I had the privilege of interviewing author Jennie Bishop for her new book "Planned Purity".
Here she answers some questions we all probably are wondering. Hope you enjoy!
There is also a giveaway where you have the chance to win a free copy of the book!
1. What have you found to be the hardest in teaching "saving the first kiss" in your experience?
The hardest thing is trying to explain to a teenager why it's important when no one has talked to them about it prior to the teen years. The second hardest thing is trying to convince parents that they must start with the heart and start early. Early purity of heart training is the best way to ready a child to embrace sexual purity as they grow, period.
2. What are some ways you explained the biblical approach to purity when your girls were young besides just reading the Bible to them?
Hoo boy. I can't say that I did it as I would have liked to, because things still weren't completely clear to me at that time. I was intentional in making sure they understood their bodies and that their questions were answered. Randy and I tried to keep their trust for future conversations so they knew we would be safe to ask ANY question. I think we were engaged, transparent parents. I wish I had been teaching them the five doors of the heart when they were preschool age, but I didn't know about it yet! I guess that was my impetus for creating the Planned Purity training system—I needed a better plan myself!
3. Do most of your books come from real life experiences in parenting your own children?
Mine and many others'. Loads of people shared their stories for Planned Purity for Parents. The children's stories come by some particular inspiration, certain windows of insight, maybe. Each one has its own story and ingredients.
4. What is the most exciting thing you've learned through writing books?
The thrill of seeing pictures and other media come from stories is amazing and really magical. But having someone tell me the books changed their lives is humbling and wonderful. And to see my own family affected by them, well … no words for that.
5. What would a "day in the life of an author" be like?
My answer may disappoint some. It's laundry and dishes and meals and toilet scrubbing, being available to two young ladies and a husband, all creative and wonderful and messy, emotionally and otherwise. And there's some undisciplined writing in there as well as a little travelling and speaking. And walks on the beach. (:
6. What advice would you give someone who is an aspiring author?
Make sure you're called to it, that you're not looking for an identity. I've read a lot of manuscripts from a lot of people who are writing but would be so much happier and more productive doing something else, but the "glamour" (insert a hearty laugh here) of being an author has them in its grip. After reading my "day in the life" you can see how glamorous the life of an author really is. Life must be based on the satisfaction of loving God and serving those we love, not on being a writer. Any path one chooses is only fulfilling if it accomplishes the purpose one needs to complete in his/her generation.
PRIZE: 1 winner will receive a signed copy of the book Planned Purity by author, Jennie Bishop.
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