Item description for Choosing God's Best: Wisdom for Lifelong Romance by Don Raunikar...
Overview For those tired of "Russian roulette" romance, Dr. Raunikar, who works extensively with singles seeking relief from the dark side of dating, shows a better, biblical way.
Publishers Description Make a God Choice, Not Just a Good Choice Many Christian singles today are in pain. Wounded from past relationships, overwhelmed at being single longer than they expected, devastated at finding themselves single again. Eighteen- to sixty-year-olds will welcome the timely, biblically based approach Dr. Raunikar offers as he encourages them along the path to "Choosing God's Best: "healing from the past; learning how to avoid the pain of "counterfeit oneness" physically, emotionally, and spiritually; and much more. This attractive, repackaged edition delves into the real issues Christian singles face today and offers sound, proven advice for creating deeply satisfying godly relationships. Who's Your Matchmaker? Disillusioned by dating? Tired of being let down? It may be time to visit the""ultimate Matchmaker. No matter what your age or past, it's never too late to trust God and choose His best for your future. Dr. Don Raunikar delves into the real issues to offer proven, biblical principles for creating godly relationships and a deeply satisfying courtship. Read this book--and be ready for romance God's way.
"Dr. Don Raunikar offers hope for the single man or woman who is disillusioned with the modern dating scene. Drawing upon time-tested biblical principles, Dr. Raunikar makes a convincing case for the benefits of a courtship based on God's wisdom, versus a dating relationship based on man's." Bill Bright Founder, Campus Crusade for Christ International "I feel like "Choosing God's Best" was written specifically for me. Few would argue that the current system of dating isn't in desperate need of reform. Dr. Raunikar goes even further with his radical, biblical solution to the perils and pitfalls of dating. Thanks, Dr. Raunikar, for being a radical." Derek Webb Singer/songwriter "I'm so glad to see a book addressing what I've called the 'dating mess.' "Choosing God's""Best" is straightforward and scriptural. I especially appreciated the explanation of the categories of dating, which are seldom understood." Elisabeth Elliot Author and speaker "I wish this book had been around when I was dating. So much pain, so many missed opportunities, and so many mistakes could have been avoided if I had used these principles." Steve Arterburn Founder and chairman, New Life Ministries Story Behind the Book Dr. Don Raunikar was a professional therapist specializing in singles' issues. He wrote "Choosing God's Best "as a result of discovering the common frustrations and desires of his patients, combined with his own experiences before he was married. Originally published in 1998, the book continues to serve as a timeless message for singles. Still changing lives to this day, this repackaged edition will reach an even broader, untapped market with the hope of God's truth and His promise for healthy relationships.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590524586 ISBN13 9781590524589
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More About Don Raunikar
Dr. Don Raunikar was the director of New Life Clinics in Houston, Texas, where he worked as a psychotherapist specializing in singles issues. He led Christian singles seminars nationwide and oversaw Lifehouse, a Christian home for young women experiencing crisis pregnancies. Dr. Raunikar passed away in 2004."
Don Raunikar currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Choosing Gods Best (Repack)?
Great read! Very insightful! Dec 1, 2008
This book has really taught me the difference between dating and courting. Its really all about keeping God first and letting Him make the choice for you, not trying to choose on your own.
Very methodical, systematic view of courtship Aug 29, 2008
I read older edition of this book back in 2002. This book will appeal especially to those who have a very methodical, analytical, systematic mind.
I really enjoyed the different charts outlining the specific steps of courtship (the order of the steps are guidelines not rules) from being acquaintances to being married. Mr. Raunikar describe what is recommended at each step before proceeding to the next one. Those who don't like the restriction of rules, method, or guidelines won't enjoy that. But I think there is great security and comfort in following planned out steps, carefully, and staying within specific rules guided by wisdom.
Not all of it will be applicable to everybody. In some cases it would be impossible, for example if you are an older adult and your parents are not saved, and they do not even live in the same country as you, and if you attend a mega church where the pastor does not even know you, and your accountabily is too busy with their own family to spend regular time with you in person. Finding another accountability couple is not that easy, when it took me 10 years to build the close friendship I currently have with mine.
This book, in combination with I Kissed Dating Goodbye, is extremely valuable for those like me who have led a rather sheltered life (a good thing I'm grateful for) and have never been part of the dating mess, and who have a heart that's never been damaged by wrong romantic relationships, and want to keep it intact for one's future spouse (if any), or simply to honor Christ by not wasting it in useless romantic pursuits.
I liked the chapter on the history of dating, and how this social practice did not exist before the 20th century. It also explained how people met and courted before. Your great-great-great grandparents did not date, they most likely followed the regimented steps of courtship, knowing what was to be expected by society at each step, and got married. It's much less confusing than dating.
If you have a submissive heart and easily welcome accountability, listen to and obey older Christians who are wiser and more experienced (like an accountability `parent'), you will enjoy this book and gain much from it. On the other hand if you have a rebellious, very independent streak, and are uncomfortable with being watched, observed, and guided by wiser, more godly people, and like to do your own thing, this book is not for you.
Overall I highly recommend "Choosing God's Best".
MISLEADING!!! Aug 14, 2008
So I was dating this guy and the relationship was getting serious, but I still wasn't sure if it was right. I saw "Choosing God's Best" at the bookstore, and read the back to learn more. It talked about learning to trust God for your future, and how it "...delves into the real issues" and will help teach you how to create "...Godly relationships and a deeply satisfying courtship." I was excited, hoping this book would clear my head about if the man I was dating was God's best for me!
So I start reading it and it begins by saying how and why you shouldn't date, even goes so far as to suggest it isn't biblical to date. This wasn't pertinent to me, but I kept reading on, searching for some relevance to the title. THE WHOLE FREAKING BOOK IS ABOUT WHY DATING IS "BAD." If I wanted to read a book about not dating, I would have read "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." The author is very misleading about what is actually IN this book and what revelations he promises to reveal, when really he devotes all 242 pages to pounding into your head why you shouldn't date.
This book was a WASTE OF MONEY. I agree with what he says about finding your identity in Christ before you get married- but I can tell you, If I DIDN'T date- I would have ended up marrying my high school boyfriend who I was with for 6 years. By dating him, I learned he was NOT God's best for me, and have moved on.
Choosing God's Best isn't about choosing at all, its about waiting to fall in love for the first time- so that must mean it's your soul mate.
Make Your Kids Read This! Nov 26, 2007
Since this book was first published, I must have purchased 15 copies at least. I just ordered 4 more. The reason is simple. It tells young folks where they are in the mate selection process. As a parent, I can use it as a guide, to discuss with my my teenagers where they are in the process. If they are kissing, then they are in the engagement process, and need to slow down. My oldest son read it years ago, and finally married a girl who was also age 30. My son was the first boy she ever held hands with, or kissed. She read the book before he did! Dating teaches us how to divorce. We make every potential boyfriend read this book before they can visit with our daughters. Those that don't read it, don't get to come back, and are eliminated by the process. Must have book!
one of the best books, in this subject Jul 25, 2007
i was skeptical at first about reading this book. I still decided to read it, and im glad i did! Dr. Raunikar not only gives biblical references, but also supports them with stories and statistics. its a great and refreshing read with study and discussion questions at the end of each chapter. i highly recommend this book for singles trying do the right thing and follow God's way to choosing His best