A *New* Old Fashioned Way (to Think About Romance) [Review]

In a world where casual dating and "hookup culture" is becoming more common, I think getting people to think about intentional dating or personal standards, like this book does, is something to encourage ...

(c.) 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers
Title: The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance
Author: Ginger Kolbaba
Published: 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

About the Book:
Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old-fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things The Old Fashioned Way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old-fashioned romance goes much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it—for all of us. Regardless of your past experiences, where you’ve been, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime.
As you work your way through this 40-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old-fashioned way and be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.

The Artist Librarian Review: 
The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance is a 40 day devotional book based on the 2015 Christian/faith-based film, Old Fashioned.  Author Ginger Kolbaba invites readers to re-evaluate what they think about God, love, and romantic relationships in topical daily devotionals. Each devotional is about 4-6 pages long and opens with a quote (often an excerpt of the Old Fashioned screenplay), a devotion focused on a specific idea or topic, a passage or excerpt of relevant Scripture, and either journaling prompts or questions to consider. Many of the devotionals also feature a short prayer based on the topic of that day.

I don’t normally use devotional books for personal devotions, but I did enjoy working my way through this book. Despite the title, Kolbaba didn’t say “all Christians must court” or anything like that, but emphasized the importance of seeking God when coming up with your personal standards regarding romantic relationships, that it was something between you and God, something that can vary depending on the individual. One of the things that I felt I got out of this was focusing on being the person God wants me to be, doing what He has for me, no matter what the state of my love life is … and to try not to worry and to trust His timing.  However, in a world where casual dating and "hookup culture" is becoming more common, I think getting people to think about intentional dating or personal standards, like this book does, is something to encourage.

Finishing this book has only left me more eager to finally watch the Old Fashioned film!  Have you heard of this movie?  What do you think about intentional dating or courtship?  If you're curious, check out the trailer for Old Fashioned below!


[Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.]

About the Author:
Ginger Kolbaba is an accomplished author who has written or contributed to more than twenty books. She is the former editor of the award-winning Today's Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, and Kyria.com publications of Christianity Today. She's also appeared in national venues, such as CNN Headline News, Chicago Sun-Times, Family Life Radio, and Moody's Midday Connection. Visit her at GingerKolbaba.com.
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