And that’s so much bigger than sex; there’s a critical portion of a healthy life that I have to strain to reach that was damaged in the name of God.

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The teaching in Harris’ book is much like what I encountered in white and black churches.

I have to listen so hard to myself to actually know what I like, what I don’t, and what I desire, because the idea of pleasure is a foreign idea.

It’s fostered the sort of shame that follows me into my relationship now, and it makes me angry at how dating or relationships without marriage as a pre-determined point, let alone sex or any kind of physical affection, were robbed of any joy for me.

It’s like a low level noise of distrust and anxiety that some would probably call the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

I would never have known Josh Harris’s name were it not for this book and his elevation based on it.

Even though I didn’t see myself as his primary audience, I and others like me reaped the consequences of his work. I was always an avid book reader and since I took my evangelical faith so seriously, I wanted to learn all I could about dating.In the wake of its publication, churches held purity conferences, purity balls, and had teens take purity pledges.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.(IKDG) about four years later near the end of middle school.The US church was afraid of sex and sin, and so we became afraid too. Even in the black churches that I attended, this book was widely read.