Seventh Dimension — The Door by Lorilyn Roberts

Seventh Dimension - The Door by Lorilyn Roberts

Seventh Dimension – The Door
A Young Adult Christian Fantasy

What if there were a door that led to another dimension –a place where you could encounter talking animals, demons, and people you know—but who are strangely different?

Best-selling author Lorilyn Roberts shares once again the power of redemption in this Christian coming-of-age novel. Written in first-person, Seventh Dimension – The Door reads as a first-hand account by a young girl, Shale Snyder, who is treated unfairly by her family, school, and classmates. Fear distorts her sense of self-worth and she is enveloped with guilt because of a secret from her past.

While on a sojourn similar to Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress, Shale discovers talking animals and a handsome young man with whom she falls in love. Her journey is one of self-discovery as she battles personal demons, family conflict, wicked underlings, and comes face-to-face with a personal decision she must make—bound up in the king she meets in first century Israel.

Seventh Dimension – The Door

Has Anyone Ever Touched You Inappropriately?

“I felt a hand reach underneath my blue skirt.”
Shale Snyder

Seventh Dimension – The Door
A Young Adult Christian Fantasy

Have you ever felt violated? If so, you are not alone. More than eighty thousand cases of sexual abuse are reported each year in the United States. Doctors suggest the number is actually higher but young people are afraid to report it.

In case you have never been told this, no one has the right to touch you physically in a way that makes you uncomfortable—not your father, your stepfather, a friend, a boyfriend, or a teacher. As much as I hate to include women in this category, I must. No woman has the right to make you feel uncomfortable either.

A person’s physical body is the vessel of the Holy Spirit. It is holy. No one has the right to defile you to meet his own needs, whether it is for sex, power, or control.

If someone touches you inappropriately, you should report it. How do you know if it’s inappropriate? It’s one of those touches that warns you something isn’t right. Don’t let guilt keep you from doing the right thing. That’s called false guilt.

Your body should be kept pure. Someday, as a young woman, you will probably get married, unless God has given you the gift of singleness. You will want to give your body to your husband as a gift—a gift that has never been touched, looked upon, or used.

You should also preserve your body and keep it from being harmed by illicit drugs and underage drinking. If you are older, excessive drinking can be just as harmful. You may not know it, but all of these activities will hurt you in more ways than you realize.

Don’t go to websites you shouldn’t visit. Don’t look at pornography. These seemingly harmless activities will give you a perverted way of thinking about sex and love. No longer will these gifts from God be perceived as beautiful, but a sense of ickiness and dirtiness will creep into your thoughts. Lust kills beauty. That’s the world’s way of turning something God made good into evil. What God created to be beautiful between a man and a woman becomes a Hollywood movie that will do Satan’s bidding. Sin kills—sometimes slowly, but wrong relationships, choices made by you, or the sins of others can led to a lifetime of guilt and regret.

Guard your heart. If someone does something to you that makes you uncomfortable, God is speaking to you, warning you that a boundary has been crossed. Don’t sit idly by and allow this kind of abuse to continue. If you’re young, it’s against the law and the offender can go to jail. If you’re not so young, you’re old enough to know you’ve been violated and seek help.

Shale’s way of dealing with this was not the appropriate way. Don’t take this into your own hands like she did—sticking a pin into a young man’s back. Your anger is justified, but seek help in a constructive way. If you don’t feel like you have anyone in your immediate family you can turn to, contact a youth pastor, a close friend, or a school counselor. You can also do a search on the web or look in the newspaper for a crisis counseling center in your area. If you don’t do anything, the situation can harm you physically and psychologically for years to come. And remember, this wasn’t done to you because you are bad. The evil one will tell you lies but there is no justification for this kind of abuse.

God has a plan for you. He loves you. Sometimes the hardest step to take is that first step. Pray and ask God to show you what to do. God will never let you down. Even if you feel embarrassed by the situation, don’t let that keep you from reporting it.

Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Even if you have been violated, it’s not too late to find redemption. With God there is healing. Trust God for complete restoration through prayer, counseling, and reading the Bible. God doesn’t want you to live with guilt or shame. Only He can fix things that are otherwise unfixable—and He will do that for you because He loves you.

From March 1 through March 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is sponsoring Lorilyn Roberts’ book launch of Seventh Dimension – The Door, a finalist in the 2012 Grace Awards. You can purchase a Kindle version of her book for only 99 cents.

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Here is the link to the landing page. Help Lorilyn to reach number one in Christian fantasy on Amazon so more young readers will be exposed to her redemptive Christian writing.

Lorilyn Roberts
Lorilyn Roberts is a Christian author who writes children’s picture books, adult nonfiction, memoirs, and a young adult Christian fantasy series, Seventh Dimension. The first in the series, The Door, was just published (October 2012).

Lorilyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama, which included international study in Israel and England. She received her Masters in Creative Writing from Perelandra College and is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Lorilyn is the founder of the John 316 Marketing Network, a network of Christian authors who are passionate about promoting books with a Christian worldview.

To learn more about Lorilyn, please visit her website at  her blog. You can follow her on twitter. To connect with her personally, you can contact her by email at llwroberts@cox.net
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