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Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating (Phillips)

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What does Scripture say about dating? Nothing—and everything!

According to the Bible's perspective, if you are dating you are not just holding hands—you are holding hearts. What you do with your own heart, and what you do with another's, is a matter of great importance!

This book offers a biblical view of relationships and doesn't shy away from discussing attraction, first dates, commitment and more elements that need to come together to make a successful relationship.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: A Biblical View of Dating and Relationships

1. Love Made New: God’s Design in Creation

2. Trouble in Paradise: The Relationship Fallen in Sin

3. ‘Put on Love’: The Relationship Redeemed in Christ

4. God’s Blueprint for Love: The Relationship Redeemed in Christ, Part 2

Part 2: Biblical Wisdom for Dating and Relationships

5. Words to the Wise: A Proverbial Take on Attraction

6. Table for Two: The First Date

7. The Big C-Word: To Commit or Not to Commit?

8. Could This Be Love? From Dating to Marriage

9. Waiting for Love?


“Required reading for every single adult.” — Justin Taylor, co-editor, Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

“If singles read and apply the biblical counsel of this book, many of the painful problems that couples might face after the wedding will be prevented.” — Wayne A. Mack, author, Strengthening Your Marriage

“In biblical, practical, down-to-earth ways the Phillipses show how, by grace, love is really supposed to work.” — Phil and Lisa Ryken, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

“This terrific book brings clarity, a biblical orientation, and lots of hope.” — John Yenchko, co-author, Pre-Engagement: 5 Questions to Ask Yourselves

“I intend to require this book for my students for years to come.” — Dan Zink, Covenant Theological Seminary


Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.