When I was around the age of 12 – 15 I struggled immensely with my walk with the Lord.Not that I was walking completely away, I just wasn’t following in the path God would have me to go. I was hard-headed and rebellious to my true calling of God. It will open your heart and show you God’s love for you… I am very susceptible to false shame and think many women are. Speaking of lies, many of the lies I’m prone to believe are in some way related to/ produce shame."'I Kissed Dating Goodbye,' with its inspiring call to sincere love, real purity, and purposeful singleness, remains the benchmark for books on Christian dating," reads the book description."Joshua Harris shares his story of giving up dating and discovering that God has something even better-a life of sincere love, true purity, and purposeful singleness." However, nearly two decades later, Harris, now a married father of three, admitted that over the years, a number of individuals have shared how his book negatively affected them and promoted a damaging and unhelpful view of sexuality, relationships, and dating. It is not a quick gloss-over message to just love yourself because you are great (Whee, smiles, hooplah!!! Sometimes we can get so bogged down by life and by our own issues (like shame, lol) that we forget to enjoy simple things … Seuss and snuggles on the couch with our favorite people. This particular one is a favorite because of it’s message. And just in case that isn’t enough for you, check out this scripture from Isaiah .
Andy Stanley explores the challenges, assumptions, and land mines associated with dating in the twenty-first century.Released in 1997, when Harris was just 21 years old and had not yet been in a dating relationship, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" discusses the problems with contemporary "recreational dating" and presents "biblical courtship" as an alternative.In his book, Harris also urges Christian singles to commit to "purposeful singleness," as romantic relationships should exist only as a means to preparing for marriage The book quickly became a staple among the Christian community, selling over 800,000 copies nationwide.The words I was reading finally started to sink in and change the way I felt. I didn’t want to move out on my own and do my own things.By the last year of my true “battling” years, I decided I was wrong. God had gotten into my heart and soul and twisted it and formed it back into the shape He had created it to be.