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The Courtship Series

These books are written to encourage those who intend to follow a Biblically-based courtship that includes the active involvement of parents. The main characters are committed followers of Jesus Christ, and Christian family values are emphasized throughout. The reader will be encouraged to heed parental advice and to live in obedience to the Lord.

The books can be read individually and in any order, but we are providing a recommended reading order for those who wish to read the McLean books in chronological order. The courtship books were primarily written to be read by young women of about ages 13 to 17, to help them establish their own standards and patterns of thinking for godly relationships in the future. Young men are also welcome to read them, although the girls are usually most interested in them. Sometimes the books are used as read-aloud to the family time by our customers. These books can be used to begin discussions of your own family’s thoughts and plans for handling the time of life in which young men and women begin searching for a godly spouse.

The Waiting for Her Isaac book is about a totally different family and situation than the three books about the McLean family.



The Courtship of Sarah McLean

(McLean Book 1)

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Sarah McLean is a nineteen year-old girl who longs to become a wife and mother. The book chronicles a period of two years, in which she has to learn to trust her parents and God fully in their decisions for her future. Paperback, 2nd edition, 1997. $8.50 (plus shipping). ISBN 1-891907-00-X

"The principles of courtship are well explained in (the book) as a part of the story line...There are no worldly ideas or language in this book. No television, no movies, no disrespect, no feminism, no nothing! " From a review by Cathy White in An Encouraging Word, July 1996.

"Thank you for writing and publishing such a needed book! . . . I was often encouraged as a mother to love my children more. I felt this book was not only a book for young women but also ‘older women.' I was very pleased with all the characters and how the good qualities were lifted up, and ungodly revealed as such." Illinois

"I was especially pleased when I read the copyright date, for I have found good- quality books to have been written 75-100 years ago and have had to rely on companies having them reprinted. Thank you for this ministry; may our good Lord richly bless you!" Nevada

"This book is a refreshing change from contemporary books written for teen girls, and one parents will appreciate too. . . The book features a good discussion on character traits and how these traits affect the marriage relationship. This is a good book for families to read together. It paints an excellent picture of everyday Christian home life. We really liked it." From a review in In Keeping With the Faith, Nov-Dec. 1996, p. 18.

Jeff McLean: His Courtship

(McLean Book 2)

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Follow the story of Jeff McLean as he seeks God's direction for his life. This book is written from a young man's perspective. A discussion of godly traits to seek in young men and women is included as part of the story. 1998. Paperback. $8.50 (plus shipping and handling). ISBN 1-891907-05- 0 (Sorry, but the wrong number is actually printed on the back of the book: ISBN 1-891907-07-7)

"Jeff McLean is easily one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. The plot of the story is surpassed only by the theme (righteousness should permeate our lives). Thank you for writing it!" Florida

"I appreciate the messages of waiting for God's best and the wonderful work ethic." Minnesota

"We appreciate your books. Finally, we can read to our children things that we tell them— it helps to have that confirmation from somewhere else!" Kentucky

"My son (age 10) could not put the book down. I had the same experience upon picking it up. I was encouraged and uplifted by the story. Your story helped bring a peace of mind, uplifted heart, and smile to my face.” Michigan

Journey of the Heart

(McLean Book 3)

by Jeannie Castleberry

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Written by our 23-year-old daughter, Jeannie, Journey of the Heart is the long-awaited story of Janet McLean. Janet, now twenty-two years old, has matured and grown in the Lord. She has many longings, struggles, and questions that she must face with the help of the Lord and her parents. Will anyone ever want to court her? How should she handle her desires for a husband and family of her own? When she finds herself attracted to a young man, what should she do? This is an account of a young woman who is still waiting on the Lord. Paperback, 2005. $8.50 (plus shipping and handling). ISBN 1-891907-15-8

“I can so clearly sense the godliness in the way it was written. I loved reading it because of the way that Janet has a devoted heart to God but yet is so human at the same time. It was so easy to relate to her - it was like her thought process was my own!” Pennsylvania

“. . . Wonderful, delightfully written! With each turn of the page it was as if I was reliving in a similar way the path the Lord chose for me to walk this past year . . . a path of suffering nearer to God’s heart.” California

“One thing I could not get over was how real it was. What a treat to get to read this book, this glimpse into your own heart. Journey of the Heart resonated with honesty. I liked how her parents interacted with her. I thought that was excellent. I appreciated that her struggle is so real - it does not instantly go away when she tells her parents about it, yet that was definitely the right choice. Janet comes full circle and though her struggles aren’t over, she knows Who strengthens her.” Natalie Nyquist, author of Quest for the High Places.

"I was really impressed with your book! Of all the books I have read regarding boy-girl relationships, yours comes the closest to the way I was raised." New York

Waiting for Her Isaac

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Sixteen year-old Beth Grant is quite happy with her life and has no desire for any changes. But God has many lessons in store before she is ready for courtship. The story of Beth's spiritual journey toward godly womanhood is told along with the story of her courtship. 1997. $8.50 (plus shipping) ISBN 1-891907-03-4

"We are currently reading together your book, Waiting for Her Isaac. Even with our wide age spread (11, 14, 16, 50, 55), it has kept us laughing and praising the Lord for a book so filled with His ways." Oregon

"A cheerful, lively family. A daughter happy with her life just as it is. A flurry of unforeseen, and -- to 16-year-old Beth Grant -- unwelcome, changes robbing her of the pleasantries she's used to, and slowly shifting her focus to what's truly important . . . Her own imperfection makes the ensuing events, and her struggles and victories throughout, particularly encouraging . . ." From a review in HopeChest Magazine, Aug/Sept 1997, p. 17.

"I would like to thank you for that book. It is a wonderful book. It was the first book (not including my Bible) that was Godly from cover to cover that I have read in the 14 years that I have called myself a Christian." California

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