Now, almost 20 years later, even Harris appears to be questioning whether his advice did more harm than good.
Harris probably could not foresee how strongly his book would take root in evangelical culture.
He was what we, as young evangelicals, wanted to be.
And so we strove passionately to attain the ideal of premarital purity he laid out for us.
At the time, Harris was just 21, but he was already a rising star.
His parents were pioneers of the evangelical home-schooling movement, and Harris had already founded New Attitude, a countercultural magazine for teens that gave tips for proselytizing and offered in-depth analysis on why pop culture songs like Joan Osborne’s “[What If God Was] One of Us” was unchristian. Here’s why we chose to give birth to black triplets.] As a young home-schooled evangelical, Harris was a paragon of all the Christian virtues — an autodidact, motivated and pure.
Beginning in 1994, he began publishing , a magazine targeted at fellow homeschoolers, and one that quickly gained a substantial readership.
He was now the second generation of Harris’s to make a mark in homeschool circles.
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) You had my heart inside your hand, (You're gonna wish you, never had met me) And you played it to the beat. Jefferson City, Missouri, is a place where it's harder for a college-educated, twentysomething, professional, Christian man to find a date than it is to find a good coffeehouse or bookstore. For the last four years, I have lived in a very conservative Midwestern town of 35,000.His parents were pioneers in the Christian homeschooling movement which was only in its infancy while Josh and his siblings were growing up.Gregg’s book was a foundational text for homeschoolers and a Christian Booksellers Association bestselling title in 1988.