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.
But each week's summary questions will help partners reconnect with their spiritual selves, and may even settle questions of compatibility. He earned his master's from Western Seminary and a doctorate from George Fox University.
Successful relationships take work, the authors remind us. He maintains a full time counseling practice in Austin, Texas.
Released in 1997, when Harris was just 21 years old and had not yet been in a dating relationship, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" discusses the problems with contemporary "recreational dating" and presents "biblical courtship" as an alternative.
In his book, Harris also urges Christian singles to commit to "purposeful singleness," as romantic relationships should exist only as a means to preparing for marriage The book quickly became a staple among the Christian community, selling over 800,000 copies nationwide.
(At that time in my life my favorite hymn was Create in Me A Clean Heart).
I’m not saying that everything is perfect in my life, because that is far from the truth.
"I know that that's not helpful," he told the outlet. But I think one of the things that I'm changing in my own thinking is I just think people - myself included - it's so easy to latch on to a formula. You'll be safe and you'll be protected and you'll be whatever." "And I just don't think that's the way life works," he added.
From books of prayer and Bible study guides to inspirational stories and spiritual self-help books, devotionals come in all shapes and sizes.
There are devotionals for Christians of all kinds--so many, in fact, that it can be tough to select the right one for you. Take our Devotional Personality Quiz, and click through our list of the Top Ten Devotionals for today's Christians, and discover the joy of committing yourself to quality time with God like never before.
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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