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Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship Paperback – July 26, 2005
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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.
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In 1997, Harris's I Kissed Dating Goodbye became a phenomenon both in the publishing world and the Christian singles scene. Dating, Harris suggested, was an ungodly and unbiblical activity that Christians should reject in favor of a more old-fashioned, marriage-driven courtship. In this follow-up book, Harris guides Christians who are eager to say "I do" through the maze of finding a mate. His practical tips are set against the autobiographical backdrop of his own successful courtship with Shannon, now his wife of two years. Harris's words of wisdom aren't terribly innovative; they are the bread and butter of Christian relationship books claiming that good communication, sexual abstinence, friendship and fellowship are at least as important as romance. But lack of originality is the least of this book's problems. Harris's self-conscious attempts to be cute quickly grow tiresome (the Courtship Cop who "pulls over" a couple thinking about marriage too early in their relationship is only the most glaring example). Also, many readers who would otherwise find Harris's message compelling may be put off by the strict "God-given" gender roles he lauds in chapter 6: a man should initiate everything in a relationship, while "ladies" are supposed to "make room for him to lead." This slim sequel will no doubt delight Harris's thousands of devoted fans, but its banalities won't win any new devotees. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Secondly, in the beginning of the book, he does not emphasize enough the importance of God's direct role in choosing our mate. It should not be based on whether we find the person attractive, or think that just because a person is a Christian, they are court worthy; there is more to it than that. He does not talk enough about how God knows who is best for us. He talks about how family should play a role in the process because they know us well. But he neglects to mention that God knows us best, that He should be the first one we go to when we start to consider our future mate and to ask Him to bring us the mate that He knows is best for us. If we pray about it FIRST, God will bring the right person, under the right circumstances in His perfect timing. As stated before, the author mentions these things, but not until near the end of the book.
GOD's thoughts, wisdom and insight comes FIRST through prayer of directly asking what He says we should do when we should do it. THEN we follow suit with trust, obedience and patience.
While some of the things in here may be "common sense" to some (individual backgrounds and results will vary) there were some perspectives, thoughts, and questions that I had either ignored, not thought to meditate on, or even occurred to me.
I would caution people from falling prey to unintentional legalism with a book like this. Josh gives some good practical guidelines, but also makes it very clear that they should be taken with a grain of salt and that each situation is unique.
The only issue I had with this book, was that he pointed out some lines of thinking I didn't even realize I've had in the past and it was uncomfortable to face.
But that's my issue, not his or even an issue of the book itself.
A good read for any Christian who is open to taking their relationship seriously - and likewise is serious about honoring Him in / with it.
I highly recommend this book to teenagers, adults, parents, grandparents, ministers, would be mentors, in short everyone who wants a closer relationship with God and with each other.
I noticed that most of the 1 & 2 star reviews didn't seem to have actually opened the book and were more interested in bashing a Christian viewpoint than anything else. If you're not interested in a Godly , Christian view of dating don't bother reading this book - you're not going to like it. However if you're interested in bringing your relationships with the opposite sex into a more Christian light or simply want some guidance in counseling your children about dating this book is an excellent place to start.
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God bless and keep them coming.