Stop dating the church online copy

As I stumble through the awkward limbo of single, yet soon-to-be-married, I've tried to read every resource tagged within the "marriage," "love," and "relationships" genre.This, and the fact that I was desperate to escape the zillions of online articles dissecting from every possible angle (though I'm grateful for their messages), prompted me to download a copy of Pastor Andy Stanley's new book on romantic relationships to my Kindle. Geared towards the young, unwed, and culturally savvy, Stanley explains in the introduction that his purpose for writing (Zondervan, January 2015) is to "increase your relational satisfaction quota." What does that mean? Still I pressed onward with hopes of encountering helpful gems of wisdom and Christian counsel over the next 200 pages.

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For those who do have children, it’s difficult to make arrangements to attend one ward themselves while their children attend a regular family ward.

The Family Ward For Farrah Walker of Los Angeles, she landed in a family ward because it happened to meet across the street from her place of employment. I would drive to church and then just sit in the parking lot.”But Walker didn’t give up, and the next time around things went better. It’s ‘I loved your comment in Relief Society,’ not, ‘Hey, why aren’t you in the singles ward?

Unfortunately, she felt so uncomfortable, she didn’t want to return. ’’The Midsingles Ward Option number two for a graduating single is a midsingles ward, the same thing as a regular singles ward but for those aged 31–45.

Online dating services provide a similar context." Likely Stanley does not intend to convey to his readers that it is unnecessary to finding someone who shares your faith so long as you prepare for marriage well by paying off your debt, breaking bad habits, and addressing past experiences.

However, his ambiguity threaded throughout his book actually does more harm than good. I committed to reading this book from cover to cover and as Stanley jumped head first into debunking myths like "maybe a baby will help?

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