HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Love, Courtship and Marriage
Author: P. D. Wilmeth
Publisher: 20th (now 21st) Century Christian, republished in 1983
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Wilmeth, P. D. Love, Courtship and Marriage (published in 1956 by P. D. Wilmeth, P. O. Box 24836, Dallas, TX 75224). Perry Davis Wilmeth was a gospel preacher who wrote several books for young people back in the 1950s. This one on Love, Courtship and Marriage contains thirteen chapters dealing with various topics relating to dating, engagement, marriage, and the home. There is a supplement, “I Married a Catholic,” consisting of a letter written by an unnamed woman to a girl contemplating marriage showing the spiritual dangers of a mixed-religion union. Obviously intended for young people’s Bible classes in church, it has questions at the end of each lesson and could also be used in a homeschool setting as part of a curriculum involving home and family life. I purchased my copy at the college bookstore in 1974 just prior to my graduation from Florida College.
The book was originally published in 1956 by Wilmeth with reprints down to the eightteenth edition in 1972. Then in 1975 and again in 1983 it was republished by 20th Century Christian, now 21st Century Christian, a bookstore and publishing company identified with “mainstream” Churches of Christ located in Nashville, TN, but as far as I can determine, it is no longer in print. Some might feel that due to its age and the changes in our culture, the book is hopelessly old fashioned and out of date, and this may explain why it is not being published any more. However, while some of the language and examples may seem a bit quaint, the scriptural principles contained in the book are just as true today as they were when Wilmeth wrote them.