I’ve a huge list of books to reread. And a tiny list of books that I have already reread.
Moving books from the first list unto the second happens rarely, as you can probably tell. But I have reread some books in my life. Like this one.
Boy Meets Girl, by Joshua Harris.
The book made an impression on me the first time I read it. I made a note to self to read it again at an appropriate point in my life (i.e. engaged to a man I want to spend the rest of my life with). As I’m at exactly this point in life, it seemed fit to go back to it. So this is the getting married: prep book #2.
Pondering on why I’d recommend Boy Meets Girl, I find that it’s mostly because of Harris’ writing. Here’s how I’d describe it:
HONEST. Harris speaks out of his own experience, failures and victories. Numerous examples are given of other couples who’ve faced challenges in their relationships, but have overcome them, which is very encouraging. It’s not a small thing being transparent about your struggles and mistakes and the fact that Harris (and his wife) were brave enough to do so is remarkable.
FUN. He doesn’t take himself too seriously – and that makes for a light-hearted read, even when the topic concerned is very serious. The all-façades down, I’m-a-human-being-too Harris will charm you.
PRACTICAL. Yes, what Harris writes and advises is grounded in a deep and personal relationship with the Inventor of love and all things romantic. Still, he manages to avoid over-spiritualizing relationships and helps living life (single or as a couple) so that it puts a smile on God’s face.
All of this makes me deem Boy Meets Girl worthy of being reread. I do recommend reading it for the first time, too.
Have you read Boy Meets Girl? How did you like it?
I’m still on the look-out for good pre-marital guidance books, so if there’s any you’d recommend, please do in the comments section.