(IKDG) about four years later near the end of middle school.I remember seeing the cover, and thinking how cool it looked, tipped fedora and all.In response, one of her followers tweeted that she didn’t have a prom because of Joshua Harris, the author of the influential book was published in 1997 and quickly became a hit among the Evangelical crowd.Here was this young guy, only 21, preaching chastity, virtue and not kissing until you got married.My own parents vowed that their children would never date, we would court, as laid out in Harris’ book.But beside my non-existent teen love life, the book had a larger impact that as an adult, I’m only now coming to grips with—damaging expectations of myself, men, and sexuality—beliefs that have cost me love, friendship, and given me a life of shame.
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.Many single Christians feel frustrated with culture's expectations and patterns of dating.Youth pastors and parents find themselves dealing with young adults who fall into sexual temptation or spend more energy on dating than on following God.Josh published his career-making book, , in 1997, when he was only 21.His book had a huge impact on not only the Christian homeschool movement but also evangelicalism more broadly, and frankly, messed a lot of things up for a lot of us growing up in that culture.#Because Fundamentalismjessica @jessicakathryn @elizabethesther my school wasn’t allowed to have prom.Because @Harris Josh lol Joshua Harris @Harris Josh @jessicakathryn @elizabethesther Sorry about that, Jess. Two individuals on twitter tweeted about not being able to go to the prom because of evangelical purity teachings, and when one referenced the role Harris played in that, Harris tweeted back that he was “Sorry about that.” This, frankly, is the beauty and magic of twitter, the way it can bring people into contact.We want to curate these stories in the hopes of preventing more damage from being done and to provide an alternative narrative to the rigid and narrow thinking that IKDG and Harris’ other work espouses.Here’s how you can participate: We hope to help keep the power of the stories in the hands of those they belong to. It is our hope that these stories will not only give comfort to those who have felt like they are alone, but will also spur Joshua Harris on to further and more humble reflection on his contributions to purity culture—reflection that does not come at the cost of those most harmed by his teachings. Add a link to your own #IKDGstories blog post, podcast, or video.The book far exceeded the sales expectations of Multnomah, its publisher, and has spawned an entire genre of works on how to do relationships in a "Christian way." Recent titles include Dating and Waiting ..., Elizabeth Esther tweeted that she never went to prom because of her Fundamentalist upbringing.