Every Young Woman's Battle
Shannon is a wife, mother, writer, speaker, lay counselor, and advocate for sexual integrity. She has spoken to youth, college students, and adults since 1989 and her passions include:
Instilling sexual values in children at an early age
Challenging young people to embrace a life of sexual integrity
Ministering to women who have looked for love in all the wrong places
Inspiring others to make Jesus Christ the primary Love of their life
Ethridge's passion for sexual purity didn't begin inside church walls; it began in mortuary school. Her first career choice, becoming a mortician, led Ethridge to enroll in classes that required work on dead bodies. Many she embalmed were young people who had died from AIDS or committed suicide as a result of being diagnosed HIV positive. Because of her own promiscuous teenage years, she often thought, "It is only by the grace of God that I am standing over this embalming table rather than laying on it."
Shannon graduated mortuary college in 1989, but became a youth minister, hoping to make a spiritual impact on young people's lives that would lead them to make healthier sexual choices. Since that time, she has spoken at over 100 youth retreats in a wide variety of denominational settings and regularly teaches an 8-week growth group on the Teen Mania Ministries campus using her first book, Words of Wisdom for Women at the Well: Quenching Your Heart's Thirst for Love & Intimacy (Essence Publishing). Many women have used her follow-up book Words of Wisdom for Well Women: 40 Devotions of Preparation for Leading Women at the Well to Living Water to start growth groups in churches and college settings across the U.S. and abroad.
Her recent book, Every Woman's Battle: Discovering God's Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment is a national bestseller (WaterBrook Press), and Every Young Woman's Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart and Body in a Sex-Saturated World releases August 2004. Shannon has been featured on national radio & television shows such as "The 700 Club," "Life Today with James Robison," "Family Life" with Dennis Rainey, and "New Life Live!" with Stephen Arterburn.
Shannon and her husband, Greg, have been married 13 years and live in a log cabin in East Texas with their two children, Erin (11) and Matthew (8).
Steven Arterburn is the Founder and Chairman of New Life Ministries and is the host of the nationally syndicated "New Life Live!" daily radio program. In addition, he is the Founder of Women of Faith. Since its inception in 1996, attendance at the conference series has exceeded 2 million women. He is a best-selling author of over 40 books and a nationally known public speaker. His most recent books include "Every Young Woman's Battle," "Every Man, God's Man," "Flashpoints," "Every Man's Battle," "Finding Mr. Right" and "Every Woman's Desire."
Equally at ease speaking on business creativity and success or relationship topics, Steve brings an unusual blend of humor, poignancy, and depth to his presentations. A few of his speaking topics include "Challenge to Respond to God," "Seven Keys to Spiritual Renewal," "Flashpoints of Creativity," "Sexual Integrity" or "Lose It For Life." Steve has been featured in national publications including The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Reader's Digest and Today's Christian Woman.
In August 2000, he was inducted into the National Speakers Association's "CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame." In 1999, he was the recipient of the Gold Medallion Book Award for writing excellence. In 1993, Inc Magazine, Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch awarded him "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year."
Stephen resides in Laguna Beach, California.