Her tiny arms wrap around my neck as she whispers, “I love you, mom.”
“I love you too, sweetheart,” I whisper back.
Wiping her hair away from her eyes, I consider the word my child just whispered.
Every child has an innate longing to be loved. They want to know that they are appreciated and desired beyond measure. Delight is found in the idea of this word from the time they are born.
Yet, its meaning has been so twisted by selfish, ungodly desires in our culture that the simple misuse and misunderstanding of this word has destroyed the lives of countless youth today. It is time that we clearly explain Godly love so that young people can set a healthy standard in their relationships.
To help accomplish this, Internationally known abstinence speaker, Pam Stenzel, and I released our first book together (with Regal Books). Entitled Nobody Told Me: What You Need to Know About the Physical and Emotional Consequences of Sex Outside of Marriage.” we compiled approximately 8 years worth of the best teen and young adult stories and questions about God’s design for love and relationships, Scriptural encouragement, media influence, peer pressure, abuse, pregnancy, STDs, emotional heartache, recycled virginity, and choosing abstinence until marriage and put them into a fun Facebook-like format.
This book is perfect for every student (12 and up) regardless of the choices they have made. For those who have abstained, this book will offer a window into the heart of their peers, provide answers to difficult questions they still might have (and be afraid to ask), strengthen them to remain pure until marriage, and offer for them suggestions to help them live that out. For those who have made mistakes, this book will give them the opportunity to hear stories of young people struggling right along with them, but within that commonality our words will provide clarity where there was confusion, hope where there was pain, experienced forgiveness from a loving God, understanding that their past choices don’t have to define their future ones, and practical steps to redeeming their future.
Some of you may not have teens (12 and up) yet. Good news, the book is still FOR YOU. Why? Because we live in a rapidly changing world. The consequences that today’s adults faced as a teens are no longer the same as the teenagers of today. The number of STDs has risen, media exposure delivers wildly different messages, and the people in the home and church haven’t always known how to effectively deliver an abstinence-based message that is both glorifying to God and yet honest and powerful enough to pack a punch with the students who hear it.
With Godly teaching and important up to date facts, we bring everyone up to speed and successfully communicate a message of Godly love that empowers ALL students to choose self-respect and Biblical choices from this day forward.
On the cover, popular Christian recording artist states, “This book is relevant, powerful, and packed with truths that all young people need to hear.”
Do not pass it by. We don’t want your child, the child you mentor, or any other young person that you love to have to tearfully say to God, their parents a physician, or a future spouse, “Nobody told me. I didn’t know.”
Thank you for allowing me to share in your day and introduce you our book!
Melissa Nesdahl’s website http://melissanesdahl.blogspot.com/
Pam Stenzel’s website http://pamstenzel.com/
Fan Page for the Book - http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Nobody-Told-Me/119424511453919
Thank you for guest posting Melissa!