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"We're Just Friends" and Other Dating Lies: Practical Wisdom for Healthy Relationships Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Once in a great while, an author is discovered with a new work that is totally fresh, yet deeply penetrating, with the potential to radically transform an entire generation. Chuck Milian is that author, and this is that book. It's chock full of great ideas, stories, and wise counsel that, a generation from now, may well be credited with reducing the epidemically high divorce rate raging in our country and around the world. --Dr. Mark Cress -- President, Corporate Chaplains of America
Countless singles can learn to date in healthy and effective ways by putting into practice the practical and biblical solutions found in this book. This book will help singles not only survive, but also enjoy the sometimes confusing process of dating. --Russ Olman, Founder and President of Ministry Advantage
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Rating: 1-1.5 Stars (Poor)
This resource is rooted in a biblical worldview, uses Scripture accurately and is biblical in its thesis and application. His Five Dating Levels system is built from Scripture (for example Page 6-7). For example, he uses Genesis 2:24 to show why we should progress through a dating relationship from leaving to cleaving and also from Phil. 2:4 why our motivation in dating should be built on our desire watch out for the other‘s interests and not our own. ―The framework for dating that Milian presents is rooted in a profound understanding of Scripture, cross-cultural research in male/female relationships, and many years of counseling individuals and couples (Page v). ―I studied the Scripture, considered my own imperfect past, read research from Christian counselors, and even gleaned insights from the sciences of zoology and anthropology‖ (Page 7).
―Our culture is out of sync with the reality of how healthy relationships actually develop‖ (Page 4).
―I‘ve developed a system that categorizes dating relationships based on their level of commitment, progressing from lowest to highest…The Five Dating Levels gives you a plan for relating to the opposite sex in a dating relationship that is based on first loving God and the others‖ (Page 7).
I highly recommend this resource. I see this resource as a follow up tool for young adults who have learned from Passport 2 Purity® and now need to see how to apply those principles in a real relationship.
I don’t know if it is the best guide, or if there are better ones out there. That’s why I gave it four stars.
Basically, it’s a step by step instruction manual on courtship and dating, and what can be done at each stage of the process. As such, it can’t really be described exhaustively in a short review, rather just encourage others to read it.