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I was recently given the chance to review a wonderful and inspiring Christian film about dating and courtship, called "Old Fashioned." (see my review here.) There is also a novel by Rene Gutteridge that the film was based on. The book and the film portray the beauty of courtship and falling in love with the theme that chivalry is not dead. Having two teenage daughters, it was important for me to share the book and the film with them. I want my daughters to experience true romance and courtship, and to expect nothing less from the young men that they date.
About the book:
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?
My thoughts: I loved this book. It is a perfect summer reading book about romance. Where was this book when I was a teenager who dated jerks? It is a real eye opener as to what romance can and should be for a young couple. You don't have to settle for less when you are dating! I have passed this book onto my daughters and I am certain that they will love it as much as I did. Perhaps I will make them turn in a book report to me by the end of the summer so I can make sure they read it and got the message the book is trying to send to young people about achieving old fashioned, ever-lasting love.
And if the movie and the book was not enough, there is also a beautifully written devotional on the subject of old fashioned romance!
Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.
Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.
See the promotional video of the book and the devotional here:
Win! One winner will receive a copy of Old Fashioned on DVD, Old Fashioned novel, and a devotional about how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. (ARV: $45)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Chivalry Makes a Comeback
A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.
DVD Releases on June 16, 2015
This love story really gets you thinking about the relationship you are in, and gives you insight about how to bring back romance. And the scenery is just beautiful!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this DVD to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.