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.
Joshua Harris uses lessons taught in the Word of God to encourage us to commit to having a relationship that builds on mutual trust and understanding, as well as to keep our hearts, emotions, lips, and bodies pure in order to please Christ.
Engaging in frivolous and one-off relationships with random people can seem adventurous and maybe even fun to some, but the Bible clearly states the folly of sex before marriage.
I wasn't sure if either of them liked me, and I knew I had plenty of flaws that would make both of them want to reject me. To be clear, dating wasn't the only thing I abstained from at the time.
I deprived myself of pretty much every non-churchy activity possible: movies, television, secular music, food, school functions — you name it. The whole deprivation drama was inspired by my desire to show God how much I had changed since my rebellious days of high school.
“Part of the reason this has been so hard for me is that I have so much of my identity tied up in these books. “It’s like, well, crap, is the biggest thing I’ve done in my life this really huge mistake?
” I’ve been thinking about that article, that quote from Harris, for weeks now.