Book Review: I kissed dating goodbye

Written by Joshua Harris.  Reviewed by Author & Speaker, Tim Challies

i kissed dating goodbyeIn 1997 Multnomah Publishers released I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a book Joshua Harris had written when he was just twenty-one years old. In this book he tells why he rejected dating in favor of courtship, and he calls on his readers to do the same. He believes courtship represents a better and more biblically-faithful model of beginning and building a romantic relationship.

Dating, as understood and practiced by many believers and unbelievers alike, too often proves an obstacle rather than an aide to living for God’s glory. Harris suggests that dating comes with at least seven serious pitfalls. Dating…

  • leads to intimacy, but not necessarily to commitment.
  • tends to pass over the “friendship” stage of a relationship.
  • often mistakes physical intimacy for love.
  • often isolates a couple from other important relationships.
  • distracts young adults from their primary responsibility for these years, which is preparing for the future.
  • can cause discontentment with God’s gift of singleness.
  • creates an artificial environment for evaluating another person’s character.

The cultural expectation for teenagers and young adults is that they will experience a succession of short-term romances before finally finding true love and settling down with one person. This system, though, is built to fail. When people finally do marry, they often do so with a long history of heartbreaks, baggage, and sexual failure.  Read More…

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