Andy stanley series on dating
This concept was a bit eye opening for me and debunked the excuse that I’ve heard people use so many times before in regards to sex: “How can we get married without having sex? ” Stanley goes into much more depth when it comes to the topic of sex in Chapter 8 and 9.
Without giving too much away, there was one question that he posed that has had me thinking ever since I finished the book.
Drawing on his many years as a pastor of a burgeoning church, Andy Stanley has seen more than his fair share of relationship struggles.
What he has noticed is a series of patterns among them all which seem to doom them to failure.
Married people didn’t get married because they somehow had their lives together. If not for yourself, read it to learn something to share with “a friend.” I promise you, you will learn something.
You aren’t single because you don’t have yours together. Yes, we’ve got things to work on, and if you’re single this is a great time to work on those things. You’ll be encouraged, and most important of all, you will be challenged to change.
Thinking that if you met the “right person” everything would turn out “right”? In The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating, Andy Stanley explores the challenges, assumptions, and land mines associated with dating in the twenty-first century.
I’ve read numerous dating-esque books throughout my life, some of which were bought for me by my parents, given to my by pastors and mentors or ones I purchased in my own attempt to wade through this mania.In this book, Andy Stanley takes an very direct approach by presenting the facts, anecdotes, and pastoral advice aimed at breaking the cycle of broken relationships.He addresses our propensity for mistaking sexual capability with relationship compatibility, the falsehood that we can change the behaviors of others, the importance of preparing ourselves for the marriage, [for men] what it means to be a gentleman – not just a man, and finally a thorough definition of a love worth having and holding onto.Andy Stanley doesn’t tiptoe around difficult and awkward topics, but hits them head on with honest and straightforward wisdom and insight.He doesn’t try to soften the blow, and believe me it does feel like a punch to the gut sometimes, but he offers biblical advice without apology.
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If you’re like me, you have often wondered “What is wrong with me? That has to be why I’m still single.” I’ve got long lists of things that may explain my singleness in hopes that I will someday be “good enough” for someone to love.