The Bare Naked Truth by Bekah Hamrick Martin | Visa Cash Card Giveaway, Facebook Party, and Blog Tour

Debut Author Bekah Hamrick Martin offers honest and helpful advice on purity to teen girls in The Bare Naked Truth (Zondervan). Bekah says, “I’ve worked with thousands of teens over the past 10 years through youth ministries — and the most common questions I’ve heard are related to sex and/or relationships,” explains Martin. “Coincidentally, those questions are the same ones I wish I’d have known the answers to as a teen.”

Bekah is celebrating the release of The Bare Naked Truth with a $150 Visa Cash Card giveaway and “Bare Naked Truth” Facebook party! Save the date for 6/20!

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One winner will receive:

  • A $150 Visa Cash Card
  • Five copies of The Bare Naked Truth by Bekah Hamrick Martin
  • A live Skype small group chat with Bekah

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 19th. Winner will be announced at the Bare Naked Truth” Facebook Author Chat Party on June 20th. Connect with Bekah for an evening of frank and encouraging chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Bekah will also be giving away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Bare Naked Truth and join Bekah on the evening of June 20th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!

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{More about The Bare Naked Truth}

The Truth About Sex and Waiting … Uncovered Purity.

Sex. Boys. Waiting. There’s something about those words that makes everything complex in a heartbeat, and raises more questions than answers. Is there something wrong with me if I don’t kiss a boy after a date? Or am I doomed if I DID? What if waiting is just a one-way trip to life as a crazy cat woman? And what if I tend to, um, think about a certain boy in a certain way? It seems that the lady at church and your friends have two very different opinions on the subject. And ‘Your Budding Womanhood: Staying a Beautiful Flower for Jesus’ just isn’t cutting it. Bekah Hamrick Martin knows the waiting game isn’t easy or straight-forward. In The Bare Naked Truth, she lays everything on the table—including some embarrassing moments—as she explores the honest, naked truth behind what God means by purity. With additional entries from popular authors, you’ll see the bare naked approach to waiting isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the risk.

Purchase a copy here.

Visit Bekah’s website.

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{More About Bekah Hamrick-Martin}

Bekah Hamrick Martin was born in Savannah, Georgia, in an event which her brother keeps reminding her was completely unnecessary. She spent the better part of her high school years vacationing on the north end of her mattress due to an illness, where she developed a deep taste for chocolate and sarcasm. Today Bekah shares with teens about tough times, healing, and surviving their high school years—no matter where they spend them.

Find out more about Bekah at http://misswritebrained.wordpress.com.

 

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Can You Handle the Bare Naked Truth?

Debut Author Bekah Hamrick Martin Offers Honest and Helpful Advice on Purity to Teen Girls

Seattle: Teens are bombarded from all sides when it comes to messages on sex. At church, they hear, “Wait until marriage,” while the rest of the world loudly asks, “Why wait?” Even though they know deep down what they should do, heart and hormones challenge the head. Debut author Bekah Hamrick Martin provides an honest discussion on purity, boys and relationships in a new book aimed at teen girls, The Bare Naked Truth: Dating, Waiting, and God’s Purity Plan (Zondervan/May 7, 2013/ISBN: 978-0310734024/$9.99).

In the book, Martin, 29, who has been working in youth ministry since she was a teen herself, offers advice to teens who often encounter powerful peer pressure in today’s society. She shares her own relatable (and often entertaining) experiences of abstaining from sex until she was married to help adolescents who struggle with virginity and God’s plan for them. Martin takes a unique peer-to-peer approach with her audience and looks at purity through a satirical and edgy lens that teens crave in contrast to a number of books that tend to be more mentor-student in taking on the subject.

In her own friendly and uplifting way, Martin leads a safe conversation with her readers, letting them know that they’re not alone in their fears, desires or mistakes. The Bare Naked Truth also features candid testimonies from well-known personalities, such as Perfectly Unique author Annie Downs, Sisterhood Magazine editor Susie Shellenberger and “Living Inspired” host Tricia Goyer. They reveal their own trials and triumphs regarding purity, boys and choosing to be single.

To clear up further some of the popular misconceptions about purity, Martin offers perspectives on the subject from both teenage boys and married couples. She also answers some of the most common questions teen girls have on the topic.  “I’ve worked with thousands of teens over the past 10 years through youth ministries — and the most common questions I’ve heard are related to sex and/or relationships,” explains Martin. “Coincidentally, those questions are the same ones I wish I’d have known the answers to as a teen.” Some of those include:

•          How far is too far?

•          Will God forgive you if end up having sex before you’re married?

•          How do you resist temptation?

•          What are the advantages/disadvantages of waiting?

Whether it’s the idea of “friends with benefits,” seeking love through sex or building a relationship with God, Martin dishes advice that is both truthful and comforting. By the end of The Bare Naked Truth, teens will feel enlightened, empowered and more secure in their decision to forego premarital sex. After all, as Martin writes in the book, “When you find the right guy, he will be worth all the risk-taking and waiting in the world.”

Bekah Hamrick Martin will host a live Facebook Author Chat on June 20 at 8:00 PM EDT where she will be answering questions from teens and parents alike. Prizes, including copies of The Bare Naked Truth, will also be given away during the hour-long web event. For more information, watch the author’s Facebook Page (bekahhamrickmartin).

About the Author

Bekah Hamrick Martin was born in Savannah, GA. It was during her high school years that she developed a taste for chocolate and sarcasm, which she carried into college and through ten years of subsequent youth ministry. She also knows a thing or two about waiting, whether it be her escape from high school or the right guy.

Martin has served as a mentor and counselor to children of prisoners through Child Evangelism Fellowship®, as well as other branches of the ministry. Today, Martin shares her experiences of growing up with teens from around the world through her blog, www.bekahhamrickmartin.com, and articles for various publications such as Focus on the Family magazine.

Her most talked about issues include healing and surviving the adolescent years. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Ethan, and their Tiny Human, Zoey Bree.

In addition to her website, readers can also follow Martin on Facebook (bekahhamrickmartin) or via Twitter (@bekahhamrickmartin).

Suggested Interview Questions

~Tell us about your journey and what led you to write a purity book for teens.

~What makes The Bare Naked Truth different than other books in stores with a purity message?

~Throughout your book, you share the testimonies, struggles and lessons from various people. What insights did you gain from their stories?

~What’s one thing you wish someone would’ve told you when you were a teenager?

~What are practical steps girls can apply to their everyday lives to remain pure?

~You offer quizzes, questions or space for reflection at the end of each chapter. In what setting do you hope readers will use this book? Individually as a devotional or in a small group to promote discussion?

~What are some ways parents can get involved without invading their daughter’s privacy or scaring her away?

~Who or what was influential in your decision to save yourself for marriage?

~How did you meet your husband?

~Do young people today really face different challenges with dating and waiting than their parents or any other generations, or it the ages-old battle mankind has always faced?

~In a world that views woman as sexualized objects, how can we teach young girls they’re worth so much more?

~How does pop culture (music, TV, magazines, etc.) affect girls’ mindsets and self-esteem?
Can you tell us more about your ministry to teens?

Bekah Hamrick Martin is available for interviews to promote the release of The Bare Naked Truth. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Reviews

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH

    Where was this book when I was a teenager??? Oh, the things I could have learned from reading Bekah’s book and the pain I would have been spared! This is a must-read for every pre-teen, teen and young adult female I know.

    Written by A Peek At My Bookshelf on June 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-bare-naked-truth-by-bekah-hamrick.html

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH

    As a mom of daughters age 30, 24, 13, 12 and 11, purity is a topic that is often discussed. While I appreciate the message Bekah Hamrick Martin shares in The Bare Naked Truth, the difference in personality between the author and myself is pretty extreme and I struggled with the book tremendously.

    That said, I believe that Bekah Hamrick Martin has a wonderful love for young women and desires to reach them with the truth and hope, and with tools to maintain purity of body, mind and spirit.

    Written by By Quiet Waters on June 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1HWTWSFHB3AC8

  • THE BEAR NAKED TRUTH REVIEW

    This is such a great read for all teen girls,as the author writes for them. She is on their level,and even makes it fun. She writes about things that most people are even embarrassed to think about.But throw in a little humor,and it don’t make it as rough to discuss. I like that there is a little quiz after each chapter to see how you did. This will be a great book for me to share with my granddaughter’s for years to come.As some are old enough to read it now and I plan to start sharing this week.

    Written by DebsHere on June 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://debshere.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-bear-naked-truth-review.html

  • LITFUSE GROUP: “THE BARE NAKED TRUTH” BY BEKAH HAMRICK-MARTIN BOOK REVIEW

    Sex is something that teenagers (and others) face on a regular basis in this society. Everywhere we turn, we are inundated with messages that tell us that sex before and/or outside of marriage is perfectly acceptable and even healthy. It’s hard for young people especially to remain pure before marriage, and they may have even bought into the idea that everyone’s doing it, so why shouldn’t they?

    Written by My Devotional Thoughts on June 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p3wXhc-1VJ

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH REVIEW

    This book is a must read for every teenage girl out there that is, has, or will ever contemplate having an intimate relationship before marriage. I love the author’s insightful advice as well as her humorous side. Teenage girls will really enjoy her down to earth tone and general sarcasm and wit.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on June 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2013/06/litfuse-reviewthe-bare-naked-truth.html

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH BOOK REVIEW

    This book is not for young girls but perfect for teens, and even pre-teens, if their moms read it first. Singles of all ages, and even married people, would also benefit from reading this book. Bekah draws from her own experience and friends who have gone through the gambit of mistake-making and doing the right thing to help her readers make the right decisions. The advice she gives is biblical based and full of common sense.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on June 21, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bare-Naked-Truth-Waiting/product-reviews/0310734029/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  • SOUND ADVICE FOR TEEN GIRLS

    This book is an excellent source of information and sound advice for teen girls. Bekah presents the message of chastity with humor and moving stories that will help encourage young ladies to guard their hearts.

    Written by Karen in Mommyland on June 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bare-Naked-Truth-Waiting/dp/0310734029/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

  • GOOD SUMMER READS AND FACEBOOK PARTY TONIGHT!

    …. give teens a new perspective on saving themselves for marriage. Bekah has an honest, amusing style that keeps you interested as she tells stories about various things that have happened in her life and what revelations they led to. This is a quick read and may just be a book your want to share with your teen.

    Written by Capital Region Finds on June 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://capitalregionfinds.com/2013/06/20/good-summer-reads-and-a-facebook-party-tonight/

  • “THE BARE NAKED TRUTH” BY BEKAH HAMRICK MARTIN

    I like this book. Martin writes in a style that’s fun and easy to read, but more importantly, she’s providing valuable information in a way that young women will relate to. The narrative doesn’t sound like your crazy school nurse or your with-an-agenda mother coming at you, but instead like a trusted friend or mentor, someone who has been there and done that and is ready to help you get a handle on this subject.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on June 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/644982684

  • A GREAT RESOURCE!

    Author Bekah H. Martin wrote a fantastic book! She is humorous, insightful, and flat out honest. Girls of all (appropriate) ages will have no problem making a connection with her through her writing. I believe this is going to be a much needed resource for my daughter when she becomes a teenager!

    Written by Daily Seeking on June 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://dailyseekinghispresence.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-bare-naked-truth-book-review-blog.html

  • GET IT NOW!!!

    Okay, once in awhile a book comes along that I cannot stop talking about, recommending and sharing!!! THE BARE NAKED TRUTH is that book!!! From page one I totally fell head over heels for debut author Bekah Hamrick Martin!! Her writing style is so personable and fun, I felt I was having a conversation with a good friend. This is an awesome resource for teens and parents of teens! I love the LIES Bekah highlights in this book, the discussion questions and snippets from some of my all time fave authors!! I love love love this book 5/5 STARS!!!! Get it now!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on June 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RC61XPVDN485D/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310734029&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • LET’S TALK ABOUT…

    Bekah’s writing is honest and witty and thoughtful. I that was my favorite part about the book in its entirety. Bekah’s thoughtfulness. I mean sure, the stories about thinking she could fly and about a car and a tree were pretty great illustrations. However, the thoughtfulness Bekah shows throughout her book exceeded any illustration she could have given.

    Written by Teagan Tales on June 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://andbabysproutmakesthree.blogspot.com/2013/06/let-talk-about.html?m=1

  • LIKE HAVING A BIG SISTER COME ALONGSIDE YOU

    What I like about this book is it is one more opportunity for teens and young adults to pre-think their choices. Life is hard, physical intimacy is tempting. That’s why thinking and deciding in advance is so critical. This book is a great tool to come alongside a bunch of sisters, learn from their experience, and then make a decision on your own.

    Written by Cara Putman on June 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://caraputman.com/bare-naked-truth-big-sister-coming/

  • Honestly, I wish I had this book when I was a teenager. Bekah writes in a humorous and relatable way. I thought of her as the big sister I wish I’d had when I was growing up. Using real-life anecdotes, she points girls to faith and hope in Jesus, but does not shame them for making wrong choices. There is always grace. There are second chances. She does not dodge the issues that affect teen girls, both emotionally and physically. My daughters are too young to read this now, but I’ll save it for the right time in the future. If you have daughters, I recommend this book for a great conversation starter and non-embarrassing way to approach these topics with honesty.

    Written by Sara @ Embracing Destiny on June 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://embracingdestiny.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-bare-naked-truth-by-bekah-hamrick.html

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH BY BEKAH HAMRICK MARTIN

    Ahhh.. the teen years! Confusion, peer pressure, and hormones. Sounds like fun times.. NOT! Having daughters myself, I really absorbed this insightful and yes, humorous read.

    Well written and a great incentive to save yourself for the “right” guy.

    Written by Frugal Plus on June 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bare-Naked-Truth-Waiting/dp/0310734029/

  • BEST PURITY BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!

    This is a great novel about dating and purity. Despite that I am married I learned so much and was blessed by a novel that not only encourages young women to save themselves for marriage, but also gives them hope that they are not alone in this journey! Not once did Bekah ever berate any kind of girl, but gave us a good laugh and reminded us that we are all worth waiting for!

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on June 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com/2013/06/book-review-bare-naked-truth-by-bekah.html

  • STRAIGHT TALK WHERE IT’S NEEDED

    The Bare Naked Truth is about sex, but not what the title might evoke. Written primarily for teen girls, this non-fiction book is filled with first person stories, humorous quizzes and questions with blank lines that invite the reader to pen personal insights. It assumes most young women who read it are already Christian and promotes abstinence in factual, thought provoking ways.
    As a grandparent with five granddaughters, the oldest 15, I was intrigued to learn what approach this author would employ. She uses numerous first person stories that are sometimes humorous, and often touching.

    Written by sUMMIT bOOK rEVIEWS on June 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3FXSGMNG1NK03

  • FUN AND ENGAGING!

    I’ve read plenty of relationship/purity books in my lifetime, and there few that are as funny and engaging as this one. The author shares her story, along with the stories of others, in order to show why waiting is best.

    I liked the style this book was written in, short and to the point while being relatable and funny. I think my favorite parts were reading the little footnotes, where I had expected to find research or some quoted study, but instead found witty bits that made me smile.

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on June 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://labornotinvain.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-bare-naked-truth-dating-waiting-and.html

  • This is a great book. It is beyond easy to read and keeps you entertained throughout the book. Bekah Martin shares her own embarrassing and hilarious stories while relating it back to her point, which is that sex is a sacred thing meant only for a husband and wife. I agree wholeheartedly and hope that I can instill that belief in my own children. In this book, she touches on almost every topic you can think of in this area. Not only does she share her own stories, but she also has several others “write in” their stories.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on June 11, 2013 | e

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH

    THE BARE NAKED TRUTH isn’t a book you want to read if you’re a forty-something-year-old matron with five children sitting at the pool while your kids swim. Every one of the teens there walked by and asked, “Don’t you know all that stuff by now?” including my son. However, I was reading the book for review, and I did highly recommend it for all the teens out there.

    I wish I would’ve read a book like this when I was a teen/young adult. Maybe I wouldn’t have made some mistakes I made. The book is honest, sometimes brutally so, sharing stories, truths, and exposing myths. Plus there’s a quiz in every chapter so you can pick your risk-taking, drawing lines, asking for help, and more. And there’s a question and answer journal, with lines, if you want to write in the book. (cont)

    Written by Laura Hilton on June 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com

  • AMAZING BOOK!

    Any book that makes you laugh so hard you snort in the introduction is bound to be a good book. And this book delivered. Times thirty-two and a half. From her vivid descriptions about her teenage years, to the brutally honest message she drives home.

    Do I have any problems with this book? Only one: I do ever so wish that it were not her only book! I would absolutely read any book she writes. I started reading her blog a couple of years ago, and I would always read and re-read her posts. After I found out that she was writing a book, I was ecstatic!

    Written by The Funner Life on June 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1FFYOMI8V1CZY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_asr_NWbhF.0M47NN8

  • A BLOG REVIEW AND TOUR

    Being a teenager means you are going to be faced with many types of peer pressure – drinking, drugs, stealing, lying, sex and more. All teens will face these issues, whether Christian or not, but Christian teens, at times, seem to be under more pressure to be “perfect” and not give in. Where do Christian teens go for encouragement and courage to face peers and peer pressure. The number one place should be their Bibles of course, but in today’s book market there are a number of great resources for teens to use. One of these is The Bare Naked Truth.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on June 9, 2013 |e

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH

    Whew! It has been a while since I’ve posted.

    But this read was worth coming out of the woodwork for. I’d never heard of Bekah Hamrick Martin before requesting to review her book as part of a Litfuse blog tour. Then I realized that it’s because this is her first book! Yay! Now I think I might have to keep her on my reading list. Her and many of the women she spotlighted in her book.

    Bekah’s book outlines the ten lies the world tells us about sex and waiting for marriage. Every chapter has a spotlight or two (stories from another perspective/person), a quiz, and journal prompts. While some of the stories and references are tied together across chapters, the topics or sections could easily be used as stand-alone conversation starters for a small group or discussion with a teen.

    Written by By Nicole on June 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://womaninawheelbarrow.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-bare-naked-truth.html

  • GRABBED MY ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY!

    The Bare Naked Truth was a great book on purity and waiting. Straightforward and, at times, blunt, it sheds light on the lies surrounding purity and sex. I loved how the book was written – Bekah’s humor throughout The Bare Naked Truth was refreshing in the midst of the serious topics. The stories (both Bekah’s and other’s) were very interesting and made the book more personal.

    Written by Christian Bookshelf Reviews on June 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R24Y564WLKOMVL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • LITFUSE PUBLICITY: THE BARE NAKED TRUTH BY BEKAH HAMRICK MARTIN (REVIEW)

    Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to think about this book at first because usually I find them a little too compromising on what I think the Bible says about purity, modesty, dating, etc however – like I’ve been recently, I’ve been proven wrong. Bekah tackles the issues that most churches and even some parents don’t want to touch with a 10 foot pole and they are laid out as lies, because the things girls often think about these things are often lies. Such as lie #4 Sex is Okay as long as it’s Safe or lie #7 about masturbation (yep, even I’m a little uncomfortable posting that word on my blog!).

    Written by Growing For Christ on June 6, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://growingforchrist.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/litfuse-publicity-the-bare-naked-truth-by-bekah-hamrick-martin-review/

  • BARE NAKED TRUTH BOOK REVIEW, FACEBOOK PARTY, AND GIVEAWAY

    I chose this book because it focuses on purity, waiting, and abiding by God’s plan for sex. It is also National Celibacy Month. Yay. I downloaded this book to the kindle as soon as I got it. I also downloaded a copy for Adobe Digital Editions.

    The book provides an open and honest approach to purity, according to God. The book focuses on the benefits of waiting, masturbation, disadvantages to waiting , and my favorite: getting all the information before making a decision.

    Written by Perfect Chaos on June 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://sdwperfectchaos.blogspot.com/2013/06/bare-naked-truth-book-review-facebook.html

  • BELIEVABLE STORIES, IMPORTANT FOR TEENS

    The bare naked approach takes some of the mystery out of abstinence. It’s especially great for girls whose parents aren’t comfortable talking with them about sex or if they need some outside support to stick with their decision. Consider reading this if you have a teenager, if you ARE a teenager, or if you want to know what all the fuss is about.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on June 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/

  • THE BARE NAKED TRUTH PART 2

    The Bare Naked Truth is a hard-hitting, soft touch book about purity. Namely purity for girls. Author Rebekah (Bekah) shares funny personal stories to aid in getting her point across. Namely that girls do have a choice and there is only one right choice.

    By “right” I don’t mean to alienate anyone who has made other choices, but by “right” I mean there is only one right choice without nasty consequences.

    Written by My Full Cup on June 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A2PNKJ72PN02RL?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_thx_pdp

  • FUN AND CONVERSATIONAL

    The Bare Naked Truth is written in a fun, conversational style. It includes not only Bekah’s story and insights, but many other women as well, some who did things followed God’s plan for sex and marriage, and some who didn’t, but have found forgivness and healing. The Bare Naked Truth is funny, full of truth, and easy to read. And now I have a great resource to recommend to girls and parents of girls who need some wisdom and advice to help them follow God‘s plan for them.

    Written by The IE Mommy on June 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R104V9E85E26QH