Item description for Best Friends for Life: An Extraordinary New Approach to Dating, Courtship and Marriage--for Parents and their Teens by Michael Phillips & Judy Phillips...
A Bold Plan For A New Generation
The state of marriage is alarming not only in society at large but among Christians as well. Young people need a whole new strategy for finding lifetime mates. Drawing upon their pioneering work in the field of home schooling as well as their work with young people, Michael and Judy Phillips present bold, surprising, sometimes even controversial alternatives to dating as the means for choosing spouses.
Best Friends for Life develops revolutionary ideas about parental involvement, about dating as it is usually understood, and about the pressures young people face to make lifetime decisions prematurely. Families who want to choose God's best will find here a strong prescription for wise, sensible, and lasting Christian marriages.
"This book is for anyone tired of 'business as usual.' Michael and Judy Phillips issue an uncompromising call to come out of the failed system of teenage dating and offer new hope for sound marriages. Best Friends for Life is a lighthouse of moral excellence over a troubled sea of mediocrity."
Timothy F. Murray
Dean of Students Fairwood Bible Institute
"Outstanding! Mike and Judy make the principles of God's Word come alive. They show how we can apply His Word simply and practically. Parents will assume their God-given role as trainers of their children. Young people will have critical questions answered as they read, pray, and interact with their parents."
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 1997
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 155661943X ISBN13 9781556619434
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Phillips & Judy Phillips
Judith Pella is the bestselling author/coauthor of seven major fiction series, including the LONE STAR LEGACY and THE RUSSIANS, as well as the novels Blind Faith and Beloved Stranger. Known for her vivid and powerful stories that combine with her historical and geographical research, Judith's current series is DAUGHTERS OF FORTUNE, set during World War II. She and her family make their home in Oregon.
Michael Phillips currently resides in Eureka, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Best Friends for Life: An Extraordinary New Approach to Dating, Courtship and Marriage--for Parents and their Teens?
Great Resource Aug 17, 2008
I believe this is a great resource for those studying this subject. It is more radical than anything I've read on the subject. However, with the continual decline of happy and healthy and lifelong relationships, I believe it is time to think radically. Even if you do not accept everything in this book I believe there is much food for thought to help you in your quest for a lifelong, best friend relationship. I believe this book gives a good comparison of the different options you might pursue in seeking a relationship.
Foundation of friendship Jan 1, 2003
I loved this book because it gave valuable insights to what a successful marriage looks like. Truly the key is having a marriage based on friendship and honesty; add to that Christ-centered and committment and you have the "secret" to a productive marriage. I enjoyed following the stories of various couples and how their relationships developed. I had my teenage daughter read the book as well; she gained insight on choices people make, the consequence of compromise and the value of developing friendship. I also recomend Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot.
very helpful book. Nov 6, 2001
Well I read this book about a year ago and I am still using the lessons I learned from it. If you are looking for a book about courting and insight into character, read this one. I did not find this book to be dull in the least. It's an informative book and its purpose is not to "entertain". I found the ideas very interesting and went through the book rather quickly. I love this book and would recommend it to just about anyone(and I have).
Counter-Productive & Disappointing Mar 4, 2001
I firmly believe in the principles of courtship. Having read widely on the topic, I am convinced that many well-written, logical, thought-provoking materials are available for those interested in pursuing romance creatively -- without dating. Unfortunately, this book is not one of them. Not only was it boring and insipid, but frequently, the authors contradicted themselves and made radical claims that they could not reinforce with any solid evidence. If I had not already believed that alternatives to dating were the way to go, this book would have driven me as far as possible from the "not dating" route. Probably most disappointing to me was the lack of any quality to the writing style; someone with Michael Phillips' experience should have produced a far better product. If you are interested in alternatives to dating, check out books by Elisabeth Elliott, Joshua Harris, or Eric & Leslie Ludy -- all of which are far superior to this one.
Excellent book with a thought-provoking perspective! May 12, 2000
I just finished reading this book, after hearing much about it for years. I was very impressed! It was really, really good. The Phillips have a great perspective on marriage preparation. I really appreciated their extreme emphasis on character, as well as the parents' role in courtship. I wished they would have talked more about how emotional purity was supposed to enter in, however. I was a bit confused on that point, as they encouraged "breaking up" after a couple was totally in love, if they didn't think the marriage was God's will. Though I'm still in the thinking process regarding the plan of "apprenticeship engagement" they outline--it's so radical, it takes a while to get used to :) --I think it *is* a good thing worth considering. I've been committed to waiting instead of dating for three years now, and am an active proponent of it. I've read many, many books on courtship, and the Phillips' is now one of my favorites, especially on character and marriage preparation. This book is highly recommended for all who believe in some form of waiting instead of dating, and want God's will in their love life! (I'd recommend Josh Harris' book I Kissed Dating Goodbye first, though, if you're new to the concept of not dating.)