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Radical Dating: When God takes over your love life Paperback – November 20, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book for anyone truly wanting to live a life that honors God in every area.Published 13 months ago by annette lindsey
Being the father of a teen-age daughter, I knew that sometime in the near future I would have to face one of the moments in life that a father fears the most - when his daughter... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Verrall
Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Your Love Life is totally different than any book I have ever read on the subject of dating. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Angela C.
I think this a book all Christian young women should read before they start dating. There is so much information in these few pages. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Elizabeth's Book Reviews
There are many different kinds of dating books being published today. Radical Dating, by Diane Montgomery, Gabrielle Pickle, and Sarah Bubar, is a book that is well written, easy... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by WriterR
Radical Dating is a collection of essays about God's plan for our love lives. In following Him, we are to hand over every aspect of our lives to him, including men, relationships... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Dana
Radical Dating By Diane Montgomery, Gabrielle Pickle and Sarah Bubar
This new book by three friends, Diane Montgomery, Gabrielle Pickle and Bubar entitled Radical Dating... Read more
Radical Dating, a book written by Diane Montgomery, Gabrielle Pickle, and Sarah Bubar, that discusses the subject of dating based on scripture. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by C. Ragsdale
Why would anyone read another book on dating? Simply put, relationships matter. One does not have to be a single in order to learn more about dating. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Dr Conrade Yap