Dating, followed by courtship, is supposed to lead to a happy marriage.
But marriage cannot be happy if it is not built on the right foundation.
There are many manuals available, written from the human perspective, on how to date, court and find a mate.
This "sisterhood" or "brotherhood" that develops when they are young continues throughout their lives, and serves as a network to become familiar with other families.Also, because it sounds too “official” and “old-fashioned,” teenagers today rarely even use the term “dating.” The idea of a date—when a man formally asks a woman, for instance, if she would accept an engagement for dinner—is nearly non-existent.Many simply slip or tumble into dating situations, seemingly not caring how this happens, or even what happens.Even if both were serious, and technically courting from this point (this is often the case today after just two dates), most would still refer to this as dating.In fact, there is no common understanding of just what dating and courtship are, or the plain difference between the two—and there is a big difference!When a young person decides to get married, the following steps often take place: This type of focused courtship helps ensure the strength of the marriage by drawing upon family elders' wisdom and guidance in this important life decision.Family involvement in the choice of a marriage partner helps assure that the choice is based not on romantic notions, but rather on a careful, objective evaluation of the compatibility of the couple.Again, this term is very rarely used in society today, and most do not have any idea what it really means.Webster's states that courting is “to engage in social activities leading to engagement and marriage.” Most would reply, “But isn't that dating? Courting is a separate but important and intricate part of the process pointing toward and leading to marriage.That is why these marriages often prove very successful in the long-term.Countless millions of shattered families began with wrong dating habits. Almost no one understands the real purpose of dating or of the courtship that can ensue. TABLE OF CONTENTS * INTRODUCTION * Chapter One – DATING TODAY * Chapter Two – A FATAL MIXTURE * Chapter Three – LUST AND INFATUATION—THE WRONG FOUNDATION * Chapter Four – ESTABLISHING THE RIGHT FOUNDATION * Chapter Five – TRUE LOVE—AND HOW IT RELATES TO DATING * Chapter Six – THE PURPOSE OF DATING * Chapter Seven – THE ART OF DATING * Chapter Eight – ADVANCING TO COURTSHIP * Conclusion – NOW THAT YOU ARE ENGAGEDINTRODUCTIONThe world is ignorant of almost every right value that produces the right results all people seek.