The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God's design for love and intimacy.
Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage ... even Arguing. The Mingling of Souls will forever change how you view and approach love.
Defining marital love as the mingling of souls, Chandler (The Explicit Gospel) proceeds to chart a course through the narrative poetry of the Song of Solomon. Using the Old Testament's "book of love" as guide, Chandler leads couples (and singles looking for love) along the path of "a gospel-centered marriage," through the stages of attraction, dating, courtship, engagement, marriage all the way to sitting on the back porch with the grandkids around. The book's advice is unapologetically counter to prevailing notions of love, dating, and marriage, firmly entrenched in a complementarian and neo-Calvinist view of sexuality. Chandler's vision of God's design will leave many people wondering if they can aspire to such heavenly standards in earthly relationships. Still, he is gentle with his rebuke, giving relevant, humorous, and eminently practical advice. Conservative Christians will find Chandler's words on continuously kindling the fires of love hopeful and helpful. Others may also glean some advice from a guy who sounds like he is there in the trenches with you.
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The Mingling Of Souls
This is a great book to help anyone, no matter what stage of life they are in. I found it to be just what I needed in helping me to realize how God views the relationship between a man and a woman. Thank you Matt for writing this book on a subject that many shy away from. It is essential that young adults learn about this subject the way God intended it and not how the world has perverted it. Keep up the good work!
Although I don't agree with Matt at every turn, his insight and application of God's word is convicting and encouraging. This book has strengthened our marriage and I'm grateful for his testimony and authenticity. It's definitely worth the read and I highly recommend the book along with the sermon series that this was created from.
A good read
I definitely enjoyed this book. It does a great job of making a very mysterious book of the bible practical.