By Kelly Wise Valdes

It’s February and many of us are facing another year of being single and wondering why. Finding the right marriage partner is the second most important decision any of us will ever make, trumped only by our decision to become a Christian. Choosing the right spouse affects every aspect of life and has a profound impact on our future happiness. If there’s one decision in life you want to get right, it’s this one. Below you will find several books that shed some light on the faith-based aspects of dating and relationships.

God Is a Matchmaker

By: Derek Prince, Ruth Prince

This inspirational book shares seven biblical principles for finding your mate. The authors share their own real life love story as well as testimonies from others who followed these principles and found their perfect match.
The book also reveals God’s pattern for marriage as well as special counsel for parents, youth leaders, pastors and counselors.

The Sacred Search

By: Gary Thomas

This faith-based book will transform the way you look at romantic relationships. Whether you are single, dating or engaged, you will find a unique perspective on dating that will prepare you for a spiritually enriching marriage even before you walk down the aisle. A good marriage is not something you find, it’s something you make.

When God Writes Your Love Story

By: Eric Ludy, Leslie Ludy

This book challenges singles to take a fresh approach to relationships in a culture where love has been replaced by cheap, sensual passion. Learn how God’s way to true love brings fulfillment and romance in its purest, richest and most satisfying form. This new edition includes an extra about the surprises of life after marriage.

The Right One: How to Successfully Date and Marry the Right Person

By: Jimmy Evans, Frank Martin

Want biblical, no-nonsense advice on how to successfully date and marry the right person? Whether someone is single and still looking for the right dating partner, is engaged to be married, or in a new dating relationship, they’ll find practical answers to the most critical questions people face regarding their future.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.