The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance

The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance

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ISBN-13: 9781414379746
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 487,449
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

A Note from Rik Swartzwelder vii

Introduction: When Life Was Simpler: Welcome to the Old Fashioned Way xi

Day 1 What's Right about Today's Dating Scene 1

Day 2 What's Right about Yesteryear's Dating Scene 5

Day 3 But the Old Fashioned Way Is So Old Fashioned 9

Day 4 But I've Done Everything Right! 13

Day 5 Longing for More 19

Day 6 Changing Course 23

Day 7 What Do You Want? 29

Day 8 Begin Again 33

Day 9 Respect Yourself 37

Day 10 Serving the "Thou," Not the "I" 43

Day 11 A Word about Guilt 49

Day 12 Why Boundaries Matter 53

Day 13 Emotional Promiscuity 59

Day 14 Beyond the Dating Life 65

Day 15 Can Men and Women Be Just Friends? 69

Day 16 The Good Old Days of Courtship 75

Day 17 Goodness Gracious 81

Day 18 Chivalry Is Not Dead! 85

Day 19 Nobility Isn't Just for Royals 91

Day 20 Chastity. Really? 97

Day 21 The Pleasure of Purity 103

Day 22 A Modest Longing 109

Day 23 That's What Friends Are For 115

Day 24 On Accountability 119

Day 25 Avoiding Extremes 125

Day 26 Building Good Habits 131

Day 27 How Compatible Are You? 135

Day 28 Redefining Romance 141

Day 29 In Search of the Perfect Person 147

Day 30 I Think I Love You 151

Day 31 A Word to the Men 155

Day 32 A Word to the Women 161

Day 33 The Purpose of Marriage 165

Day 34 How Do I Know? 171

Day 35 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 175

Day 36 Setting Your Priorities 179

Day 37 Waiting for My Real Life to Begin 185

Day 38 Part of a Bigger Story 189

Day 39 Christ Alone 193

Day 40 By Gods Grace 203

Epilogue; Satisfaction Guaranteed! 203

Acknowledgments 203

Appendix A Getting Started 205

Appendix B Conversation Starters 213

Appendix C More Resources 219

A Plot Summary of Old Fashioned 221

Endnotes 223

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The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
A *New* Old Fashioned Way (to Think About Romance)! The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance is a 40 day devotional book based on the 2015 Christian/faith-based film, Old Fashioned. Author Ginger Kolbaba invites readers to re-evaluate what they think about God, love, and romantic relationships in topical daily devotionals. Each devotional is about 4-6 pages long and opens with a quote (often an excerpt of the Old Fashioned screenplay), a devotion focused on a specific idea or topic, a passage or excerpt of relevant Scripture, and either journaling prompts or questions to consider. Many of the devotionals also feature a short prayer based on the topic of that day. I don’t normally use devotional books for personal devotions, but I did enjoy working my way through this book. Despite the title, Kolbaba didn’t say “all Christians must court” or anything like that, but emphasized the importance of seeking God when coming up with your personal standards regarding romantic relationships, that it was something between you and God, something that can vary depending on the individual. One of the things that I felt I got out of this was focusing on being the person God wants me to be, doing what He has for me, not matter the state of my love life is … and to try not to worry and to trust His timing. However, in a world where casual dating and "hookup culture" is becoming more common, I think getting people to think about intentional dating or personal standards, like this book does, is something to encourage. Finishing this book has only left me more eager to finally watch the Old Fashioned film! Recommended for Christian singles looking for an evenhanded approach to modern dating, love, and romance. 4 & 1/2 stars. [Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.]
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
A *New* Old Fashioned Way (to Think About Romance). The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance is a 40 day devotional book based on the 2015 Christian/faith-based film, Old Fashioned. Author Ginger Kolbaba invites readers to re-evaluate what they think about God, love, and romantic relationships in topical daily devotionals. Each devotional is about 4-6 pages long and opens with a quote (often an excerpt of the Old Fashioned screenplay), a devotion focused on a specific idea or topic, a passage or excerpt of relevant Scripture, and either journaling prompts or questions to consider. Many of the devotionals also feature a short prayer based on the topic of that day. I don’t normally use devotional books for personal devotions, but I did enjoy working my way through this book. Despite the title, Kolbaba didn’t say “all Christians must court” or anything like that, but emphasized the importance of seeking God when coming up with your personal standards regarding romantic relationships, that it was something between you and God, something that can vary depending on the individual. One of the things that I felt I got out of this was focusing on being the person God wants me to be, doing what He has for me, not matter the state of my love life is … and to try not to worry and to trust His timing. However, in a world where casual dating and "hookup culture" is becoming more common, I think getting people to think about intentional dating or personal standards, like this book does, is something to encourage. Finishing this book has only left me more eager to finally watch the Old Fashioned film! Recommended for Christian singles looking for an evenhanded approach to modern dating, love, and romance. 4 & 1/2 stars. [Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.]
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The devotional, The Old Fashioned Way, reclaiming the lost art of romance by Ginger Kolbaba is perfect in allowing readers to gain an idea of what it means to court others in lieu of dating them and opens up different perspectives I have never considered because often times we only look at our own wants and needs and remain indifferent to those of someone we might be interested in. Each chapter takes into consideration very different ideas explored both from the movie, Old Fashioned, but other world views as well and gives you some amazing biblical insight that is guaranteed to spark some very different conversations in your own relationships and that of raising morally conscience children. I believe more than ever, this is practical advice that provides the proper perspective both men and women need in regards to the alternatives to dating and relationships, and that is understanding the ideals and principles from both the Bible and from old fashioned courtships that keep purity and boundaries in place until marriage happens. It is something I feel women are searching for as they strive to find romance in often times the wrong places, wrong people and wrong relationships, because they are willing to give up and compromise on their personal beliefs for love. I received The Old Fashioned Way devotional by Ginger Kolbaba compliments of Propeller LLC and Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review of these wonderful book. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review outside of a free copy of the book for my honest opinion. This is a must have for anyone considering dating, parenting and relationships from a Christian and biblical perspective. It offers an alternative to what the world would view offers society today and in keeping with the biblical and moral standards found in the Bible. For me, this is well worth all 5 out of 5 stars especially when parents are looking for an alternative way to keeping purity before marriage and a biblical view on relationships and courtship! Chivalry is definitely not dead!!
Pooke More than 1 year ago
What's Love Got To Do With It? How's your dating life? This is a great book about dating in modern times, along with incorporating some idea's from yesterday, too.  The author is very frank about what people, both Christian and non-Christians are doing in today's dating world, what the culture condones, and how difficult it can be for singles. Want some dating advice? Think of this book as a forty day guide to relationships since it is divided into forty sections, each one dealing with a different topic.   Some examples include: "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin," or "Avoiding Extremes" or "Chastity. Really?"   Although each day can be quickly read, they contain golden nuggets of advice for single adults.   There is information about on-line dating to why dating ideas from the past benefit us The end of each section gives the reader something good to mull over, and even journal about if desired.  The author's Ten Commandments for dating are definitely worth checking out, as are the conversation starters she offers at the end of the volume.  This 5-star book gives a lot of good information about dating, having a more fulfilling life, and improving relationships with others--both friends and people you date.  It is done from a Christian viewpoint, and I highly recommend it.  Watch a movie about the topic!   This book was inspired by the new PG-13 rated movie, Old Fashioned, that opens Valentine's Day Weekend.  "When did treating women with respect become the joke?" asks Clay, the main character. "Chivalry makes a comeback," is one of the taglines for Old Fashioned along with "Love is patient...Love is kind...Love is Old Fashioned."   As they say, see it at a theater near you .   Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.