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If you’ve been in ministry for a while, chances are equally good you led teens through a study on it.

The author of the book, Joshua Harris, was just 21 years old when he wrote it.

, and thus ignorant of the context into which it was written and the impact the book had already had in the US, where it had been out for some years. The notion that you waited until you were ready to commit to a relationship that had the potential to lead to marriage, and then you pursued it in an intentional, chaste way, was a deeply appealing one. I had also been hurt by a nice American Christian boy at university.

I’d been deeply hurt at university by a guy whose dating philosophy, if you can dignify it with that label, was the opposite of Josh Harris’.

Many found Harris’ idea to steer clear of dating until they were sure God had sent “the one” absolutely impractical.

However, a decent number adhered to his advice, saving dating, pursuing, even kissing until after they had found “the one” they were sure would make good marriage material.

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If you were a Christian teenager or young adult in the early years of the 21st century, chances are pretty good your youth group did a study on it.

We went to see and I – oh, how I cringe at this memory – used this as a golden excuse to put my head on his shoulder and cry like a baby through most of it.

Many have used this fact to discredit Harris and question the validity of the advice he gives in the book.

After all, what advice could someone give another on relationships when that person hadn’t been in a significant one yet and had lived such a short time on earth?

I mention he was American because it occurred to me the other day that perhaps he had, in fact, read .

Back then, in those pre-social media days, trends took longer to make it over the Pond than they do now, though I’m not sure that those things would have ever become widespread in the UK.

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