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1. Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot
Trust me, this book is less steamy than it sounds. It is about missionary and author Elizabeth Elliot’s journey through life and love. She so adeptly explores the difficulties of both singleness and relationships in giving our loves and our lives to Jesus first, even if it means sacrificing what we want most.
2. I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
This book was honestly most helpful to me when I was single. It was so nice to read about Joshua Harris’s experience with giving control of his love life to God. One of my favorite concepts he explores is that when he felt lonely because he wasn’t in a relationship, he learned that those feelings were God calling him back to finding joy in Him. I keep this idea in my heart today still.
3. Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship by Joshua Harris
Aaaand the sequel! Joshua Harris applied the ideas of his above book and met a girl who he felt led to pursue, they got married, and he wrote a second book.To be perfectly honest, I didn’t totally agree with everything he expressed in this book, and definitely pursued Caleb’s and my relationship differently. However, his biblical principles are sound and he gives great advice for pursuing a godly relationship that leads to marriage.
4. Sheet Music by Dr. Kevin Leeman
Alright guys, this is a sex book. There are a few chapters for couples who are engaged, but please don’t read further if you aren’t yet married! Dr. Leeman explores how intimacy is about so much more than the physical qualities. Being new to the whole sex thing, my husband and I both found this book helpful and informative! We are still reading through it. 🙂
5. The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire
Another sex book (#sorrynotsorry). This book was given to me at my bridal shower and again, was SUPER helpful in explaining a lot of what I as a virgin bride did not know. My husband and I also had a few struggles with sexual intimacy at the beginning, and this book gave me a wonderful perspective on that. I love how she also mentions the restoration and healing available for those who feel broken in this area.
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