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A romantic’s view on how scripture and engagement combine

A review of a book about engagement

What advice does the Bible give for our contemporary view of engagement? (Photograph provided by Megan Alms)

What advice does the Bible give for our contemporary view of engagement? (Photograph provided by Megan Alms)

By Megan Alms | Contributor

Since the contemporary idea of engagement is a cultural phenomenon which did not exist in the same way when the Bible was written, scripture tells us little on how we should live as engaged individuals.

“Letters to a Romantic: On Engagement” applies scripture to our modern concept of engagement, giving practical and Biblical advice to those preparing to get married. This book is written for men and women considering engagement or who are already engaged and offers a biblical perspective on marriage and how we can apply scripture to our culture’s engagement period.

Each chapter of this book is a “letter” from the authors on various aspects of engagement: length of engagement, choosing a church, maintaining friendships, planning parties, managing conflict, etc. Scripture is frequently cited, and it is always applied in a practical context.

Each chapter also ends with discussion questions for couples. It guides the partnership through answering the difficult questions about marriage: How do we deal with unsolicited advice? Will we use contraceptives? How do we pursue a spiritual relationship?

Most of all, this book reinforces just how big of a commitment marriage is. It pleads the reader to be completely ready to devote to his or her spouse before meeting at the altar.

This is a valuable tool for husbands- and wives-to-be to read individually and together when preparing for a wedding and the shared life to follow.

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