Honoring God, Respecting Yourself, and Finding the Right Match
There’s no doubt that the Internet has changed modern life. In the blink of an eye, we can look up obscure information, order groceries, or connect with old friends. With the advent of dating apps, even true love is at our fingertips–or so we’re told. But how can single Christians find their way from that first swipe right of interest on an app to long-lasting, God-honoring love?
Kristin Fry has her share of laugh-out-loud and cringe-worthy dating app stories, and she knows the fatigue that can come with digital dating. Despite the instant gratification that some dating apps advertise, true relationships are more than an interaction based on first impressions on a mobile device.
In a warm, conversational style, Fry tackles a broad range of topics from evaluating profiles to first dates to maintaining healthy peer friendships even while dating. Kristin mines her own experience in the dating world but also includes insights from interviews with thirty married couples, and in-depth biblical study from Abraham and Sarah, the life of Jesus, the letter of Ephesians, and more.
This isn’t just another how-to book for finding Mr. Right; this is a guide to help single Christian women navigate the new normal without forgetting their genuine identity in a God who loves them. By the end, digital daters will have the right tools for dating well–and know that God’s best is possible.
“Dating is more complicated than ever. What Kristin offers in Beyond the Swipe is both helpful and hopeful. This is a spiritually practical book for not only dating well but honoring God in the midst of it all. It’s full of wisdom, honesty, and vision for how to hold out for and hold on to God’s best for you.” (Jarrett Stevens, author of Four Small Words and pastor of Soul City Church 2018-01-31)
“I absolutely love Kristin’s wit and wisdom in so many areas of life, particularly this topic. She models healthy relationships with others, God, and herself, and her voice is refreshing and encouraging.” (Annie F. Downs, best-selling author of 100 Days to Brave and Looking for Lovely 2017-01-31)
“Beyond the Swipe is a must-read for not only those wanting to do dating right but also those of us who have young adults experiencing the dating world. Dating dynamics have certainly changed over the years, and this book has equipped us to help our children. We are so grateful for Kristin’s candidness and her ability to delicately balance truth, love, and laughter in these pages. With stakes high and the odds against marriages in today’s culture, Beyond the Swipe is a timely resource that will breathe much-needed hope, confidence, and knowledge into those seeking long-lasting, self-respecting, and passionate relationships. Thank you, Kristin, for this terrific resource!” (Chris Brown, Ramsey Personality and nationally syndicated radio host 2017-01-31)
“Beyond the Swipe by Kristin Fry is a helpful book for any of us traversing the tricky and ever-changing waters of dating. Kristin asks good questions, provides sound teaching, and gives us practical tips and tools for navigating our single years with purpose. I found the discussion questions at the end of each chapter challenging and natural to talk about within my group of friends. Read this book and let it be a time of self-reflection. God does not withhold good from us, whatever season of life we are in.” (Esther Fleece, speaker and author of No More Faking Fine 2018-01-31)
“The desire to meet the right person has never changed, but the landscape of how we are finding them definitely has. In this age of smartphones and dating apps, Kristin has written the book on how to best navigate this ever-evolving scene. Kristin is both clever and insightful as she offers practical advice. I can’t wait to recommend this book to the people around me in the dating world!” (Rodney Anderson, singles director of Buckhead Church 2018-01-31)