I picked up Ravi's book after reading an article where he told the story of his brother getting married through the process of arranged marriage. Ravi approached his brother prior to the marriage and basically asked him, "Brother, what if this girl is ugly?" His brother scolded Ravi and said, "Mark this down. If you will to love someone, you can." That intrigued me because today, we're of the mindset that you can only love someone physically beautiful. While I believe it's good our own dating system affords us the chance to have a beautiful mate, I wanted to know more about Ravi's take on willing to love.
This book is fantastic! Ravi lifts marriage out of our own cultural context and puts it in the place God intended it. While it is true that dating/marriage will have aspects of the culture buried within it, Ravi asks us to accept those only to a point. He points us to the story of Isaac and Rebekah - two "kids" who: 1) aceepted the need for a mate and allowed the parents to be involved, 2) willed to love each other, 3) sacrificed their lives for each other, 4) committed to sexual purity prior to marriage (his discussion in this chapter focuses on the believer's body being the temple of God and is very illuminating), 5) left the home of mom and dad, 6) had the great need for daily, genuine personal prayer and bible study, and 7) remained committed to each other even in the hard times.
As I mentioned before, this book will lift your thought of marriage on to a totally new plane. You'll find yourself questioning what you actually believe marriage is. You'll be left with much thinking to do, but will come to appreciate that marriage is a huge commitment in rejecting your own desires, accepting God's desires, and fulfilling your wife's desires (as she, in turn, fulfills yours). It's a beautiful book, in my opinion. Highly recommended. -andy