Josh McDowell is a Christian apologist and author of Evidence That Demands a Verdict.  As a child, he was homosexually raped by his father, Wayne. As a teenager, he was an agnostic, an atheist by default, who felt that Christianity was worthless, but when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, he realized its truth and converted, and has since forgiven his father.
He attended Kellogg College and Wheaton College.
Though most of McDowell's publishing has been in the apologetics realm, he also co-wrote with Ed Stewart a series under the title "Project 911 Connection," the series featured small booklets aimed at youth dealing with contemporary issues (such as unplanned pregnancy, childhood sexual abuse, and thoughts of suicide).