Young and in Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage

Young and in Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage

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by Ted Cunningham
     
 

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Developing a godly relationship can be hard when you fall in love at a young age. Few people offer support. Many doubt your love is real. It seems almost everyone-your friends, your parents, even your church-thinks you're much too young for marriage. You're not ready. But maybe that's not true.

Pastor Ted Cunningham reveals the secrets to creating a healthy,

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Developing a godly relationship can be hard when you fall in love at a young age. Few people offer support. Many doubt your love is real. It seems almost everyone-your friends, your parents, even your church-thinks you're much too young for marriage. You're not ready. But maybe that's not true.

Pastor Ted Cunningham reveals the secrets to creating a healthy, successful, and lifelong relationship in early adulthood. He explains where the arguments against young marriage often go wrong. Then he offers wisdom on how to know if you are making the right choice and helps you understand what it takes to be ready for marriage. And along the way, he shows you that, far from kissing dating good-bye, the answer to staying pure might be to prepare for marriage. Because it's often easier to say, "Let's wait," when "I do" isn't so far away.

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ISBN-13:
9780781404471
Publisher:
Cook, David C.
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.63(d)

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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.
 
 

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Young and in Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
rtwins More than 1 year ago
Young And In Love by Ted Cunningham challenges the unnecessary delay of marriage. Most couples are encouraged to wait to get married until their credit score improves, until they graduate from college, until they become more established in their career, or until they find someone their parents also fall in love with. Pastor and author Ted Cunningham believes that singleness is not good. Getting married is biblical and it is Satan who has convinced Christians that waiting is best. The author is frank in his reasoning in avoiding the foxes mentioned in Song of Solomon. He states that there would be fewer unwed pregnancies if courtship was shortened, while examining the four C's - Character, Chemistry, Competency, and Calling for each couple. He calls on family and friends to recognize and encourage budding love to marry in their early twenties. I also applaud his view of women who have been abandoned by boys calling themselves men, these present day young widows. He charges single men to marry these widows and become fathers to their children. Ted Cunningham, through humor and a straight forward approach, concludes each chapter with questions and a Fox Alert. He shares a list of questions for prospective spouses. ?Is he a one-woman man? ?Is he a hard worker? ?Does he submit well to authority? ?Is he easily angered? ?Will he be a great dad? ?Is he too attached to his mom, hobbies, or friends? ?Is she a busybody or malicious talker? ?Is she moody? ?Is she honest? ?Will she be a good mom? ?Does he or she reflect the sacrifice of Jesus? ?Is he or she committed to purity while dating and engaged? ?Is he or she greedy? ?Does his or her mouth reflect Christ? If you are a parent of unmarried children, you need to read this book. If you are a pastor, youth, or college and career teacher in a church, you should encourage your church to purchase a box of copies of this book. It would be profitable to use this text to instruct youth/single church classes on this subject. It may also profit parents to participate in small group studies on this subject. I applaud this author for having the courage to write the sound Biblical criteria for finding a wonderful mate. When you purchase a copy, buy one for your pastor and youth leader. Out of five stars, I give this book ten!
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Laurie_Carlson More than 1 year ago
"Young and In Love" by Ted Cunningham Finally! A book that is about something that has always weighed heavily on my heart! Marrying young, as God has intended! This is a book about young people who have met, fallen in love, and want to get married. They do not want to delay their marriage just because they are young. They want to get married since they have both found that special person they know is right for them as a couple to marry, and are ready to spend the rest of their lives together, growing together as you do in marriage. They have been blessed by God in finding each other, and want to follow His rules about being together. The Author, Ted Cunningham, happens to be a Pastor in a church he founded called Woodland Hills Family Church located in Branson Missouri. He wrote this book based upon his own life, beliefs, and what he practices in his church. He has a wonderful set of guidelines young people should consider and follow 'before' they get married, which I think is wonderful! ('Anyone' at 'any' age should consider and follow these guidelines, in my opinion, as this book applies to all people who decide to marry at any age, really.) This book's message encourages marriage at a young age and gives terrific advice that should be followed by these young people who are considering and/or are going to marry. This author/Pastor is for marrying at a young age if you have found the person you love and are mature and responsible. He feels you should not wait, but to follow God's plan he has for us, because finding the one we love is a gift from God. We should take this gift from God and not risk losing it.. Before I even heard about this book, I have always had of the belief that Society, today, is just 'not' conducive to young people getting married, and this is the way the author feels. I have always felt God has marriage in mind for us at an early age because he has given us all these natural feelings we have at an early age, otherwise, they would not be there. These feelings are there and with us for a reason, which when you read this book, you will understand this even more so. I don't want to give everything away in this review as this should be read by many people in hopes that supporting our young people getting married will become accepted more so than what it is currently. This author/Pastor has a great message to share about the benefits of marrying young. He does point out there are 'foxes' to watch out for, and they are not foxes in the terms of beautiful people. This you'll have to read about as well. This advice he gives is incredible. Teens and young adults are, in today's Society, are made to wait and go through all this resistance from people, from the church, from society, from school (generally college) for their choice to marry and not give in to their feelings, as the Bible teaches us. My entire review is a tad longer and I can't post it ALL here, but EVERYONE who has a teen SHOULD HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK! I can't suggest a better book for this time in life! I was provided this book by B & B Media for David C Cook Publishers for FREE to read it and write a review of my own opinion. I was not provided with any monies or 'thing' in exchange but to enjoy reading it.
Melanie-Ski More than 1 year ago
Maybe "I Do" is Better Than "Just Don't". Amen! When I saw that Young and In Love was coming out I thought to myself "Finally!" Soon to celebrate my 18th wedding anniversary to my childhood sweetie, I was wishing that we would have had this book back then. The book is geared toward couples who are young and in love.. not for the singles, not for someone older who is waiting, not for those who believe in waiting for their career and all their plans to get their lives in order before getting married. Our culture has created this wide gap in between childhood and adulthood called adolescence and that stage of life is getting larger and larger, now saying that kids aren't maturing until age 25! Ted Cunningham has couples test their maturity level earlier, look critically at their partner and theirselves to determine if they are indeed ready for marriage despite what the worldly view tends to hold. He has them look at marriage as a privilege, a blessing, a permanent bond. Couples test their chemistry, compentency and character to analyze whether God has put them together as a couple. Without Christ the early marriages wouldn't work out, but then neither do the marriages that wait until they are 'mature'. Ted uses key scripture in Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes and more to showcase God's plan for marriage. Well written, interactive guide book for all young couples considering marriage at a young age. A trailblazer book that I pray starts a new revolution for young marriages!!
snidbits More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! I'll admit I've fallen into the trap of thinking I needed to already have an established career and basically have my life all together before entertaining thoughts of marriage. Yet Cunningham says there isn't a "perfect" time to get married - marriage isn't an interruption to life but enhances it. He admits being married isn't always easy but it's worth sticking it out. I feel like I've been given a slight advantage in reading this while single. It's helped me change my thinking by not waiting for me to accomplish a number of personal goals before taking that special walk down the aisle.