Though only through interaction on others' blogs and an occasional Q+A, have you probably heard us girls talk about our views on dating/courtship etc. It's logical to think that we agree with our little community of fellow modest fashion bloggers and inspirational writers that all purity (both physical and spiritual) should be kept, to the best of our ability. I want to get to the book so I'll try to keep this laying ground short, but I just want to say that we do, wholeheartedly agree with staying pure for your "one and only", saving the physical side of a "dating" relationship for after marriage only, and seeking the Lord through this very important decision in your life; finding the one whom you will pledge your heart to. Concepts of "dating" versus "courtship" need to be pressed aside, but we as humans tend to label words with a picture or a thought story. Since people are so used to the term "dating", more toward being the every-day relationship word, between a boy and girl, our family
In the first few chapters of the book, Eric lays out some of his very own stories of becoming a preteen both at home and at school especially. Fast forward to the next couple Leslie takes over, sharing some of her accounts at the very same age Eric before meeting, of-course. From here on out they use their experiences of how God showed each of them to jump out of the dating ring, instead wait with the anticipation of the one; building a Castle instead of a House of Cards. One of my favorite phrases of this particular part of this book is, "If it's built in one afternoon, its sure to come to ruin. What is meant to last, must not be built to fast!" How true are these words! Any relationship takes time and sacrifice. How can one think that a relationship that is meant to last a lifetime can be conquered so easily! We as young ladies (and men) have a task right now that will help our (God willing) future marriage. That is preparing to be a help meet, trusting fully in God and not willing our own "good ideas" into something that is fully the Lord's.
This book sure has some humor in it as well as seriousness about the topic. I can still remember Bek's eye-brow raised expression as I laughed out loud while reading this scenario, concerning the time of waiting after you have committed to letting God be your Matchmaker- I remember! It all started when I surrendered this area of my life to God! I just knew He would mess things up. Now my whole life is ruined, and I'm stuck with THE BEAST-forever!
I'm not quite sure why this made my laugh so much, but it did. I think it was just because, through the entire book, the punctuation of it is just so dead-on that it just made it so real, like you were being told a bedtime story by an expert reader, while really your just wrapped up in bed way past your bed time. :)
This book was very, very good. I think for a person like myself, this dealt with a little bit too much about coming out of a dating background rather than waiting and seeking, if you catch my drift. I would definitely recommend this book to those you know that want to make a change in their relationship life that are coming from that perspective rather than the lot of us who have already been brought up in the way this book points one toward. But definitely grab a copy have you happen to see one! You could easily get a copy shipped to your door for as little as $4 here on Amazon, as it is one of their older writings. I was super exited to find mine at a thrift shop! Who would have thought!?
Thanks so mush for reading this quick post! I really am looking forward to reviewing Authentic Beauty (also by Leslie Ludy) in the near future for y'all! I am only a mere quarter the way through it and already have been so blessed by her inspirational thoughts!
What books have you read by Eric + Leslie?
Which one is your favorite?
What your some of your views on this topic?
Blessings and love,
the elder sister