The following are web sites and recommended resources to help you if you are single yet preparing to marry someone someday. We pray they will minister to your situation.
Single Yet Preparing Links
• Apuregeneration.com/blog This is a web site, which has a team of young writers, who are dedicated to “taking a stand for purity.” They blog on a variety of issues dealing with purity. These include: dating standards (kissing, hugging, etc.), swearing, modesty, entertainment (music, movies, video games, etc.), sexcasting (taking inappropriate pics/vids), sex outside marriage, self gratification, pornography (viewing or reading about sex), substances (drinking, smoking, drugs, etc.), and other purity issues.
• BIBLE VERSES ABOUT DATING This Open Bible web site lists various scripture verses concerning the question “What Does the Bible Say About Dating?”
• Boundless.org From college to career to relationships, Boundless.org wants “to cast a vibrant vision for the single years. The want to help you navigate this season while preparing for the challenges of the one to come. That requires living intentionally with purpose by bringing your gifts, talents and Christian worldview to bear on your whole life.”
• Crosswalk.com Singles This web site is dedicated to building up the Body of Christ. They do this by offering articles on a variety of helpful topics. This includes ministering to “Singles.” They also offer Christian Living Resources and Bible Studies.
Additional Single Yet Preparing Links:
• Girlsgonewise.com This web site is designed to help young ladies “in a world gone wild.” It is their quest to gain “spiritual smarts in womanhood, regarding life and love.”
• Michellehammond.com This is a different kind of web site for single women. It helps you to live the life God has ordained for you. Michelle is a single woman who has learned through life experiences how to truly be “single —yet preparing.” And yet she experiences life to the fullest —God’s way.
• Startmarriageright.com Whether you are single, dating, engaged, or newlyweds, this web site is created for you. It contains articles, interviews, and resources to help you prepare for marriage, because as they say, “We believe that your wedding day is just the beginning!” (And we agree.)
• Voice of Hope, This is a web site produced by CBN.com, which is continually putting together series of interviews you can watch to give those of you who are single hope and help in knowing how to navigate the dating world in a biblical way.
SINGLE YET PREPARING RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:
• BEFORE THE RING -by William L Coleman, published by Discovery House Publishers. This book has a different “spin” on things than most. It actually focuses in on helping couples to know IF they really should consider marriage. It’s a book that is designed for couples to take the time to get to know each other all the more. It suggests questions for couples to to consider. Author William Coleman says there is a way to assure yourself that you are marrying the right person. Ask questions —lots of questions. Of yourself. Of each other. And then be honest with your answers. To get reliable answers, you have to ask the right questions. And that’s the goal of this book.
• Before You Get Engaged -by David Gudgel and Brent Gudgel, with Danielle Fitch, published by Thomas Nelson. This book offers advice and direction for those who are dating who are considering whether or not they will want to eventually marry. This book can be seen as a pre-engagement book. This of course, makes it unique. It aims at equipping you with insight, confidence, and peace to make one of the biggest decisions of your life.
• Breaking Up -written by Stina Wilson, published by Kregel Publications. This is not an easy book. That is because it challenges your thoughts on what God would want from you if you enter into marriage. A few of the questions addressed are: “How do you know if a relationship is godly? What does a ‘godly relationship’ even mean? Does it mean abstinence? What do you do if your relationship isn’t godly?” Building on her personal experience of working with students in Young Life, Stina Wilson has written this book to help you answer these complicated questions.
• Dating with Pure Passion: More than Rules, More than Courtship, More than a Formula is written by Rob Eagar. It is published by Harvest House. This book is for Christian singles to help to show that “spiritual union with Christ must be the foundation of all of their relationships. This includes dating relationships. Rather than looking to people to meet needs only God can fulfill, readers will learn how to let Christ’s sacrificial love ignite within them a passionate desire to share His love with a special person. This practical guide includes plenty of suggestions for establishing successful dating relationships.”
• How Can I Be Sure?: Questions to Ask Before You Get Married is written by Bob Phillips. It is published by Harvest House Publishers. This book is actually designed not to be an “answer book for marriage problems.” It is meant to be an inventory and “discussion guide to help couples open up important channels of communication. They also express their thoughts, desires, and feelings to each other. Plus this book helps to enhance their growing relationship together.” The author recommends that each person should have a personal copy to write his or her own responses. This book is also designed to be a helpful tool in the hands of Pastors and Counselors for pre-marital counseling.
Additional Single Yet Preparing Resources:
• I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love is written by Ravi Zacharias. It is published by W Publishing Group. The purpose of this book is to help you move from romance to lasting love. Whether you are seriously dating, contemplating marriage, or committed to making your marriage strong, the insightful Bible-based counsel this book provides will offer you strength and wisdom as you move from romance to lasting love. Ravi Zacharias says the following about this book, “It may not be an overstatement to say that a person makes heaven or hell on earth depending on the one he or she marries.
…Marriage is an extraordinary relationship. It is a commitment from which you dare not take a vacation. It demands nurture and care. And like a tender shoot, the better the care, the better the blossom. But to be sure it is hard work. …Within these pages I have made an effort to present God’s intention for marriage as given to us in His Word. Sooner or later we all come to the realization only when we do marriage God’s way do we reap the benefits. When we do marriage our way, we damage His intent and pay the price.”
• I LOVE HIM LORD, BUT HE’S NOT A CHRISTIAN is written by Latasha G Hines. It is published by Jewel Publishers. This book is “the unmarried Christian woman’s guide to deliverance from relationships with men who do not share your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Unequally yoked relationships are toxic. This book, premised on God’s Holy Scriptures, encourages you to seek freedom from the toxic relationship you may be in. It encourages you to forsake the toxic relationship you may be considering. It thwarts the plan of the devil to engage you in toxic relationships in the future.
Readers are armed with the Word of God. There are also testimonies of the author and other women, and prayerful applications to help guide them toward deliverance from unequally yoked relationships. Readers are challenged with the question, How can he love you as Christ loves the church, if he does not know how Christ loves the church? This book offers encouragement and hope to single Christian women.”
• Is This The One?: Insightful Dates for Finding the Love of Your Life is written by Steve Arterburn. It is published by Zondervan. In this book, Steve Arterburn maintains that the key to a long-term relationship is making sure you’re taking the plunge with the right person. He focuses attention on the beginning of relationships. This is before the commitment, before the emotional investment, before the children. He prescribes three sets of ten carefully devised dates designed to help couples reveal their true colors. This will clarify whether or not they are a compatible match. It’s a must read for engaged or dating couples, happy singles, concerned parents, and anyone who wants to make better decisions about who to marry and who to leave behind.
• The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not about Who You Marry, But Why? -written by Gary Thomas, published by David C Cook. “This is sobering but helpful marriage advice” as one reviewer wrote, and we agree. “Gary Thomas debunks the mythical search for a soul mate to help you choose a ‘sole-mate’ —someone who will lay down their life in faithful love. This biblically based book is for anyone who wants to be wise in their pursuit of a spouse.” This is not a book for those who are afraid to look beyond their immediate feelings for the person they want to marry. It is a serious book about a serious matter —who you marry and why, and what to look for in that person, as you pursue the sacred covenant of marriage.
• 10 Great Dates Before You Say “I Do”-by David and Claudia Arp, published by Zondervan. This book has a unique approach featuring fun-filled dates to help seriously dating and engaged couples strengthen their relationship. Couples will soon discover whether or not to go to the next level of commitment. This book will spend quality time together now while preparing for a great marriage in the future. It combines the best of marriage preparation research with a fun, easy-to-follow format. Some of the topics these dates cover: Share your hopes and dreams, Appreciate your differences, Communicate and connect, Develop spiritual intimacy, Evaluate your relationship, Celebrate romance, and more.
• 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged is written by Dr Norman Wright. It is published by Harvest House. In this book, couples counselor Norm Wright steers potential brides and grooms through a series of soul–searching questions. He helps them to discern if they’ve really met ‘the One.’ Couples will be much more confident about whether or not to pursue marriage after completing these in depth questions. Norm also addresses the delicate subject of calling off the wedding if readers discover that a potential mate isn’t actually meant to be a life partner.”