Hi, this is Michael C., and
you’re reading my book report on the wonderful and helpful book, “I Kissed
Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris. The author was once your typical
dating male, until one two-year relationship was getting too complicated
for him, and he had to bring it to a not-so-glorious close. He wanted
something better, and this book is about how he came to realize that God
has something better for you in the future, if you turn down the temptations
of the present. Harris explains why dating is like “a swerving grocery
cart that won’t go where you want it to” for Christians. He points
out that modern dating is about intimacy, and not commitment, but that
intimacy was meant to be a reward of commitment, so he says that if you
aren’t ready to make a lifelong commitment, you aren’t ready for intimacy.
Joshua also tells us that modern dating heads toward intimacy and also
that in these modern teenage dating relationships, the two people involved
in the relationship are lonely looking to please themselves, yet they are
calling it “true love.” According to the Bible, love is not selfish,
but if you are only looking to please yourself, that is very selfish.
Harris also tells a story of someone he knew when he was younger (he was
21 years old when he was writing the book) who had a girlfriend and claimed
that he had “never loved anyone more than her.” And in a few short
years, that same guy was getting married, and it was to a different girl
whom he claimed he had “never loved anyone more than her.” Harris
claims that short term dating can carry on into a person’s marriage like
a habit, causing separation and possibly a divorce when something goes
wrong. But true love keeps no record of wrongs, which contradicts
the theory in marriage, “if something goes wrong, file for divorce.”
He also tells stories of successful marriages, like the couple who didn’t
even hold hands until they had gotten married. They had waited for
any intimate relationship, and what they got on their wedding day was more
special than anything in the whole world.
Frank and Joe Hardy receive an unusual assignment from their detective father. They are to “break into” the house of a Bayport neighbor, Malcome Wright, and retrieve a top secret invention that the scientist had hidden in his study before leaving Carolina. The invention is in danger of being stolen, and the boys race against time to beat the thieves at their own game.
The young detectives soon discover that they are involved in a mystery far greater in scope than just retrieving the invention. The investigations put them on the trail of a dangerous criminal gang of jewel thieves and smugglers. When Joe is kidnapped, the is incident starts Frank on a chase that almost ends disastrously for him and his pals.
I like this book because there are things that make a mystery so wonderful. It has mystery, danger, and most of all, suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat for all hours of the day.