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Next Time I Fall in Love: How to Handle Sex, Intimacy, and Feelings in Dating Relationships (Grow for It Books) Paperback – June, 1987
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Clark examines the nature of love, intimacy, breaking up, healing and forgiveness. The pictures and cartoons at the beginning of each chapter, as well as his discussion questions at the end of each chapter, both liven the book up and get the reader involved.
Although many might agree with his standard treatments of the words for love (eros as temporary, conditional and self-centered, and agape as exactly the opposite), I find them not only grossly inadequate, but very misleading for the person coming to grips with his or her own sexuality and feelings. Clark writes against the experience of "falling in love," but praises a conscious, cognitive agape love. When it comes to dating his entire analysis of love seems contradictory: agape love lasts forever, until the couple breaks up. "Agape lovers never tire of their partners. Now as the dating relationship deepens, you may sense that it's not best or even what you really want" (p. 31). I wonder if he would apply this agape type of love to the marital relationship? To a parent-child relationship? Agape love is committed love, until you decide that you don't want the commitment.
There is much good in Clark's book, however. He has some helpful comments about having and keeping self-esteem, as well as the giving and receiving in relationships. He encourages teens to trust in God for their needs and self-esteem, rather than in relationships or even themselves.Read more ›
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I taught this in my teen Sunday school class about 10 years ago and have never forgotten its lessons. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by ForeverAlaskan
I've read just about every marriage & courtship book and have been to just about every marriage conference out there. Chap Clark, by far, is my favorite teacher and author. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Miranda Goldston