We like to invite dating couples over for game nights, dinner and other family gatherings. Again, fellow believers can be a great help in the season of longing before marriage.
It gives us a chance to get to know the boyfriends of my single friends and to ask good questions. Finally, older married couples can step in to provide input, counsel and oversight where parents live too far away, aren't believers, or simply aren't interested in getting involved in the love lives of their adult children.
The author, Tim Shoemaker, did an excellent job juggling five points of view thus giving readers insight into each of the four friends, their personal struggles and relationships to one another.
He also progressively raises the tension and mystery while pushing the plot forward to the dramatic conclusion.
Conviction is a sign of His kindness leading you to repentance (Romans 2:4); it is evidence of the Holy Spirit's work in your life (John 16:5-11). Where Satan would have you feel guilty and wallow in regret, God would have you repent, turn away from your sin, and be restored to Him.
Once you are restored comes the challenge of walking in obedience.
And so here you are, wondering if that model will prevent the mistakes of your past relationships and lead you to your goal of a Christ-centered marriage, and if so, if it will work with the guys you know and the parents you have.