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‘I thought losing my virginity would be rape’: inside Christian purity guides

The youth movement that swept US churches in the 1990s also spawned many anti-dating books. Now, some writers are losing faith in ‘the Mike Pence rule’

Joshua Harris was just 22 in 1997 when he published I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a dating guidebook for young Christians that advised them to do anything but. Dating was a “training ground for divorce”, he argued in the book, which sold almost 1m copies worldwide. It also made Harris a superstar in the Christian purity movement, a pro-abstinence crusade that began in evangelical churches in the 1990s and became well-known in the purity ring-wearing hands of Jessica Simpson and the Jonas Brothers. Many authors came after Harris – John and Stasi Eldredge, Hayley DiMarco, Tim and Beverly LaHaye – all of them in the US, where religious publishing is worth $1.22bn (£1bn) a year.

Now 44, Harris made headlines this week when he revealed he no longer considers himself a Christian. He has been issuing apologies for his own books over the last decade, even making a documentary called I Survived Kissing Dating Goodbye. On his Instagram this week, he wrote: “I have lived in repentance for the past several years – repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few.”

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Dr. Shefali Tsabary on Education (Choosing NOT to Homeschool is OK!!)


Dr. Shefali Tsabary on Education (Choosing NOT to Homeschool is OK!!)

The Parenting Junkie and Shefali Tsabary discuss why it’s okay NOT to homeschool. Dr. Shefali Tsabary describes how you can still be a conscious parent even if you send your child to public school. Dr. Shefali reassures us that when it comes to homeschooling vs traditional schooling the biggest factor is the parent’s context. In this video you’ll hear Dr. Shefali on homeschooling vs traditional schooling. You’ll better understand how conscious parenting can fit within the current education system. Yes you can still be a conscious parent whether you are homeschooling, sending your child to public school, or trying to revamp the education system. You’ll also hear Dr. Shefali on the education system and Dr. Shefali on Homeschooling. Homeschooling vs public schooling can be a daunting decision for many conscious parents that’s why you’ll hear Dr. Shefali on homeschooling vs public schooling. At the end of the day you have to choose what is best for your family and your particular situation for more reassurance listen to Dr. Shefali on Public Schools. Hear Dr. Shefali on education and rest assured that context is what matters most.

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The best mattresses you can buy online: Casper, Nectar, Leesa, and more

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BEST DEALS ON MATTRESSES THIS WEEK: 

Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress — Save $150

Zinus 10-inch Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattresses — Save 11%

Lucid 10-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattresses — Save up to 37%

Leesa Hybrid Mattress — Save $255

tulo liv Mattress— Save up to 39% 

Sleep can make or break your day. If you wake up feeling energized and refreshed, concentrating and functioning will be a breeze. On the other hand, if you spend most of your nights tossing and turning, the whole day can feel like a challenge. You’ll be fatigued, irritable, and reaching for the nearest caffeine source. 

According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, sleep deprivation might lead to serious health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. So it’s something to take seriously. If you need to improve your quality of sleep, it might be time for you to buy a new mattress.  Read more…

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The Essential Mattress by Casper

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$395 from Casper


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T&N Mattress by Tuft & Needle

Online mattresses don’t come cheap, but the T&N Mattress by Tuft & Needle offers all the comfort and breathability perks at a fraction of the price.

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Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers


$350 from Tuft & Needle


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$1,995 from Eight Sleep


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$594 from Nectar


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Leesa Mattress

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Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers


$595 from Leesa


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Sleep Factor: Great for back and stomach sleepers


$959 from Avocado Green Mattress


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Dimensions: Twin XL (38 x 80 x 12 inches), Full (54 x 76 x 12 inches), Queen (60 x 80 x 12 inches), King (76 x 80 x 12 inches), and California King (72 x 84 x 12 inches)

Sleep factor: Good for every kind of sleeper


$1,299 from Purple

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