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Why are so many young people delaying marriage? Has social media eroded the institutions that brought us together - and the deeper emotional intimacy they provided? In Single, Dating, Engaged, Married, Ben Stuart suggests spiritual and eternal purposes to help twenty-somethings navigate their way through these four critical seasons of relationships.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2017|
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Navigating the Four Critical Seasons of Relationship
The vast majority of young people will still pass through the key phases of singleness, dating, engagement and marriage in their twenties. Yet they are delaying marriage longer than any generation in human history. Why?
For the first time in history, the average age for an American woman having her first child, 26, is younger than the average age of her first marriage, 27. More children than ever are growing up in fatherless homes, despite the overwhelming evidence that in every measurable way this is bad for the child. The Center for Disease Control also recently reported a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted disease nationwide. In Rhode Island alone, since the onset of online dating, reported cases of Syphilis has risen 79%, and HIV has increased by 33%. Though many young people can avoid early pregnancy and STDs, most cannot dodge the depression and feelings of isolation that characterize this modern generation. Studies show a dramatic rise in self-reported loneliness among the young. All of our technological connectivity has not made us feel more connected. In many ways, the very screens that are meant to link us to others have become shields blocking us from the deep intimacy we crave. Many have discovered that where there is a lack of intimacy,addiction often rises to take its place. How can a young person navigate such troubled waters? Is there hope out there?
Like a sailor on turbulent seas, we need to look up and see the North Star: the fixed points in the sky whereby we might navigate the objective realities in life. We need the skill-set to know how to journey through life and how to select the right people to journey alongside. In this book we will chart a course through the four relational phases that the vast majority of human beings on the planet will pass through in their twenties: singleness, dating, engaged and married. In each of these phases, we will look at what eternal purposes should be pursued in each stage, and how to pursue them.
Our desires for intimacy are powerful. This power can be constructive or destructive. Our satisfaction and our safety will be ensured if we can aim these powerful desires toward divine purposes.
Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church, Washington D.C. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served for eleven years as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries, a weekly Bible study attended by thousands of college students on the campus of Texas A&M. Ben earned his masters degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Ben and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.
incitefaithGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern AgeNovember 7, 2017incitefaithGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age by Ben Stuart is one of the most important books I've read this year (apart from the Bible, of course). This book gave mea lot to chew on. It definitely made me rethink how I approach my dating life and how I'll navigate engagement and marriage.
During singleness, this is the time we really get to figure out who we are, what we want, and focus on using our God given gifts to glorify Him. It's in the seasons of singleness where we really deepen our relationship with God. Where we are so dependent on Him we don't depend on our significant others to fill in the blanks or voids for us.
Sometimes the most loving gift God can give us is singleness.
The next phase is dating. This is the part where we need to pay attention. Dating exists for evaluation. Dating isn't mean to find someone out there to complete us, but we should pay attention to the person's character.Stuart says we need both character and chemistry in order for a relationship to work.
You want solid, Godly character and fun, easy, chemistry.
Engagement is about union. It's about bringing two people together in every respect (except sex ... not yet!) Stuart says, engagement focuses primarily on the union of three key areas of our lives: Family, Finances, and Future. All three must be out in the open for the relationship to move to the next stage; marriage.
Ask questions so you can minimize friction in the first years of marriage.
God designed marriage to be a picture of Jesus and a pursuit of Him. The strongest bonds are formed when two people live out their marriage on a mission together.
God designs a husband and wife to complement each other.
This book put so many things in perspective for me in how I'll navigate engagement and marriage. Marriage is a big deal. If two people have common vision, their marriage will work. There are so many other details that need to be worked out before we get there though and this is why I appreciate Stuart's wisdom.
I highly recommend this book if you're single or dating.
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a walk through the pages4 Stars Out Of 5Single, Dating, Engaged, MarriedNovember 1, 2017a walk through the pagesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Ben Stuart presents guidance on dating and all that goes with it in his book, Single, Dating, Engaged, Married. navigating life+love in the modern age, in a way that only he can. If you have ever seen him preaching at Passion City Church, you will expect him to bring a fresh look to this age old subject!
Ben discusses the following areas at length:
Offers a time to pursue an undistracted devotion to God.
Not a status to dwell in, but a process to move through.
A season to allow a young couple to focus on the complexities of bringing their two lives together as one.
The strongest bonds are formed when a man and a woman live out their marriage on mission together.
Throughout this discussion, Ben points your heart and mind, straight back toward your relationship with Jesus Christ!