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I want to get this book for every dating couple I know I enjoyed the book quite a bit. I hate dating books. Mostly because it's an uncomfortable subject as a result of some of the controlling theology I encountered as a child surrounding relationships. I think Bolz brings a very healthy Christian perspective to the topic of dating. I think it's good practical advice that goes beyond rules and explores the importance of emotional health and fullness in our lives and relationships, not just dating relationships.
I do think that's is geared a little bit for a very specific audience coming out of some of the chaos of Christianity, particularly in charismatic circles. I'm not sure I would hand this book to just anyone, but overall I liked it. One person found this helpful. Purchased this to get my head around right thinking about our second daughter dating.
This was a HUGE help for me not only with her but parenting in general!!! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is the funniest and most helpful of any relationship book I have read. He really breaks down relationships as a skill to learn almost.
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The importance of just being friends and expectations. Really good goals to set on becoming more attractive in relationships.Christian Dating Red Flags: 6 Signs a Christian Relationship Will Not Last
He also makes fun of a lot of the stupid religious garbage that people get told about following God into relationships. And tells some of his true and wild stories of the stalkers he has encountered. This dating guide is funny, engaging, playful, accessible, and deep--all at once. That's a pretty impressive combination from author Shawn Bolz!
It's a book that every Christian single should read. In fact, married folks should read it too, because they too often give pretty weird advice to singles!
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In particular, this book does a great job of explaining the practicalities of God wanting to be intimately involved in your dating life without doing the weird religious games we attribute to God regarding finding "THE ONE. Instead, read this great resource. You'll chuckle your way through it and into healthier, more fulfilling relationships.
I took my own advice--I read this as a year old single guy, put a bunch of new things I learned into practice, and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a woman who is as beautiful and sexy as she is godly and intentional about her life! Hilarious and cuts to the point. You can be single or married and read this book. Why there are some awesome books on dating and relationships in the Christian world, there are also some ridiculous ones that have especially caught the conservative crowd up in a storm of dating bureaucracy that kills true passion.
I do want to point out that I am not singling out any books or making fun of others. In other words I am not picking on any one book well maybe one but it will be so obvious that you will either hate me or love me for it.
So here is the question: How do you set good boundaries for yourself, using the wisdom of others but not being limited by their experience? If every relationship is different, how do you follow your heart in a way that is still protected and yet not legalistic?
To do everything by the book not the Bible that someone else wrote or spoke to you to tell you how you should think. Legalism violates relationship because the rules become more important then love. So here I am writing on a subject that I am sure has better authors in, but you know what? If you choose to read on you will surely find something that you relate to.
I do want to say that I am writing this series for adults not for youth. I believe that youth need their parents to help set these boundaries and a right compass from within in a way that is different then adults. I am not limiting youth, but qualifying the audience that this is first intended for. I consider it a great privilege to speak into the relational process, because God loves relationships.
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They are the most beautiful and painful things in our lives. At the same time, I do want to qualify that I do not do singles conferences, give dating advice to people I am not in relationship to, do premarital or marital counseling, and I will not do dating seminars. This book is one of my only efforts in speaking into this subject outside of my own church as a pastor. This series is for all of those single people who are on the road to a balanced relationship and are sick of the extremes in both the world and the church.
It also may help parents and even those already in a relationship. This is your time!