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Today’s post deals with a sensitive topic in the church, and yet one that is thrown in our faces by the world around us. Teen promiscuity and the value in waiting until marriage is one that may make some a bit uncomfortable, but I am happy to have Beth Steury visiting today to share about the books she has written to encourage teens in this important area. Before we begin, let’s take a look at the newest story, before I knew you.
After a series of bad choices rocked his world, seventeen-year-old Preston charts a new course as far from his ladies’ man ways as he can get. He distances himself from the dating scene and avoids his party-loving friends—the things that once dominated his life. Then he meets Maggie, the new girl in town, the first day of their junior year. She’s beautiful on the inside and out, knows nothing of his past, and he can’t get her out of his mind.
When a disastrous first date leaves her skeptical about the guys at Madison High, Maggie slows down her pursuit of a guy to trust with her white-wedding-dress future. She wants a boyfriend, sure, but he’d have to be nothing like the jerk who forced her first kiss. Someone more like Preston, who’s been nothing but sweet and helpful, not to mention, easy on the eyes. But he is so out of her league.
Can Maggie afford to let her guard down around the charming Preston? Will Preston’s past jeopardize his chances with the one girl who could anchor his future?
Welcome, Beth! What inspired you to write this series or this novel in particular?
The inspiration for this series came from a radio interview I heard many years ago. Following a presentation, a well-known youth speaker met outside in the parking lot with a young man from the audience. The young guy leaned on his truck and looked up at the speaker. “What happens when true love didn’t wait?” he asked. The speaker went on to say how that young man’s question changed how he approached the subject of teenagers and sex. For days, that scenario played through my mind accompanied by the faces of the many teenagers I knew who also had stumbled into premarital sex.
That seems to be a more and more relevant question to ask, unfortunately. Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
People have asked me if this is my personal story. It is not. Rather, it’s a compilation of the experiences of many people whose lives and choices have crossed my life path. Everything that happens in the story has happened to someone I know.
And likely someone each of us knows, too. What do you hope your readers take away from before I knew you?
I want readers to grasp the importance of making wise choices as they experience and are drawn into Preston and Maggie’s lives. My hope is that before I knew you will offer readers a dual experience: an enjoyable read that also leaves them better prepared for the very real decisions that everyone faces. I hope this series will stand out for its candid, realistic, and relevant approach to teenagers and sex, from a Christian worldview.
Perhaps that bold statement is what teens are needing to hear. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
Getting the word out about before I knew you and, more importantly, working on the second book of the series, because I know you. The goal is for book #2 to be out by the end of this summer.
We’d love to get to know a little more about you. Can you share about a time when you knew that God was in control and/or had your back?
I’ve worked on this story for a long time, dealing with the inevitable doubts that accompany something big and new and challenging. At times I wanted to quit, but GOD wouldn’t let me. Each time doubts threatened to end the project, He reminded me of what I had truly believed from the very beginning, when the inspiration (noted above) blossomed. This is His story, He just asked me to write it down. His presence encouraged me not to give up but also not to rush. All things in His time.
Waiting can be such a challenge! Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I love books of any kind! But I really do have a special fondness for my Kindle. It’s so portable, I appreciate the option to enlarge the print, and I find it easier to hold than a “real” book, especially a paperback. And who can argue with hundreds of books in the palm of one’s hand at the same time! Still, my home is full of print books, and I do not see that changing anytime soon.
It would be very hard to minimize the bookshelves… Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Beth!
Your turn! Paper or e-reader? I find myself more and more torn as to which is my favorite. Which is your favorite?
More about Beth:
Beth immerses herself in the YA world via substitute teaching, connecting with the teenage staff at the fast food joint where she claims the back booth as her office, and reading YA fiction.
She’s a cheerleader for saving sex for marriage. Her “Waiting Matters … Because YOU Matter” blog helps people of all ages navigate the choppy waters of saving sex for marriage and “renewed waiting.”
Beth is also a genetic genealogy enthusiast who used DNA to find her birth parents. Her journey to find and connect with her biological family is chronicled in “A Doorstep Baby’s Search for Answers”. Her “Slices of Real Life” posts find GOD in the day-to-day moments of real life.
All of Beth’s writing endeavors can be found on her website.
You can connect with Beth online:
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/bethsteury
Website: Beth Steury – Saving sex for marriage cheerleader, YA Author, Christ follower
Facebook: Beth Steury, Author
Pinterest: Beth Steury, Author
Goodreads: Beth Steury, Author
Also by Beth:
“A world that respects sex . . . ”
Can you imagine a society molded around the principle that sex is a gift? An awesomely amazing gift from GOD? You know, the guy who created it?
A place where people totally get that sex is more than simply a pleasurable physical act.
Oh, everyone knows that sex is incredible. But because it’s so good, sex is protected from anything or anyone who would try to abuse it.
Can you even imagine such a place?
Because instead, ours is a “Fifty Shades of Grey” world where sex has been so trivialized that saving sex for marriage is labeled old-fashioned, unnecessary, unimportant. Even worse ridiculous or dumb.
But I’m here to convince you that GOD’s design for sex is amazing.
That waiting does matter.
That sex is worth saving for marriage.
Even in this Fifty Shades world.
Saving sex for marriage is the best decision you’ll ever make.
No matter who you are, how old you are, or where you live. Doesn’t even matter what’s in your past.
“But I already didn’t wait!”
Then a commitment to “renewed waiting” is the second-best choice you’ll ever make. Nothing makes more sense than stopping behavior that puts you at risk physically, emotionally, and mentally.
“But it’s hard to wait . . . ”
Of course it is. Waiting is tough, but it’s not impossible. You can do it.
These practical strategies and candid conversations from the “Waiting Matters . . . Because YOU Matter” blog series will help you navigate the choppy waters of saving sex for marriage.
Because sex is worth waiting for. You are worth waiting for.
before I knew you Giveaway:
Beth has graciously offered to give away either a paperback copy OR an ebook (winner’s choice) of before I knew you. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.