The Back of the Book (from Amazon): Joshua Harris’s first book, written when he was only 21, turned the Christian singles scene upside down…and people are still talking. More than 800,000 copies later, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, with its inspiring call to sincere love, real purity, and purposeful singleness, remains the benchmark for books on Christian dating. Now, for the first time since its release, the national #1 bestseller has been expanded with new content and updated for new readers. Honest and practical, it challenges cultural assumptions about relationships and provides solid, biblical alternatives to society’s norm.
Tired of the game? Kiss dating goodbye.
Going out? Been dumped? Waiting for a call that doesn’t come? Have you tasted pain in dating, drifted through one romance or, possibly, several of them?
Ever wondered, Isn’t there a better way?
I Kissed Dating Goodbye 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.
NotJustLaura’s Review: This is a book I’ve tried to read previously but DNFed. Reading it this time around, some of the content was vaguely familiar and I have an idea of where I stopped before but this didn’t take away from the experience seeing the concepts from a more mature perspective.
Regular readers will have noticed a bit of a theme in my reading recently. I’m reading a lot about Christian dating. Or not dating, as the case may be. I’ve worked my way through the Ludy’s books and Joshua Harris is next on the list (I have his second book all lined up and ready to go). I’m not sure who wrote first but it was nice to see the Ludys pop up as newly weds in this book.
But back to I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Mr Harris wrote this book as an unmarried, non-dating 21 year old. In it, he tells the reader the ‘story so far’ of his love life. He made a lot of mistakes (and so have I) before finding a better model for romantic relationships. Or, rather, the romantic relationship – because he doesn’t intend to have another serious relationship until it’s one he knows is leading towards marriage. Despite his youth, Mr Harris writes authoritatively, drawing on his own experience and other sources. The last part of the book, looking at that marriage-bound relationship, lacks a little of this confidence and it’s clear he’s giving the views of others rather than his own experience. This is something I hope will be addressed in his later work.