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The Bible has some fascinating stories of how two people meet and marry—like the Genesis story of Isaac, Rebekah and their thirsty camels. But you’ll search in vain for Bible stories that resemble the modern-day custom we call ‘dating’, or for explicit teaching from Jesus or his apostles on the topic. So how do we navigate the modern road from singleness to marriage, which is paved with potential pitfalls, temptations and hurts—unhelpfully influenced as we are by our culture’s godless view of dating and sex?
In Water for My Camels, Paul Grimmond takes us on a deep dive into the Bible’s teaching about marriage and singleness, showing how it shapes our approach to dating. Tackling this serious subject with his usual wit and humility, Paul guides us into biblical answers to the ‘who’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ dating questions, while also honestly and humbly tackling other thorny issues like:
Paul Grimmond has spent decades talking to young men and women about the practicalities of dating. He is the Dean of Students at Moore Theological College in Sydney, and prior to that he worked in ministry to university students. He is the author of a number of other books, including Suffering Well and When the Noise Won’t Stop. Paul safely navigated the space between singleness and being married to his wife, Cathy.
"At last, a thoroughly biblical book on dating that acknowledges how little the Bible speaks about it! If you want to know the why and how of dating through a gospel-saturated framework that dares to explore the impact of everything from Jane Austen to pornography, then this book is for you. So much biblical wisdom from an author who has spent his lifetime serving young adults."
—Richard Chin, National Director, Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Author, How to Read the Bible Better and Captivated by Christ
"Many Christians are confused about dating, and this excellent little book will help them to have greater clarity and joy about it. For the past couple of decades, Paul Grimmond has pastorally helped countless men and women understand dating. His wisdom and experience are seen on every page of this book. If you’re considering dating either now or in the future, then I highly recommend reading this yourself. It would also work well as a gift or for parents to read with their older teens."
—Jane Tooher, Lecturer, Ministry and Church History, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Director, The Priscilla & Aquila Centre
"A careful, considered theological treatment of dating, spliced together with a rich mine of pastoral insights. This is such a helpful book to hand out to youth and young adults at church!"
—Ben Warren, Ministry Apprentice, Campus Bible Study, University of New South Wales
"Paul Grimmond has written an excellent book to help Christians navigate the precarious cultural phenomenon of dating. He clearly derives wisdom from Scripture, while humbly opening space for liberty when it comes to the diversity of influences and approaches to dating in the West. His cultural observations on the impact of smartphones and pornography are worth the price of the book alone!"
—Mike Dicker, Principal, Youthworks College, Sydney
"Dating has always had its joys and challenges. But in a world that has become confused about gender and sexuality, dating today can be a minefield. As I watch university students picking their way through the minefield, I am constantly reminded of the huge advantage it is to listen to Jesus in this area. Paul Grimmond has distilled the wisdom of the Bible into an easily readable book that will help Christians to avoid some of the damage and find more of the joy."
—Carl Matthei, Senior Minister and Chaplain, Campus Bible Study, University of New South Wales
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