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Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating

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What does Scripture say about dating? Nothing--and everything This book offers a biblical view of relationships, nd discusses attraction, first dates, commitment, and more.
Paperback, 183 pages
Published January 2nd 2006 by P & R Publishing
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One of the cheasiest titles and covers of all time, but some really thoughtful content concerning Biblically-centered relationships (I think most "Christian dating books" suck!).
Mark Ward
I wrote the following review for the Christian Library Journal several years ago. The girl I refer to is now my wife:

Richard and Sharon Phillips have the experience and, more importantly, the biblical knowledge necessary to deal with the sensitive topic they cover in Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating. Their words are aimed at single young adults, not teenagers. They want to help men and women who are in the appropriate season of life to be considering
Johannes Ardiant
A very practical book on how to apply the Biblical principle into courtship. Christ is our ultimate example of love, and thus we ought to ask ourselves before engaging in a dating relationship and further into marriage: "Are we willing to love in self-sacrificing, nurturing way the Bible describes? Are we willing to learn to love this way?"

What should we now do as a single? One thing for sure is we ought to prepare ourselves to the next phase of our life. If you have time, give it to Jesus. Stud
One of the best and more balanced and biblicaly focused dating books out there for Christians, most seem to gravitate at either just bashing dating due to personal experience and then promote courting (which really is just another label for dating, or the "evangelical off-brand" you could say or it) and the The Phillips worked with the singles ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and they have a real love for singles and lots of practical, wise advice. It demolishes many of the ...more
Highly recommended!!
Realistic and biblical look at Christian dating.
For men and women, whether you have dated, are dating, or are hoping to date.
Jean Pierre
In a society where, there is a very low view on the holiness of marriage, this book provides clear biblical insight as to how singles should approach biblical dating or courtship. The chapters go through how marriage is viewed from a biblical standpoint and how singles should apply those things in their pre-marriage relationship. This book eradicates those secular views of relationships that so many Christians, unfortunately, look too. Overall, I found this book very insightful as a young man wh ...more
Crystal Chan
Good biblical book on how to view dating and relationships, with the end goal of marriage
Peter Clegg
A must read for all Christian singles.
From Teenagers to adults, I recommend this book even for those who've been dating for a few years. Though this book is more for those who are starting out in dating. They back up what they are saying with Scripture verses. They talk about the first date, and how the dating life should be Biblically accoring to scripture, how Singleness is a gift from above, continue with dating should lead to getting married. Also talks about. If you are unclear about, what scriptures say's about(Christian)Dati ...more
great for any Christian, single or not
A very clear guide in Christian Dating. Unlike other dating books that are immersed with practical things-to-do if you want a Christ-honoring relationship, Dr. Phillips hits the root of the problem by clarifying God's ultimate purpose in dating and really helps you understand it from a biblical point of view.

Probably more helpful to read before dating, as the 2nd half of the book talks mainly about how to start the relationship right.
Jun 23, 2009 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Tim by: Bob Jones University
This is a great book for anyone considering dating or even in the process of dating. It gives the most thorough description of what happened in the Garden of Eden to get us to where we are now that I have ever heard. This description is applied to the relationship between man, woman, and God. It gives a great description of the what the proper process of dating should be, and what kind of person one should be looking for in a date.
Joshua Briggs
This is a wonderful book. If you are a christian living in the west then you should read this book. It doesn't matter if you're dating or not. If you would like to minister to those who are dating or will be dating this is a great book for you to read.

There are a few minor points I disagree on and some areas I wish they would just spell things out. However, this is the best book I've read on this subject so far.
Interesting read with helpful points regarding relationships.
Won Ho Kim
So much more than a trite book on dating. Great book, not just about dating from a Christian perspective, but several other important but related aspects of Christian living, such as contentment, discerning God's will, and the importance of the local church.
Probably the only dating book I've found to recommend to someone in the Christian community. Good general principles about how to be respectful as, first and foremost, a member of the body of Christ amidst the tumultuous dating process.
This is a very helpful book for young singles. I highly recommend it. Now if only I could find a good dating book more aimed at teenagers...
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Excellent, balanced, Scriptural perspective on dating. Definitely recommend this to my friends - single, dating, and married. :)
Phillip Nguyen
Good read on a biblical view of marriage. Would recommend to singles. Men, treat women like your sisters and take care of them.
for once a Christian dating book that's actually not that bad :)
Lonzo Sheffield
A refreshing Biblical view on how Christians date and should date.
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Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
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