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10 Essential Christian Dating Books

Updated on February 17, 2015

Opposite sex relationships can be challenging for single adults. Here are ten essential Christian dating books with a fresh approach to dating.

Essential Christian Dating Books: A Fresh Approach to Dating

Discover a fresh take on Christian dating.
Discover a fresh take on Christian dating. | Source

Are you a Christian single -- either never married, or single again? Are you looking for a book that offers a fresh take on relationships with the opposite sex?

Consider reading some of the dating books showcased in this article.

Until recently, Christian dating books were few and far between. Most Christian relationship books focused on marriage, parenting, and family matters.

Times have changed. Nearly 50 percent of American adults are single adults. Some of the most popular Christian books on the market reflect this change.

Today, numerous relationship and dating books line the shelves of contemporary Christian bookstores. Many of them provide a fun reading experience, and they can help you deal with the special challenges of single living.

From I Kissed Dating Goodbye to Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?, there is something for single adults of every age and season of life.

Here are 10 essential Christian dating books. Consider adding them to your reading list. All of them are available from Amazon, and you can read free samples in Kindle format before you buy the books.

In a culture that has replaced God-ordained love with cheap sensuality, these books offer a fresh take on dating according to God's will. I have listed them alphabetically by title. Enjoy!

1. Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships

Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships is a book by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. It traces a biblical path to intimacy, self-control, and freedom in Christian dating and relationships.

Sharing their professional insights and real-life examples, Cloud and Townsend show you how to enjoy the benefits of dating as you learn to recognize and commit to a lifetime marriage partner.

Have you read Boundaries in Dating? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

2. Choosing God's Best: Wisdom for Lifelong Romance

Choosing God's Best: Wisdom for Lifelong Romance is a book by Don Raunikar. It offers biblical wisdom for choosing a marriage partner. These biblical principles and guidelines can help you develop Christian relationships and courtships.

If you are disillusioned with today's dating scene, Raunikar encourages you to consult with the ultimate Matchmaker to find your lifelong romance.

Have you read Choosing God's Best? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

3. Dating with Pure Passion: More than Rules, More than Courtship, More than a Formula

Dating with Pure Passion: More than Rules, More than Courtship, More than a Formula is a book by Rob Eager. This practical guide can lead you to successful Christian dating and relationships.

Eagar helps you deal with the pressure to get married; heal from past hurts; attract mature singles; choose a marriage partner; and resist sexual temptation.

Have you read Dating with Pure Passion? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

4. Finding the Love of Your Life: Ten Principles for Choosing the Right Marriage Partner

Finding the Love of Your Life: Ten Principles for Choosing the Right Marriage Partner is a Christian dating book by Neil Clark Warren. He is the founder of e-Harmony, a popular online dating website.

Warren presents a clear and reasoned approach to finding a marriage partner. His experience and insights can help you build a strong, enduring bond that lasts for a lifetime.

Have you read Finding the Love of Your Life? Have you tried the e-Harmony dating site? Add a comment below this article, and share your thoughts or experiences with us.

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

Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating is a book by Richard and Sharon Phillips. It is a helpful guide to Christian dating and relationships.

The Phillips offer biblical advice through Scripture verses and practical applications. They share their insights on attraction, dating, commitment, and more.

Have you read Holding Hands, Holding Hearts? What are your thoughts. Share them in the comments below.

6. Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control

Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control is the foremost book on Christian dating and relationships. It centers on the five-year courtship of Elisabeth Elliot and the late Jim Elliot.

Based on stories, letters, and journal entries, the book explores several dating issues, including how to recognize the right person to marry; how to love passionately and remain sexually pure; and more.

Have you read Passion and Purity? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

7. Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity

In Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot challenges you to embrace a radical view of Christian dating and relationships.

Elliot answers your questions about singleness with sound, biblical guidance. She also shares some true stories of singles who found love with God's guidance.

Have you read Quest for Love? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

8. Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry

Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry is a comprehensive marriage program for modern Christian couples.

This self-guided course on premarital counseling was written by Les and Leslie Parrott, a husband-and-wife team of relationship experts.

Have you read Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

9. The Ten Commandments of Dating: Time-Tested Laws for Building Successful Relationships

The Ten Commandments of Dating: Time-tested Laws for Building Successful Relationships is a book by Ben Young and Samuel Adams. It will help you "keep your head as you share your heart."

Young and Adams offer clear-cut, practical guidelines for building a loving, lasting relationship with someone of the opposite sex.

Have you read The Ten Commandments of Dating? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

10. When God Writes Your Love Story: The Ultimate Guide to Guy/Girl Relationships

When God Writes Your Love Story: The Ultimate Guide to Guy/Girl Relationships was written by Eric and Leslie Ludy. In it, they share God's plan for love and romance.

In a culture that has replaced God-ordained love with cheap sensual passion, the Ludy's introduce a Christ-centered method for finding the love of your life.

Have you read When God Writes Your Love Story? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

Your Turn

What are your favorite Christian dating books? Leave a comment below and join the conversation. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.

Reference Sources

Amazon. (2015) "Christian Dating Books." Amazon. Retrieved February 17, 2015.

Dobson, James. (n.d.) "Tips for a Healthy Dating Relationship." Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk. Retrieved February 17, 2015.

Miser, Dani. (n.d.) "Five Red Flags for Christians Blinded by Romance." The Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved February 17, 2015.

Smith, Annette. (January 28, 2015) "The Bible: God's Guidebook for Marriage." Savoring Home. Retrieved February 17, 2015.

These essential Christian dating books focus on dating according to God's will.
These essential Christian dating books focus on dating according to God's will. | Source

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      Annette R. Smith 

      2 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Vanessa. Thank you for reading my article. I'm not familiar with the book you mentioned in your comment. Was it written for Christian singles?

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      Vanessa 

      2 years ago

      Definitely those books is really good to read to those who really want to go in relationship in Christ control... only one thing the book entitled " Act like a Lady, Think like a Man by Steve Harvey I badly want to have that.

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