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In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do so here. Toggle navigation. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category. Search for Search. Josh Harris is all grown up. The man who brought us I Kissed Dating Goodbye when he was just twenty-one, and who is best known for bringing courtship to a whole new generation, is now senior pastor of a large and growing church and no longer speaks at conferences.
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Stop Dating the Church by Joshua D. Harris, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God (Lifechange Books) Hardcover - Bargain Price, September 23, Bestselling author Joshua Harris calls Christians to stop playing the field and commit, just as Christ is committed to us, His bride. In his new book. Jan 21, - It's dating, with no assurances, no obligations. Bestselling author Joshua Harris calls Christians to stop playing the field and commit, just as.
Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Stop Dating the Church. Description Putting in their hour or two on the weekend, many Christians take the rest of the week off, neglecting the church and her needs. It's not a serious relationship. Some shop around, looking for a church that suits their lifestyle.
It's dating, with no assurances, no obligations. Bestselling author Joshua Harris calls Christians to stop playing the field and commit, just as Christ is committed to us, His bride.
In his new book, Harris explores the ramifications of Ephesianswhich proclaims the intensity and the breadth of Jesus Christ's love for His church. God has designed us to build our lives around a local church; we cannot be indifferent or uninvolved. Rating details. More filters. Sort order.
Start your review of Stop Dating the Church! Mar 25, Natalie Vellacott rated it it was ok Shelves: christian-living.
This was okay, but not as good as his books on relationships. It's short and seemed to have a lot more Americanisms that grated after a while. The principles are good: people shouldn't church hop but should be fully committed members of their local Gospel preaching church. Jul 24, James rated it it was ok Shelves: church.
I am reviewing the ated version of this book elsewhere now titled, "Why Church Matters" so will not provide a full review here, but here are some of criticisms: 1. This book is addressed to people who have intellectual doubts about why the church is important and does not address pastoral concerns of those who have been seriously wounded by the church.
Mar 5, - Josh Harris is all grown up. The man who brought us I Kissed Dating Goodbye when he was just twenty-one, and who is best known for. Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris. 1, ratings, average rating, reviews. Stop Dating the Church! Quotes Showing of 2. "If Jesus loves the church, you and I should, too. Aug 11, - (The following is an excerpt from Stop Dating the Church-Fall in Love With the Family of God by Joshua Harris.) Jack and Grace met through a.
As I read this book I thought of people I know with 'Church Angst' and found that Harris either is unaware of the ways in which c I am reviewing the ated version of this book elsewhere now titled, "Why Church Matters" so will not provide a full review here, but here are some of criticisms: 1. As I read this book I thought of people I know with 'Church Angst' and found that Harris either is unaware of the ways in which churches can wound people, or he doesn't think that the emotional part of this is important enough to address.
This book criticizes church 'daters' as being too individualistic and me-centered but fails to provide a compelling ecclesiology. In the end it says you should join a church because that is how you will grow and get the most out of your spiritual life. Sounds individualistic and me-centered to me. Perhaps it is because this book has a low view of sacraments the sacraments are there to demonstrate your commitment to Jesus and thus the church.
God's mission for the church is given lip-service but is not unpacked and only stated a few times. Thus Harris provides anecdotes of people getting serious about church and leaving their hobbies behind clubs, special interest groups.
It made me wonder, what is the purpose of church if you real advocate that the individual Christians in your group pull back from commitments to non-Christians? Be committed to church, sure, but can the church reach the world?
The book is written by a pastor from a pastors perspective and so the exhortations to serve in church, tithe at church and make your pastor's life a joy, seem a little self serving. My other review, for another venue needs to extol the virtues of this book a little more and there are someso I am using my goodreads to gripe a little.
View 2 comments. Apr 27, Charles rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People interested in discipling. Recommended to Charles by: Brandon Stewart. Shelves: theology. An amazing book that paints a beautiful picture of the purpose of church and how we're supposed to interact with it. Although Joshua Harris has done a phenomenal job with providing examples and personal stories, he sets up quite an idealistic example of the church.
This isn't bad, but in some ways the book came across as a to do list. It's still good though that he shows how a church should operate, and gives us a great idea of what we should be striving for at the least. I definitely An amazing book that paints a beautiful picture of the purpose of church and how we're supposed to interact with it. I definitely don't agree with his opinion that Christians shouldn't observe the sabbath Harris.
I think taking a break off of things and resting for a day is an extremely important thing to do. In America we work our employees to death mercilessly, along with our children. We should be giving people a break from things with an opportunity to rest at least ounce a week. We tend to get ourselves so busy that we don't even have the time to think about God.
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I will also mention that the book says you should read your bible in the morning before church. Although this is a good habit, I don't believe studying in the morning is good for everyone. On top of that, I think in America we emphasize studying your bible strongly, but we see prayer being a primary concern in Jesus example of praying in the mornings. I'm not saying that Joshua Harris is wrong in saying that studying the bible in the morning isn't important.
But some people get more out of their study at night and prayer is also extremely important. I'll also quickly mention not to take the authors advice on quickly finding a church.
Take your time with this and play it slow instead. Committing to a church is a very serious thing and should not be rushed, just like a marriage. The problems I've mentioned with the book are quite minor considering the rest of the great content.
So most of the theology is good, just a few big ify things brought up. I very highly suggest this as a discipleship tool you can guide someone through, or just a short read. Add a star if you like short explanations that get to the point and take away one if you don't like having everything throughly explained. Sep 06, Michael d'Offay rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-living. Sometimes a little book comes along which totally surprises me.
This is one of them and it deals with dating or more specifically. What I enjoyed about this book is Sometimes a little book comes along which totally surprises me. What I enjoyed about this book is that it is very easy to read. Harris has such a fresh, accessible writing style and he is able to communicate deep truths in a simple way.
We lose the wide-eyed wonder and the excitement of being with the saints and we allow apathy to creep in. Once I finished reading it, I was left with a profound reminder that God loves his church, wants me to love it in the same way and has designed it to be a place where He grows us, shapes us and uses us best.
This is a great little book to read and also to recommend to friends who are allergic or sceptical or had a bad experience about church yet do desire to know God.
Superb book! Most every congregation struggles with people who choose not to commit to the church, or can't see the reason to do so.
"STOP DATING THE CHURCH!" - A Bible Study adapted from the book by Joshua Harris,. "Stop Dating The Church! Fall In Love With The Family Of God.".
Josh Harris here presents a very simple, Scriptural case for committing to the local church and giving it a high priority in one's life. It's a very quick, easy read.
Jun 20, Mindi rated it liked it.
I read this book in an effort to improve my attitude toward the local church. The author seems to be in the reformed neo-Calvinist camp, so we don't agree on certain theological issues, but he makes enough good points to make the book worth reading because almost no one else is writing books about why we ought to be committed to the local church.
I say that with this caveat: some of the stuff in this book ought to be removed with a black permanent marker. For instance: "If you are not I read this book in an effort to improve my attitude toward the local church. For instance: "If you are not a member of the local church you regularly attend, you may well be going to hell.
I completely disagree. I belong to a local church. I am even friends with my pastors, but that is not what keeps me out of Hell. They would be the first to tell you that. Here is a great quote from Harris: "Our corporate worship edifies and strengthens us and glorifies God in ways nothing else can. You can be as good a Christian by disobedience to your Lord's commands as by being obedient? What is a brick made for? To help build a house. It is of no use for that brick to tell you that it is just as good a brick while it is kicking about on the ground as it would be in the house.
It is a good-for-nothing brick. So you rolling-stone Christians, I do not believe that you are answering your purpose. You are living contrary to the life which Christ would have you live, and you are much to blame for the injury you do. Jesus asks us to do something very specific.
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He calls you to simply love His church. Because caring deeply about what Jesus cares about is your true calling.
I have seen too many Christians shipwreck when they walk away from the church; it doesn't happen immediately, but in a different season. The fact that it does not happen immediately deceives people into a false sense of security in their refusal to commit to a local church.
No man is a healthy island over time.
Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God (LifeChange Books)
While this book makes many valid points, I think that a better book on the same topic would be Dick Iverson's Guarding the Local Church. I should probably re-read it in my quest for a better, more whole-hearted attitude toward the local church. Jun 13, Nate LaClaire rated it it was amazing. In Stop Dating the Church!
This commitment involves far more than showing up on Sunday to sing, chat, and listen to We are a generation of consumers, independent and critical.
This commitment involves far more than showing up on Sunday to sing, chat, and listen to a sermon. Josh says that in order for us to have the kind of relationship with a local church that God intended, we must first see the Church universal church as God sees it.
One of my favorite things about his books is that his writing style is so conversational and unassuming. He uses a variety of examples, but many of them come from his own life - his own shortcomings and mistakes.
And yet, his books are always grounded in scripture and demonstrate a satisfaction in Christ that many only secretly dream of. Like with any commandment of God, there are real, tangible benefits to obedience. Commitment to a local church takes effort, but the benefits far outweigh that effort. Unfortunately, many of us are too committed outside of the church to have a real relationship with the other members of our local body. In the book, Josh offers real advice on how to commit to the church and what commitment looks like.
He also discusses choosing a church, including what things are a matter of taste and what things are vital to a healthy church family - and, by extension, a healthy Christian. He then talks about how to make the most of Sunday, including the church service and the rest of the day. I highly recommend that you read this book, whether or not you think you might qualify as a church dater.
I found the book convicting, but also encouraging and insightful. Shelves: ecclesiology-church."I Kissed Jesus Goodbye" - Joshua Harris, Apostasy and Leadership
With the "anti-church" movement against "organized religion" among some today, it is good to hear a godly young man write with passion on the need to marry a church and quit dating it. Harris provides a simplistic and heart-felt cry to Christians to put your heart into the Bride of Christ and marry her! Our church gave every High School graduate this book one year and many enjoyed it, but most probably did not go to church while in that next year of college except on Christmas and Easter brea With the "anti-church" movement against "organized religion" among some today, it is good to hear a godly young man write with passion on the need to marry a church and quit dating it.
Our church gave every High School graduate this book one year and many enjoyed it, but most probably did not go to church while in that next year of college except on Christmas and Easter breaks. I wonder how many of them stayed close to the Lord at that time too?
I think a healthy, biblical, gospel-centered church outlined by Harris would have helped them at that pivotal stage in life.
How about you? May 21, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: adultreadreview-on-blog. A practical guide to what you should think about and consider before choosing a church.
I found the information in this book to be extremely well researched and thought provoking. Joshua Harris did an excellent job of telling you what you should look for and then explaining exactly why you need to meet those standards. I'd recommend this book. Sep 21, Connor rated it liked it. Praying that he would, like Peter, turn back and follow the Lord. There was some interesting takes in this book.
For one, Harris explained that if a kid is part of a strong local church they should strongly consider staying home as opposed to moving out of town for college. Jun 14, Chris Whitehead rated it it was ok.
Jul 29, - Joshua Harris says his marriage is over and apologises to LGBT+ people Joshua Harris, whose biblical guide to relationships I Kissed Dating Goodbye Harris later became a senior pastor in the Covenant Life church in. Joshua Harris' main aim is to challenge the consumerist, self centred, critical attitude so many of us unconsciously, or even deliberately, carry into our local. Stop Dating the Church reminds us that faith was never meant to be a solo . Josh Harris reminds us that God's plan is that we love Jesus passionately but also.
I was not really impressed with this book. I try to read everything with an open mind but there was a good share of this book that was just quotes from other people. I appreciate his enthusiasm for "church" but he never addressed really whether or not we are "doing church" correctly. As a pastor I see many areas where we do many things that have no bearing on what Jesus has really called us to do.
My biggest disappointment was on page where he says "The sermon is the most important part of t I was not really impressed with this book.