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Navigating the four critical seasons of relationship

The vast majority of young people will still pass through the key phases of singleness, dating, engagement, and marriage in their twenties. Yet they are delaying marriage longer than any generation in human history. Why?

For the first time in history, the average age for an American woman having her first child, 26, is younger than the average age of her first marriage, 27. More children than ever are growing up in fatherless homes, despite the overwhelming evidence that in every measurable way this is bad for the child. The Center for Disease Control also recently reported a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted disease nationwide. In Rhode Island alone, since the onset of online dating, reported cases of Syphilis has risen 79%, and HIV has increased by 33%. Though many young people can avoid early pregnancy and STDs, most cannot dodge the depression and feelings of isolation that characterize this modern generation. Studies show a dramatic rise in self-reported loneliness among the young. All of our technological connectivity has not made us feel more connected. In many ways, the very screens that are meant to link us to others have become shields blocking us from the deep intimacy we crave. Many have discovered that where there is a lack of intimacy, addiction often rises to take its place. How can a young person navigate such troubled waters? Is there hope out there?

Like a sailor on turbulent seas, we need to look up and see the North Star: the fixed points in the sky whereby we might navigate the objective realities in life. We need the skill-set to know how to journey through life and how to select the right people to journey alongside. In this book we will chart a course through the four relational phases that the vast majority of human beings on the planet will pass through in their twenties: singleness, dating, engaged and married.

©2017 Ben Stuart (P)2017 Two Words Publishing, LLC

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I highly recommend listening to this book

I absolutely loved this book! Such a wealth of great information on how to navigate through one of the most important decisions in our lives.

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Some great truths within!

Some great truths, but geared towards a younger crowd, not a thirty-something single. There was a lot I enjoyed, but a lot seemed overly simplified, and at times almost condescending. There was some great explanations of submission as it concerns married life though.

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I just really enjoy how he broke down how godly marriage should be .

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Super amazing book

This book is both entertaining and captivating and encouraging to someone who is their single stage of life and want his bearings on what he needs to look for. This is an encouragement to not give up, but to be patient and to live in my singleness to the fullest enjoying all the benefits of being single loving God to the fullest. I’ve grown from this book and would recommend it to anyone in any four stages this book talks about.

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Makes You Think

A book that does a great job presenting a Godly perspective on the modern age of dating. Ben did a good job presenting a general, overarching theme to romantic relationships and connected them to the smaller details and practical examples well. Definitely recommend this to the young adults of the generation, but also to older couples, since it does address how the current culture affects both married and single relationships.

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Fun and Insightful

I laughed a few times during this book and I contemplated some challenging thoughts. I would recommend this book to singles and married alike.

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Great for graduating seniors

I’m a youth minister and read this book wondering if it would be helpful to my kids going off to college and the answer is YES! Of my conversations with college students questions about dating and marriage are by far the most prevalent. This book speaks to those questions with wisdom and clarity. I definitely recommend this book!

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Amazing! You must get this book!! Changed my life!

It talks about issues that most self development books wont. It provided some perspective on how to go about the journey of finding a spouse in a way that is loving, honest, and insightful. It motivates me to seek God more and develop my self to become the best version of myself when I meet and eventually marry my wife.
Its a great read. May it be a blessing in your life like it was in mine. Jesus Loves you and wants you to live full, love filled lives that glorify Him and is a blessing to others. God bless and may grace, mercy, and peace be with you always.

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wow

this book was gold. so helpful, so relevant. it also applies to every generation. I believe everyone should read this. no matter what stage / age.

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Good Scripture-based book, light on social science

What was most disappointing about Ben Stuart’s story?

Ben relies heavily on his own experiences for anecdotes and as support for his positions, but they make me question his experiences with relationships. I have found the best counselors on relationships are those who have counseled others for years and have seen a variety of issues and how diverse the problems and solutions can be, not those that use their own experiences as a guide (we're all biased when we self-evaluate). It's a little unfair, but also just the facts - Ben is a little young and inexperienced.

Any additional comments?

This book was fine, but probably better focused on young adults. Also, while I appreciated it's heavy citation to the Bible (authority for positions is important!), I wish the categorization and advertising for this book would have been more clear it is based largely on Scripture. Even as a person of faith, I found it a little heavy in Scriptural basis and would have liked to have seen more scientific/social-science integrated with the Faith.

If you're a non-believer, this book will be very tough to work through, although the author tries to give sufficient context for the Scripture citations.