Twerking Teenagers? Former Hippie’s New Novel Urges Self-respect

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Author Joanna Chestnut challenges youth to save sex for marriage.

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When it comes to relationships, sex and intimacy, I want to let my audience know that even a liberal can advocate celibacy and turn sex into the sacred act it was always meant to be.

Is the next hyper-sexualized generation setting themselves up for unfulfilling and unhappy relationships? Joanna Chestnut’s new book, “True Love Waits,” explores the importance of saving physical intimacy for a committed relationship, regardless of sexual orientation.

As a mother of six, Chestnut sees the harm being done by a hyper-sexualized culture. As a woman growing up in the 1960s, she embraced the “free love” philosophy of the time. However, Chestnut’s opinions changed as both her children and the national divorce rate grew.

The book includes interviews from people of all walks of life and political ideologies about the decisions they’ve made in their romantic lives.

Chestnut advocates waiting to initiate physical intimacy until a couple gets to know each other on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level. She offers tips to help readers respect the act of sex by saving it for marriage. In this way, Chestnut says society can move from meaningless sex to holistic intimacy and love.

“I grew up as a hippie and still am in many ways,” Chestnut said. “When it comes to relationships, sex and intimacy, I want to let my audience know that even a liberal can advocate celibacy and turn sex into the sacred act it was always meant to be.”

“True Love Waits: How a Hippie Peace Freak Became a Social Conservative”
By Joanna Chestnut
ISBN: 978-1-4836-3016-8
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and XLibris

About the author:
Joanna Chestnut is a self-proclaimed hippie who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. She has earned a master’s degree in non-profit administration from Greenwich University and worked for an environmental law firm. For over 10 years, she has worked as a grant writer, helping fund non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay area. She has six children, five of whom are adopted.

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