My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My decision to read ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ by Joshua Harris was based on a friend’s recommendation. It did not disappoint.
This nonfiction book for young adult singles introduces a new attitude towards opposite-sex relationships. It counters the idea that dating was ever the only approach to romance and directs readers towards God’s perfect design.
Joshua Harris knows how to make good use of stories within a non-fiction piece of literature. The pages of his book are filled with such stories from his own life (both figurative and literal) that help us understand the theory. Besides tales and theory, ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ is decked with applicable guidelines; steps that readers can take, and changes that they can easily put into practice in their own lives. This book is easy to read and understand.
The author references and quotes Bible verses all throughout ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ as the basis for the attitudes and principles that he conveys. Most of the time, he references single verses, leaving it to the reader to look up and read the surrounding verses for context. Other times, he leads readers through a study of a particular passage or story (the two that come to my mind, now, are the stories of David and Bathsheba, and of Isaac and Rebekah). There was a scattering of small ideas that I didn’t agree with wholeheartedly, but none were a matter of salvation. This book brings glory to God and to his design for romance.
I give a full five stars to ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’. I recommend it to young individuals as young as twelve or thirteen who genuinely want to honor God with their love life from now on. I already own a copy of the sequel and look forward to reading it.
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