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To lay down our desires and do what’s in his or her best interest.
To care for him or her even when there’s nothing in it for us.
The book argues that psychological pain and trauma can result from entering an intimate relationship before one is ready, either emotionally or financially, to commit to being the other person's life partner.
Margaret and Dwight Peterson wrote an essay called "God Does Not Want to Write Your Love Story" in which they criticized Boy Meets Girl, among other books.
As much as I value seeking God first in romantic relationships and biblical dating, I think at some age, you begin to realize that the Joshua Harris style courtship and dating may work for some, but is overall a very bad way to approach relationships, especially if you start reading his books at 13 years old in youth group.
"I stopped having to be constantly right about everything," he said.
"I just became a student who was listening." Today, Harris said he's working with those who have been hurt by his book and is even producing a documentary that shares his journey and delves into how religious communities talk about sex and relationships.
Now, for the first time since its release, the national #1 bestseller has been expanded with new content and updated for new readers.
Honest and practical, it challenges cultural assumptions about relationships and provides solid, biblical alternatives to society's norm.
In his book, Harris also urges Christian singles to commit to "purposeful singleness," as romantic relationships should exist only as a means to preparing for marriage.