//A Mingling of Souls// A Book Review

Introducing my first book review!  A Mingling of Souls is not a book I would typically pick up in a bookstore, but I absolutely loved it.  A friend from my online Christian school recommended it after I asked for advice on our Facebook group.

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Authors

From Amazon:  Matt Chandler pastors The Village Church, a multi-campus church attended by  more than 10,000 people.  His sermons are regularly one of the top five podcasts on iTunes and his book, The Explicit Gospel, has sold over 135,000 copies.  Matt lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.

Jared C. Wilson is an award-winning writer and author of the popular books Your Jesus is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, and the curriculum Abide. He is a pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Vermont and blogs daily at TheGospelCoalition.org.

Back Cover 

The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid – and timeless – insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex.  We need it.  Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word.  And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God’s design for love and intimacy.

Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage…even Arguing.  The Mingling of Souls will forever change how you view and approach love.

Overview

I honestly haven’t read more than a dozen Christian books, but every one I ended up loving.   The Mingling of Souls is no different. I never thought I would enjoy a book like this, but I’m a killer for romance so why wouldn’t I enjoy reading about the ideas behind it?  I read the entire book in one morning, highlighting like crazy.
Chandler walks through Solomon and his love’s relationship from first glance to when they are old and wise, guiding younger generations. He describes how each event – commitment, courting, marriage, passion – should praise God and he provides modern day applications in between stories.  He discusses issues such as the godly views of attraction, dating and courtship, what wedding vows actually mean, how to handle arguments, seeking advice from godly peers, and staying together through difficult times.

Favorite Quotes

I found myself highlighting so many sections that seemed to answer exactly what questions I have as a young woman: anything from relationship guidelines to what to look for in a godly spouse to examples of Solomon’s adoration for his wife.  Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:

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(Solomon’s bride pursuing him after conflict)

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Rating

 4.5/5.  I recommend the beginning of this book at the very least to single ladies and gents.  The dating and courting advice is fantastic and will help you set clear guidelines on what and what not to do.  The second half of the book describes marriage life and, although it was a great read in preparation, it is not usually applicable to most people my age.
I love how Chandler constantly compares modern day love to Biblical love, both with Solomon and his bride and Jesus Christ.  He recognizes the difficulty staying away from modern worldly romance, and urges his readers to follow Solomon’s example of pursing a godly relationship to give glory to God  This book is not only advice for “singles and marrieds” but also a brief study of the Song of Solomon.  All in all, a great quick read!