By Terry Behimer
Lenten greetings! My name is Terry and I’m one of the four women who comprise the Authentic Intimacy team. You know Juli and Linda, of course, and you’re probably familiar with Deana’s name because she is our social media whiz, creating our Facebook page and most of the website content including the ever-wonderful Daily Something. I serve as our business manager and publisher and facilitate the great blog material you’ve been enjoying.
I’m stepping from behind the curtain to give you an Authentic Intimacy update. We’ve been very busy trying to keep up with God’s plans as we join Him in the fight for marriages. He has been so gracious to direct our steps, allowing us to leap into His giant footprints as He strides mightily into the future. Here are some highlights:
--our first workbook and DVD, Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?, will be available August 1. You can pre-order it now on Amazon and we hope to be offering it in our store soon. You can find out all the details about this unique study elsewhere on our website.
--To broadcast the arrival of Passion Pursuit, our publisher, Moody, is hosting two Women’s Ministry Summits. The first is at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Worth on May 16. During the day, we’ll host Women’s Ministry Directors and other leaders from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and then, in the evening, we’ll invite every woman from that area who wants to hear from Juli and Linda as they proclaim and reclaim God’s design for sex. All that fun will happen again in Chicago on August 1. We sure hope some of you can join us at these events.
--In June, Juli and Linda will be speaking throughout New Zealand and Australia. The ministry of Authentic Intimacy began in New Zealand so there are many women in that part of the world anxious to hear more about this message.
--Juli and Dannah Gresh have just finished writing Pulling Back the Shades: A Sexual Awakening for Spiritual Women. This provocative book speaks to many of the issues that have been raised by the Fifty Shades of Grey series. We anticipate Pulling Back the Shades will be published in May 2014 but it might happen sooner, depending on when the Fifty Shades movie is released. We’ll keep you posted!
--We’re proposing the idea of a new type of radio show. It will be called Java with Juli because Juli and her guests will speak right out loud about the questions you’re asking and the issues you’re talking about over coffee with your friends. Stay tuned for more info!
Wow! There’s plenty going on! Thankfully, one of the best things about being on the Authentic Intimacy team is the fact that we spend much time in prayer and praise. Our Abba Father deserves all the glory and we depend on Him completely to accomplish all He has put on our plate. And that’s where you come in!
We are establishing a team of pray-ers who will join us before the throne to pray for all the different items on the list above (and more!). If you would like to unite your hearts with ours as we petition God’s will be done, then please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you can’t join this team we ask you to pray for this ministry as you’re reminded to do so. We have much to be thankful for and our dependence on God grows daily. Please know that YOU are constantly in our prayers. We love to hear your questions, comments, challenges, and fears. Stay in touch!
Easter blessings to you during this very special time of year.