"God's Divine Design for Dating and Marriage" provides a step-by-step blueprint for building relationships according to God intended pattern, for dating, marriage, and sexuality. Chrystal Armstrong parallels God's systematic model of the tabernacle in the Old Testament to demonstrate His love for His chosen people with His New Testament design for love and marriage, a plan which is still relevant and applicable today. Chrystal redefines "love as divine, marriage as beautiful, and sex as sacred."
Candidly transparent Chrystal shares experiences of her own failures and frustrations through personal anecdotes. She also uses illustrations and stories of other indiviuals that reflect the pitfalls of relying on cultural influences and practices.
She warns of:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The impact of television on morality
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The bold disrespect for the sanctity of sex in the lyrics of popular rap music
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Demonic Influence
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Dysfunctional relationships
She presents positive patterns for:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Comparing real love with its counterpart counterfeit love
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Marriage love in light of covenant love and typology of the tabernacle
Ã¢â¬Â¢ A systematic approach to courtship and marriage
Armstrong's work is thoroughly researched, well documented, articulate, and sometimes explicit. The book is an important expose and eye opening report for contemporary Christians. "God's Divine Design for Dating and Marriage" is a book for everyone: single, engaged, married, divorced, or separated.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.