Pursuing a First Class Marriage:

Find the One Without Trying Many

 

When you’re young, life is an adventure. Everything is new and exciting—especially love. Like traveling to an exotic destination, a “first-class marriage” takes the right preparation. Young adults may be tempted to look for their one true love by dating early, or dating too many people. It can be easy to go along with the current model of casual hookups, or living together before marriage. And too many young adults finally arrive at marriage hurt, frustrated, and afraid to trust.  

In Pursuing a First-Class Marriage, Michael Thiessen shares godly and practical principles for young adults who are either just beginning to date, or who are ready to pursue a first-class marriage— one that will help carry them and their families throughout life’s often unexpected adventures.

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Topics Covered In The Book

CHECK-IN


There is significant confusion regarding dating and marriage today. We need to understand the requirement to check-in. We start a good process when we invest for the future now.

SECURITY GATES


If we hope to experience love, we need to rid ourselves of our culture’s poor thinking regarding truth, Jesus Christ, friendship, sex, and commitment.

BOARDING & DEPARTURE


Three real life tools act as passport, boarding pass, and on-ground instructions: (1) God gives us parents; (2) God gives us the church; and (3) God gives the gift of healthy friendships.

IN FLIGHT LOUNGING


After all the screening and safety videos are finished, the seat belt sign will turn off and we will be anxious to lounge. This section will give us guidelines for dating.

BAGAGE CLAIMS


One of the hardest realities we face comes after we have morally or relationally failed. What do we do next? Here we will discuss a strategy to overcome past mistakes concerning sexual and emotional intimacy.

ARRIVAL


As couples bond and newly weds work together, we each begin to wonder, “What is marriage really about?” Is it about me or is there more to it? This section is a thorough description of God’s grand design for the home.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Our modern-day obsession with “instant gratification” is mass producing a society marked by personal self-absorption and relational brokenness. Michael Thiessen convincingly shows how friendship, commitment, and sex suffer as a result. With relevant honesty, biblical application and keen pastoral insight Michael has written a powerful guide for young people, parents, and spiritual leaders. This book is your invitation to experience the resurgence of happy marriages, blissful friendships, and healthy families.

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Daniel Henderson

President and founder of Strategic Renewal, author of Fresh Encounters

In a culture in which instant-sexual-gratification-without-commitment is promoted as the pinnacle of human happiness, Pursuing a First-Class Marriage helps young adults (and the parents who love them) think through questions about dating and relationships in an authentically Christian way. Honest, wise, and practical, Michael Thiessen is not afraid of tackling the difficult questions head-on and as he does, offers a beautiful and biblical vision of what marriage can really be.

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DR. ANDY BANNISTER

DIRECTOR AND LEAD APOLOGIST, RZIM CANADA; AUTHOR OF THE ATHEIST WHO DIDN’T EXIST

Mike Thiessen has written an uncommonly common-sense book on male- female relationships that honors and celebrates God’s distinctive design for marriage between a complementary man and woman. Using accessible, real- world experiences and the truth of Scripture, he treats the subject of marriage and sex with the warmth and dignity it rightly deserves.

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REV. JOE BOOT

SENIOR PASTOR, WESTMINSTER CHAPEL, TORONTO; FOUNDER OF THE EZRA INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY; AUTHOR OF THE MISSION OF GOD: A MANIFESTO OF HOPE

Michael Thiessen has provided us with a refreshing and thoroughly biblical alternative to our sexually supercharged culture. Michael helps us rethink dating, marriage, sexuality, and commitment by taking us to God’s blueprint and illustrating his themes in a creative manner through the image of flight. If you are a church leader, an educator, a parent, or a person who thinks you are ready for a relationship, this promises to be an important read.

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DR. MICHAEL PAWELKE

PRESIDENT, BRIERCREST COLLEGE AND SEMINARY; AUTHOR OF DISCIPLE: A CATALYST TO TRANSFORMATION

Followers of Jesus Christ are called to resist conformity to the wider culture, and nowhere is this more crucial than in the area of dating, courtship, and marriage. All around us, Christians are failing in the area of sexual ethics. But perhaps the greater problem is the failure of pastors and teachers to talk candidly about sex. In this book, Mike Thiessen helps us think biblically and realistically about the way we move toward marriage. The book is true both to Scripture and to the realities of human experience. I hope this book will help people who are headed toward marriage, and stimulate pastors to talk about the topic courageously.

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DR. STAN K. FOWLER

PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES, HERITAGE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY; AUTHOR OF RETHINKING BAPTISM: SOME BAPTIST REFLECTIONS

To a culture that promotes variety over value, tinkering over thinking, and fun over faithfulness, Pursuing a First-Class Marriage offers a biblical trajectory for navigating the often turbulent process of finding “the one.” Michael Thiessen simultaneously entertains and instructs, making this book an ideal gift for high school graduates and college students.

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DR. MARK SCOTT

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, THORNELOE UNIVERSITY; AUTHOR OF PATHWAYS IN THEODICY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

Mike Thiessen provides an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand book on the biblical view of marriage. But that doesn’t mean Mike shies away from the more difficult and delicate issues in contemporary culture. Not at all; Mike deals with pertinent and meaningful facets of twenty-first-century courtship and marriage by carefully examining biblical truth, applying it to current trends, and expressing it in a thoughtful and sensitive manner.

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RANDALL SPACHT

INTERNATIONAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT, ONE MISSION SOCIETY

About The Author

MICHAEL THIESSEN


With a heart for young adults, I have served as a College and Adult Ministries Pastor, journeyed to Mozambique to be the director of startup college and seminary, and I now serve as the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. 
 
I am passionately married to my lovely wife, Sarah.  We have four young children: Simon, Gabriel, Maylah-Belle, and Galilee-Ling.

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