By: Katie Welch
Twenty-year-old Janelle Sanchez, a student at University of Tampa, has completed her first book called, Confessions of a Pure Heart..
Sanchez is majoring in sociology at the University of Tampa. Sociology has always interested her because she is fasciated by people and how society affects them
Confessions of a Pure Heart is about teens and young adults staying pure and abstaining from sex until marriage. Sanchez is an advocate for waiting for sex until marriage. While Sanchez was a student at Newsome High School, she was chosen by True Love Waits, a group sponsored by Hillsborough County which sponsors spokespersons to talk to students between the ages of 6-17 at the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club about this topic. Her specific group was called Impact.
Sanchez wrote this book through the eyes of a young adult. “I felt called to write this book because it is a topic that needs to be talked about and needs to be heard. I don’t think there are enough books on this topic and I felt God wanted me to write this book for teens and young adults,” she said.
The book is also about loving yourself as God sees you. She said that when most people talk about abstaining, they talk about abstaining because of the fear of pregnancy or disease or heartbreak, but the “punch line” for her book is that you are worth nothing less than an abstinent lifestyle. The book is about self worth, forgiveness, love and abstinence.
She always knew that she was going to write a book about abstinence but didn’t realize that it was going to be so soon. Her parents supported her desire to write the book. Sanchez feels that the hardest thing about being a young writer is the research, dedication, and motivation needed to complete such a project.
“I felt that God was calling me to be a voice to my generation,” said Sanchez.
If you want to learn more about the book or purchase it, you can buy it at either Ava Maria Christian Store or at www.Cphmin.com.