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Rose Petals: My Book

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Kathleene Runnels is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or
January 22, 2013 | 1,974 views | Post a comment

As a former high school English teacher, I have always loved working with teens, and in my deep concern about the growing crisis of teen pregnancies and promiscuity, I have written a book and do presentations to middle and high school youth in schools and churches on the subject of teen dating and abstinence.

The book is entitled BRIDES WEARING WHITE, and it consists of seven true, short stories of real couples and their real dating experiences. The stories span several generations, concluding with today's. When I do presentations, I share snippets from two of the stories, entertaining and interacting with the youth. I then end by sharing some thoughts written by my 18-year-old granddaughter, comments the youth can immediately identify with, as it is 'now' and written in their own vernacular.

The presentation fee is determined by the size of the audience, and the fee includes a book for each student present. Individually, the books sell for $10, and it is important that the students receive the book immediately following the presentation, as that is when they are most motivated to read the book. And it is in the reading of the stories that the message is most effective.

Following the presentation, I hand out response cards and allow those students who are interested to write comments and answer questions.

Here are some responses from recent presentations:

Pretty much I loved all the stories. I cannot wait to read the book. I really like that you came here.

I love, love stories! Thank you for giving hope to all of us.

I enjoyed the lesson because it was easier to relate to you and a lot less awkward than expected. (This from a boy.)

This was excellent...telling me though I'm not a virgin, it has inspired me to say NO till marriage.

This has made me rethink my lifestyle. (This written by a senior boy.)

This lesson made me want to wait. Hearing these stories made me want to stand by my decisions.

It is my passion to get in front of as many youth groups as possible to inspire young people of today to 'date and wait'. I pray that this ministry will make a difference. How awesome it would be if Wilson County News readers could somehow network to help make that happen.

Visit my website at Or call me at 210 861 3069. Books are available for purchase through me, on my website, or on Amazon.

Sincerely, Kathleene Runnels
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