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There are 16 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.There can come a time in your relationship where you want to make the transition from just dating to officially being in a relationship.This is exactly what Christians need to counteract the worldly attitudes and actions so prevalent in our churches today.It is imperative to think through these issues, and this is the best book I have read for doing so.Hove, Campus Crusade for Christ, Duke University “How refreshing!Gerald and Jay have written a biblically based, gospel-oriented book on sex, dating, and relationships—full of genuine, down-to-earth, practical instruction.As the authors show, few things necessitate getting to the core of the gospel like our soul’s craving for sexual fulfillment.We cannot think too carefully about what our heavenly Father has said.
The greatest strength of this book is the contribution the authors make toward thinking biblically about something not in the Bible, which isn’t so easy to do.Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois “Simplicity is the strength of this fresh approach to sex, dating, and relationships.If at first you chafe at the idea of ‘dating friendships,’ consider whether any alternative can bring greater glory to God, account for the biblical evidence, and guard against unnecessary heartache.” Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, “Hiestand and Thomas don’t kiss dating goodbye; what fun would that be?A big thanks to Gerald and Jay for helping us think sanely through this head-scratching cultural shift from a realistic and theologically astute perspective.” Joseph M.Stowell, President, Cornerstone University; author, p “Jay and Gerald have written a provocative book on one of the most pressing issues of our generation—sexual purity.Dating relationships are so fraught with danger that no Christian should embark on that journey without a guide.I strongly recommend this book as just such a guide.” Jim Samra, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan; author, “Christ-centered reflection on sex, dating, and relationships has been a long time coming; thankfully, it has finally arrived. Pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas give us a paradigm-shifting view of purity and relationships—a view that accounts for the biblical evidence and helps us guard against unnecessary heartache. Considering the sex-crazed, hook-up based culture we live in—not to mention the ever-climbing divorce rate—it’s clear that we need a better understanding of sex, dating, and relationships.You’ll find a lot of practical, sane, biblical wisdom that will explode a number of our cultural assumptions about dating.If you are single or care about someone who is, you really should read this book.