Dr. Conway Edwards, the singles pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Church in Texas, along with his wife, Jada, writes from the heart to Christian singles about the best way to prepare for marriage. Discussing courtship and dating from a biblical...
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Dr. Conway Edwards, the singles pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Church in Texas, along with his wife, Jada, writes from the heart to Christian singles about the best way to prepare for marriage. Discussing courtship and dating from a biblical perspective, they also share their personal story- including the mistakes they made along the way. The result is a thought-provoking, encouraging manual on making the most of your single years, and getting yourself ready for marriage.
This hard-hitting manual is both warm and honest as the Edwards share their stories of singless and marriage, as well as unearth many gems found in God's Word regarding relationships and the importance of personal spiritual maturity. Treasures include: Definition of a R.E.A.L. man Six behaviors of a godly man How women S.E.R.V.E. as a helpmate Eight behaviors of a godly woman Seven biblical truths regarding relationships and marriage Using F.A.I.T.H. to identify lasting qualities in a mate Seven-point character inspection Frequently Asked Questions regarding Christian dating and relationships
^Jada Edwards also share their personal story-including the mistakes they made along ^the way. A thought-provoking, encouraging manual on making the most of your single ^years, and getting yourself ready for marriage.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface: Take the Lead
1. ^The Journey Begins
2. The Man Your Are Becoming
One Man's Experience
3. ^The Woman You are Becoming
One Woman's Experience
4. Who's Your Comforter?
5. ^Experiencing Healthy Relationships
One Couple's Experience
6. Got F.A.I.T.H.?
7. ^Our Story: He Said, She Said
8. Frequently Asked Questions
About the ^Authors
Suggested Reading List
CONWAY EDWARDS (Dallas Theological Seminary, Regent University) ^is Lead Pastor of the church, One, which ministers to the evolving communities of ^Plano, Allen, Frisco, and McKinney, Texas. He is also the Executive Director for ^the US-based ministry Caribbean Choice for Christ and the president of the National ^Center for Christian Leadership-Jamaica. Conway is the author of Leading a Turnaround ^Ministry: A Process for Exponential Growth. He co-authored When Love's in ^View: Finding Focus in Dating and Relationships and The Undercover Woman ^with his wife, Jada. He and Jada reside in Allen, Texas.
JADA EDWARDS ^is an experienced speaker, Bible teacher, and mentor and holds a Master of Business ^Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently serves as the ^Creative Arts Architect for her church, One, where she seeks to serve the evolving ^communities of Collin County through creative expression and cultural relevance. ^She also works in new business development, partner relations and marketing for ^Caribbean Choice for Christ. Jada and her husband, Conway, have co-authored two ^books: When Love's in View: Finding Focus in Dating and Relationships and ^The Undercover Woman: A Guide for Single Women and Their Spiritual Fathers. ^ Jada lives in Allen, Texas with her husband.
Dr. Conway Edwards, the singles pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Church in Texas, ^along with his wife, Jada, writes from the heart to Christian singles about the ^best way to prepare for marriage. Discussing courtship and dating from a biblical ^perspective, they also share their personal story- including the mistakes they made ^along the way. The result is a thought-provoking, encouraging manual on making the ^most of your single years, and getting yourself ready for marriage.
This ^hard-hitting manual is both warm and honest as the Edwards share their stories of ^singless and marriage, as well as unearth many gems found in God's Word regarding ^relationships and the importance of personal spiritual maturity. Treasures include: ^ Definition of a R.E.A.L. man Six behaviors of a godly man How ^women S.E.R.V.E. as a helpmate Eight behaviors of a godly woman Seven ^biblical truths regarding relationships and marriage Using F.A.I.T.H. to identify ^lasting qualities in a mate Seven-point character inspection Frequently ^Asked Questions regarding Christian dating and relationships
As a family man it hurts to see the increasing divorce rate among ^our people. This book was designed to teach single people how to begin the dating ^process in a healthy and wise way. If you want to get the girl and keep the girl ^without compromising your values, then you need to go "cop" this book.
-Kirk ^Franklin, Gospel Recording Artist
Sticky. Hurtful. Draining. Words like ^these should never describe a relationship. But the 21st-century's definition of ^dating has made it so. Thankfully God has sent us Conway and Jada, lifelong friends ^of mine whose integrity causes the message of this book to speak loud and clear. ^Prepare to be challenged, convicted, and most importantly compelled to be different ^as you prepare to embrace the relationships in a way that brings God glory.
-Priscilla ^Shirer, Bible Teacher and Author
Sincere Christian singles are looking ^for a refreshing, practical, and godly perspective on relationships. It's time for ^Christians to establish a healthier norm for relationships to ensure a future with ^more Christ-centered families. This book is a priceless and proven path to that ^end. I have found great inspiration and encouragement through the wisdom Conway ^and Jada offer and it is a wonderful tool for discipling Christian singles.
-Lekesha ^R. Barnett, Assistant Pastor, New Faith Church, Houston, TX
Finally, my ^friend has put to paper a manual for dating and courting. In 2003, the words in ^this book were only thoughts that were passionately communicated around a lunch ^table. If you're single, read it, if you're a married, read it. Men, he calls us ^to lead and lead we must! Buy this book and read it, repeatedly!
-Pastor ^Rick Cooper, Associate Pastor of Married Couples & Single Adults, North ^Dallas Community Bible Fellowship, Richardson, TX
When Love's in View ^is truly a thought-provoking and soul-stirring book. This book discusses relationships ^in a way that is often felt by most people but never, in truth, verbalized by anyone. ^It is remarkably informative, yet astonishingly realistic; it gives real-life solutions ^to real-life struggles. Not only should every single person, both male and female, ^take the time to read this book, but every pastor or counselor-of-singles should ^read it. After reading the book, you will be equipped with the "antidote" on how ^to see a clearer picture of Christian "dating" and the roles that God destined for ^the man and woman.
-Eric L. Alexander, Senior Pastor, St. Luke Baptist ^Church, North Little Rock, AR
Every now and then, God gives you a friend ^that you instantly connect with at a deep level. Conway is one of those friends ^for me. His vulnerability opens the door for honest spiritual exploration, and his ^insight turns on the light of wisdom so that I can see my heart more clearly. More ^than anything, though, he helps me see Jesus' heart for me in the midst of my soul-searching. ^I have no doubt that as you read; he will do the same for you.
-Jeff Lawrence, ^Equipping Pastor, Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, TX
Guarding the ^heart is an ancient principle with modern applications. Conway and Jada take this ^principle and apply it to the fastest-growing population in America. Every unattached ^person would do well to ponder these principles and potentially save him or herself ^a great deal of pain. You should seriously engage the principles of this book before ^you allow anyone else to engage your heart.
-James R. Womack, Senior Pastor, ^Destiny Church, Fort Worth, TX
Helen Keller was asked, "Do you know of ^anything that's worse than being blind?" She thought for a moment and then said, ^"Yes, there is one thing worse than being blind-having sight with no vision." Unfortunately ^my wife and I were once visionless college singles pursuing dating relationships ^by sight alone. Lacking a vision for singleness proved detrimental in much of our ^relational decision making as collegians. We needed a guide! It is with great delight ^that I endorse Dr. Conway and Jada Edwards, When Love's in View: Finding Focus ^in Dating and Relationships, as a progressive blueprint for guiding singles ^with real issues to the destination of healthy relationships.
-Rev. & ^Mrs. Curtis Woods, Kentucky State University, Campus Ministers
Jada is an experienced Bible teacher and has committed her life to equipping women of all ages with practical, biblical truth. She currently serves as the Women's Pastor and as the Director of Creative Services for One Community Church in Plano, Texas. Jada teaches a mid-week women's Bible study to over 1,300 women each week. She has authored two books based on her Bible studies: Captive Mind and Thirst . She and her husband, Conway, have a son, Joah, and a daughter, Chloe.