08/14/2012 02:25 pm ET

In Biblical Betrothal, Couples Commit To Marriage Before Even Going On A Date

When Israel Wayne was in his early twenties, his mom started talking to him about a girl named Brook. Specifically, she asked him to pray and think about whether Brook should become his wife. Israel had met Brook a few times — she was a few years younger, and they both worked in Christian publishing — but they'd never been on a date. Israel's mom had felt during prayer that Brook should become his wife. Though Brook and Israel didn't even live in the same state, they ended up getting married in 1999 through a process called Biblical betrothal. She was 20 and he was 23.