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A New Dating Attitude: Getting Ready for the Mate God Has for You. (faith reviews).

A New Dating Attitude: Getting
Ready for the Mate God Has for You
by Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook
Zondervan Publishing House, 2001, $12.99
ISBN 0-310-23532-4

Having read nearly every book ever written on singleness, black singleness and Christian singleness, I had vowed never again to purchase another book on the subject. When I learned, however, that Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook, a noted African-American pastor, editor of Sister to Sister Devotions and author of Too Blessed to Be Stressed, had written on the subject, I temporarily suspended the self-imposed moratorium.

In A New Dating Attitude, Cook uses Christ's teachings in the Beatitudes (e.g., "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God") as an instructional tool to prepare Christian women for dating and marriage. She contends that women should focus on becoming Ms. Right as opposed to trying to find Mr. Right, and that the way to become Ms. Right is to "get right" with God. At the end of each chapter, Cook poses soul-searching questions and suggests exercises that will help readers apply the Beatitudes to their lives and their relationships.

Cook's discussion is dearly spiritual, yet it is also informed by Cook's experience as a strong, well-educated, African-American woman, a set of characteristics that can pose special challenges in the dating realm.

Cook provides inspiring anecdotes from her own singles experience as well as the experiences of others whose journeys to intimacy ultimately led them to their soul mates.

I would recommend A New Dating Attitude to single African-American Christian women of all ages. Over--thirty singles who have established themselves in careers will particularly enjoy the book because Cook's perspective is based on her own experience as one who married after she had established herself. This is a must-read for women who may be experienced in the dating game, but who want to play by God's rules.

--Reviewed by Kathryn V. Stanley Kathryn V. Stanley is an Atlanta-based freelance writer who is eagerly preparing for the arrival of her soul mate.
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Author:Stanley, Kathryn V.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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