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After overhearing his girlfriend say how amazing it would be to get engaged and married on the same day, Ryan Leak went to work to make her dream come true. Using Amanda's own wedding ideas from her Pinterest page, he went to work with assistance from friends and family. His romantic proposal and wedding captured media attention when their video went viral.
Both are committed youth workers who place Jesus Christ at the center of their relationship. In The One, Ryan and Amanda deliver old-school principles with a new-school twist for young people who want to know how to navigate the challenges of romance in an era when so many marriages are all but over before the couple says 'I do.'
Foreword by Shaunti Feldhahn
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2015
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Most people will admit that they are looking for an amazing love story. Weve all seen those couples, the ones holding hands or whispering to each other as they stare into one anothers eyes as if they share an awesome secret. We watch them and wonder, whats up with those two?
We never anticipated becoming one of "those couples." When we met, we just worked on listening to God and preparing ourselves for the story he planned for us. What we learned and want to share is that no matter what your relationship status may be, this amazing story begins with you.
In this book we share more than the events happening around "The Surprise Wedding." We share our triumphs and our mistakes, both before and after that day. Youll learn healthy habits you can start practicing today, ones that will help you lay the groundwork for an incredible marriage later. God has something amazing in mind for you, but he cant get you there without your help.
We absolutely believe in The One. And we believe that youre it.
About the Authors▼▲
Ryan Leak is the founder & CEO of the Dallas-based creative agency, Park Bench Pro. After graduating from North Central University with a degree in Business, he began consulting with churches all over the country in the areas of Media and Staffing. Recently, Ryan has made headlines for getting engaged and married on the same day to his now wife, Amanda Roman. Ryan secretly planned their entire wedding for two years without her knowing a thing. Ryan and his wife travel and speak all around the country at churches, high schools, colleges and conferences encouraging healthy relationships. Both are on staff as the young adult ministers in their Dallas church.
Quotes from Ryan & Amanda Leak▼▲
"The greatest pictures we have in scripture of healthy relationships are centered on servant-hood. Two people trying to out-serve each other rarely split up. You go first."
On the path to marriage comes the confusing and often complicated dating years when the rules aren't always clear and certainly aren't fair."
God had written our love story & he wanted to share it with the world.
We aren't perfect - far from it. We've stumbled a bit along the way, and we're happy to share our successes along with our failures."
No matter what sort of relationship you've had in the past, God has a destiny, a plan, and a strategy for your life and relationships, and the great news is that you can start writing a new story for your life today.
It's not up to you to decide which one God will give you. The one thing you can control is whether or not you'll be ready to receive the gift God has in store for you.
Amanda and I know why we work...Jesus Christ is what makes us tick, what makes us go.
"We know why we work, and it's not because we share the same moral values, and it's not because we're just attracted to each other, and we have fun on dates and we enjoy each other's company. What makes us tick, what makes us go, is Jesus Christ, there's no doubt about it. And so, whenever we thought about our day, whenever we thought about a wedding, the thing that was most important to us is that whoever was doing our wedding, whoever was at our wedding, they would just sense something special and that something special would be the presence of God."
---from "The Surprise Wedding" video
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
"Ryan and Amanda Leaks story is both inspiring and insightful. Its spontaneous romance coupled with historic wisdom from Scripture, making their story enticing to over one million people on YouTube. In The One, youll discover the ingredients to their story that will also help make your story a success!"
Ron Luce, president/CEO of Teen
"Upon meeting the Leaks, you cant help but see how they both reflect Jesus. From how they met to how they live now, its amazing to see the way they use their gifts and talents as communicators to reinforce what love is: its a surprise and a commitment. Both Amanda and Ryan are continuously sharing this message in all that they do."
Bianca Juarez Olthoff, speaker and chief storyteller at The A21 Campaign
"In an era when love needs clarity and traditional marriage seems naive, Ryan and Amanda present a practical, entertaining (romantic) apolo- getic, which appeals to the deep intuitions and longings of the human heart. This love story guides attitudes and behaviors into the fabulous opportunity biblical marriage was designed to provide. Whether begin- ning your personal love story or continuing to accelerate established love, this book will return your investment."
Pastor Jim Hennesy, senior pastor at Trinity
Church and author of No More Cotton Candy