Monday, November 11, 2013

My Review of True Love Dates

Here's a description of the book from Zondervan:

"In True Love Dates, Debra Fileta encourages singles not to 'kiss dating goodbye' but instead to experience a season of dating as a way to find real love. Through reading powerful, real-life stories (including the author’s personal journey) and gaining insights from Fileta’s experience as a professional counselor, readers will discover that it is possible to find true love through dating."

You can learn more about the book and author on the True Love Dates website.

My Review

When I came across a positive review for this book on a blog I follow (Emily Rachelle Writes), I was intrigued. Modern romance seems fraught with complexities and uncertainties that have to be navigated, so any solid advice is welcome - and it's always encouraging to read about the various ways couples find each other and discover love.

True Love Dates is divided into four parts: Dating Inward, Dating Outward, Dating Upward, and a section dedicated to FAQs and the author's responses. I really appreciate Fileta's perspective, looking at dating in its place within one's whole life rather than focusing only on the act of dating itself.

For "dating inward," the idea that you should be comfortable with yourself - with your goals, your desires, and your identity - instead of rushing into a relationship and letting the relationship define you makes a lot of sense. And for "dating upward," the reminder that God's plan for our lives (in light of eternity) encompasses more than one relationship resonates with me. There seemed to be a bit of a disconnect regarding Fileta's opinions on living in the present of a dating relationship and planning for the future, but there's still a lot of great food for thought within the pages. (And if you've known me long in the blogosphere, you know I enjoyed the "seasons" analogy in the "dating outward" section!)

From sharing her thoughts on common concerns that young people have about dating, to helping the reader keep the big, hopeful picture in mind, Fileta has written a book with heart that has a lot to offer those who have questions about love.

*With thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing me with a temporary e-ARC of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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