I Kissed Dating Goodbye
by Joshua Harris
Reviewed by Katie Whittaker
Josh Harris draws an unflattering portrait of modern dating habits in his bold and timely book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye". Josh's book is a must read for anyone who has ever been part of the dating game. You will recognize yourself and others in his examples of 'defective dating'. Josh handles difficult topics with humor, thought and a Christian perspective. He refocuses on the ultimate purpose of all these games we play and tactics we try. The purpose? Marriage? But as Josh points out, often the purpose is made secondary to 'the game'. How many of us would play these games if we realized that they are creating habits contradictory to a good and Godly marriage?
When I first encountered Josh's book, it was being read by a 20-something friend emerging from a string of bad relationships. My curiosity whetted, I requested and received a copy of the book for my birthday.
What can I say about this book? It is written in a widely accessible style - my copy has been read by teens who have never dated, teens in good (and bad) relationships, a single mother with a bad relationship track record, and my mother, who has been recommending it ever since.
Josh is genuine. He is only a few years older than I am, and has witnessed and experienced everything he writes about. While his message is honest, and un-ashamedly Christian, the flaws and pitfalls of following the world's attitudes towards relationships that are illustrated in Josh's book are universally recognizable. I can not adequately describe it - I can only urge others to open their minds and hearts to what Josh has to say.
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