Jenna voiced a common concern among single Christians looking for a lifelong partner: “My spiritual beliefs and values often make dating a very risky pursuit.
I’ve been set up with guys—even ones who know I’m a Christian—who expect me to go along with their lifestyle choices: sex, drugs, excessive drinking, and the rest.
The time to think through any potentially perilous situation is before it happens. If holding to your values is important to you, take time to identify them before you start dating. Many awkward and compromising situations can be avoided by simply being honest with your date about your standards.
If you traveled to a large city, you would get clear directions to your exact destination so you don’t end up in an unsafe area. If your dating partner resists your efforts to be true to your beliefs, then do yourself a favor—gracefully bow out. When facing any challenge, it helps to know you are not alone.
Buy from Amazon » Written by Blaine Bartel, this book doesn’t just focus on how to find the right person to date, but also how teens can be the right person for someone else while avoiding the dangers of dating in today’s world.
It also discusses the importance of being friends before dating and the difference between love and lust, which can be a confusing thing in the teen years.
Here are some books that can help teens guide their dating lives with biblical principles, wisdom, and a focus on God.
Bringing a fresh approach to dating relationships, Eric and Leslie Ludy tell their story and show how true love can bring satisfying fulfillment and romance to Christian teens that are faced with the cheap, sensual passion promoted by the world around them.
Buy from Amazon » Not just a book that tells teens what to do, but instead this is a journal that helps Christian teens sort through their complex relationships with wisdom and support from the authors.
There are exercises to express feelings and develop strength of conviction.
Enlist others who share your commitment to moral integrity.
Ask them to watch your back, encourage you hold firm to your convictions, and keep you accountable. And strength is what Christian singles need when navigating the tumultuous waters of potential romance.
Buy from Amazon » Michael and Amy Smalley use humor, personal, stories, and straight talk to challenge teens to a dating life filled with Godly principles like honor and purity.