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Stop trying to fall in love, says Caleb Breakey, and start learning how to fly! Just like airplanes soar above the clouds, you can have a relationshipthat rises above the ordinary and doesn't crash and burn. Caleb traveled his own rocky road to romance, and he'll tell you the truth about courtship and dating, finding your soul mate, and what it really means to pursue Christian relationships. Along the way, you'll discover the greatest romance of all: the love that Christ pours out on you.
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
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Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5You'll re-read this book.May 1, 2014Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Dating like Airplanes.
Yep. You read it right.
You're probably looking at this book thinking "What a strange title. What is this?"
(Item of Note: my friend thought it said Dating the Appliance.)
This is a book about relationships. The flying kind. We all have some acquaintance with *falling* in love, but wouldn't you rather *fly* in love?
This book reminds us that dating doesn't have to mean falling hard for somebody, suppressing our real selves to impress them, and struggling to keep the relationship going.
Dating can be about flying together toward Jesus and a life that makes both of us more like Him, and urging each other to fly higher in all things beautiful and true.
You're right... the flying sounds much more difficult at first than falling, but don't you want to try it anyway?
The Flying Kind of Dating includes great conversations, working together on stuff bigger than the relationship, becoming best friends and involving old friends. It's mostly about setting your sights on God and then doing stuff together that will bless and benefit each other.
I love the fact that the wisdom and ideas in this book can be applied to so many relationships, not only dating.
The section on "Soul-Scans" is all about the importance of progressively getting to know people, revealing our inner selves and gently investigating them.
The part about the vulnerability of repentance and forgiveness is one that I need to tattoo on my arm. If I hurt someone, I need to let myself feel the conviction. If someone comes to me and asks forgiveness, I need to honor the courage that it took and receive them with love.
The chapter on how differences can be hated, tolerated, or down-right appreciated is so TRUE. It gave me a very good shot of perspective for when my personality clashes with a family member's.
And another favorite feature of mine was "Ask Those Who Fly." These were half a dozen two or three pages sections of short interviews between couples, with their thoughts on different parts of the dating experience. I love some of their suggestions: read books about God together, eat meals with each other's family, pray over hard things in the past and pray for good things in the future. Be authentic with each other. Enter each other's world. Be honest when you disagree... either a beautiful balance will be reached or it's time to part ways.
Dating Like Airplanes has a lot of meat in it. It certainly isn't a book you read once. I put it down for a week and picked it back up and saw so much that I hadn't absorbed the first time through, it was like reading a different book. I can imagine this being an excellent book for a couple to study, as they decide whether to fall or fly.
Thank you Harvest House for my review copy.
Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent tool for those choosing courtingApril 7, 2014Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleAs the parent of one teenager and three more who will become teenagers, I'm always looking for tools to help as we coach our kids through dating/courting/finding a spouse. In Dating like Airplanes, Caleb Breakey issues an invitation to do dating differently. He honestly talks about how hard it can be to know how to do relationships the right way, in a God-honoring way. After walking through Scriptures, he challenges his readers to go into relationships with a purpose. Know why you're in it. What do you hope to gain or learn from it?
The focus of Dating like Airplanes is to show people how they can have a relationship that focuses on living the Golden Rule toward others, of living a lifestyle of giving and purity. In real terms, he suggests how to create an environment in your relationship that supports purity. He also explains how to celebrate your differences and take steps to become the person your future spouse will need. Sandwiched in between the chapters are vignettes from many others about their relationships, both what they did well and what they would avoid in the future.
This is a very approachable book. One that can serve as a big brother coming alongside with some helpful advice and perspective.
sherrijingaGeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An awesome book for all singles!February 1, 2014sherrijingaGeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Why Fall In Love When You Can Fly? That's what Caleb Breakey asks in his book Dating like Airplanes. I wish I had had something like this when I was a teen and young adult. I could have spared myself a ton of heart-grief. Dating like Airplanes talks about how we typically fall in love and suggests a much better way of doing it. Instead of jumping out of an airplane without a working parachute, you can fly in love safely, like you do when in an airplane safely belted into your seat. You've got an engine and propellers and all kinds of instruments that will direct you along your path. You're able to think with your head and not so much with your heart. This book goes way deeper than that, though. He talks about the real purpose of dating, and about setting boundaries (physical and emotional) and how they don't really work. In the last half of the book, Breakey digs deep into what makes a relationship work, what makes it marriage-worthy. He points out the things you should look for in a mate if you want the marriage to last a lifetime. There's so much meat in this book that I have found myself sharing about it with my own children and with the singles (dating or not) in my circle of influence. This book would make a great gift for anyone single, regardless of age, and especially if he's not already entangled in a relationship. "You can't be a good candidate for marriage without first having your relationship with Christ where it should be." Breakey puts the focus on the relationship with Christ first and I like that!
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Love Like This Will Make You Fly!January 24, 2014MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This little handbook about unselfish love should take the Christian community by storm. Caleb Breakey doesn't share new truths, but presents them in a fresh, practical way that begs readers to apply them to their lives. The premise of Dating Like Airplanes is to "fly" rather than "fall" in love with the one you marry, but its application can go far broader than that relationship.
Caleb intersperses this higher way with personal anecdotes and sharing from other young couples. The book is divided into three sections: "Falling in Love" and how a better way exists with all God desires for your love life; "What Your Other Needs Most" with how to begin and what to watch out for; and "Flying," which includes some do's and don'ts to be successful in this endeavor.
I appreciate the intentional approach to dating and, actually, to love and to life. If people follow the guidelines given they will be much happier in courtship and marriage because it's God's way. I recommend this to all young adults and, truthfully, to anyone seeking to grow in loving others. Thank you, Caleb.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Learn to FlyJanuary 10, 2014MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wish I knew then what I knew now.
I wish I had been a Christian before I got married, I wish I had learned to fly a long time ago.
This book is for the single people out there that are tired of falling and getting hurt, or insecurity and want to be secure in themselves, in their relationships but mostly in Jesus.
Honestly I believe married people could get a lot out of this book as well. If you want to know how to have a healthy relationship you need to learn to fly. Basically it means showing Jesus to the one you love and helping them to show Jesus too.
Caleb has packed this book full of his own experiences and the experiences of others. I think this book could revolutionize the way people do relationships if they truly lived this out. Even in our friendships. If our goal was to always bring out the best on another person wouldn't that change everything?
Do you need this book? Do you know someone who does? I highly recommend grabbing a copy and then learn how to fly.
A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.