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My own parents vowed that their children would never date, we would court, as laid out in Harris’ book.But beside my non-existent teen love life, the book had a larger impact that as an adult, I’m only now coming to grips with—damaging expectations of myself, men, and sexuality—beliefs that have cost me love, friendship, and given me a life of shame.They have a place in many people’s lives and many young Christians have raved about how it really shaped their future marriage and their relationships. Many young Christian teenagers will enter into dating relationships with the pressure of “THIS IS IT, YOU BETTER BE THE ‘ONE’ AND I WILL MAKE SURE OF IT” and poo-pooing the idea that maybe you have several boyfriends/girlfriends before you meet the person you marry.The reality is that you will change significantly throughout your prime dating years and there are some things you cannot learn until you’ve run into them face to face in a relationship.

The next year Harris hosted the first annual New Attitude Conference in Baltimore, which he ran until assuming the role of senior pastor in 2004.

As romantic and pure as it seems to marry your first girlfriend and save your first kiss for the altar, the societal norms are changing in such a way that it is making it harder and harder for young teen Christians to hold fast to that expectation.

I am still a huge believer of only dating people you can see yourself marrying, but I am also a victim of the Harris-ian mentality gone wrong.

Brief background information: Joshua Harris wrote two books — one called “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” which became a huge hit with young Christian singles when it first came out and a follow up, as if to say yes-you-can-now-date-but-under-the-guise-of-courtship, called “Boy Meets Girl” (because in Harris’s world, once a boy meets a girl, marriage ensues) Don’t get me wrong — these books were a great guide for me as an adolescent, boy-crazy and attending youth group to check out guys.

It helped me embrace the value of purity, the value of marriage and the importance of wise relationship choices (although, it did not protect me from making stupid decisions and dating people not right for me).

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