Monday, August 22, 2011

"Young and in Love" Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage by Ted Cunningham

Young and In Love” by Ted Cunningham

Finally!  A book that is about something that has always weighed heavily on my heart!  Marrying young, as God has intended!
This is a book about young people who have met, fallen in love, and want to get married.  They do not want to delay their marriage just because they are young.  They want to get married since they have both found that special person they know is right for them as a couple to marry, and are ready to spend the rest of their lives together, growing together as you do in marriage.  They have been blessed by God in finding each other, and want to follow His rules about being together.
The Author, Ted Cunningham, happens to be a Pastor in a church he founded called Woodland Hills Family Church located in Branson Missouri.  He wrote this book based upon his own life, beliefs, and what he practices in his church.  He has a wonderful set of guidelines young people should consider and follow ‘before’ they get married, which I think is wonderful!  (‘Anyone’ at ‘any’ age should consider and follow these guidelines, in my opinion, as this book applies to all people who decide to marry at any age, really.)  This book’s message encourages marriage at a young age and gives terrific advice that should be followed by these young people who are considering and/or are going to marry.
This author/Pastor is for marrying at a young age if you have found the person you love and are mature and responsible.  He feels you should not wait, but to follow God’s plan he has for us, because finding the one we love is a gift from God.  We should take this gift from God and not risk losing it..
Before I even heard about this book, I have always had of the belief that Society, today, is just ‘not’ conducive to young people getting married, and this is the way the author feels.  I have always felt God has marriage in mind for us at an early age because he has given us all these natural feelings we have at an early age, otherwise, they would not be there.  These feelings are there and with us for a reason, which when you read this book, you will understand this even more so.  I don’t want to give everything away in this review as this should be read by many people in hopes that supporting our young people getting married will become accepted more so than what it is currently.  This author/Pastor has a great message to share about the benefits of marrying young.  He does point out there are ‘foxes’ to watch out for, and they are not foxes in the terms of beautiful people.  This you’ll have to read about as well.  This advice he gives is incredible.
Teens and young adults are, in today’s Society, are made to wait and go through all this resistance from people, from the church, from society, from school (generally college) for their choice to marry and not give in to their feelings, as the Bible teaches us.  It seems practically a set-up for failure to not marry young.  You must follow Gods’ ways, and waiting to marry could potentially cause you to lose the gift God has given you; the one you love.  Accept it.  Don’t allow parents, the church, school, or other people and more hold you back.  If you feel you are ready, responsible and mature enough for marriage, then get married.  He continues on with saying waiting to get married for what?  For us to become to set in our ways, to become almost selfishly to absorbed in our own ways and not honestly share our love with another person?  He also says that today, with all this waiting until we have reached this milestone or that milestone in life, has turned us into a sinful world by putting marriage off, and almost last.  We are ending up living together and/or having sex before marriage, all going against the Word of God, and I happen to agree.
The great thing this author/Pastor has is a guideline of rules/considerations that ‘should’ be followed for a healthy and successful marriage, (and actually, this can be applied to anyone at any age for marriage and even ‘during’ our current marriage.)
I have felt God has made us so we can marry young, have children at a fairly young age, and to ‘grow together through marriage’, and this is exactly what this book’s message is about. 
This book covers all this and a lot more.  It discusses a variety of the many different views on young marriage, the church’s views on young marriage, and this Pastor’s own views on young marriage, which are positive and many.  He discusses age, privilege, and responsibility.  Not just anyone can jump into marriage, as you have to be mature enough to take this huge responsibility.  Even marrying at an older age does ‘not’ guarantee that it will work if you don’t have what this Pastor discusses you ‘need’ to have in order to make your marriage a success.
I think this is an excellent book for ALL young people and their parents to read together.  Married people can benefit from this book as well.  I believe this author wrote the perfect book to help end a lot of problems young people face by ‘not’ marrying young.  There is so much more great information in this book, it really should be a must read for all parents and young people, even by society so they can start to understand the benefits of young marriage.
I am ‘very’ glad I got the opportunity to review this book with feeling the way I do about people getting married at a younger age and ‘staying’ married.  When I saw this book was available for review, I HAD to jump at it to review it, as I felt it most likely supported my opinions of marrying young, and it does.
Sure enough, this book is not a disappointment at all, but an encouragement to many young people out there who ‘do’ want to marry and happen to be young.
*I received this book for “FREE” from The B & B Media Group, Inc., through David Cook Publishers, through their Book Reviewer’s Program in exchange to read this book and write a review about it.  It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was NOT provided with “ANY” monies to accept this book, “NOR” to read it, NOR were “ANY” monies given to me to write the review for this book.  All that was ‘expected’ of me was to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it.  Again, the opinions expressed for and about this book are ‘of my own opinion’.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. A book young people and their parents can read together? sounds great! thank you for the giveaway! GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  2. Thanks for commenting Krystal! Yes! For parents AND young people!! Good Luck!!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds intriguing!

    It would be one I should read before my daughter gets older.

  4. Hi Ruth Hill!
    Yes! YOU should read this one! It's really got a lot to think about. Makes some very good points! I really think this book has a LOT to offer. I have always wondered why more Young Adults don't do this, but I wonder if it is because they worry if Mom and Dad will still pay for college or not? I'm not sure? That is my first guess?
    It's really neat how you are thinking about your daughter NOW!! I love parent's who think ahead like this! Thank you! You are a GREAT Mom!
    Thanks for visiting the site, too! Hope you come back soon! LOTS of Giveaways starting September 1st! Wow! LOTS!

  5. "Young and in Love", Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage by Ted Cunningham is up for grabs!
    Post a comment with your email addy under my review dated Monday, August 22, 2011, and you are entered! THAT easy!!
    Good Luck!

  6. as a woman who married at a very young age, i am eager to read this one myself!

  7. Hi Mary!
    I hope it is still a good marriage!! I wish you luck in the draw! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to see you in the future as well!

  8. Mary,
    I do want to tell you Ted Cunningham does emphasize 'growing together'. Together being the operative word here.
    Thanks again!


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