Your Future Other Half: It Matters Whom You Marry
Summary: The subtitle of this book says it perfectly--it matters whom you marry! Your future spouse is going to have an enormous impact on your life--physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally. But most importantly, a spouse will greatly impact your spiritual life. Will he be concerned about your personal relationship with the Lord and ensure that it continues to grow? Will he lead both you and any possible children you may have together in a godly manner, tenderly nurturing his household in the ways of the Lord? This book is especially geared to young unmarried women and the message is a solid and biblical one.
Personal Thoughts: I wish I could put this book into every young woman's hands. Now, no man is perfect, but the Bible gives some pretty solid guidelines when it comes to choosing a spouse, and the author does an excellent job of highlighting those requirements. She also makes it clear that while a young woman is 'sizing' up a man, her suitor is also evaluating her according to the Biblical requirements of a wife and mother. What are young women doing right now to prepare themselves to be a healthy, godly wife? The chapter on a man affecting your entire spiritual life is definitely the best chapter in the book and certainly the most important in my opinion.
Quote: The first principle that I would like to share with you is simple and direct: if the guy that you're thinking of is not a believer, you should stop dating him right now! Even if he seems open to change, it is never appropriate to yoke a redeemed soul with an unregenerate one--not even if you're 'only dating.' Christ has bought you with a price and it is simply not an option to give away that blood-bought heart to someone who doesn't know and love your Lord. Doing so will cripple your spiritual development, open up a host of temptations, stifle your prayer life, make regular church going difficult, and cause massive parenting conflict if you have children. The idea that he is your soul mate is a lie; his soul is a stranger to the grace that has saved you. Scripture tells you to walk away from his advances. --pg. 27,28