Joshua Harris was a pure-hearted young author who decided to date with a purpose and wrote about his journey to getting married.
He wrote this incredible book, with great quotes and godly principles, but the biggest obstacle to the long-term success of this book was that many of the people who championed the cause had never gotten past the first three chapters or even the cover!
After a few weeks of attending, the girl stopped going, but my passion for the Lord had been rekindled.
Soon I began going to their church youth group and it was there I learned about kissing dating goodbye.
After reading his apology two months ago to several bloggers who have, like me, spent years blogging against the problems caused by the purity teachings promoted by Harris and others, I started listening with some optimism.
I was seriously, MARTIN: Joshua Harris has been reflecting a lot on the impact of his book.
The presence of this girl gave me an incentive to attend even though the group was put on by some of the less popular kids in school.
, written by Joshua Harris and first published in 1997, argued that traditional dating was “a training ground for divorce” because it puts people in the habit of quitting relationships when things get tough.
Aimed at teens and twentysomethings, the book discouraged teen relationships and proposed that courtship, in which a couple moves purposefully toward marriage with their parents’ blessing and involvement, was a superior model to dating.
1997 was also the year I rededicated my life to the Lord.
I had heard that a girl that I had a crush on was skipping the typically party after Friday night games in lieu of attending a Bible study.