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Devotions for Dating Couples: Building a Foundation for Spiritual Intimacy [Paperback]

Ben Young , Adams Samuel Adams
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Book Description

Oct. 8 2002


If you are like most dating couples, you are looking for more than just a companion – you want a soul mate! The essence of a true soul mate relationship is that of deep spiritual connection. This dynamic book, Devotions for Dating Couples, offers guidance for deepening your commitment to God as individuals and as a couple. Through short chapters focused on such essential topics as prayer, simplicity, community, and purity, you will discover how to make your most important love relationships–with God and your potential mate–strong, lasting, and radiant.

Relationship experts Ben Young and Samuel Adams, authors of The Ten Commandments of Dating and The One, give user-friendly tips for nurturing your personal walk with God and enhancing your spiritual connection as a couple. As you read through the devotions each day, you will:

  • Become a great lover by learning to love God first
  • Develop the essential disciplines of a lasting relationship
  • Focus on the important things in life
  • Discover a sense of spiritual purpose and meaning
  • Understand that grace is not just for beginners – it is for you, every day

Whether you are dating seriously or engaged to be married, these daily personal devotions and weekly couples devotions will help you discover the way to lifelong love.


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Young, host of the syndicated radio show The Single Connection, and Adams, a clinical psychologist, present a nine-week course of daily devotionals for committed Christians involved in long-term relationships and aiming toward marriage. Weekly "disciplines" focusing on foundational spiritual themes-love, prayer, simplicity-are divided into daily mediations meant to be read in solitude. On Saturdays, suggest the authors (The Ten Commandments of Dating), couples should spend the day together and discuss their thoughts about the week's theme; Sundays they ought to attend church. The Monday-to-Friday anecdotes, which often use the prosaic to illustrate the profound (the shame of a messy dorm room, for instance, teaches the importance of "healthy self-talk"), can feel a bit judgmental and preachy. But each week's summary questions will help partners reconnect with their spiritual selves, and may even settle questions of compatibility. Successful relationships take work, the authors remind us. Their somewhat didactic approach, however, might turn off some readers, and the length and intensity of the course may mean that others lose steam partway through.
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About the Author

Ben Young, M.Div., leads seminars on how to build successful dating and marriage relationships. Ben is a teaching pastor at the 40,000-member Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

Samuel Adams, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist. He earned his master's from Western Seminary and a doctorate from George Fox University. He maintains a full time counseling practice in Austin, Texas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 17 2004
Well, I don't know about not getting anything out of this book if you've been a "long time" Christian. Aren't we always supposed to be learning, seeking truth?
Anyway, for any couple that feels they are ready to explore their individual spirituality with each other, this is a great way to start.
My favorite part about this devotional was that each of us can do our devotionals on our own (which is great when you're not married/living together and can't necessarily nail down a time to be together every day of the week with work and school to balance) and then at the end of the week, we can discuss it together. This gives you time to really explore how you feel about the week, where you are spiritually, and where you'd like to be.
I have another devotional which I didn't particularly care for because it does not include any guidance questions. In "Devotions for Dating Couples" I love that guidance questions get us started, and then we continue the conversation into what we really enjoyed, learned, and how we can help each other.
When I bought this book, I really didn't know what I was buying... it was so much better than I thought it would be!
* The week is set up so that you can do one devotion each day for five days, and the sixth day has questions to ask and discuss. The devotions are also very short and not as time consuming.
**Buy two books so that you can each write comments, underline, and do the devotionals alone, then you will have your thoughts handy on Saturday (or any day of your choosing) to discuss the week!
God Bless!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Useful for it's Audience March 12 2003
This book will be very helpful for many, since much of it focuses more on spirituality and 'discipleship in the grind' (prayer, forgiveness, simplicity) than on theological issues (i.e., the "Calvinism" vs. "Arminianism" debate). There are, to be sure, theological assumptions made by the authors, but they tend to take a backseat, because the aim of the book is to facilitate discussion between you and your dating partner to provide opportunity for understanding and growth. I am a high-church Anglican, and my girlfriend is a Baptist - you can't be much farther apart on the spectrum! But this book provides fairly common ground for a couple to engage each other, despite potential differences.
The book dives head-first into some issues (within the parameters of its scope), while it merely visits the outskirts of others, such as grace, which I think could have been given a more full-orbed treatment. For instance, the original Greek word for Grace, 'charis', meant, among other things, "the desirability of the beautiful". The implications of this are delightfully helpful for our discipleship and our understanding of God, but are neither mentioned nor explored. There are a few other areas where I could raise this same complaint, but I might be asking the authors to chart out more spiritual territory for the reader than they felt needed to be covered.
I would tend to agree strongly with the reviewer below that this book can be somewhat simplistic at times. The simplicity of the book is, conversely, one of it's advantages, because if you haven't had the advantage of picking up technical terms or language specific to the history of the Christian Faith you'll be more comfortable here. In addition to this, short attention spans and busy schedules are accomodated by the length of the devotionals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keep the Lord at the Center of Your Relationship! Aug. 13 2011
Love, Grace, Prayer, The Word, Simplicity, Forgiveness, Community, Purity, the Spirit; This devotional is a great starting point for discussing all of these topics and virtues that will later become indispensable within the marriage relationship.

If you're currently dating/courting (I'm assuming someone whom you plan to marry) and want to strengthen that deep spiritual bond that every husband and wife must have, this book is a great place to start. Of course it's not theologically "deep", but that's not the point of a devotional, they are simply meant to instill one easily remembered and applied truth, and I would say that this book does that job admirably for young Christian couples.

A little bit of back-story may help; I was living about 15hrs from my future wife and in order to maintain our spiritual 'connection' (I'm not as mystical as that makes me sound) we both purchased a copy of this book and discussed our devotions over the phone each night. It served as a great conversation starter about spiritual things, which, if we're honest, can sometimes be difficult to talk about with our 'girlfriends'. Also, it did touch on many practical areas of life that will become all the more meaningful when you are married.

If you're in a serious relationship and are looking for a segue into a deeper spiritual connection with your future spouse, I would highly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book Jan. 28 2004
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Not very deep, but is a good starter book for Christian couples. Covers a broad range of topics and is easy to read. Probably not a good book for long time Christians, as they will not get much out of it.
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