God blessed me with the opportunity to write Basta LoveLife: Making Wise Relationship Decisions in 2008. Here’s how this book came about:
I moved to Manila in 2002 to become a campus minister. A few years later I began doing sexual purity seminars on college campuses using True Love Waits material. This aspect of my ministry grew beyond anything I would have imagined: I regularly spoke to hundreds of students each year.
I usually ended my seminar with book recommendations. But there were a couple of issues:
*Most of the available books on sexual purity were simply imports from the USA. In other words, they were not written with the Filipino culture/context in mind.
*Most of the locally published books were written from a female perspective.
I saw the need for a book on sexual purity and relationship issues: one written specifically for Filipinos from the masculine perspective. I had already been writing articles on this blog for a year or so, and I asked my readers if I should publish. The responses were so encouraging! More importantly, I sense that this is something the Lord wanted me to do.
I already had friends at Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM). Fortunately, they were willing to take a chance on an unknown author. We began working on the manuscript, and my friends thought of a catchy title. The rest is history, as they say. Basta LoveLife became one of CSM’s best sellers, and I still hear from students who have been blessed by the book.
To God be the glory!
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