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Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and president of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over twenty-five years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is author of twelve books, including Overcoming Emotions that Destroy; God: As He Longs for You to See Him; The Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, live in San Jose, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Paperback Ed edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801065429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801065422
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Williams on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this book at the request of a woman who has profoundly impacted my life on all levels. This book focuses on society's very real issues in relationships. These issues have always existed, however today we see a steady increase in divorce, STD, abortion, etc. Why?

"The Hollywood Formula"
This belief instills into current society "fast love" concepts, love as a 100% pain-free experience, and the love/sex identity crisis. It centers on looking to another person to complete yourself. "You complete me."

The God formula emphasizes that you become your true self in Love, and by consequence you will draw true Love to yourself.

Chip explores what profound love is, and what it is not. Paralleling the holy trinity, he explains the 3 loves as the Greeks knew them:
agape - Love that is selfless, without condition, without judgment. (Spirit)
phileo - Love that begets beautiful friendship (Mind)
eros - Love that is erotic, passionate, and physical. (Body)

Profound, True, Love, is rooted in all three of the these.

Today, eros obviously reigns supreme. However, living only on eros is robbing you of the fullness that you could otherwise experience. Human being is mind, body and spirit. You cannot satiate the needs of mind and soul with what satiates the flesh.

Chip includes 12 salient points to consider in evaluating your relationship (which I recommend everyone consider before marriage if you truly seek a love that lasts). He provides 5 non-biblical arguments to avoid sex outside of marriage - again, to consider if you wish to find a love that lasts.

I do not agree with everything Chip presents here, most of which because I think mankind has misinterpreted much of what God communicates in the Bible.
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Before reading this book I had a dear friend share with me on how much of a blessing it was to him. He was so excited about it that I had to order it the next day. When I opened the pages I had no idea of what to expect but I knew as I started reading it it was truly something different.
It opened my eyes to all that has gone wrong and why in my past relationships. I was hooked after reading hollywood's solution because it showed me what I had done wrong.
The more I read the more I wanted to read. When the truth is being ministered to you, you hunger for more. After reading this I wanted to purchase the book for everyone that I knew. It truly lifts the blinders off your eyes. Thank you Chris and Teresa for your devotion to those pages. They have made such an impact on my life and my views on relationships!
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By Reader on April 20, 2005
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This book is terrific. It explains how our society gets into trouble by confusing sex and love. It explores the negative impact of sex outside of marriage. And it tells you how to maintain sexual purity and real love in a marriage. If you believe it and live it, it works.
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This book has changed my life and the lives of many around me. I didn't realize how caught up in the Hollywood ideal of "the american dream" I was. Chip details God's plan for all in regard to sexuality and leading a God-centered life. The way I date has now changed and I have begun the cause for the new Sexual Revolution. I did not realize how much my past dictated my future and those around me. A must read for all people! It will change our society as we know it. Abstinence is a must! Buy many copies and pass them on!
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Every person, married or single should read and LIVE what Chip teaches in this book. I knew something was wrong with my dating life. Chip explained what and why. You must read this book and be open to allowing Christ to do His work in you. If you're serious, you'll be blessed. Buy it and Live it!
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This book is probably the second most important book for everyone who is considering getting into a relationship , or is in one , next to the Bible itself . If the reader takes this prescription to heart and applys it to his or her own life , they will be on thier way to a very , very blessed life !!! Thank you Chip Ingram for such a wonderful blessing to the world !!!
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There are many books on this topic and I've found them all to be pretty much the same. The Christian perspective is key here, though. I think Chip did a fine job explaining how "to do" relationships backed by Biblical support. He spoke on this topic on his radio program also. Almost verbatim with the book.
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This is a very good book for any single person. While I had noticed that the popular dating formula didn't work. I hadn't found a good alternative until reading this book. I suggest getting this for any teen before they start dating and it would be good for parents of young kids to read and encourage their children to form non romantic friendships with the opposite sex.

I did not like that he plugged another of his own books in this book. Otherwise its a great book!
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