Now stand at the bars of my woman's soul Until I shall question thee.
You require your mutton shall always be hot, Your socks and your shirt be whole; I require your heart be true as God's stars And as pure as His heaven your soul.
Images like these are frustrating because they don’t reflect reality as harmful as falling off a cliff. According to him, there are a few characteristics of being someone’s brother or sister in Christ: biblical fellowship, affection, and genuine care.
He argues that Christian friendships won’t be “shallow and meaningless” like what you see on television sitcoms, instead “their passion isn’t to appear witty, but to grow in godliness” (129).
“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?
The world poisons love by focusing first and foremost on meeting one's own needs.
But now, as I’m newly without small children and thinking about what my next writing work might be, I’m haunted by that book.
Not the content itself anymore…but the fact that someone who was clearly trying to be true to their faith perspective and obedient to their calling – someone who truly and deeply loved God – could write a book that detonated like a landmine and caused so much harm to an entire generation.
, that troubling, formational text for so many of us who grew up in the 90’s evangelical culture.
According to the article, Harris has been recently “re-evaluating the book’s impact,” and soliciting stories from readers – both the good and the heartbreakingly bad – on his website.