We want to stay on the straight and narrow path and serve God, yet we continue a practice that often pull us in the wrong direction.

Even though theyd never physically gone beyond a kiss, Jayme had completely given her heart and emotions to Troy.

Troy had enjoyed the intimacy while it served his needs but then rejected her when he was ready to move on. Perhaps youve heard something similar from a friend, or maybe youve experienced it yourself.

Deepening intimacy without defining a level of commitment is plainly dangerous.

Its like going mountain climbing with a partner who isnt sure that she wants the responsibility of holding your rope.

Why am I talking to you about shopping carts when this book is about dating?

Well, I recall my bad luck with grocery carts because many times Ive experienced a similar battle of wills with dating.

I seem to have a knack for picking rusty grocery carts that make clattering noises or ones with squeaky wheels that grate on your nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard. You want to go in a straight line, but the cart wants to swerve to the left and take out the cat food display.

But by far the worst kind of cart you could pick is the swerver. (And, much to our dismay and embarrassment, it too often succeeds!

At the turn of the twentieth century, a guy and girl became romantically involved only if they planned to marry.

If a young man spent time at a girls home, family and friends assumed that he intended to propose to her.

Despite the narrow aisles and glass shelves laden with delicate dishes, this person is expected to navigate the rows with a cart known to go off course? Yet this is exactly what we try in many of our relationships.