Since Feb. 28, 2013 — the last day of Pope Benedict’s papacy — I’ve been harboring a secret.

A secret I’m ready to share.

I sat that morning at the kitchen table, typing grateful Tweets to the pope and waiting to receive news that would make or break my day (and potentially change my life). In Notre Dame, Indiana, 1100 miles north of my house, the people gathered who would determine which kind of news I’d get. They discussed, deliberated, and decided, all from a room at a publishing house called Ave Maria Press.

After the meeting, an editor delivered the news to me like this:

“So,” he said. “How would you like to write a book for us?”


I said yes because they (the fabulous people at Ave Maria Press) said yes, too. They had gathered that day to review a book proposal I had written, and to decide whether they’d like me to write the book. Indeed they would, and indeed I am (and it’s been a work in progress ever since).

The book — about love, chastity, and sex — is slated for a Fall 2014 release (and I will reveal the title and cover when they’re ready). In the meantime, twoΒ things:

1. Thank you for your readership. I am more grateful than I adequately can express that you read what I write, respond to what I write, and inspire what I write by sharing or challenging my sentiments. More to come!

2. Your support while I write (and eventually launch) the book is so appreciated. Here are four ways you can help, if you’d like: First, pray for me, and for the project. Writing a book is officially the greatest feat I ever have attempted (one at which I will succeed by the grace of God, with the help of a wonderful editor). Second, participate in an upcoming series of surveys I will share (which might result in your being quoted in the book!). Third, invite me to discuss love, chastity, and sex with young adults or parents at your church, school, or other organization. Fourth, share my work with your friends (and let them know I’d love to connect at, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Google+).

Hope you all are as pumped as I am. And now, I write.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Terry W

    That is awesome news. Congrats. Prayers with you as you go through this process. I hope it touches a lot of lives.

  • Wow Arleen! They have published some of my favorite books over the years. There is so much that needs to be printed on this subject. I would just say be totally honest and skip political correctness, surveys, and numbers. They have nothing to do with the Bible. I am excited and can’t wait to read your book!

  • Linde W.

    Congratulations Arleen! What a wonderful opportunity! My positive thoughts and prayers are with you for your success.

  • PTL, your hard work & dedication to what you are passionate about have paid off. You are going places Arleen, I’m proud to have witnessed a small part of your life. God Bless you

  • Wonderful news! Prayers and best of luck!

  • Congrats Arleen! You will definitely be in my prayers and I look forward to your updates.

  • Wonderful news Arleen! Blessings on the the new chapter in life. Constance Blaize-Shorter, Blaize Dance Productions, Inc.

  • Oh this is such great news! I cannot wait to read it! πŸ™‚

  • Spirit FM can be your first radio interview once the book is out!

  • Congratulations!!! awesome news!!

  • Beverly Edwards

    Arleen, this is such wonderful news! You have a gift and now you have been given another platform to showcase it. Congratulations!!

  • Author Arlene Spenceley, congrats! I am so excited for you and for what God is doing and going to do in and through you! I am reminded of Joshua 1:9 and believe it is for you too! Your passion and words for such a cogent topic are badly needed especially when one considers our modern society, and I welcome and look forward to reading the results of your work!

    • Mr. B! Thank you so much, for the kind words and for the verse. You are right — I needed that reminder! Grateful for your prayers!

  • OMG!!!!!! πŸ˜€ I’m so excited for you Arleen!!! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read it, and even possibly review it!!!!

    • I can’t wait for you to read it! and review it! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, Lisa!

  • Maria

    So happy for you, Arleen! You are in our prayers πŸ™‚

  • Congrats! God bless you always.

  • Such awesome news! So happy and proud of you, Arleen.

  • Congratulations!!! Please let me know how I may be helpful to you along this journey.

  • Arleen, this is great news! Congratulations.

  • Tremendous news! Congrats!

  • I am looking forward to reading it, Arleen! Congratulations and may God bless your every word! Cindy

  • Very exciting news! Best wishes and we hope that we’ll be invited to the launch! πŸ™‚

    • Dr. Price — thank you SO much. And definitely — everybody’s gonna be invited for sure. πŸ™‚

  • Félicitations!!!!! That is so exciting! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and articles you’ve posted elsewhere, and it’s great that others will get to hear a fresh perspective on sex and chastity.

  • I have no words to express just have proud, excited, and overjoyed I am for you! You have wanted something like this, for so long, and here it is. God is an amazing God, and He see’s you doing His work in a way that you have been faithful to, and is honoring it all. I’ve prayed for you, and will continue to do so. I will also continue to try and make coffee dates with you because no matter how big your name gets, you are still Arleen from back in the day, and that will NEVER change.

    I’m proud of you, for all of it.

    • Laura — thank you SO much. and LOL, yes, we absolutely will have coffee. Your prayers are very appreciated.

  • … Congrats Arlene. Your blog posts have always shown a maturity and courage far beyond your years. It’s going to be a great book.

  • Wow what great news Arlene! I’ll be praying for you. You can count on me to buy a copy on day -1!

  • Congratulations!!!

  • Congrats Arleen! I know it will be great! I pray the Holy Spirit inspires you to write what young people need to hear about chastity.

  • Congrats! So very happy for and proud of you!

    • Thank you, Bridget! Wouldn’t have gotten this far with out fabulous editors like you.

  • Arleen I’m so excited! I want you to autograph my copy! Pleaaase!

  • good for you!!!

  • So awesome! Congratulations!

    • Norm Dusseault

      Arlene Great news ! Congratulations ! You are indeed in my prayers. And I’ll buy the book and ( after reading it) pass it along to someone more into chastity and sex than I am at 83. I still am in a love affair, however. 60 years and counting. My Nancy and I compliment one another. She can’t remember and I repeat myself, So everything I tell her is news, Works for us. God bless Norm D

    • Thank you Anne! And thank you, too, Norm! God bless you and your wife — and LOL at “everything I tell her is news.”

  • Awesome!! So excited for you. You have a unique voice to contribute and I can’t wait to read it!

  • Two words: Awwww, yeeeee-uh!

  • That is awesome!! That sounds like a great book!! Congrats!!

  • This is incredibly exciting!!! I was hoping this was the big news! Can’t wait to follow along with you on this journey. πŸ™‚

  • Amber Mobley

    ARLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN! Congratulations ma’am! I will definitely be sending up prayers for you. By the way, thank you so much for all of the encouragement you gave me regarding chastity while I was in Tampa. You planted seeds in my life then that sprung up about two years ago. And now, I’m reaping the harvest God always wanted for me: I’m getting married on Nov. 1! Praise be to God for using you as an amazing tool of faith.

    • Thank you so much, Amber, and congratulations to you! Words cannot express the JOY that overcomes me as I read this. I am so excited for you and grateful for your kind words, your prayers, and this update! God is so good.

  • Kathy Dorf

    Congrats, Arleen! Not sure if you remember me, but I worked with you back at USF when we both wrote for The Oracle. So excited for you & Go Bulls!

    • Thank you so much, Kathy! I DO remember you and am so grateful for this note! πŸ™‚

  • Lonnie

    Congrats on the book. I read some of what you have written, and I like a lot of it. One word of advice, though, which is is that I would consider who your audience is and what you are trying to convey. If, as you said in one of your articles, 98 percent of people are not remaining virgins until marriage, then extolling the advantages of chastity can be a good thing, but it is also easy to convey a certain exclusivity and holier-than-thouness. I think sometimes Christians can overdo it with the fixation on virginity as a state of undefiled purity, which can obscure God’s message of redemption. Jesus’ ministry was more focused on bringing forgiveness and healing to those who already had made mistakes (e.g. woman caught in adultery), rather than holding out certain human beings as shining examples of virtue and purity.

    • Thank you, Lonnie, for the congrats and for the feedback.

    • amanda tan

      And of people in the new world who has no idea of sin/bad… I think chastity is a call of holiness which is the pilgrimage – the likeness of Christ. Writing a Christian theme yet of not… cool..
      I am eagerly looking forward… God Bless…

  • Congrats friend!

  • That’s great news Arleen! Congratulations!

  • Cody

    Congratulations Arleen! You’re going to do great!

  • Wow, congratulations!!! Best wishes on writing the book – I’m a writer too, so I know how much work it is! Having people who back you up on the project must be a huge encouragement in writing, though. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  • This is so cool. A good publisher betting on you and backing that up with resources. I know it will be a lot of work but also know it will come out great. Congrats!

  • May your work be blessed and give glory to God! Looking forward to possibly participating in your surveys…

  • This is an answer to a special prayer I made long before I ever met you Arleen. My heart is now full and my thanks for you go up in prayer daily.


  • Marygrace Blush

    Awesome, I am sure this is going to be a best seller. If you need a 25 tear old male virgin to interview ,I am sure Felix would help out. πŸ™‚