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Lovedecisions: A Dad Talks With His Daughter About Lasting Relationships Hardcover – June 5, 2003
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›