I Gave Dating a Chance: A Biblical Perspective to Balance the Extremes

I Gave Dating a Chance: A Biblical Perspective to Balance the Extremes

by Jeramy Clark
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I Gave Dating a Chance: A Biblical Perspective to Balance the Extremes by Jeramy Clark

In recent years, "dating" has become a dirty word in many Christian circles. So dirty, in fact, that young believers are now encouraged simply not to date. This position has provoked an open debate among teens, their parents and youth workers, and single adults. For a great number of them, many questions remain unanswered.

"Lord, what do I do with this desire to date?"

"Can dating be an option for young adults who love the Lord and long to please Him?"

Is not dating really the only acceptable option in God's eyes? The answer, assures author and youth pastor Jeramy Clark, is a resounding "No!"

The time has come for a sound, biblical, and practical approach that balances out the extreme perspectives: dating without responsibility versus a complete withdrawal from the dating process. Learn how you can confidently pursue healthy dating relationships that are characterized by holiness and integrity—and ultimately bring glory and honor to God—in I Gave Dating a Chance.

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ISBN-13: 9781578563296
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 855,708
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jeramy Clark is the associate pastor of student ministries at Tri-Lakes Chapel in Monument, Colorado. He has formerly served in the youth ministry at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California, and the Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, California. He graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary with a master's of divinity. All of this book's principles were tested in his own dating experience, engagement, and subsequent marriage to his wife, Jerusha.

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I Gave Dating a Chance: A Biblical Perspective to Balance the Extremes 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DopeyCrazy2 More than 1 year ago
One negative reviewer is basing her opinions on a friend who read the book. The quote that they joked about is not the author's own, it is a direct quote from the Bible (2 Corinthians 6:14), one of the most widely read books in the world. I would not write it off as "idiotic". Another negative reviewer is referring to topics in chapter four. Those are not direct quotes!!! On page 35 it does say "God doesn't want us to be partners with non-christians. God doesn't want us to be BEST friends with them." The author states this after clearly showing it to the reader in the Bible (2 Corinthians 6:14, The Message). When the title talks about balancing the extremes, the author states what those the extremes are: not dating at all and dating without any boundaries. Therefore it is a suggested balance to those extremes and not one of the aforementioned extremes itself. As the book is a BIBILICAL PERSPECTIVE, it is for those who are seeking what God's word says about dating/relationships. Those who are not honestly seeking that do not need to read it! I am not saying this man is perfect, no man is. But when you are quoting the Word of God, there is little arugument to be had for those who believe in it. It is a fine book with some excellent points, not the absolute and final word in dating for everyone. I am a firm believer in reading from several sorces to get varying perspectives. The Bible should always be the final source for Believers.
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I am a high school student. My friends and I read this book for school. All we could do was laugh about the hugging "techniques" and other ridiculous "precautions". Hugging is 100% harmless. I don't know anyone who has gotten pregnant from hugging a guy. Honestly, does this author ezpect that teenagers will follow these rules? The book claims that a normal hug is essentially dangerous and that side- hugs are more appropriate. Dating is obviously not only emotional, but physical, and this book chooses to pretend that teenagers don't have hormones. Girls and guys, alike, are not interested in "safe hugs" or the "dangers of hand-holding". Books like this are the reason so many teenagers think that Christianity is crazy. Everything involved with dating is blown way out of proportion in this book. One chapter is even called "The Physical Fence"- that explains everything. Teenagers don't like borders especially physical fences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best dating book I've ever read. Jeramy does something that I haven't seen other authors of dating books do, and that's provide good sound doctrine through the entire book!! Everything that he says can be backed by Scripture. When I've read other dating books, I find myself occasionally saying, 'That goes against what the Bible says!!' Clark quotes excellent authors such as John MacArthur, Jr. who knows the biblical approach to seeking God's will. At the back of the book there are questions for each chapter which can help you to retain what you have learned in each chapter. This book will help teenagers see a sound and biblical approach to dating. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to know how and when they can have a dating relationship that will glorify God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I went to christian camp for youth at North Greenville Collage (sp?), SC; I took a class based on Godly Relationships. And some of what the theacher was telling us came from this book. He recommended us to buy it that way when we read it and learn from it we will know how to keep a godly relationship with your significant other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most helpful books that i've read. Jeramy gives lots of guidelines and hints, with out being legalistic. As a christian, this book has changed my life and thoughts about dating. I look at love and romance with whole new eyes after reading this book. I highly recomend it :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave dating a chance is a great book! Admit it, you want to date! Here are some great guidelines for you. Anyone who wants to get an excellent perspective on dating and how to have solid, healthy relationships needs to read this book. A must buy for anyone who has even thought about dating, and for those who have 'kissed dating goodbye.' Jeramy gives a great perspective, a biblical perspective. He discusses key issues that need to be addressed in dating from communication to boundaries to defining a date. This book will challenge you and help you to avoid the periles of dating. This is the best book I have ever read on dating. Check it out for yourself. Jeramy answers the tough questions and does it in a biblical way. Don't compromise your faith, and still date? Yeah, it is possible through accountability and thinking about the issues before they come up. You can have awesome relationships if you follow the advice of this book. Find great direction in this book. If you want to use it as a study for a group, there are questions that follow up on each chapter. this is a great guide for a dating series if you are involved in youth work. Check it out for yourself-you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is seriously the funniest book ever, but not in a good way, my friend got this from her father when she started dating and it has remained a long standing joke for quite some time. 'Do not yolk with the unbelievers.' It seriously says that. If you don't find idiotic things like this funny, DO NOT READ THIS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the author's attitude to be very sad. 'God doesn't want Christians to marry non-Christians?' 'God doesn't want Christians to be friends with non-Christians?' (Direct quotes!) Please don't let your children read this. It is not a balance of the extremes..it is extreme.