Win ‘Chastity Is For Lovers’ today.

I’ve got a couple of copies of Chastity Is For Lovers up for grabs today, and there are two ways to win (by 10 p.m. eastern time!). Easy ways.

1. Answer the chastity question in a comment on this post on my Facebook page.


2. Retweet the following tweet:

Winners’ names will be drawn randomly and to qualify, a participant must live within the United States. Winners will be contacted via Facebook or Twitter and must provide a snail mail address to claim their prizes.

Win a copy of ‘Chastity Is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin’

Chastity_is_for_Lovers_3DYOU GUYS. It’s here. My debut book, Chastity Is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin — about practicing chastity in a culture that calls it crazy — is done, printed, en route to the people who pre-ordered it.

I’m pumped. My publisher is pumped. To prove it, we are giving a copy of Chastity is For Lovers to ten winners to be selected in two ways. Want one? Read on: Continue reading “Win a copy of ‘Chastity Is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin’”

Contraception and Catholicism: A Review and a Giveaway

Writing my own book hasn’t left a lot of time for reading. So when I received a copy of Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why by Angela Franks, Ph.D., I thought it would have to wait. But the book — just 113 pages — looked so short I gave it a shot.

Franks identifies what the Church teaches and explains why it does with a clarity and a succinctness that exist because of the book’s brevity, not despite it. I agree with Church teaching about contraception but historically have had a hard time finding the right words to use when explaining it to somebody who doesn’t.

The book bridges the gap between us. It’s a refresher for people who practice Church teaching and an education in it for people who don’t. It’s a tool to use to refine what you’ll say when you’re faced with naysayers and a book to consider reading if you’re one of them. Plus, it’s a quick and easy read (I read it in full in less than a day!).

Below, you’ll find five of my favorite excerpts:

The broader culture is not very healthy when it comes to sexual matters. Could it really be trusted on contraception?” -page 3

“The egoist accordingly finds it hard to see a different between the person who contracepts and the person who uses NFP to avoid pregnancy because what happens between the ears — the intention — is the same: both wish to avoid pregnancy. The action must be the same, right?” -page 52 (The answer is no — you’ll have to read the book to find out why!)

“No one is being trained to be a good spouse, but everyone is being sexualized.” -p. 75

Our culture seems to think that abstaining from sexual activity for just about anyone, at almost any age, and in almost any condition of life, is some kind of unthinkable tragedy.” -p. 87

“One of the most important things we can do for our children is to provide an atmosphere in which the virtues of piety and chastity are possible.” -p. 98

[callout]For information about Contraception and Catholicism or to order a copy, click here.[/callout]

And the winners are…

In last week’s post, I invited you to share a secret: something you have learned so far in your 20s (or something you learned in your 20s if you’re already out). Big thanks to all who participated! As promised, two participants won a free copy of Paul Angone’s new book, 101 Secrets For Your Twenties. Here are their secrets:

No matter what you do or how you’re dressed, someone out there thinks you’re doing it wrong, and they can’t believe you’re wearing that. Someone else out there is really impressed with your accomplishments and fighting envy for your eyes, or hair, or outfit. Ignore it all. Do what’s right, as best as you can figure it out, and if you mess up, apologize, then get up and try again. “Defeated” is a choice (albeit an extremely tempting one sometimes). -Mary Petrides Tillotson

I’ve learned recently what a gift singlehood can be – particularly in growth in one’s prayer life. And after talking with young married couples, I’ve learned that one’s prayer life will never be the same after marriage (not unexpected since all of life changes after marriage). -Aaron Ledgerwood

Congratulations to Mary and Aaron! Click here to read all the secrets readers submitted.