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The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose Paperback – August 1, 2015
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Gary Thomas, author of "Sacred Marriage" and "The Sacred Search"--Gary Thomas"
Lisa is saying what few others married or single in the church are willing to say. I appreciate the wit, wisdom, and candor that she brings to Focus on the Family s Boundless ministry on a daily basis. "The Dating Manifesto" is essential reading for single men and women, as well as for anyone who cares about them.
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family--Jim Daly"
Lisa Anderson is one of those delightfully blunt people who makes you laugh and think. She s funny and smart. But better than that: She has wisdom to offer. And especially when it comes to relationship issues that s in short supply. It s worth buying this book for chapter 11 alone. People need to hear this.
Brant Hansen, radio host, author of "Unoffendable," and storyteller for CURE International--Brant Hansen"
Reading "The Dating Manifesto" is like sitting down for a cup of coffee with an older, wiser, funnier friend! Lisa challenges singles to stop making excuses and start taking responsibility for their lives and relationships. If you re single, this is a book that will both challenge you and encourage you.
Debra Fileta, MA, LPC, author of "True Love Dates," TrueLoveDates.com--Debra Fileta"
Brant Hansen, radio host, author of Unoffendable, and storyteller for CURE International
Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and The Sacred Search
Debra Fileta, MA, LPC, author of True Love Dates, TrueLoveDates.com
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143470887X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1434708878
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : David C Cook (August 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #233,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book flat-out speaks the truth, shares the all-too-important stakes of dating for the wrong reasons (outside of God's will) , addresses the perils of dating without direction and, in accordance with God's Word, trumpets the call for all couples to date with purpose, including the very real yet never discussed importance of preparing oneself to be in a place where they are able to date before dating even begins.
Sadly (for my babies; yes, they're growing up too quick but they'll always be my babies), I am a divorced, forty-something, single father who married too young and without active faith in the Lord. Even so, I closed the back cover having realized I read and learned from this book from three separate points-of-view: first, in hindsight, with many regrets and many head nods and highlights in agreement with the excellent advice offered (I really could have benefited from this wisdom 20 years ago!); second, in looking forward, though I know I'm not the target audience, a twenty or thirty-something, the advice still rings true and I gleaned much wisdom toward what I pray will be a future dating life with purpose, this time trusting God and understanding completely why I'm dating because I do desire and pray for future marriage in God's timing and if He wills it; third, and most importantly, as a father of two preteen girls on the brink of noticing boys (in this particular case, as an aside to the author, Lisa, I cannot thank you enough for clarifying much for this father!).
The title is perfect! A manifesto is exactly what is needed as our youth and young adults need special attention in church and from church members and leaders, they need guidance, instruction, godly counsel and encouragement as they head out in to the "real world," which is quite cruel. The Afterword is wonderful and, in all I have read on this topic, quite unique. Titled, "A Note to the Church, Parents, Oldsters, and Married Peeps in General," it is a call to arms, a challenge to we, the "experienced" (flawed, most definitely, every one of us, but learned nonetheless) to step up and walk alongside our younger brothers and sisters in Christ, actively helping them to understand the complexities of "real" relationships, helping them with accountability, giving them the wisdom garnered from years of experience and from time spent in the Word and in personal spiritual growth, lessons good and bad that have been learned and can be shared in a desire to lead young men and women to a biblical, godly relationship and, ultimately, in to a God centered marriage that will glorify the Lord and bring joy and peace to the lives of the man and woman, because that is what God wants for us in marriage, who become one and begin their lifelong journey.
I cannot more highly recommend a book on this topic and, as I shared, I got it wrong, I have read many a book on this topic.
Get it, read it, make it happen! The cost is too great if we do not understand these important truths, namely that without the Lord in every part of our life, there is no anchor, no cornerstone, no intercessor to protect marriage.
The final chapter takes on the rest of us – the marrieds, the oldsters – the general church community. What are YOU doing to be involved in a single’s life?
I read it. I bought a copy for my daughter to read. I wish it had been around when I was younger and unmarried. I could have used this advice.
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I will recommend this book to every single person who desires a spouse from God.
I will read this a second time and will begin to put into practice the lessons I have learned.