He does not describe dating as a model that is necessarily sinful, but as a lesser option than courtship.

Courtship is superior because it is meant to protect against heartache and regret.

Dating, as understood and practiced by many believers and unbelievers alike, too often proves an obstacle rather than an aide to living for God’s glory.

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Josh grew up outside Portland, Oregon, and professed faith in Christ as a teenager.

By the time he was 17, he was establishing himself as a leader and teacher, speaking at youth events and conferences.

His influence was about to extend far beyond what was then still a small and close-knit community.

In 1997 Multnomah Publishers released , a book Harris had written when he was just twenty-one years old.

Beginning in 1994, he began publishing , a magazine targeted at fellow homeschoolers, and one that quickly gained a substantial readership.

He was now the second generation of Harris’s to make a mark in homeschool circles.

Writing from the perspective of personal experience, Harris says that in place of this kind of “dumb love,” Christians ought to emphasize “smart love.” Where dumb love is primarily concerned with self, smart love begins with a love for God and matures into love and concern for others.

Smart love manifests itself in courtship, which is simply dating with purpose.

By 2001 had sold 714,000 copies and received ECPA’s Gold Book Award (given to books exceeding 500,000 copies sold).

Four years later it had reached the million threshold and was awarded the Platinum Book Award.

This morning I am beginning a new Sunday series called “The Bestsellers.” The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association tracks sales of Christian books, and awards the Platinum Book Award for books whose sales exceed one million, and the Diamond Book Award for sales exceeding ten million.