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Pub Date 10 May 2016 | Archive Date Not set
Maven Publishing USA, Maven Christian


Sex is fun. Everyone is doing it, right? The church says to wait for marriage, but why? Parents say that you might get pregnant and then you’ll be in trouble. So, what happens when the truth of an unplanned pregnancy enters the life of a young woman due to premarital sex? The answer is . . . a lot.

Take a journey with three young women who are forced to face the reality of a pregnancy they didn’t plan.

Three young women: Joni, Shanna, and Tabitha

Three different choices: Adoption, Abortion, and Parenting

Each choice comes with extremely similar baggage to carry for a lifetime. And maybe there is no perfect answer . . .

Conceptions contains strong language and sexual content, representing the reality of the world we live in, while maintaining a moral Christian backbone.

Sex is fun. Everyone is doing it, right? The church says to wait for marriage, but why? Parents say that you might get pregnant and then you’ll be in trouble. So, what happens when the truth of an...

Advance Praise

"Poignant. Gut-wrenching. Illuminating.

All my life I have believed the old saying "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes." I don't think I completely understood the significance of that advice until I finished this book.

All three women are faced with the exact same decision. All three have to learn to live with the choices they made. It is so easy for people to look at another person and make assumptions, judgments about the path they chose to follow. But until you've walked that path, until you've looked inside their hearts and watched them bleed, you have no right.

They struggle. They inspire. They teach. They learn. And so will you. If you've ever faced a life-altering decision about pregnancy and worry if you made the right choice, read this book. Read it. Even if you haven't been faced with those kinds of choices, read it. It will give you more insight into the human psyche that you could ever imagine." —Amazon Reviewer Lisa K

"Poignant. Gut-wrenching. Illuminating.

All my life I have believed the old saying "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes." I don't think I completely understood the significance...

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Three pregnant teenage girls, three different choices how to deal with this situation. The stories are losely linked together. I love that the author isn't judgmental, her goal isn't to critize or to make readers see which decision is the "right" one, but to show that witchever decision they make they have to cope with the hard consequences. None of these girls were as sadly many christians imagine girls to be who get pregnant at such a young age. These are nice girls full of hope and plans who clearly made a wrong decision that they deeply regret. And - surprise - they boys weren't the monsters who took advantage. These are real people searching the best solution not only for themselves but for their babies too. They all go through deep crisis and fear that God can't love them anymore. But God's love is unconditional. Although this is a serious problem that can change your life forever it isn't depressiving, sometimes it's even funny. Yes, there is bad language und there are sexual scenes. That's exactly what makes the story feel real.

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Choices, we make them every day not knowing what part they may play in our life. Three woman, same issue, different choice on how to deal with it. Three everyday women who we may see ourself in or someone we know. We learn their choice and we have a inside look on the impact it has in their life. But each choice has one small part that intersects with each other. Good Christian book presented very eloquently. Some may find some parts a bit much, but I think it brings the book together. First time reading this author but definitely not my last. Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy in return for my honest review.

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This book was about three unexpected pregnancies in young women and the road each one took.The first story is about Joni and Blaine. Joni had been with Blaine a while and felt they really loved each other and Blaine was her first love and she decided to give up her virginity to Blaine. Blaine always told he loved her and he was going to marry Joni. Alos their friends were already having sex so why not when they loved each other. One time Blaine forgot a condom and the decided to have unprotected sex. Blaine said he would pull out and that would stop the chance of pregnancy. Then Joni found herself pregnant and Joni could not abort her child. Joni was only fifteen. Joni also had a very sick elder sister Joslyn and . and her parents attention was all on Joslyn. Joni felt the only attention and love she got was from Blaine. When Joni and Blaine told Joni parents Joni was sent away to a couple who let Joni stay there and take care of Joni until she had the baby and then adopt the baby. Joni’s father threatened to call the cops and Blaine would be facing rape charges. Joni stayed with Mr. Matthew and Ms Lori. They grew to love Jonias a daughter and let Joni call Blaine every day for un hour and even let Blaine visit and Mr. Matthew went and brought Blaine to his home for the first visit. In the end Joni let Matthew and Lori adopt her son Gabriel and cut all ties with them. Joslyn died and her parents didn’t even let her know and Jomi never forgave them and she ended up leaving and moving in with Blaine and his parents. Joni graduates college and Joni was thinking of breaking up with Blaine and if they got back together it was God’s will. Then Blaine told Joni she had a certain glow and Joni realized she wasn’t leaving Blaine she Corey wanted to have unprotected sex all the time and Shanna want along with it and ended up pregnant. Corey had took Shanna’s virginity and was Shanna first and only true love. At first Corey thought him and Shanna could be together and have their baby but then all a sudden Corey changed and he talked Shanna into having an abortion and after she broke up with Coey than Shanna became a floozie and used drugs to get through this time. Then Shanna thought she found a forever love but one of the one night stands lied and said they had sex a lot and that was the end of that relationship. Then Shanna ran into Corey again and he had really changed. And went for help for his sex addiction and got a good job. He wants to see if Shanna ad him can work on a relationship because he did love Shanna and wanted to work back in a loving relationship and doing it right this time. But Shanna also needed professional help and had a lot of healing to do. The third story was is about Tabetha who was in her first semester of college and was always the good girl. Tabitha was in love with her best friend Lawrence but Lawrence was gay. Between loving a man who couldn’t love her the way she loved him and her father betraying her Tabetha decided to be the bad girl for just one time and gets drunk and high and picks a random guy who was just visiting and had sex with him and ended up pregnant after that one time. Tabitha didn't believe in abortions and felt she couldn;t give up her child after carrying the child for nine months she could hand the child over for someone else to adopt the child Lawrence wants to marry Tabitha and be her baby’s father they even have sex as Lawrence said he wanted more kids and he did loves Tabitha. A couple weeks before the wedding Tabitha met Jordan and worked with him at his mother’s flower shop, Tabitha didn’t know that they really didn’t need help and Jordan was paying her out of his paycheck. But Jordan had a bad heart and had a device in his chest to jump start his heart when it didn’t beat. Then Tabitha starts having feeling for Jordan and they are different from the love she felt for Lawrence. Three days before the wedding Tabitha called it off as she loved Jordan and he her. Then his device malfunctions and Tabitha end up saving his life and got an ambulance there and got Jordan to the hospital. This was a great book. I didn’t want to put it down. How intense Corey and Shanna were when first together and a toned done but still there intensity when they meet again and I loved how the story ended made me tear up fr all she had been through to at last have a chance to be happy and heal. Loved how Corey got help and found God and was leading Joni back to God. I loved how Blaine loved Joni and stood by her and her decisions any way he could even when she was so far away. I didn’t care for the fact that after all that time Shanna was going to break up with Blaine and break his heart especially after living at his parents house all that time just was wrong but was happy how that story ended also. I loved how Tabitha’s best friend Lawrence was reading to marry her and be the father of her baby and even when she broke the engagement he was still her baby’s father even though Jordan wanted to take over that role. I also loved Jordan and Tabitha together and How even then Lawrence stood by Tabitha. Just loved this whole book and all three stories. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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Conceptions by Wendy Stenzel Oleston Maven Publishing USA Maven Christian Romance, Christian Pub Date 10 May 2016 I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Conceptions through the publisher and Netgalley: Joni Bishop finds herself loosing her virginity to her boyfriend Blaine in the Fall of 1992, unfortunately Blaine does not have his Condom with him, and Joni ends up Pregnant. Joni's father is furious, and threatens to call the cops and accuse Blaine of Rape. Joni at only fifteen goes to stay with another family who wants to adopt her child, but she really had no choice in the matter. Her parents are not only dealing with her pregnancy, but her sister is dying as well. When her sister dies her parents don't even inform her, her boyfriend is the one who ends up telling you. In June of 1993 Joni gives birth to a son who she loves enough to give to the family who can better care for him. Joni decides to go get help after giving up her Son and loosing her sister. It's the Spring of 2015 Shanna Price, she is the oldest daughter of a well respected family, she attends a Catholic High School. Her Father is a lawyer her Mom does Charity work, but her life changed when she met Cory. She quickly learns Cory is all about Sex. They never use protection. Shanna ends up pregnant with Cory's Child. Despite her uncertainties Shanna does something she though she'd never do and has an abortion after Cory forces her into it. Shanna soon finds herself having Casual sex with different men, but Brett helps her to see she is not a whore. After spending years healing Cory and Shanna become friends once more. It's the Fall of 2015 Tabitha Johnson is a first year student at the local college. She only had sex one time, but becomes pregnant. Lawrence her gay best friend is the baby's Father. I give Conceptions five out of five stars Happy Reading!

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