Teens today face a bombardment of the glorification of promiscuous sex from every side. From MTV images and music lyrics to television programs popular with teens, the message communicated is that everyone is doing it and those abstaining from sex are abnormal. Friends with benefits has become too common, almost expected. Seeking to stand up for teens and exhort them to speak for sexual purity is the youth organization, Teen Mania. In Friends without Benefits, founder Ron Luce encourages teens to know the facts (physical and biblical) about sex and sexuality so they can make wise, informed choices rather than just follow the crowd. With their identities and self images at stake, teens need a clear, encouraging, hopeful message like this. Not what feels good, but what is right. Not what is tempting, but what is true. Designed for teens, here are honest stories and discussion of issues they need to hear before it is too late.
Ron and Katie Luce founded Teen Mania in 1986. Today Ron serves as president of the ministry, rallying teens who pack arenas and stadiums for events called Acquire the Fire. Teens also come to the 472-acre headquarters in Garden Valley, Texas for leadership internships and to attend the ministry's academy. Ron holds a bachelor's degree in theology and psychology and a master's degree in counseling. He has written more than thirty books, including ReCreate: Building a Culture in Your Home Stronger that the Culture Deceiving Your Kids and Friends Without Benefits: What Teens Need to Know About a Great Sex Life. Ron and Katie have three teen and young-adult children.