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Lovedecisions: A Dad Talks With His Daughter About Lasting Relationships Hardcover – June 5, 2003

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DONALD R. HARVEY has a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy and currently maintains a private practice in Nashville, Tennessee. A practicing therapist for over 25 years, he has written eight books on the topic of marriage. Don lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Jan, also a therapist.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084991793X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849917936
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik Olson VINE VOICE on February 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Even though I consider singleness and celibacy to be my default state, I am open to the idea of marriage. However, I'm afraid of repeating the matrimonial mistakes some of my close friends have made. So I am cautious when it comes to dating. In addition to prayer and consul from wise folks, I look for good books to help guide me through the minefield of romance. "Lovedecisions" fits nicely into the latter category.

Donald Harvey, a counselor with a Ph. D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, writes as if he's giving relational advice to Paige, his singleton college-age daughter. The chapters begin with an email from the author to Paige that touches on a dating-related issue she's dealing with. Dr. Harvey then expands on each email's subject for our benefit. There are also multiple-choice quizzes scattered throughout the book to help the reader discern the strengths and weaknesses of their own current relationship.

Dr. Harvey's advice is straightforward and based on Scriptural common sense. For example, I was intrigued by his discussion of "consummate love" (adapted from Dr. Robert Sternberg of Yale University). Ideally, this is the kind of love a couple should have for each other before marrying. It consists of three parts: passion, intimacy, and commitment. If any of these components are missing, then the relationship may be less than marriageable (a bit simplistic, but good food for thought). Other dating topics he addresses include control issues, breaking up, and conflict resolution. If there's a running theme, it's cultivating the ability to make wise dating decisions (i.e. "lovedecisions") to ensure a good marriage - or avoid a bad one.

Overall, this is a helpful book on Christian dating relationships.
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