In my newsletter a month or so ago I asked if you wanted book recommendations. The answer was overwhelmingly “YES” so here we are!
Once a month, probably in the middle of the month, I’m going to give you all a book recommendation in a bonus post like this one! This is also going to help me read more, so I’m pumped.
This month’s book you might recognize from my gift guide in one of the December newsletters. (If you subscribe to that, and if not, what are you waiting for! You can Subscribe here )
Love That Lasts by Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke is a book about love, dating, marriage, and sex.
Let me tell you though, just because it is a book written by married people, and it certainly is for married people, it is also for people who are single or dating.
Jefferson and Alyssa take turns writing chapters in this book, which are hilariously titled like songs we all know. (ex. Where is the love?, Fake love, Call me maybe, We are never ever getting back together, At Last, Let’s Get it On) Honestly just so creative and funny of them, but they take turns writing and telling their love story and giving advice throughout.
Jefferson has more of a “prodigal son story” as he calls it, where he grew up with sex and pornography being the norm. On the other hand, Alyssa grew up in a strict “true love waits” situation. They talk about combining their love from those backgrounds and how they felt they had been “duped” from both sides. So this book was their way of talking about a new vision of love with their storytelling and biblical teaching without being weird. (Why can the church be so weird sometimes when talking about sex, dating, and marriage?!)
Some things you will find in this book:
- Jefferson and Alyssa’s Raw Love Story
- How to separate yourself from toxic ideas about Love
- What your identity is vs. what it is not
- Tough questions you need to ask when you are dating
- How to do relationships the right way and what that looks like
- What Real Love Is
- A Better Way for Sex
- How Jesus has won in our Relationships
There are so many realizations I had while reading this, and some of them I will share in this week’s blog post. In case you can’t tell, I’m highly recommending this book. In a relationship or not, this book has something for everyone.
Let me know if you have read it or plan to read it! If you have read it, what was your favorite part?
There are some accompanying studies that go with this, and I will link those below as well.