It has been some time since I have read a book on dating and relationships, probably because it has been some time since the subject has seemed urgent to me.But recently a local pastor told me that as he pastors young adults toward marriage, he has been helped by Hiestand and Thomas call their approach to relationships “a fresh approach” and this is an accurate way of describing it.The Tyndale and Coverdale English translations used "ten verses".The Geneva Bible used "tenne commandements", which was followed by the Bishops' Bible and the Authorized Version (the "King James" version) as "ten commandments".“We tend to believe that God’s commands are given to us merely for our own sake. As those created in the image of God, our very nature as image bearers explains the reasons behind God’s commands.Not only is sex a divinely appointed image of the gospel, but also man himself is an image of God.We are walking sermon illustrations, if you will.” In this way the book’s greatest strength and greatest desire is not in avoiding sexual transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy, but in preserving holiness and the purity of this powerful image of the gospel.At a time where there is so much confusion about sex, dating and relationships, this book provides helpful, timely counsel.
If you are single or care about someone who is, you really should read this book.
Most major English versions use "commandments.", Luchot Ha Brit, meaning "the tablets of the covenant".
The biblical narrative of the revelation at Sinai begins in Exodus 19 after the arrival of the children of Israel at Mount Sinai (also called Horeb).
It offers clarity to the nature of relationships and encouragement that purity is not out of reach.
Kevin De Young’s endorsement nicely summarizes my take: “This is a straightforward, yet provocative little book.