Holding Hands Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating by Rick and Sharon Phillips



About: Holding Hands Holding Hearts.

What does Scripture say about dating? Nothing—and everything!

According to the Bible's perspective, if you are dating you are not just holding hands—you are holding hearts. What you do with your own heart, and what you do with another's, is a matter of great importance!

This book offers a biblical view of relationships and doesn't shy away from discussing attraction, first dates, commitment and more elements that need to come together to make a successful relationship.


“Required reading for every single adult.”

—Justin Taylor, co-editor, Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

“If singles read and apply the biblical counsel of this book, many of the painful problems that couples might face after the wedding will be prevented.”

—Wayne A. Mack, author, Strengthening Your Marriage

“In biblical, practical, down-to-earth ways the Phillipses show how, by grace, love is really supposed to work.”

—Phil and Lisa Ryken, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

“This terrific book brings clarity, a biblical orientation, and lots of hope.”

—John Yenchko, co-author, Pre-Engagement: 5 Questions to Ask Yourselves

“I intend to require this book for my students for years to come.”

—Dan Zink, Covenant Theological Seminary

About the Authors

Rick and Sharon Phillips met at a church singles group and were married twenty months later. After answering God’s call to enter the ministry, Rick served as the pastor to the singles ministry in which they had met. Through their shared ministry to singles, they perceived a great need for clear biblical teaching on dating and singleness. The fruit of their ministry and of their love for singles is found in the pages of this book. They are now the parents of five children and live in South Florida, where Rick is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs/Margate, FL. He is co-editor of the Reformed Expository Commentary and is the author of numerous books on the Bible and Christian living, several of which feature discussion questions written by Sharon.