Happy Easter, everyone!
I almost didn’t write this review. I’ve been contemplating writing it for a month. “I really want to write a review of this book,” I told my mom this morning, “but it’s kind of old. Is that weird?”
“I don’t think so,” she replied. “It’s a classic.”
And (of course) she was absolutely right, so here goes:
Although it was written in 1997, Joshua Harris’ book I Kissed Dating Goodbye is just as relevant and needed today as it was eighteen years ago.
This book has been on my radar for a long time. The author’s younger brothers, Alex and Brett Harris, wrote a book called Do Hard Things, a book that my youth pastor lent to me over four years ago and inspired me to start this blog. As a result, I am proud to say that I have been a rebelutionary for many years. Getting back to the point, though–I soon heard about I Kissed Dating Goodbye, but I didn’t feel that it was relevant to my life at that point in time.
Now that I’ve read it, I can see why people recommend it so often!
It’s easy to make assumptions about this book based on its title. “I kissed dating goodbye?” you might say. “Does this guy expect us to stay single for the rest of our lives?” No, and he explains that within the first few pages. I Kissed Dating Goodbye is not about avoiding relationships with the opposite sex. It’s about changing our attitude towards dating, and possibly, as a result, changing our actions.
I’ve been struggling with how to write this review simply because this is such a deep book. It’s so full of wisdom that I hardly know where to start, and I know that, no matter what I say, I can hardly do it justice. However, I’ll do my best, so here are some of my favorite points in the book:
I’d like to reiterate that I’ve barely scratched the surface of this book. If you feel this could have application in your life, I encourage you to read it! Personally, I don’t know if I’ve “kissed dating goodbye”. I do know that this book has given me a lot to think about. It has left me with some new attitudes and resolutions, and ultimately I have been blessed by it.
Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.
-Corrie Ten Boom
This beautiful post really reflects the things that have been on my mind this Christmas season. God bless!
Originally posted on daughter by design:
Christmas always was, Christmas always is, and Christmas will ALWAYS be about the gifts.
It’s about a gift so grand that you would never be able to find it at the shopping mall.
It’s about a gift so priceless that no amount of dollar bills could purchase it.
It’s about a gift so big that no Christmas tree would be large enough to place it under.
It’s about a gift that was sent long ago from the arms of heaven into the heart of men.
See, Christmas is all about the gifts.
Because it began with the greatest gift of all.
The gift of a beautiful baby boy names Jesus who came to bring freedom, peace, hope, and a future for you and I.
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How does one write a Christmas poem?
Oh, where shall I start?
‘Tis not the day but ’tis the season
For some Christmas thoughts.
Should I wish to remind of you
Of presents you’ve yet to buy,
I could write of gifts and Santa Claus
Of stockings and trees I would sigh.
Or perhaps you would rather I write of the songs
We sing this time of year.
“Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night”
And others we hold so dear.
Maybe you wish I’d write nothing at all
And ignore Christmas day altogether.
“Happy Holidays!” I would cheerfully say
And then we could talk of the weather.
But if I wish to remind you of a more beautiful thing
Than gifts and trees and toys,
I would speak of a night, cold and clear,
A night that we think of with joy.
For on that night a life began,
That life could be ours in abundance.
A gift held close and ever so dear
By those with arms open to receive it.
I write to remind you not to wait till Christmas day
To bring praise to our God and King,
But to begin on this day to give thanks and to pray
And to bring Him an offering of love.
If we wait for one day to profess all our thanks,
We’re really missing the point.
God longs to hear us on the tenth and the fourth
As well as the twenty-fifth.
So take a moment to stop and pray
And thank Him for what He’s done.
The life He’s given, the debt He’s paid
Should be sung of more than one day alone.