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Saturday, February 21, 2004

This blog about the book was encouraging in a funny sort of way. Reading it helped me better understand how different people have reacted to my first two books. It's by a spunky girl named Nikkiana who uses Tom's of Maine toothpaste and who likes iTunes. For these reasons alone I immediately like her. Her website is: http://everytomorrow.org

Nikkiana writes: "I bought Joshua Harris’s Not Even A Hint today. It’s a purchase I somewhat feel I have to justify, though I know I don’t really have to. I just feel like I do cause I feel like it might evoke some criticism.

In the past, I’ve been somewhat vocal as to my objections of Joshua Harris’s books I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl. With that being said, I suppose it seems kinda surprising that I bought Not Even a Hint… Maybe, maybe not… I’m actually thinking of buying I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl and giving them another go…

When I read I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl I was a baby Christian…. Not that I still am a baby Christian, I am in many ways, but at the time I read these books I had only been Christian for somewhere around three to six months, and I wasn’t really involved in a church. (I was attending a church, but wasn’t really a part of it.)

At the time, I found the books more discouraging than helpful. The books were written for teens/young adults who were rasied within the church. A good portion of the advice that I remember from the books involved parental and/or pastoral involvment. At the time, neither were available to me… Well, it wasn’t that pastoral involvment wasn’t available, it was more that I was a scared teenager who didn’t exactly know who to go to. (The church leadership at the church I was attending then was kinda confusing.)

My criticism of the books have little to do with the books themselves, rather my criticism has to do with the way many people react to the books. I’ve known people who’ve built themselves legalistic systems regarding dating… ahem… courtship based on these two books. I vehemately abhor legalism, to the point where I’ll end up sinning to avoid being part of someone else’s legalistic system.

Plus, after the Bible, these were the first two books tossed in my direction, and no one really took the time to sit down to explain to me, and reassure me that I was forgiven when I found that I’d pretty much done wrong everything that was in those books. I experienced a lot of guilt that I wasn’t sure what to do with when I was reading those books.

So, it wasn’t Joshua Harris. It was other people reading them and it was me. Now that I’m a bit more mature in my faith (though that’s questionable some days) and I’m actually part of a church where I feel comfortable going to people when I have questions and concerns, I think I might be ready to tackle Joshua Harris’s books again… although I know it won’t be easy, and I know I’m not going to like it."

Friday, February 20, 2004

If you've found your way to this blog...just a note that www.joshharris.com is down for a little bit. We're experiencing technical diffulties. I can't explain it because I don't understand it. Hopefully it will be back online soon.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Unbelievable! Dr. Al Mohler, the president of The Souther Baptist Theological Seminary did a commentary on Not Even a Hint on his February 13th web log. You can check it out here:

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/weblogs/mohler/

If you're not familiar with Dr. Mohler his is website is:

http://www.albertmohler.com/

The man is amazing. A genius really who is using all of his God-given gifts to serve the Lord. He is an eloquent, biblical and courageous spokesman for evangelical Christianity. Keep him in your prayers.

Monday, February 09, 2004

The response we've gotten to our "free book for web log review" has been a huge hit (especially with poor college kids who can't afford to buy it. Typing is cheap!) People from dozens of countries have responded and we're already getting back great reviews. So far no one has hated the book. Here's a sample of a review found on www.onelittlevoice.com

"The (in)famous author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl, Joshua Harris , recently released a new book, titled not even a hint . It's a book which deals with the age-old question of lust, and the response we as Christians should have to it.

When Joshua Harris' name comes up, people tend to be polarized. They either love him or hate him. I praise God for this brother, who is doing his best to shepherd a church and to challenge Christians in holy living. I wish his Asian-American heritage would be flaunted more (Yes, he's hapa, half Japanese) - we need a solid male, Christian, Asian-American role model. But I digress, this isn't post isn't about Joshua Harris, but rather about his newest book.

One thing that I really appreciate is the growth I see as I read his books. They constantly seem to grow in the knowledge of man's depravity, the goodness of God's grace, and the joy found in seeking His heart. NEAH really takes it a notch up in that regard. It really confronts the issue of lust with the cure found solely on the cross, and relying on God's sanctification to cleanse us and make us acceptable to our loving Father.

A unique issue that this book approaches is the issue of female lust. Yes, females lust. The church seems to have overlooked this far too long and lacks the infrastructure to address this. Maybe this book will open the doors of healing and free our sisters from the shame that is far too prominent.

The book is heavy on the work of the Spirit to sanctify us. However Harris also gives practical steps - such as reading and memorizing the Word, finding accountability and being wise about the media we ingest. He is open about his real life struggles and sins that he personally deals with, and that helps close the gap between author and reader."

Friday, February 06, 2004

I just learned that the interview Shannon and I did with Nancy Leigh DeMoss will air July 26-July 30, 2004.

For broadcast times & stations or to listen to the program online, you can visit www.reviveourhearts.com

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