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Mary J Moerbe’s Review of The Scarlet Virgins

An LCMS Lutheran lady’s review of my book on purity culture, The Scarlet Virgins! Read the review here Buy the audiobook, digital, or physical here Get a signed copy by emailing me here: Rebecca@newcrunchymom.com

Flash Sale – The Scarlet Virgins

A bookstore that sold my book just went out of business. That means I have a few physical copies I can autograph for folks that want that. I only have a few and I’ll be selling these at a discount: $9.99.

If you want one, let me know. 😊You can email me at Rebecca@newcrunchymom.com with your order.

Details:


“Spit-in water.”

“De-petaled flower.”

“A chewed piece of gum.”Β 

The youth of my generation know these phrases by heart.

These were the labels placed on you if you didn’t follow The Rules.

The Rules were these:

Don’t wear anything that could cause your male friends to stumble. Scratch that, don’t wear anything but denim skirts and long-sleeve shirts, even when at the pool.

Don’t touch before you get married. No kissing, no hugging, no hand-holding.

Don’t have a crush. If you have a crush on someone before you’re married, you cannot give your husband your whole heart. You’ll have an emotional STD that will infect your marriage! You should really just marry your first crush.

Don’t have problems. Good Christians don’t have problems.

Don’t ask questions. Good Christians don’t do that, either.

Don’t fight back. If a man hurts you, then you led him on and deserved it.

Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.

As long as we followed The Rules, everything was supposed to be great.

And everything was great. Until it wasn’t.

They wanted to safeguard our sexuality. Instead, they broke it.

They wanted us to be spotless before God. Instead, they drove us away from Him.

The Scarlet Virgins is a memoir of one woman’s journey through the Christian Purity Movement. It wrestles with the experiences and temptations of her and her peers, including the temptation of apostasy, addiction, alcoholism, anorexia, depression, self-harm, and suicide. The author seeks to restore the truth to broken souls: It is Christ who makes us pure.

The Scarlet Virgins Audiobook with Exclusive Content!

There is much screaming and rejoicing in the Lemke household today.

Why?

THE AUDIOBOOK BOOK VERSION OF THE SCARLET VIRGINS IS UP ON AUDIBLE!!!!!

It will be up on iTunes and Amazon in the coming days.

If you have never used Audible, you can sign up for a 30 day free trial and get my book for free!

Use this link for the US: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07HXWXLF9/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-129343&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_129343_rh_us

Use this link for the UK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B07HXX41NR/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H6-BK-ACX0-129343&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_129343_rh_uk

If you already have Audible, you can search “Rebecca Lemke” or “The Scarlet Virgins” and find it. 😍

The audiobook is not narrated by me, it is narrated by my husband. However, you will hear my voice in it because I recorded exclusive bonus content for the audiobook!

I’m traditionally published now

This book contains my first traditionally published piece! I’ve been hesitant to give a traditional publisher my work, but Z Publishing was a joy to work with. And I get to be included alongside other Okie writers! https://www.zpublishinghouse.com/products/oklahomas-emerging-writers-an-anthology

An Update

The past several years have been difficult ones for me. That was part of the reason I began this blog. I was very sick with my son while pregnant and instead of getting better, I have gotten worse.

A few months ago, I got a diagnosis. Two, actually. That explained why I spent the winter bedridden, unable to eat, sleep, and in incredible pain. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve now gotten two more and am being tested for other things as well. The most recent development has left me unable to leave the house due to compromised airway and a variety of other startling symptoms.

I have been blessed with a wonderful doctor, and some things have gotten better due to her expertise. I would appreciate prayers as the story unfolds, because it has been quite a bumpy, scary ride for me. I have done my best to keep up with podcasting and guest posting for others, as time and energy have allowed. I am sorry I have not been able to do more.

Despite the ongoing health situation, I am still working as hard as I can on a new book that I hope to release this year (realistically in the coming months if things are stable enough for me to).

The current non-fiction book is about my content creation journey over the past three years and the things I have learned.

It is not a how-to manual, but rather lessons and advice on navigating online world, most especially as a Christian and with a focus on intellectual honesty, appropriate boundaries, and integrity.

So far I have included information on content creation in the form of podcasting, writing (fiction and non-fiction), blogging, and video.

I do have an affordable cover picked out (and have saved enough from previous patrons to bite the bullet on that), and editors. All I need right now is the prayers for stability with health and, if possible, some Patrons to help me with the upfront costs of creation. I hate asking for monetary support, but it eases the burden of book production and launch considerably.

If you would like to help fund my work, please consider one of the tiers on Patreon. Here are the monthly options:

$1 Back Stage Pass

Get special insight to what I am currently working on, only available on Patreon!

Help me decide on covers for my books, get first dibs on beta reader spots, and provide input on what you want to see me do next! πŸ™‚

$5 Sneak Peeks

At this level, you can check out scene or chapter excerpts of my fiction, nonfiction, and poetry! I will release an excerpt from a current project once per month. (includes previous tier)

$10 Rockstar Recognition

You are a rockstar for supporting me, and you deserve to be recognized! At this tier, your name will be included in the acknowledgments sections of my next book. You also get a digital copy of each of my books as they come out!

This tier includes all previous tier rewards.

$15 Signed Copy

At this tier, you get a signed copy of my books as they come out delivered to your mailbox!

This tier includes all previous tier rewards.

$50 Private Mentoring

Need help with your creative pursuits? I podcast (syndicated), blog (syndicated and award-winning), ran a YouTube channel, self-publish my books, do public speaking, and more. I will spend an hour a month working with you privately on whatever you are wanting to pursue!

This tier includes all previous tier rewards.

Apart from these tiers, you can also just use Patreon as a tip jar. You can throw in whatever amount you want, without committing to a monthly charge. πŸ™‚ You can find that link here if you are interested: https://www.patreon.com/RebeccaLemke

I also want to note that I appreciate everyone who recommends my book to people. Word of mouth is so important! I cannot begin to express my gratitude to y’all, the income received from it is a huge blessing to our family.

Above all, your prayers for my health are being heard and I am beyond thankful for them. Thank you so much for all the support and for lifting me up.

The Scarlet Virgins Book Review by Sisters of Katie Luther

I have not cried this hard in a long time.

Huge, huge thank you to Sisters of Katie Luther, I am so honored that they have reviewed my book, I had no idea until a friend sent it to me. Words fail to express my gratitude.

“She speaks not as some feminist torpedoing chastity as an unnecessary relic of a by-gone era, but rather as a pious Christian woman who asks for a return to biblical chastity.”

Read the Review Here

Relaunching my Patreon!

Hi guys!

Tonight I am relaunching my Patreon. I reworked the tiers and I think they fit better now. πŸ™‚

For just a $1, you can get special insight to what I am working on, only available on Patreon!

You can help me decide on covers for my books, get first dibs on beta reader spots, and provide input on what you want to see me do next! πŸ™‚

If what I do provides value to you, please consider supporting me here!

Thanks!

Rebecca

Good Christian Girls Follow The Rules…

Rebecca Lemke was a Good Christian Girl who wanted a Good Christian Husband and a Quiverfull of kids. The sort of blessed, picturesque life promised to people who followed The Rules.

The Rules were these:

Don’t wear anything that could cause your male friends to stumble. Scratch that, don’t wear anything but denim skirts and long-sleeve shirts, even when at the pool.

Don’t touch before you get married. No kissing, no hugging, no hand-holding. Break this rule, and you are damaged goods, chewed gum, spit-in water.

Don’t have a crush. If you have a crush on someone before you’re married, you cannot give your husband your whole heart. You’ll have an emotional STD that will infect your marriage! You should really just marry your first crush.

Don’t have problems. Good Christian Girls don’t have problems.

Don’t ask questions. Good Christian Girls don’t do that, either.

Don’t fight back. If a man hurts you, then you led him on and deserved it.

Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.

As long as you follow The Rules, everything will be great.

And everything was great. Until it wasn’t.

The small town homeschool group she attended imploded, leaving Rebecca isolated and alone.

Everything came to a head when one of her friends was violently raped by none other than her older brother.

Everyone around Rebecca said that the girl had deserved it.

But the girl had followed The Rules. The Rules that were supposed to keep them safe and give them a good life.

That was the moment she knew something was wrong, and she wasn’t going to stay silent any longer.

The Scarlet Virgins is a memoir of Rebecca’s journey through the ramifications of spiritual abuse and purity culture, wrestling with the temptation of apostasy, the descent of herself and others into the depths of addiction, alcoholism, anorexia, depression, self-harm, and suicide. She outlines the dangers of finding your identity in your purity or ability to follow the Law rather than in Christ and what he has done for you.

Valentine’s Day Sale of The Scarlet Virgins!

If you or someone you know would like a physical copy of my book, The Scarlet Virgins – When sex replaces salvation, I am going to run a Valentine’s Day sale on it where you can purchase from me directly (email me at Rebecca@newcrunchymom.com). Instead of $14.99 it will be $9.99!

From now until Valentine’s Day, it will be this price!Β Β This is a great gift for you or a loved one impacted by shame-based teaching on sex.

The Scarlet Virgins

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