In honor of God, my family, and my future spouse, I commit my life to sexual purity.
Can you believe that the decisions you make today can affect you for the rest of your life? That's why thousands of preteens and teens are committing to the Purity Code. It's a promise to God, your family, and your future spouse to live a life of sexual integrity and purity. It might sound easy, but it actually takes an incredible amount of faith in God and a lot of self-discipline to make it work.
To fully live by the Purity Code, you need to understand sex and your body. This book is a must-read if you've ever wondered:
What do the changes in my body mean?
Am I old enough to go out on a date?
How far is too far?
What do I do if I think I've been sexually abused?
Can I get an STD without having sex?
They're probably some of your most embarrassing questions, but you'll need honest answers to make the important decision to keep your body, mind, eyes, and heart pure. With the Purity Code as your lifelong personal challenge, you'll honor both God and yourself, and you'll be healthier and happier for life!
A Note to Parents
Kids learn best when they talk and you listen. After you've read Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality, read The Purity Code together with your child and discuss the questions at the end of each chapter. Since every child is different, some of the material may need to be adapted to fit each individual's maturity level.
About the Author
Jim Burns founded the ministry of HomeWord in 1985 with the goal of bringing help and hope to struggling families. As host of the national radio broadcast HomeWord with Jim Burns, Jim's passion is to build God-honoring families through communicating practical truths that will enable adults and young people alike to live out their Christian faith. In addition to the radio program, Jim speaks to thousands around the world each year through seminars and conferences. He is also senior director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University and an award-winning author, whose books include Creating an Intimate Marriage, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality and Confident Parenting. He has been featured through numerous media outlets including CNN, ABC, Focus on the Family, and Library Journal. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three grown daughters and live in Southern California. Visit www.homeword.com.
Table of Contents
A Note to Parents 11
The Purity Code
Introducing the Purity Code 15
The Foundation: Developing a Healthy Sexuality 25
Changes in Your Body 37
Is Sex Safe? 51
The Battle for Your Mind 63
Radical Respect: Relating to the Opposite Sex 75
The Powerful Influence of Friends 85
The Dangers of Pornography 97
Flirting, Modesty, and How Far Is Too Far? 109
Grace and Forgiveness 123
Handling Your Emotions 133
Developing a Healthy Self-Image 145
Sexual Abuse 157
The Purity Code Pledge 170
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A book every teen should read.