HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Teen-Ager You’re Dating: A Christian View of Sex, About Boys for Girls–About Girls for Boys
Author: Walter Riess
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Riess, Walter. The Teen-Ager You’re Dating: A Christian View of Sex, About Boys for Girls–About Girls for Boys (published in 1964 by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO). There are those in the conservative religious world, including among many homeschoolers, who oppose anything that might be identified as dating. Some even teach that the only Scriptural way for a person to select a mate is through Old Testament style betrothal. I guess to each his own, but while all parents should recognize the dangers involved in the modern form of unsupervised, promiscuous, unlimited dating, the fact is that most young folks in our society do engage in some form of relationships that can be called “dating.” This book, which is another that came from my preacher grandfather, seeks to apply Biblical principles to the practice of dating. It is divided into two sections.
Part I, the longer division, is “About Teen-Age Boys for Teen-Age Girls.” Part II is “About Teen-Age Girls for Teen-Age Boys.” Some may think that the approach is hopelessly outdated, but the fact is that Biblical truth, which is never outdated, is promoted and upheld. That doesn’t set well with the world’s current “I’ll Do It My Way” philosophy of total self-indulgence, but it is necessary to pleasing God. The writing is quite blunt and openly frank but never goes beyond the boundaries of what is discreet and tactful. While not necessarily agreeing with every observation or suggestion in the book, I have generally found Concordia’s materials on sex education to be fairly sound. The Teen-Ager You’re Dating was first published in 1964. A second printing was done in 1965. The most recent edition is from 1980. It is a companion volume to Riess’s earlier For You, Teen-Ager in Love (1960).