Young and in Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage  -     By: Ted Cunningham
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Young and in Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage

David C. Cook / 2011 / Paperback

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You're young and in love, but is marriage God's will for you? Taking issue with today's trend of delayed marriage, Cunningham argues that late teenage or young adult unions can often be God-ordained - and the key to sexual purity. His wise insights make this book ideal for preparing young couples for a lifetime of love. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781404479
ISBN-13: 9780781404471

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What if We’ve Got This Purity Thing All Wrong?
In Young and In Love, pastor, author, and speaker Ted Cunningham boldly argues that young love should be celebrated, even promoted. Early marriages can be God’s will and often provide the key to sexual purity. With this in mind, Cunningham shares the secrets to a successful early marriage with those in their late teens and early twenties who are in love.
This book suits anyone experiencing young love who struggles with naysayers who dismiss or hinder a God-designed relationship. It also addresses young adults who struggle with the teachings of other popular books on abstinence or on delaying dating or marriage. And it offers parents and pastors who feel concerned about a relationship a source of wise counsel that carefully prepares young adults for a godly marriage.


Author Bio

Pastor Ted Cunningham founded Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri, where he lives with his wife and two children. A graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he coauthored several books with Dr. Gary Smalley including The Language of Sex and Great Parents, Lousy Lovers.

Much of our culture, both inside and outside of the church, tends to believe that getting married young is not a wise idea. There are a number of reasons for this. Statistics tend to lead us to believe that marrying young will lead more easily to divorce. Counselors teach that persons need to get to "know themselves" before they enter into a marriage covenant, and thus should delay marriage at least until college is completed and a career has begun. Financial counselors warn that early marriage dooms husband and wife to poverty. Ted Cunningham seeks to tell us and then teach us that everything we have heard about the wisdom of delaying marriage is completely wrong. In his book Young and in Love, Cunningham argues in favor of Christian couples marrying young. He believes that young marriage is the most wise and God-honoring way to approach marriage, and that most of us have been lied to about the benefits of delaying marriage. Although I believe that Cunningham overstates his case, he does have many valid points.

Cunningham believes that teaching people to delay marriage demeans the institution of marriage on several fronts. He believes that delaying marriage increases the frequency of cohabitation. Then, as cohabitation increases so does divorce. Young and in Love also argues that "delaying marriage delays adulthood" (p. 68). As long as people delay marriage, Cunningham argues, they have a license to be selfish and "self-centered" (p. 70).

To Cunningham's credit, he carefully acknowledges some of the ways that people rush into marriage, and some of the necessary delays for marriage. He is forthright about the truth that some people, especially young, chaste Christians, rush into marriage just because they do not want to wait to have sex any longer. He also wisely counsels against couples who marry young because it brings financial benefit (p. 85).

Young and in Love goes on, however, to argue against many of the prevailing arguments for delaying marriage. The arguments Cunningham disagrees with include increasing one's financial health (pp. 102-104), and waiting until one is through with college (pp. 105-106).

I have enjoyed reading Cunningham's arguments, although I think at times the book is overly repetitive. I agree with him on several points, and I disagree with him on others. You may agree or disagree with him, but I think if you read what he says you will agree with me that he has some intelligent arguments, and his point of view should be heard. Much of what we hear about delaying marriage is not value neutral, but driven by fears and agendas that may not be scriptural or godly. Personally, I got married rather late (age 34), but I certainly would not resent anyone or blame anyone for choosing to marry at a younger age if they were ready and had found the right partner. If nothing else, Young and in Love can challenge prevailing thought enough to rejoice with those who marry at a young age, and support them instead of gritting our teeth believing that their marriage has no chance because they are too young. – Clint Walker,

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  1. Pittsburgh, PA
    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book - for the right person
    October 4, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
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    I absolutely love this book, but I am discerning about who I suggest to read it. I am a youth worker, and I definitely feel the frustration with the current generation of young people. Delayed adolescence is a very real problem in our society.

    We also married young, while I was still in college & my wife had just graduated. Nearly 10 years later, our marriage is stronger than ever. The prevailing "wisdom" in our society, and our church, is that immediately following high school, you must go to college. Only after college can your real life begin. If a couple, who is strong in their faith & truly understands what love, commitment, and sacrifice are; then I see no reason why they should delay in marrying.

    However, I do use this book with caution. Marriage REQUIRES responsibility & sacrifice. It's simply not an option to be selfish & immature within a marriage relationship. While I completely agree that marriage can push individuals to a place of self sacrifice & servant-hood, I also believe that there are some who are simply too immature to be married.

    Before buying this book for yourself, you must consider your own maturity level. Same can be said in regards to buying this book as a gift. An immature, lazy person who gets married will most likely be an immature, lazy married person. And marriages where one or both spouses are immature and lazy tend not to end well.
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    June 28, 2011
    Redmond, Washington
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I purchased this for my sons. They are 17 & 18 years old. They told me that it had useful information and completed it in two days! We will recommend this to our friends.
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