Harris was already a popular speaker at conferences for Christian home-schoolers and had started his own magazine, but the book’s influence quickly outpaced its modest built-in audience—it has sold more than 1.2 million copies to date. You weren’t just not having sex, you were adopting “a revolutionary pattern of living” that would make you both a better Christian and, someday, a better spouse.
Now stand at the bars of my woman's soul Until I shall question thee.
And these days, he’s having very mixed feelings about the book that turned him into a Christian celebrity.
“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.
Then another joins them, and another, and another, forming an ominous chain at the altar.
, written by Joshua Harris and first published in 1997, argued that traditional dating was “a training ground for divorce” because it puts people in the habit of quitting relationships when things get tough.