Would you marry a stranger?
For most people, the easy and obvious answer to that question is “No!”
But for the couples that are the subject of the new book Betrothed from Olive Press Publishers, that question is a little more complicated than it appears.
Betrothed is a collection of love stories of Christian men and women who found each other and eventually married. But they didn’t arrive at their happily-ever-after by following the typical pattern of dating, getting engaged, and saying “I do.”
These men and women – many who have served with HaYovel, a non-profit that takes volunteers on mission trips to Israel – also rejected the idea of a Christian courtship in lieu of dating. Betrothed explains why they rejected a courtship model in favor of something different.
There were times when I read this book when I thought “That’s weird” or when I didn’t agree with the practices or beliefs of the people profiled. However, I simply couldn’t put this book down. The prevailing spirit of this book is to trust God with matters of the heart. I give this book five out of five stars and recommend it to anyone interested in alternatives to the hook-up culture and also to those interested in Messianic Christianity.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Olive Press Publishers in exchange for my honest review.