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{Update! We Have a Winner!} The Dating Manifesto Book Review & Giveaway!

Congratulations, Corine! You were chosen by Gleam Competitions as the lucky winner! We hope you enjoy your book!

Melanie Pickett, The Dating Manifesto



{I was asked to read and review “The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose” written by Lisa Anderson. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Make sure you enter at the bottom to win your own copy!}

I’ve dated projects, and they never turned out to be diamonds in the rough. They turned out to be projects.”

Dating is hard. It can be unpleasant and messy. It can also be an awesome adventure…

I had the recent pleasure of diving into the book “The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose” written by Lisa Anderson. Having two teen children and being not too long outside the dating world myself, this book piqued my interest quite quickly.

Melanie Pickett, The Dating Manifesto

How can one date effectively?

How can one date to find a lifelong mate?

How can all this be achieved in a healthy fashion?

How do we do it with God’s approval?

This book addresses these concepts and many additional ones. It dispels the myths of Hollywood romance. Real-life love isn’t what we see on the screen. Hollywood makes love look all dreamy and they tie it up in a pretty bow. Within a two-hour movie, all issues are resolved and no matter what glaring flaws or massive obstacles these on-screen lovebirds may have been facing at the beginning of the movie, by the end they all but dissolve into a happily ever after.

But Hollywood isn’t real life.

This is real life.

The Dating Manifesto shares that “between 93 and 96 percent of young adults today want to be married…almost the same percentage is confident that they someday will be.”  That’s a whole lot of people trying to get this dating thing right!


This book highlights the differences between males and females, each gender’s different needs, and how they operate and think differently. Lisa also addresses responsibility and expectation from a male and female viewpoint.  She shows an all-important to-do list including:

“Get Tight with Jesus”

“Take Responsibility” 


“Love the People You’ve Got”

This is an important guide for you to read yourself as you pursue dating and equally is important and vital to read for and with your dating or near-dating children. We need to be whole and well ourselves, sure of who and Whose we are as we prepare for the ultimate partnership. Lisa addresses the issues in a way we can understand and that are relevant to today and that compel us to really think.

Complete with John Hughes reference, Lisa won me over with “The Dating Manifesto” and I’d like you to benefit from it as well. Please enter below to win your own copy, share the giveaway with friends, and come back often to enter!
The Dating Manifesto Book Giveaway!

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  • Reply Lauren @ Grace, Faith, & Glitter September 9, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Wow! This book looks really interesting. I just started dating a guy and it’s been a challenge balancing everything with my new relationship, keeping God at the center, & just knowing how to properly date. Thanks for letting us know about this book 🙂 I’m definitely going to check it out.
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    • Reply September 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Lauren, this would be a valuable book for you! Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner. 🙂

  • Reply Chris Carter September 9, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I have quite a few ladies in my life who would greatly benefit from such a book!! It sounds absolutely fantastic… Insightful, encouraging and Godly all in one! My kind of book. 🙂
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    • Reply September 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Chris, it’s a great guide and full of good stuff…even a John Hughes reference which was a fun bonus for me. 😉

  • Reply andi September 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    well if i ever decide to start dating again at my age 😀
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    • Reply September 13, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Andi, you’re never too old! I don’t know what your age is, but you never know who God might bring your way. 😉

  • Reply Daria September 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I know several people that would benefit from this book. I will be passing this information on. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Reply September 13, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks, Daria! I hope whoever wins really benefits from their copy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jasmine September 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    This seems like an awesome read! I love reading about love books that involve God! I think its important to keep God at the height of any relationship! Such an awesome giveaway!

    Jasmine 🙂

  • Reply Corine September 10, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This looks like a wonderful book that I can benefit from.

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