Bristol Palin’s launch into the public eye came quickly after her mother’s own entrance into the public arena. Her out-of-wedlock pregnancy came under scrutiny after Senator John McCain chose former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. In her new book, Bristol Palin writes about waking up in a tent and being told by her friend that she had lost her virginity after a night of drinking. She spoke with CT about Christians’ approach to abstinence, and her plans post-Levi.

You have said you hate the word “abstinence.” Are you concerned by any abstinence messages that Christians have put out?

The word abstinence scares off young adults just because it is so textbook and so structured. That word causes them to lose interest in whatever someone’s talking about.

In your book, you described premarital sex as a sin. Do you worry that by calling it a sin, it might distract non-Christians?

You know, it might, but for me I do think of it as a sin. And, if that distracts other readers then I’m sorry, but that’s what I believe.

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