Before our children were even born, we knew that some of our plans for raising our children would not be part of the “norm”. One area that we want to handle matters differently from our childhood days is dating. We were raised in a culture of casual dating; an accepted practice of changing boyfriend/girlfriend as if they were changing classes. In thinking over the purpose of dating…exactly why would one date, we were lead to believe that, for our family, courtship was a better way to handle the future relationships of our children.
There are many variations and definitions on what courtship is and how it looks. Family dynamics definitely come into play and set those standards. Age of those involved in a courtship can also shift how the process will play out. It is really helpful as a parent (and a young adult) to really study scripture, talk with others who have walked the road of courtship and even read how some define and view courtship.
I recently received Of Knights and Fair Maidens from Grace and Truth Books to review. Of Knights and Fair Maidens was written by Jeff and Danielle Myers and shares their personal experience of courtship and the lessons that they learned. The Myers share how they met and began a courtship. Throughout the book they share principles that were crucial for them to have a successful courtship.
Of Knights and Fair Maidens is written in a question and answer format. The conversational writing allows the humor to come through the Myers sharing of their courtship experience. It provides a quick read for those wanting to learn about courtship and would be especially helpful for those who are no longer living with their parents. They Myers were both away from home and at college so theirs was not the “typical” courtship setting.
Of Knights and Fair Maidens could be read by those ages 14 and up. I had plans for my thirteen year old daughter to read this book, but after reading it first, I decided that it would be more appropriate for a few years down the road. It is better suited for someone who is ready to pursue a courtship; my daughter is not at this point. I will definitely set this on the bookshelf for her to read when the time is right.
This book would also make a great gift for a young person going off to college or moving out of the home; what a great encouragement for them to see and be reminded that relationships can be handle in a manner that is honoring and respectful to all parties.
You can purchase Of Knights and Fair Maidens for $9.75. An e-book version is also available.
Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. All thoughts and opinions are my own.