Last year Joshua Harris announced that he was leaving the ministry and going to seminary.He spoke of his life as being lived backwards, and his words resonated with me and with others who grew up in the Christian homeschool movement.Josh published his career-making book, , in 1997, when he was only 21.His book had a huge impact on not only the Christian homeschool movement but also evangelicalism more broadly, and frankly, messed a lot of things up for a lot of us growing up in that culture.Several years ago, even conservative evangelical World Magazine published an article critical of the impact Harris’s seminal book has had on the relationship culture of an entire generation of evangelical young people. It has been nearly two decades since he published his book, and in that time he has married, had children, pastored a church, and weathered a denomination sex abuse scandal that threatened to take his congregation down with it.
Why am I talking to you about shopping carts when this book is about dating?
Joshua Harris @Harris Josh @elizabethesther I’m sorry.
And I’m planning to dig into that in the next year or two. for the first time when I was 14 years old, and immediately commenced shaming myself for my schoolgirl crushes.
The way Harris chose to respond was, of course, all him.
I so appreciate the complete lack of defensiveness, and the simple sympathy shown instead.