A few years ago I realized love, sex, and relationship issues were going to be a major theme of my ministry with students. I read several Christian books on the topic because I wanted to see more than one perspective and look at new ways to explain the biblical principles.
I appreciate and recommend books that are true to biblical values without being legalistic. With that in mind, these three are the best I have read so far:
1. Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating (Richard and Sharon Phillips).
If I had to chose one book about Christian dating this would probably be it. It is co-authored by Richard and Sharon Phillips (you guessed it–husband and wife), a couple that has years of marriage experience and ministry to singles. This book is very balanced and practical while being completely faithful to biblical principles (sexual purity, wisdom, etc.).
2. Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart
Author John Ensor presents a “radically biblical alternative to the supposed wisdom of our age.” The strength of this book is the emphasis on male and female roles within relationships. Ensor starts with Genesis, looking at God’s original design for the family. He then applies these principles to dating.
3. Undressed: The Naked Truth about Love, Sex, and Dating
Two things stood out to me while reading this book: 1. I appreciated reading something from the perspective of a single Christian guy–someone who had actually experienced dating, break-ups, etc. 2. Illian is really funny, and his sense of humor makes this book a very entertaining read.
Note: I’d highly recommend my books for those living here in the Philippines.
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