Books

Gwen started her career as an author by writing a weekly column for the Lakeland Ledger, and she continues to write regularly for several national publications. She is the author of six books, including:

Is It Possible… To Transform the Lives and Legacies of Single Teen Moms? YES, IT IS… and Here’s How!
More than two thousand teenage girls in the US will discover they are pregnant today! Of these pregnancies, 14% will end in miscarriage; almost one third will be terminated by abortion; only 1% will result in adoption.

Most often, a pregnant teen decides to raise her own child—finding her life forever altered and her identity completely changed. She is no longer simply a daughter, a sister, a friend, or a student. She is a mom. And as her responsibilities and relationships change, she will find herself overwhelmed, exhausted, and lonely. And at a time when teen moms are most vulnerable, few churches are equipped to provide the refuge so desperately needed. Many become pregnant again in less than two years, caught in a vicious cycle that destines their children to grow up and become teenage parents themselves.

In this book, Gwen shares true stories of heartbreak and triumph. She presents disturbing facts, provides practical solutions, and challenges believers to take a new course of action. And she highlights the lives of three women who are doing just that. By following their examples, we can transform the lives and legacies of single teen moms. And, in the process, we can reach our whole community with the love of Jesus Christ!

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STICKING UP FOR WHAT I BELIEVE: Answers to the Spiritual Questions Teenagers Ask
Very few resources satisfy the curiosity, captivate the interest, and communicate God’s exciting truths as this book does! It focuses on the very real spiritual questions that teenagers ask and answers them in ways that teenagers can understand and enjoy. The text is filled with interesting stories, real-life examples, and thought-provoking allegories. Many of these are taken from the author’s personal experiences as she raised four energetic sons through their teenage years. The material is lively and entertaining, yet filled with life-changing truths.

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STICKING UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT: Answers to the Moral Dilemmas Teenagers Face 
With all the conflicting views the world offers, Gwen offers straightforward biblical answers to some of the toughest dilemmas teenagers face: Exactly how honest am I supposed to be? What about sex – how far is too far? What does the Bible say about homosexuality and abortion? Does it mention drugs and alcohol? What if I’ve already blown it in one of these areas?  Once again, the text is filled with interesting stories and real-life examples. Many of them are taken from the author’s personal experiences as she raised four sons and helped them decipher God’s path through the maze of the current teenage culture.

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STICKING UP FOR WHO I AM: Answers to the Emotional Issues Teenagers Raise 
“So, who are you? Are you the fun-loving friend, the quiet student, the stoic athlete, the lonely teen . . . ? Chances are – you’re not really sure.”  This book helps teenagers explore some of the feelings and fears that are hidden inside of their minds and souls. Gwen provides physical knowledge and spiritual insights to help them cope with the emotional issues they face. Teenagers come away having discovered that who they are has nothing to do with the attributes or abilities that they seem to possess. It has everything to do with how they allow God to use them.

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MORE BEAUTIFUL YOU: A Study in True Beauty
When Jonny Diaz (Gwen’s youngest son) wrote and recorded the #1 hit song, “More Beautiful You“, he couldn’t have imagined how many thousands of women, teens, and young girls would be encouraged by it. As questions and comments flooded his mailboxes, he decided to partner with his Mom to write this book in order to speak more completely about issues of beauty from God’s perspective.  Each chapter of the study is structured around a line in the song’s lyrics, and shows how society’s distorted perceptions can encourage dysfunctional behaviors like anorexia, elective plastic surgery, and promiscuity. Compelling testimonies following each section show how Jonny’s song has impacted women’s lives worldwide.

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ALL OF THESE BOOKS ARE TREMENDOUS RESOURCES for TEENAGERS, PARENTS, TEACHERS, and YOUTH WORKERS!!