The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating

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Anybody else a little bit disturbed these days by the casual and flippant attitude toward dating and sex? It seems to me that any television series I want to watch is laced with sexual innuendo or straight-up immorality. I usually watch a few episodes, connect with characters, and then have to say my goodbyes in order not to fill my mind with all the yuck. I promise this post isn’t all about television, movie, or culture bashing. I’d like to simply set the stage and highlight an amazing book just released!

Today, The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating is making its debut. If you are in the dating world, the dating-again world, or know someone who is, you need to know about this book.

If you’re a parent, you REALLY want to have this book handy for quick draw! As Andy says in the introduction, even if you’ve already had that “awkward fifteen-minute talk,” you need to consider moving toward “an awkward fifteen-year conversation.”

For high school students, college students, and even dating adults, this book will reframe and reshape views of love, sex, and dating. Andy explores the challenges, assumptions, and land mines associated with dating. He encourages singles to step up and set a new standard for this generation. One that honors God, honors others, and honors the future the reader hopes to experience.

Here’s a link to the INTRO if you’d like to check it out!

Once again, I have some autographed copies to give away! Leave a comment and your email address in order to enter the random drawing. If you’d like to have it autographed for someone else, you can let me know that too.

*Email address is simply so that I can notify the winners.

Comments

  1. Cat Gauthier says

    I love your blog – your recipes, your parenting tips and shared Allie’s rules for high school with our youth pastors. All good stuff! I have a teen daughter and a friend who is a single mom and back on the dating scene – the messages out there about love sex and dating are crazy, confusing and overwhelming. Andy’s book sounds like a great one to keep on the handy around here and to share with my friend!!

  2. Tamara Eaton says

    I would love an signed book for my fifteen year old daughter, Mary Kate. Yall have been in our lives since before she was born guiding us through this whole parenting thing! So excited for this book! Much love and gratefulness!!

  3. Mary Beth Morris says

    Sandra,
    Would love to have a copy to give my dating, young adult (Can you believe she’s 21)! If Andy would autographed it to Sarah Paige, that would be great. Hope my name is drawn! Thanks!

  4. Courtney Young says

    I first heard this message a few years ago while attending Buckhead Church. At the time I was 27 years old and in a long term relationship. After I left church after the last message and heard the letter she wrote Andy it was like a heaviness came over me. I knew I had not been doing the right thing.

    At the time, I had been with my boyfriend over 2 years and we were sexually active. I went home and I told him from that day forward, no more sex. I am so thankful I did. 2 years later he broke up with me because I wasn’t “the one.”

    After turning it all over to God, I became the person I was looking for was looking for. I was married this past October and I owe it all to God, Andy, and the Message of “Love, Sex, and Dating.”

  5. Judy Goodson says

    We are from Alabama. My 29 year old daughter had saved herself for her husband. She had about decided that she was never to find her soul mate. In 2014, she married the love of her life. He, too, is 29. He came to Jesus in 2009, and although he is from a liberal area in Maine, he reclaimed his purity from studying Andy and Charles Stanley. Once she found out that is where he was being fed, she knew he was something to pursue. He is surely the son in law I’ve long prayed for. I decided this was a good time to share this with you guys, and hopefully to encourage you on your journey. Thank you so much for being an authentic example and continually teaching with boldness that which God planned the whole while. Inside and outside the Bible belt, your teachings are being hugely effective! Blessings!! Judy Crumpler Goodson

    • Sandra Stanley says

      Congratulations Jennifer! You’re one of the winners of the autographed copy of Love, Sex, and Dating! Shoot your email address to me and we’ll work out getting it to you. 🙂

  6. Dai Ik Hong says

    Great content and wise counsel… highly recommend to any and all considering, and in, dating relationships!

  7. Corinne Courtney says

    if this book is as challenging and helpful as his others,I look forward to reading it myself,then sharing it with others.

  8. Kim says

    perfect for my 4 kids! Hhhhmmmm which one should it go too?
    Thank you for the chance to have one copy autographed!!!

  9. Angela Burtis says

    Thank you for this opportunity. We asked our oldest son and his girlfriend to listen to the series early on in their relationship. They married in purity a few years later and are serving God together.

    Would love a copy for my 2 youngest.

    Thank you!

  10. Tiffany Britt says

    Hi Andy, would love this for my three kids (two girls, 13 and 14 and my son, 9.). As a single mom, I could use it myself too. But frankly I have been shocked by what my kids have heard about sex and dating just on prime time Tv and walking thru the mall. I did Path of Purity with my oldest, but would like some new material for her as she enters high school!

  11. Carolynn says

    I think all my teenage grandchildren need a copy. Perhaps Easter basket time if not before. Hopefully some lasting mistakes could be avoided. Thanks Andy.

  12. Karen Gassler says

    We have teenage daughters and have been training for courting. I would love to add this to my arsenal.

  13. Julie says

    This was such a great series! Can’t wait to see the book. So applicable for so many ages. Thanks Sandra! 🙂

    • Sandra Stanley says

      Congratulations, Ryan! You’re one of the winners of the autographed copy of Love, Sex, and Dating! Shoot your email address to me and we’ll work out getting it to you. 🙂

  14. Trish Craighead says

    Love your blog! Would love to have an autographed copy. I’m going through divorce after a 35 year marriage. Can’t imagine how much things have changed.

  15. Tifani Thompson says

    We are going to order a couple from Christianbook.com for a couple young ones in our family. I’m going to put ‘money bribing envelopes’ in the books to be opened once it’s read. Makes it even funner!,,,and it works:) We are preserving our girl’s precious years right now, and know the time will come for this book to be a close friend in their lives. These topics don’t get delivered any better than from Pastor Andy. It all just sticks, and the Spirit is so felt. We would LOVE LOVE LOVE a signed treasured copy!:):) You and Pastor Andy are such a big part of our home. Grateful!

  16. Alexis Ridgway says

    That was a great series! My husband and I purchased 2 sermons sets, one for our boys and one for a friend who was engaged!!

  17. Joy Mock says

    Hi Sandra,
    I’ve always admired your giving heart and kind spirit. If my name is drawn, feel free to give the book to someone in need. I will be purchasing a copy for my counseling practice. I often deal with the heartache caused by todays casual attitude toward sex with my clients. Can’t wait to read it. God Bless!

  18. Bland DeShong says

    Loved the series and will look forward to having the book at my fingertips! College on the horizon next year for my oldest son. Still trying to cover all my parenting basis before he goes!

  19. Tricia Sheriff says

    Hi Sandra,

    I enjoy your blog and am especially excited about Andy’s new book. This is very timely!! Our son, Sam is a freshman in college. I would love for him to have an autographed copy of The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating.
    Thank you!!

    Tricia

  20. martha keim says

    How fun that out of all our Andy Stanley books, we might get an autographed one! Sounds like a great read aloud for my 16, 14, and 14 year old kiddos 🙂

    Thanks!

  21. Cathy says

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this for my children! They love Andy and his views, I think they would be 100% open to learn from his book! Please choose our family. 🙂

  22. Meghan Dempster says

    We have listened to this series online, and it is excellent! It would be great to have the book 🙂

  23. Patrick Bartkus says

    I’ve done this series as a Access Group a couple of times with other singles. There is always lively discussion on what is expected on the third+ dates. It impacts ALL singles of any age group. Thanks for publishing this as a book. patrick.bartkus@primerica.com

  24. Heather Hamilton says

    I would love to give this book to my sister, Elizabeth. Please autograph with her name. Crossing my fingers! Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. says

    I am the Director of Missions for our ministry and work with high school and college students. We are preparing them for our 2015 trips and have them in group study. Many relational questions come up during our sessions and after reading the intro of this book I will be using it as a reference and having them read the book. It is definitely scripture based, God inspired. Thank you for writing this.

  26. Lizett Oosthuizen says

    I’m a true fan. This was one of my all time favorite series. I’ve bought many of the DVDs to give out to parents with teens. I’ll do the same with the book. This needs to be read by all parents and single people.

    • Sandra Stanley says

      Congratulations, Emma! You’re one of the winners of the autographed copy of Love, Sex, and Dating! Shoot your email address to me and we’ll work out getting it to you. 🙂

  27. Katy says

    Just last nIght, we were talking in small group about how helpful the messages are on parenting when delivered by both you and Andy. Would really enjoy a signed copy of thIs book to prepare myself for my children’s dating experiences.

  28. angela atkins says

    This was a fantastic and practical sermon series!! We are looking forward to reading the book!! Thanks for sharing God’s relevant truths!

  29. Melissa Harbers says

    “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

    When I write this, I write it after having wept for God. I wept because of the massacre in Paris and I wept when I read your blog. Why? Because I know this is not God. Please keep reading…

    A little bit of background about myself, I attend NPCC for 4 years. I was a Fusion Leader, DoJustice, Single’s Leader, and an Upstreet leader for 3 years. I went on a mission trip to Haiti with the church. I was there the first time Andy gave this sermon. Almost three years ago I left the church. I didn’t know at the time why God would place such a burden on my heart, but looking back He needed to teach me something that the church could not.

    “I usually watch a few episodes, connect with characters, and then have to say my goodbyes in order not to fill my mind with all the yuck.” This is why my heart broke when reading your blog. So often the church puts its head in the sand when it comes to things that are not “church like.” When you turn off your TV, you’re choosing to ignore and not take part in a broken world, a world that you, myself, the attendees of North Point are a part of. We are all the broken world, whether we attend church every Sunday or take our clothes off for a living, we are no more or less broken than the next person.

    Like I said before, I was there for the Love, Sex, and Dating. I am sure if I look hard enough I still have the DVD. One thing that sticks out in my mind from the sermon was the underlying take-a-way, “Are you the person that the person you are looking for is looking for?” At the time, I tried to become that person for the person who I thought I should be looking for. The person I thought I was looking for was a respected Christian man who would be a leader in our faith and our family. So I volunteered for everything, I joined a Small Group, served at Passion, in the church, attended church every Sunday, sang the loudest raised my hands the highest. I went at it with my entire heart thinking that surely I was becoming that person.

    Then one day God placed it on my heart to leave the church and see the world through His eyes. I’m so thankful He did. I stopped becoming the person that the person I thought I was looking for was looking for and started to become the person that God needed me to be. Two years later, God put into my life my husband.

    When we isolate ourselves through our beliefs and separate ourselves from what we deem is right and wrong, we create an illusion that we live a God like life. Christ did not live this way, the Pharisees did. Christ walked amongst the ones that the Pharisees thought themselves to be too good for. Christ did not ‘volunteer for the broken’ like the Pharisees did. He came to tell the world that no one was underserving of His love. He came without judgement for the ones the church judged. He didn’t walk away or ‘say good-bye’ He interacted and loved them for who they were sin and all.

    Every time I pass a church my heart aches. I ache for the community and I ache knowing how judgmental the church is on the world. All churches are and NPCC and its communities is not immune from this. You and I both know that the most judgmental people lie inside of the church. I do not think it’s an intentional, but NPCC has created a hierarchy of brokenness. They create it by isolating themselves in their own communities and/or church from those who do not attend, from separating themselves as the fortunate from the needy. For me with tears in my eyes I want to shout “THIS IS NOT GOD. THIS IS NOT GOD.” For God and Christ, there is no separation, there is only ONE broken world that we are ALL a part of.

    So my prayer when you send this book to individuals that you recognize the ‘standards’ you are creating when searching for a husband or wife. Instead we should be teaching our singles to love like Christ did, unconditionally without judgement and to become not the person that they are looking for is looking for, but to become the person God needs you to be; forgiving, loving, graceful, and with the knowledge that we are all broken and all are deserving of His love and our love.

  30. Brenda Cofer says

    Hey! Thanks so much for this opportunity. We LOVE listening to your hubby every week. He is INCREDIBLE!! We got several of his books at Christmas and would love to add this to our “library”. Hope you have a great week!!
    Take care of each other and your beautiful family —
    God Bless,

    Brenda Cofer
    Chattanooga, TN

  31. Tiffany R says

    This was one of the best sermon series ever. I would love to introduce this to my daughter, who just turned 13. Thank you for the giveaway!

  32. john says

    Raising two young men and a young lady, it’s good to know there’s another source to lean on. Thank you for your families work to further God’s kingdom.

  33. Kristin says

    Andy did a phenomenal teaching on this! The book is an excellent resource, as well as the video. We have munchkins and thankfully not ready for any talks regarding this, but have a couple of 20-something friends we sent the video series link to. Will absolutely pick up a copy of the book!
    P.S. My favorite teachings/talks/Sunday mornings are when you join Andy!!!! #dynamicduo

  34. says

    I would love this book to ready with my son Dominic. He just turned 13. Gulp. Even better if Andy signs it.

    Dominic used to listen to sermons of Andy’s with me at night when I was a single mom. Maybe Andy could sign the book to Dominic. Would love to send you something special too.
    Dana

  35. Stephanie says

    Sandra,

    I would love a copy to share with my two teenage daughters. I also am about to lead a group of college girls in a Bible Study. What a great book to share with them!

  36. Vinutna says

    Maam, I would like to win it for my toddler children. As I wish I did all these before my marriage. Now, it seems so hard for revival.

  37. Sarah says

    Would share this with a divorced friend who has just recently begun dating again, four years post divorce….Exactly what she needs to read right now! Very timely!

  38. Chrissy C says

    This is a book I know both my husband and myself would love to use as a helpful guide for such a very important subject with ours sons.

  39. Lucia says

    We listen to Andy’s sermons a lot and ordered the ASK IT book for our kids (20 yrs and 18 yrs) for Christmas. Would love to add this book for them ( and us!). Love your blog!!!

  40. says

    I have been listening to Pastor Andy’s sermons via iPod app. I have two children- one in college and one a senior in high school. I have shared the videos series The New Rules for Love, Sex and Dating as well as the corresponding discussion questions that are available online with both my children. Pastor Andy’s message is both relevant and practical for the culture our children are presently living in. These resources have initiated an ongoing discussion between each child and myself. I am very grateful for Pastor Andy’s wisdom and clarity with regard to this topic. I would love to have a copy of his book as an additional tool to assist me in my job as a parent to continue to instruct my young adult children in God’s truth.

  41. Sharon thomas says

    If it’s not too late….I’d love a copy for my hubby and I for our two teenage kids. You’re kids are a few years ahead of mine so I have appreciated your passing on your wisdom. We know who really is behind all the wisdom of andy’s sermons! Ha ha just kidding. My husband is a pastor too. 😉

  42. Brad says

    Having read you more recent blog on coaching teenagers and knowing that I am prone to controlling, this book seems like it would be a big help in the area of dating for both boys and girls (and I have one of each!). I’m also a pastor of a small church that could sure use this wisdom. If you have any left, I’d appreciate it. (Specktaculars@gmail.com)

  43. Michele Owens says

    I stumbled upon this giveaway today. I may be a little late. I would love a copy of this book, for my girls. I have watched the 4part series and referred my young adult single daughter, as well as my 17 yr old daughter to also watch. Andy’s teachings are so easy to understand. I love his perspective and genuine personality.

  44. Margaret says

    Probably a day late and a penny short but I’ve been told you won’t know unless you ask. Would love to obtain an autographed copy for friends serving as missionaries in Poland ministering to college students 🙂 thanks!!

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