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The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating: A DVD Study
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Andy Stanley's North Point Ministries was named the Largest Church in America, this past year, and now he delivers as extraordinary fresh new look at sex, dating, and marriage— “Old Fashioned is the New Fashion”, with his insightful book, THE NEW RULES FOR LOVE, SEX, AND DATING.
The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating is a discussion guide developed for use with the four-session video, which complements and expands the material in the book. While the material in the discussion guide is intended for use with the video, some of the discussion questions will also reflect content used in the book.
1 The Right Person Myth
2 Gentleman's Club
3 Designer Sex
4 If I Were You
This book is also meant for married couples as well as singles and even for those, like myself not dating but may have grown single children or grandchildren, or for use in the leadership of young adults. As we all are aware, sex is leveraged to sell just about everything. Actually the promise of no strings-attached sex with a way above-average-looking person is used to sell just about everything. Sexual scandals among politicians, athletes, and celebrities. Infidelity is woven into the plot of just about every form of entertainment that involves a plot.
As you process the issues and questions surrounding your sexuality and expressions of your sexuality, don’t forget the broader context – sex isn’t just physical. It’s one component of a multifaceted biological, physiological, and psychological miracle that is you. So cherish it, protect it, preserve it, reserve it!
I loved this part: The present will be your past, which will be present in your future.Read more ›
Life has become increasingly complicated in the new millennium, in part, because American culture has thrown out “the rule book”. Some blame the pill; some blame the feminists; some blame the media. Whatever the reason, the irony is that the emotional and financial costs of broken relationships have never been higher.
In his new book, The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating, Andy Stanley writes:
“I’m not all that interested in why things are the way they are. I’m more interested in helping you navigate the way things are. My purpose in writing is to increase your relational satisfaction” (14).
Fair enough. But then Stanley then goes on to offer a rather rare insight:
“I’ve met with many struggling married couples who would describe themselves as having ‘marriage problems.’ But in all my years I’ve never talked to a married couple that actually had a marriage problem. What I have discovered is that people with problems get married and their problems collide. What was manageable as a single person eventually becomes unmanageable within the context of marriage” (20).
Wow. This is getting down to brass tacks! Instead of looking for that perfect person to solve all your problems, Stanley says—hey, look in the mirror!
Andy Stanley is a pastor who does not sound or write like a pastor. He describes himself as a communicator, author, and pastor and founder of North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. His book is written in 10 chapters, including:
1. The Right Person Myth;
2. Commitment is Overrated;
3. Becoming the Right Person;
4. So Becoming;
5. Love Is;
6. Gentleman’s Club;
7. The Way Forward;
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Whew. Okay. Just had to say that quick a second.
But for real. I've never read anything by Andy Stanley (until this, and I most certainly will check out his other stuff soon!). The real reason I picked up this book was because I thought "Nice! I like that cover design! A lot! Super catchy cover..." and then I was like "Yeah, okay. I'll read that." Figured it might help me out with this whole Drew-likes-this-girl crazy random happenstance that popped up in my life about 2 months ago... and is becoming official soon. Woop woop!
This book was extremely readable. Stanley has a neat way with word that I found super engaging, fresh, and graspable.
The content was STELLAR. I'm a pretty traditional guy when it comes to dating and all that jazz, and Stanley did an EXCELLENT job crafting all the thoughts and feelings I have about what I ought to be doing/being in a relationship. No spoilers here - PICK UP THIS BOOK! Especially if you're a dude (Seriously, check out chapters 6 and 7). But if you're not a dude, this is also a great book for you too! Stanley describes a really practical, really wise way of going about making your relationship as successful as possible.
Another thing, he doesn't hold back any punches. He disclaimers this a lot - necessary or not - I do feel that his candid demeanor was spot on. He spells it out clearly, all the while giving an incredibly convicting call to action for both guys and girls. Get ready to be called out on the carpet. It's good. Really really good.
This book was heavy on the topic of sex. And for that I was glad. It was a really refreshing, well-needed perspective to hear.
All that to say. This book was such a great resource, for me.Read more ›
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Amazing book!!! It has changed my life and I look at it, as a lifetime reminder of good practices to be a better person for that person I am preparing for!! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Esteban Esquivel Sanchez
This was a really good book. A great perspective if nothing else. I suggest anyone looking to improve their current or future relationships with the opposite sex to read this.Published 2 days ago by Dave
Incredible book. I've read it twice now. I wish I had this guidance when I was a teenager before I started dating and trying to find a wife.Published 13 days ago by J. Grimes
Andy Stanley is great! Such a great read and it really puts you in your place!Published 17 days ago by Danielle Sheppard
A wonderful Christian author and teacher. Love his show too!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
The best book on dating I have ever read. I can count about 10 people who I referred this book to and they have all said the same thing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Selena Cruz George
I think EVERY teenager should read this BEFORE they go into the dating scene!
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