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I Kissed Dating Goodbye

by Joshua Harris
238 pages, Romance
Reviewed by Jeanne

A good book on the purity of love between a man and a woman.

Plot

Bestselling author Joshua Harris presents a "new" way of looking at Christian love lives. Is dating really the best way?

Morality

As a Christian, Harris draws obvious lines between the right and the wrong. In comparing relationships, he shows the difference between what is right and healthy and what leads the Christian down the path of sin.

Spiritual Content

This book is written by a Christian for a Christian relationship, and God is a very present factor in every page.

Violence

None.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

As this is a book on romantic relationships, the reader can expect sexual content - however veiled. Harris tells stories of people who ended up sleeping together before marriage, comparing this with those who save their feelings for marriage, but he never becomes graphic. He boldly says what needs to be said, but never writes graphically of sex, etc.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

In this excellent look at the Christian love-life, Harris gives believers a deeply needed lesson: that a relationship doesn't need to be "romantic" to be healthy. He shows how singleness is a gift from God while praising and upholding the chastity of saving romance for the married life. In this day of fast relationships and a misconception of the meaning of love, Harris' words should be applauded.

One part of the book that can cause the reader to frown is Harris' late introduction of the parents onto the scene. He seems to bring them in only after the girl or boy already has a strong emotional attachment to the other person; not a wise idea. However, when this point is realized, the rest of the narrative remains a helpful guideline.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: adult

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