The moms chatted while the girls got their pictures taken. When he was filming, I noticed our videographer had a tattoo on the inside of his forearm:
“Behold, I make all things new,” it read.
When we were filming the women for my new book, 21 Myths, he said a few times, “It doesn’t escape me that I’m a 30-year-old guy, and you all have lived so much, and it seems like I don’t belong here, but I do. I belong.”
My husband was there too: the Cowboy, driving the women around his parents’ Legacy 8 Ranch in his big bad truck, in that southern-gentleman way I fell for 16 years ago — making us feel cared for, protected, safe.
That’s what 21 Myths is about: how we can feel safe. How safe sex is married sex. How God loves us and wants to protect and heal our hearts. The women bore their hearts one-on-one and in front of the camera that weekend.
It was hard and it was healing. And it rained the whole time.
Yesterday I read this review:
As someone who did not turn to follow Christ until my early 20’s I live with years of sexual shame from my past. I have been working with the Lord on this, knowing in my mind that He has forgiven me, but still not truly forgiving myself. It has been my biggest struggle and affects many areas of my life including dating (how can someone love me when I can’t love myself or accept God’s love for me in the area of past sexual sin?). Jennifer’s book 21 Myths (Even Good Girls) Believe about Sex has been the most eye opening blessing. I am learning the steps to be free of this shame and guilt, and move forward knowing that I am forgiven and so truly loved by our Father.
The last night of the filming, all the women burned pieces of paper marked with the residue from our pasts, and we watched the embers eat alive the things we were never meant to carry on our own.
“Behold, I make all things new.” – Revelation 21:5
Three days later, the weather report read clouds.
Yet the shone over the teenage girls we filmed that Sunday evening.
The sun came. Yes it did.
The sun warmed us when the Cowboy and I walked across the field.
And the girls felt beautiful and knew they were part of something bigger than themselves, and it showed on their faces.
The videos are coming soon.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
The honesty that Jennifer uses to tell her story drew our young women in and captured their hearts. She provided them with practical tips that the women use daily to transform their lives. These decisions have caused them to do things differently. We loved her so much, we are having her back!
Chrissie Dunham, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
Jennifer is a captivating speaker. She keeps the listener hanging in wonder of what’s coming next! Her presentation is not only absorbing, it reveals the truth of God’s power to heal a wounded spirit.
Barbara Brown, Former Stonecroft Ministries Regional Representative, San Diego, CA
Jennifer has the ability to make you laugh, cry, and see yourself as one of God’s glorious creations — and that is just her warm up! Once Jennifer starts speaking, all you want to do is listen, learn, laugh, and love her. She takes you outside of yourself while helping you see inside of yourself, and does it in such a way that you feel safe, empowered, and capable to embrace all that the Lord is waiting to give you. She opens your eyes and your heart to hear from God in ways you never have. She connects you with others who share similar life experiences — and shines a bright light on the pathway to forgiveness, love, and blessings. Jennifer is also an amazing mother, compassionate, loving wife, and loyal, dedicated friend. Any opportunity women of any age have to hear from her is a gift and one that will produce fruit in their lives.
Lori Kennedy, Outreach Event Coordinator, Riverview Evangelical Church, Bonsall, CA
I just picked up my girls from school today and they both talked all the way home about Jennifer’s presenation. It was a BIG HIT with Middle School and High School kids (both boys and girls). My high school daughter mentioned that she was glad that for once, a speaker focused on girl’s topics instead of sports or boy topics. She said that Jennifer engaged with the boys and made them answer questions too. My middle school daughter said that everyone in the middle school was paying attention too, and that all her friends were very tuned into what Jen was saying. Both girls said that they thought it was fine that the boys were with the girls during the presentation because the boys “needed to hear this stuff too.”
Mother of two student attendees
Mother of two student attendees of Jennifer's U R MORE school program for boys and girls
If you think Jennifer gets the attention of adults, just see how the teenagers respond! My teenage grandchildren said they wanted to hear more from her and that her book was the only one they’ve ever really enjoyed reading! If teenagers are informed, inspired, and desire more, does anything else need to be said? Jennifer is an unusual voice of truth, integrity, and dignity. She needs to tell the world about her experiences and her victory. She encouraged me, a 70-year-old great grandmother. So, from teens to grans she has something everyone can benefit from.