Her Hand in Marriage Paperback – 1 Dec 2004
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This book is too short, though, and stops before adequately addressing some questions. What about casual teenage dates? How exactly do a young man and young women get to know one another well enough to be interested in courting, but without entering the "zone of vulnerability" improperly? (This is addressed somewhat, but not well, in my opinion).
That being said, I chose to read this book for a report in my class. My instructor said near the beginning of the class, "Young people, the method that you use, whether it be dating or courtship, does not matter -as long as your attitude is in the right place." Pastor Wilson opens the book with a statement that basically said any Christian who cares about what the Bible has to say about the function of the family should also care about what it has to say about the formation of families. Pastor Wilson outlines the courtship model in five basic sections: the authority of parents, the preparation of sons and daughters for courtship, the culmination of courtship, and he talks about the details of courtship. Any instance that Pastor Wilson talks about Biblical principle in courtship, he lists the Bible reference and explains the principle and how it can be applied in the modern realm of courtship.
Pastor Wilson does also look at the system of dating. He talks about what it is, what the problems with it are, and why it is not Biblical. Personally, I found it very easy to accept that dating is not a Biblical system. Pastor Wilson also explains that dating is a relationship that is outside God's covenantal protection. As he puts it, "The modern dating system does not train young people to form a relationship. It trains them to form a series of relationships. At the very least, this system is as much a preparation for divorce as it is for marriage. Whenever the other person starts to wear a little thin, you just slip out the back, Jack.
In short, this book helped me to see what exactly God's will is for young Christian couples and the Biblical way to form a Christ-centered relationship. Does method matter? Absolutely. I do believe this book helps to explain why.