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Exploring science, sociology, history, theology, and the many, many messages circulating in society and church culture about men, women and relationships (spoiler: some of them are pretty wild…), Relatable looks at the history of marriage (spoiler: even wilder), and why Christians are prone to promote coupling up as the ultimate achievement. From Old Testament polygamy to Samantha the sex robot, changing perceptions of singleness, sexual hang ups and celibacy, why dating looks different when it happens through a screen, whether women and men really are so different, who doesn't go to church and why, and whether churches can be part of the answer in creating supportive communities.
Almost 1500 people contributed, sharing experiences and opinions with the Real Life Love survey and they're a core part of the book. From teens to over sixties, stories from all stages of life and love bring into focus the challenges of navigating faith and relationships.
Relatable by Vicky Walker was published by Malcolm Down Publishing in May 2019 and is our 4363rd best seller. The ISBN for Relatable is 9781912863129.
"Remarkable Refreshing" - Chine McDonald
"Brave and Exciting" - Rev'd Rosemary Lain-Priestley
"Vicky's wisdom insight and humour make this a must-read" -
"Through wit, candour, and fresh research, Vicky Walker gives us not another how-to-get-hitched book, but a snapshot of public opinions on modern day love, partnering and matrimony. The results are enlightening, sometimes concerning, and always educational, providing a necessary critique of much relationship advice and the distortions they can carry. Relatable will be a helpful resource for church leaders wanting to really know the lived experience of the single, newly coupled, and the rest of us navigating modern relationships.” - Sheridan Voysey
"Relatable is a brilliant, encouraging, sad, informative and fascinating look at the history up to current times of relationships between men and women in church. I love Vicky's humour, which brings a lightness to what can be a very intense subject. I will be referring back to it as on a first read there is simply too much to take it all in. Very excited to see this book out there and cannot recommend it strongly enough!" - Katharine Welby-Roberts
"So many books about Christian dating paint a simplistic, narrow and formulaic fairy tale of what love and life are supposed to be. But Real Life Love does the opposite - and that's what makes this book so remarkably refreshing. In portraying the messiness of people's vast and varied stories and experiences of singleness, dating, marriage and beyond, Vicky shows that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This is a story the Church needs to be telling, and in so doing, liberating people from the pain that can often arise from unrealistic relationship expectations. This is more than a dating manual, but a deep dive into the history, sociology and story of real-life love."
"Vicky has dealt with a tricky topic - relationships - gently and with humour, drawing upon a wide range of Christian relationship texts, challenging some of the more damaging ones. Vicky's book draws together insights for all kinds of male-female relationships. For churches seeking to promote healthy relationships, including for singletons (going beyond 'finding a partner' which seems to be the mission of most churches). Vicky emphasises the need to develop healthy adult relationships, emotional health, and good boundaries, in all situations, including within the digital environment. She thankfully challenges the notion that technology is the cause of all relational ills, providing guidance on how to enjoy the best, and, as with any form of communication, avoid the worst."
|Author / Artist||Vicky Walker|
|Publisher||Malcolm Down Publishing (May 2019)|
|Page last updated||24th January 2019|