Michelle Boorstein’s article in The Washington Post offers the following explanation for his resignation: In an interview, Harris said the isolation of Covenant Life, and of a small cluster of churches of which it was a part, may have fed leadership mistakes, including the decision of pastors — himself among them — to handle a child sexual abuse case internally instead of going to police.
I’ve been turning it over in my mind as my family has transitioned, from summer to fall, to schooldays and bus rides.
To the newness of being alone in the house with time and space to work. Though it deeply affected me as a teen, writing about that experience in my first memoir seemed to lessen the power of it for me in ways that were both healing and quieting.
But there are also books that deal with divorce and mental illness and loneliness and suicide and pain and fear and love and sex in healthy, nuanced ways. There is room for a new generation of writers to write complex and hopeful books about dating and sex and love and faith and adolescence.
There is room for new novels, new work around the theme of pursuing a faith life not only as a teenager…but also as an adult.
“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.
And while I recognize the importance of sharing our stories in forums like Harris’ blog and in online spaces like Life After IKDGI hope that we don’t stop there.
I hope we don’t stop at the places where we were wounded.
The book was so popular that teens and young adults jumped on the new courtship bandwagon.
Josh Harris was popular especially in the Homeschool Movement circles, but this book went far beyond that populace and into mainstream Christian circles.
DC Talk’s album movement started a few months later with its abstinence-until-marriage pledge cards and its purity rings, and the first year 102,000 teens signed the pledge across denominations. * I had an on-and-off high school boyfriend whose faith journey deeply impacted to my own. “I don’t begrudge the book you wrote,” an anonymous reader from the UK wrote.