Love Defined: Embracing God’s Vision for Lasting Love and Satisfying Relationships

When I was 13, my mom gave me the book Lies Young Women Believe. I didn’t read it right away, but when I did, I looked up the website listed inside: I signed up for the emails and was presented with another website: I signed up for their emails too. After a while of sending out blog posts and taping vlogs, Girl Defined, an organization run by two sisters, released its first book, Girl Defined. Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird’s first book was good, but then they wrote the second book, Love Defined. This book was awesome.  

First, the cover was adorable. Second, the content was amazing and spoke right to my heart. The book lists and expands on the abundant ways women can show love to everyone around them, including boyfriends and husbands. The book looks at love and marriage from two different stages of life. Kristen is 36 and has been married for seven years. Bethany is 29 and single (or was single at the time the book was published, but recently got married at the end of 2018). Because of their unique situations and stages of life, they were able to write a book that has a diverse audience and speaks to the hearts of women of every age. They give insight, truth, and wisdom from God’s word to women of all ages and in many stages of life.  

The book has five sections. The first section lays out the disastrous romantic cycle many of us find ourselves in today, the cycle that leads us to do stupid things for attention, and then later leaves us feeling low. In the second section, Clark and Baird introduce a new, biblical way of “doing relationships.” Then there is my favorite section, “Single and Waiting to Mingle.” Part four gives insight into questions about relationships that many girls never ask. The fifth section is a compilation of five women’s answers to questions about marriage. This book is definitely worth the read and a good one to pass on to friends and daughters as well.