His parents were pioneers in the Christian homeschooling movement which was only in its infancy while Josh and his siblings were growing up.
This morning I am beginning a new Sunday series called “The Bestsellers.” The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association tracks sales of Christian books, and awards the Platinum Book Award for books whose sales exceed one million, and the Diamond Book Award for sales exceeding ten million.
In this series I will look at the history and impact of some of the Christian books that have sold more than a million copies—no small feat when the average Christian books sells only a few thousand.
Since 1997, a multitude of books have critiqued or affirmed Harris’ approach, while others have nuanced it, often teaching similar principles but without the use of the controversial word “courtship.” Courtship has continued to be a hot-button issue, especially in very conservative Christian circles.
It was Harris who established courtship as a legitimate alternative to dating, and it is feasible that the modern courtship movement would not exist had it not been for , a book he wrote after marrying his wife, Shannon.
Josh grew up outside Portland, Oregon, and professed faith in Christ as a teenager.
By the time he was 17, he was establishing himself as a leader and teacher, speaking at youth events and conferences.
One of my main concerns in my church or any other church is that there be no disunity among Christians over issues of dating and courtship.
We need to learn to hold our own convictions on this matter with charity.
Most importantly we need to make sure that our convictions are shaped by scripture—not culture, church culture or my books.
propelled Harris to the public eye and gave him a wide platform.
The discussion his book generated was integral in shaping his generation of young Christians.