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Rachel Gardner, author of teen bestseller 'Cherished' returns with another down-to-earth book on relationships
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Founder of the Romance Academy – an organisation formed to protect teenage girls in those early years of relationships and romance, Rachel Gardner, helps your teens to think wisely and biblically about dating and relationships.
Taking on the tough questions – and sometimes having to give the tough answers for their own good, this book helps teenagers work through some of the most common and critical questions about dating and romance and helps you open up to them the life transforming power of God's true love.
You know how it goes, or how it’s supposed to go: boy meets girl. Boy and girl go on romantic dates. Boy and girl establish healthy boundaries, share their hearts and fall in love. Boy buys ring. Girl says, ‘yes’. Boy and girl get married. Parenting and pastoring would be a simple job if that’s how it always went. But…
No parent, pastor or youth worker can afford not to know how to show teenagers the way to recognise real love amidst the multitude of other things that go hand in hand with it. How to separate infatuation, lust, desperation, attraction and even hate from true devotion, respect and love is vital to health in body mind and spirit when facing the dating dilemma.
Rachel Gardner and André Adefope lead you through God’s guidelines for healthy romance by looking at how God helps us to look for and become a God honouring romantic partner; confident in whom you are, supportive, worthy of respect, sure in yourself, able to nurture selflessness and generous in relationship.
You need to know, because it’s just too easy - and too dangerous, to get it wrong.
The Dating Dilemma by Rachel Gardner & André Adefope was published by IVP in June 2013 and is our 16017th best seller. The ISBN for The Dating Dilemma is 9781844746231.
Many of you might recognize Rachel as the face of BBC’s, No Sex Please, We’re Teenagers, programme, which aired in 2005 and the author of best-selling book for girls, Cherished. Others, as the ubiquitous face of Harrow, North West London, where she can often be found shopping, drinking coffee and chatting to strangers (including animals, like in a Disney film) whilst writing profound insights on teenage sexuality.
However, a small majority of you will have no idea who she is. For those unfortunate few: we introduce the vivacious Rachel Gardner, founder of Romance Academy by day, lover of period-dramas and husband, Jason, by night.
Romance Academy is a revolutionary relationships project that tackles teen pregnancy and underage sex head on. We address the underlying causes of risky youth behaviour such as, poor self-esteem, low aspirations and lack of positive family/community life by promoting the value of stable relationships through our unique 14-week intervention project.
Our aim is not just to encourage young people to delay sexual activity, nor do we simply point them in the direction of contraception. Our aim is to give our young people the tools to make intelligent choices around sex and relationships.
Romance Academy began life back in September 2005 when the BBC showed a three part documentary called No Sex Please We’re Teenagers which followed the lives and loves of the very first, "Romance Academy" - Twelve teenagers from north London were challenged to give up sex for 5 months, so that they may explore the true value of relationships and the positive and negatives of delaying sexual activity.
Romance Academy is now a national resource, affecting the lives of hundreds of teenagers every year. To do this we train Youth Workers all over the country to replicate the RA model in their hometown. Through creating a positive community where young people can appreciate themselves and others, we instantly remove them from external sexual pressures and allow them to simply ask: 'who am I?'
|Author / Artist||Rachel Gardner & André Adefope|
|Publisher||IVP (June 2013)|
|Number of Pages||192|
|Page last updated||26th August 2017|