I am often asked of good Christian dating books to recommend to younger girls. Recently I finished reading a very interesting book by called Preparing to be a Help-Meet. If you have a dating-interested teen who doesn’t necessarily like reading — and has no older girl showing her what a godly relationship looks like — I would definitely recommend this book. For older girls, however, I would suggest something else.
Debi Pearl's Preparing to be a Help-Meet is a 227 page book written to single women who await the writing of their love story. Pearl uses eighteen chapters to tell nine real-life love stories. Some are godly examples of what to do and others are examples of what not to do. Throughout the book are insights from the three different types of men (explained in chapter three) which show the male point of view of Pearl’s advice. I would say the overall theme of the book is practical advice for young women waiting to marry.
The book also includes an in-depth Bible study with step by step instructions for teachers in the back. This would be extremely helpful for anyone leading a group Bible study for the first time. Pearl gives specific details from setting the scene to applying practical homework.
The author Debi Pearl, is also the writer of a monthly magazine entitled No Greater Joy. Her and her husband started No Greater Joy Ministries in which they published their first book, To Train up a Child, in August of 1994. Her husband Michael has been a pastor, missionary, and evangelist for over 40 years.
The book is wonderful in that it gives very practical advice, such as learning to manage time and money, learning cooking, cleaning, and mechanical skills, and respecting and obeying authorities presently in your life as training for marriage. Young minds can be expanded as the reader travels through nine stories from all sorts of women, relationships, and outcomes. Finally, the layout of the book provides an easy and fun way to learn about Christian relationships.