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I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Relationships and Romance

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I Kissed Dating Goodbye

With a title as controversial as this, I knew I was in for a doozy of a read. Jumping into the book, I soon realized that Harris' focus wasn't on never getting into relationships. Rather, he was trying to tell readers not to date for the sake of dating. To him, relation...
With a title as controversial as this, I knew I was in for a doozy of a read. Jumping into the book, I soon realized that Harris' focus wasn't on never getting into relationships. Rather, he was trying to tell readers not to date for the sake of dating. To him, relationships must be pure and done out of love and service to the other person. To have no interest in marriage or commitment is just wasting the other person's time and emotions. Fascinatingly, at the end of the book, he alluded to his sequel where he accounts for how he met and courted--yes, I just used that word--his wife. Bible is quoted, and the pages fly by in this captivating book. What striked me the most was how Harris said we can grow in God's love in our singleness (something I've even seen in other relationships people have). The point of being selfless and not selfish will really hit home with readers. To truly stare at Christ is not to be worked up over members of the opposite sex, sizing them up and fantasizing about potential mates. No. Harris tells us to love our neighbors, pursue holy righteousness, be selfless, and trust God to work out his plan. Splendid.

posted by Teresa_Konopka on August 7, 2011

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3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Modern Day Pharasee

This book is damaging to the Christian community. It has very good Biblical principals in it, but Josh Harris' conclusions are not at all Biblical. If you find this book at all appealing, you should read Boundaries in Dating by Christian authors Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr...
This book is damaging to the Christian community. It has very good Biblical principals in it, but Josh Harris' conclusions are not at all Biblical. If you find this book at all appealing, you should read Boundaries in Dating by Christian authors Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend who shed a proper light on Harris' unhealthy and unbiblical conclusions. Christians like rules which is why this book is popular. But a critical review of it proves that Harris' plan is that of a modern day pharasee. The internet is full of horror stories of people's lives that have been damaged as a result of trying to live by Harris' plan. This book would be most beneficial to people with addictive personality disorders who need a strict set of extreme rules to guide their lives. But for those who possess balanced psyches and who successfully govern their lives through common sense and reliance on the Holy Spirit and Scripture, Harris' plan is psychologically unhealthy. Many marriage and family counselors who have counseled married couples who followed the Harris plan find that such couples have disproportationate problems with intimacy in their marriage. Here is Harris' conclusion in a nutshell: since some people date recklessly, no one should date. That is like saying: since some people drive recklessly, no one should drive. Harris is well intended but his conclusions are wacky and extremist, which is not surprising since he was barely out of his teen years when he wrote this book.

posted by Rob_MFC_Christian on January 26, 2010

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