Josh McDowell was born in Michigan in 1939 and raised on a dairy farm. The youngest of five children, he grew up in an unhappy, dysfunctional home. His father was an alcoholic who often beat his grossly obese mother; one sister committed suicide; another ran away from home; one brother joined the army never to be heard from again; and the eldest brother permanently broke all communication with his parents over a property ownership dispute. Perhaps the greatest horror was reserved for Josh himself, who was repeatedly abused sexually by a hired hand living in their home. Josh McDowell lost his innocence at an early age. Through his experiences, his heart grew hard, he and distanced himself from God. But he would later find out that God does not abandon anyone - even the most stubborn skeptics.