This book came into my hands while in high school at a time when I was completely frustrated with the turn my dating life had taken (I had been dumped by the young man I had thought I was destined to marry). At that point I felt like I was lost- as if no one wanted me, as if my self worth was found in my dating. I watched friend after friend have their heart broken, life turned upside down, and self confidence crushed by casual dating with no real goal in sight. Then I read this book by Joshua Harris and it suddenly made sense... I didn't NEED to date. What I needed was to find my purpose in life, to follow the path that God had for me and realize that friendships were much more valuable in my life than a "boyfriend" to be cool. I went for the next four years without dating a single guy simply because God didn't put one in front of me as part of my plan. The next man I dated was the man I am now married to-- because I had a set plan when we began dating and was up front that I intended our relationship to explore whether we were intended to marry and if not it would come to an end. Obviously it was intended because we've been married for 3 years now! :) I highly recommend this to all who worry about their "dating" status...it's not just about giving up dating, it's about taking a completely different viewpoint on relationships as a whole in what is healthy for your heart and soul and what is damaging.
Tired of the game? Kiss Dating Goodbye.
Ever wonder, isn't there a better way?
This book shows what it means to entrust your love life to God. Joshua Harris shares his story of giving up dating and discovering that God has something even better- a life of sincere love, true purity, and purposeful singleness.
This book (and its sequel, Boy Meets Girl) makes Christians reconsider how they look at the traditional process of dating. The author does not list rules or do's and don'ts, but he does share his own experience and discoveries along with those of others.
Rather than asking for a blanket "ban on dating," the author is asking Christian readers to examine their motives for dating; to make sure every part of their life lines up with what God is asking of them.
I recommend this book not only to teens and young adults, but to their parents as well. I wish someone had shared this perspective with me when I was a teen; I'm looking forward to sharing it with my daughter.
Great insight into the culture of dating and explores all aspects--emotional, spiritual, intellectual as well as physical. Questions the contemporary form of dating as good in all of these areas and suggests ways that teens and singles of all ages might find more fulfilling and satisfying and God-honoring relationships between men and women. Also, gives Biblical insight into how dating (the way it is currently done) or not dating can potentially harm or benefit a future marriage.
Great condition - some highlighting, but VERY faint - Amazing book - Really makes great points regarding dating before marriage. I read and took to heart - and once I stopped looking, the Lord put the man I'm married to right in front of me!