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"...sound biblical foundation, charming illustrations and humor pose the volume to be one that should be a part of every Christian's library." ~ Patricia A. Ennis (Professor & Director of Homemaking Programs, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas)

"These girls tell it like it is. They'll challenge you to align the why, how, who, what and when of your love life with the truth of God's Word. And nowadays ... that's a truly radical thing to do!" ~ Mary A. Kassian (Author and Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

"In Radical Dating, they grapple honestly, earnestly and winsomely with how young women can honor the Lord in their interactions with guys, and how bringing Him into those relationships-even into the disappointment of unfulfilled longings-can help cultivate Christ-like character." ~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Author, Revive Our Hearts & radio host, Niles, Michigan)

"Relationships matter to God so the way we treat each other should matter to us as well. Here is a book that takes a serious look at what it means to march to the rhythm of a different drumbeat. It will make you think and, if you're in a relationship, we hope it will make you talk." ~ Ian and Ruth Coffey (Moorlands College, Dorset, England)

"The authors have masterfully intertwined the truth of scripture with the practical outworking of every day dating life. They answer the difficult questions single women are asking today with answers that speak to the heart and soul. Radical Dating will not only transform your dating life, but may very well make a radical difference in all areas of your life." ~ Terri Stovall (Dean of Women’s Programs, Associate Professor of Women’s Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas )

""The three authors of Radical Dating share some common denomination - deep commitment to Christ, theological training and comfort in their friendship and joy in their fellowship. But for this project, they find strength in their common passion-preparing the next generation of women for lives set apart unto the Lord Jesus! That is a radical goal and requires radical thinking! Dating can be frivolous and futile or Christ-honoring and life-changing-all to be determined by how you go about it. This volume is a must read for young women and their parents!" ~ Dorothy K. Patterson (Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Forth Worth, Texas)

"Most books on dating are so superficial as to be of no use to the thoughtful Christian. Here at last is a book that is contemporary, fun to read, and profoundly biblical. Again and again, the authors take us back to Scripture to provide a new way of thinking about dating. This book will be a lifeline to single Christians who want to date the right way, which is to say God's way." ~ Ray Pritchard (President, Keep Believing Ministries and Author, Tupelo. Missipppi)

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“Dating can be frivolous and futile or Christ-honoring and life-changing—all to be determined by how you go about it.”
Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
“Relationships matter to God so the way we treat each other should matter to us as well. Here is a book that takes a serious look at what it means to march to the rhythm of a different drumbeat. It will make you think and, if you're in a relationship, we hope it will make you talk.”
Ian and Ruth Coffey, Moorlands College
“ These girls tell it like it is. They’ll challenge you to align the why, how, who, what and when of your love life with the truth of God’s Word. And nowadays ... that’s a truly radical thing to do!”
Mary A. Kassian, Author, Girls Gone Wise. Alberta, Canada
“sound biblical foundation, charming illustrations and humor pose the volume to be one that should be a part of every Christian’s library.” Patricia Ennis, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas ‘In Radical Dating, they grapple honestly, earnestly and winsomely with how young women can honor the Lord in their interactions with guys, and how bringing Him into those relationships—even into the disappointment of unfulfilled longings—can help cultivate Christ-like character. Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Author, Revive Our Hearts radio host, Niles, Michigan " contemporary, fun to read, and profoundly biblical. Again and again, the authors take us back to Scripture to provide a new way of thinking about dating." Ray Pritchard, President, Keep Believing Ministries and Author, Tupelo, Missippi.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781910588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781910580
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm partway through the book and am finding it to be very insightful with many relatable stories. I appreciate the comparisons between Christ's love for us and the way we are to love others, especially in relationships. This book has given me a lot to think about and I'm only halfway through!
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Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Your Love Life - the very name implies the presentation of a paradigm shift of sorts in the area of dating. This shift in thought is centered not on elaborating on ways to find your one true live in ten easy steps that seem to have been clipped from the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Conversely, the authors seek to focus women on the truth of Scripture in the areas of love, singleness, and the absolute necessity to allow God to write your love story.

Authors Diane Montgomery, Gabrielle Pickle, and Sarah Bubar have taken a series of blog posts on the topic of dating, specifically geared towards women and have transformed those posts into one of the best books on the subject I have read since Joshua Harris' I Kissed Dating Goodbye or Eric and Leslie Ludy's books, When Dreams Come True and When God Writes Your Love Story. Unlike most dating books that try to help the reader maneuver their way through the minefield of dating with the hope of coming through unscathed, Radical Dating takes a more holistic approach to the subject. The approach of this book consistently takes the reader to very foundational truths of Scripture in the area of relationships beginning with the importance of understanding what true love actually is.

The modern view of dating has largely been shaped by a culture that gravitates toward what appears to be love but what is in fact more of a relationship where both parties are focused solely on themselves, what they can get out of the relationship with absolutely no focus on God or righteous behavior. At the outset of the book, the authors rightly note the reason why true love is something rather foreign to the world today, the reason being that we have "kicked God out of society.
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This is must reading for those in mentoring relationships with young women, especially those in your family and church. It is full of practical advice and wisdom. It focuses on what God says about dating relationships, why He says it, and what the benefits of following his direction are. It will save those you love, and you, from much heartache.
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With a daughter in high school and a son fast approaching the teen years, the issue of dating and relationships is an area where my husband and I want to be sure we clearly communicate our convictions and expectations. We don't just want to give a list of do's and don'ts - we want our kids to have a firm foundation in the biblical principles that underlie it all, to understand the "why". We don't want legalism - we want right choices flowing from a right heart.

So, when I was asked to consider reviewing Radical Dating: When God takes over your love life, I gladly accepted. The book, aimed at young women, offers candid insights on dating and relationships based on a solid foundation of biblical truth about the ultimate source of true love, Jesus Christ. It's actually an adaptation of a series of blog posts by three best friends at the Unlocking Femininity blog.

The overarching theme is that relationships are about much more than our own personal fulfillment:

"What if there is more to my love life than a never-ending pursuit of romantic bliss? What if all this boy-girl stuff has a bigger purpose than just my fleeting happiness? What if God has a bigger plan for my dates, relationships, and singleness? What if all this romantic hoop-la was not just about a boy, or several boys, but about a Savior? What if singleness, relationships and even marriage were ways for me to proclaim Christ to the world?"

The book is divided into five fairly short sections, each containing several chapters, with the coauthors alternating writing chapters. Each chapter ends with several questions to spur further thought.
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This resource was born from the three author's popular blog- Unlocking Femininity, which they began as a way to use their years of intense biblical training to help girls apply God's word to everyday life. It provides girls with a resource on topics such as gender roles, relationships, and applying scripture to everyday life. Radical Dating is relevant. The back cover states- "It is fun but not flighty and contains relatable insight". This is a great description of this book. The illustrations throughout the book refer to biblical couples as well as famous fictional or real life couples from many generations of which each reader will recognize at least one- from Romeo and Juliet, to Edward and Bella from the Twilight movies.

It maintains a good balance between biblical and practical teaching. It was written with the single girl or woman in mind but would be a great benefit to parents of young girls, youth leaders, and pastors. In referencing Romans 12:1-2 as a basis for why dating matters, the authors state "What if God has a bigger plan for my dates, relationship, and singleness? What if all this romantic hoop-la was not just about a boy, but about a Savior? What if singleness, relationships, and even marriage were ways for me to proclaim Christ to the world? It matters who we date, because our lives are a witness to the world and a sacrifice of worship to God. It matters how we date, because our lives area a witness to the world and a sacrifice of worship to God. It matters why we date, because our lives are a witness to the world and a sacrifice of worship to God" Radical Dating continually points the reader to scripture with a strong focus on the reader's relationship with Jesus Christ and how that can and should strengthen her commitment to handle dating and relationships in a way that points the world to Jesus.
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