Parenting is a tough business, so I’m always on the lookout for books and resources that will help.
Recently I had the chance to read “The Chase: Trusting God With Your Happily Ever After” by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky. The publisher, Revell, sent me a copy for free to facilitate my honest review.
I found that this book will be a great way to address the topic of boys with my daughter when she is a little older. We have a few years before I’ll have her read this book, but I feel like the book has helped prepare me as a parent before the teen years arrive. When she is a bit older, the book will be a good catalyst for important discussions with my daughter.
“The Chase” is written for teen girls and young ladies to help them have the right perspective about guys and relationships. The book emphasizes chasing God first and trusting Him to provide the right guy – rather than chasing after boys as so many girls do.
From the back cover:
In The Chase, Kyle and Kelsey take turns telling their story – with Kelsey sharing secrets to a godly relationship and Kyle revealing the truth about what guys really think. Together they’ll show you how to put God first, protect your heart, deal with the loneliness and peer pressure that come along with purity, and see yourself as God does.
“The Chase” does a good job covering the topic. The format is helpful, with the authors alternating back and forth to address each chapter from both a male and female perspective.
Both of the authors share their own experiences from their dating days before they met as well as their courtship and marriage. They keep it real by including the mistakes they made in their own lives along with things they did well. The real-life experiences keep the narrative moving.
The result is a book that is honest and encouraging for Christian girls without being overly preachy.
My main criticism is that the book focuses on the idea that God has someone out there for you if you trust Him and wait for Him to provide the right person. However, I know many good, Christian ladies for whom God did not lead them to a relationship and marriage. With that in mind, I think it would be helpful for the book to better acknowledge that marriage isn’t the path for everyone.
Another criticism that some readers may have is that the Kupeckys focus a lot on letting the guy lead in the relationship. While I understand where they are coming from with that viewpoint, it may be addressed in the book too simplistically and turn off some readers by sounding too paternalistic.
Overall, I believe the book is helpful for teens and single young women who need some Christian encouragement. I look forward to sharing this book with my daughter and discussing it with her.
The Chase: Trusting God with Your Happily Ever After is available at Amazon (affiliate link) and other booksellers.
Thank you to Revell for providing a complimentary copy of “The Chase”
to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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