Joshua Harris follows up his bestselling I Kissed Dating Goodbye with Boy Meets Girl, the story of how he met and married his wife, Shannon. Where Harris's first book encouraged readers to throw off modern ideas of romantic fixation, Boy Meets Girl goes to the next level and urges single Christian men and women to pursue courtship, and ultimately marriage, thoughtfully and prayerfully. Knowing that many readers will balk at the idea of premeditated courtship, Harris insists that dating should not be emotional recreation but rather a careful decision rooted in obedience to God. While the anecdotes used to reveal true-to-life scenarios about dating pitfalls are somewhat elementary (and geared to those in their 20s), Harris succeeds in hammering home the point that obedience to God's word, selfless love, community, purity, and satisfaction in God are the most important aspect of any relationship. The last section of the book is particularly practical, discussing forgiveness of past sexual sin, questions to ask before tying the knot, and how an understanding of our sinful nature can lead to conflict resolution. For Harris's mere twentysomething years of life experience, his maturity and devotion to God are sincere evidence that he has indeed practiced what he has preached, resulting in a passionate relationship with the love of his life. --Jill Heatherly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An inspiring sequel| Posted May 16, 2009
He never set out to be a relationship expert, but God had plans for Joshua Harris. Plans that lead him to Shannon Hendrickson, a newer Christian than he was and his future wife and mother of his 3 kids.
"Boy Meets Girl" tells the story of Josh and Shannon's courtship, from first meeting to marriage. It also continues where "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" left off in that it goes deeper into the idea that respectful, mature courtship is an option that should be considered.
Now while everyone can agree that sexual purity and considering the other person first goes without saying, Josh suggests that we as Christians have a choice. We can either choose to date someone by starting off with romance, or getting to know them as friends first and lovers later.
Josh provides several examples of people he's known and where they went right or wrong in their relationships. He isn't afraid to admit he's been tempted by sexual sin before (although he did stay a virgin until his wedding night). He speaks clearly and concisely about his opinions, and quotes several other books where the authors have explained his points exactly. The book also features a lengthly discourse on The Cross and how we're sinners and even the worst sexual sins can be forgiven.
Josh never forces us to accept his views. He says that if, for instance, you want to kiss before you're married (he didn't), that's your choice. But there are some things that are indisputable.
This was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who is considering/is dating.
(And by the way, I loved that "Courtship Cop" story!!! :) )
dating Christian style..| Posted January 13, 2009
this book was great. I believe some people may find it to be a bit too conservative for their tastes. But Josh makes sure to let the reader know that some of the testamonies he identifies in the book arent for everyone. I think the best chapter was the longest chapter. It was about twice the size of the others. It was the chapter on purity. The whole book definitely deserves to be read by anyone of any age who may be dating or considering dating.
Enjoyed it !!!!| Posted October 18, 2008
I have actually read this book a couple of times and it's better with every read. Joshua's story about how he and his wife handled their courtship is helpful and interesting. I really enjoyed this book!