“Keith and Ben sit down and talk with Rebecca Lemke and talk about her new book, The Scarlet Virgins. Listen as they dive into this idea of purity culture and the harmful effects that it can actually have on young people.”
Homeschool Alumni Challenges Sexual Suppression Within The Church
For Immediate Release: June 6th, 2017
The Scarlet Virgins: When sex replaces salvation
Anatole Publishing, LLC
For questions call (580)554–2207 or email Rebecca@newcrunchymom.com
Spiritual abuse survivor speaks out on the suppression of sexuality within the Christian purity movement in book The Scarlet Virgins released June 1st, 2017.
“Spit-in water”, “de-petaled flower,” and “a chewed up piece of gum.” Homeschool alumni Rebecca Lemke and her peers heard these cringe-worthy phrases from Christian purity culture throughout their childhood. A push for purity by thought leaders like Joshua Harris was spurred on by cultural sexual permissiveness and high teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s. The enormous reach of this movement began to pervade Evangelical circles, even reaching the tiny Oklahoma town where Lemke grew up.
While the movement got its start as an effort to promote virginity, it quickly morphed into a legalistic and spiritually crushing agenda. Proponents of the purity movement drastically overstepped the bounds of theological soundness, causing a generation of young people to suffer from the crushing weight of being told their worth was found in whether or not they had kissed, hugged, held hands, or had sex.
In her new book, The Scarlet Virgins, Lemke addresses the spiritual, social, physical, and emotional consequences of the purity movement. While she regularly encounters backlash from openly discussing the issues that proceed from purity culture, such as sexual suppression, self-harm, and apostasy, she is firm in her desire to take a stand. “I don’t believe talking about something sensitive makes is de facto taboo,” Lemke says. “It simply means it needs to be discussed with empathy and respect.”
The Scarlet Virgins serves two purposes: To tell survivors of the purity movement that they are not alone, and to promote healing for those who have been wounded. The book can be purchased by going to the author’s website, scarletvirgins.com, or Amazon (digital and physical).
I’ve been a little quiet recently and there is a reason for that. My book, The Scarlet Virgins, has been taking most of my time with shaping, editing, and booking podcasts to raise awareness for the topics I discuss.
Now the time has come for me to get my booty in gear and set up a launch team for the book and I need you! Want to know what it is about? Here is the synopsis:
“A chewed up piece of gum.”
These cringe-worthy phrases from Christian purity culture engrained themselves in the minds of the impressionable youth of my generation. Fearing the destruction of their children’s bodies and souls as the world around them became caught up in pushing a progressive sexual agenda, our parents and thought leaders rose up and sought to fight back against the lewdness and promiscuity surrounding us.
Unfortunately, their approach was entangled with fear and pain, going so far as to criminalize all forms of affection. This bore fruit of unprecedented physical, mental, and spiritual consequences as our worth and identity were found in what we did and didn’t do sexually, not in Christ and His sacrifice for us. The heavy-handed and legalistic emphasis on sexual-purity-at-all-costs left a legacy of emotional and spiritual devastation in its wake that follows many even into adulthood.
This book takes a vulnerable look at these issues through the eyes of someone who experienced it firsthand. It seeks to identify what purity culture got wrong and bring peace to the hearts of those whom it has wounded so deeply, by exposing the truth: It is Christ who makes us pure.
If this is content you can get behind, please consider joining me in launching this book here in approximately two weeks. I have already filled my beta reader slots, but what I would like to do is give you an early copy of the book so you can read it beforehand and then review it on sites like Goodreads and Amazon. I would absolutely LOVE some help sharing and promoting as well. If you know a blogging or podcast personality that may be interested in reviewing my book, please share this with them! Hit that reblog button or share on your favorite social media. This is my first book launch and I need the support of like-minded community behind me.
Any questions, just ask! You can email me at Rebecca@newcrunchymom.com if you would like to get involved, or leave me a comment.