Shannon Ethridge (MA, Counseling and Human Relations) is a million-copy bestselling author, speaker, lay counselor, and advocate for healthy sexuality. She has spoken to youth, college students, and adults since 1989 on topics including: embracing a life of sexual integrity, sexual and emotional fulfillment in marriage, and equipping parents to instill sexual values in their children.
Shannon’s passion for healthy sexuality began in an unlikely location: Mortuary College. Her first career choice led Ethridge to the embalming room, where many of the deceased had died of AIDS or committed suicide as a result of an HIV positive diagnosis. Because of her own promiscuous teenage years, she believed is was a miracle she was standing over the embalming table rather than lying on top of it. She began speaking boldly and bluntly to teen, college-age, and adult audiences about the benefits of sexual integrity.
The author of 19 books, including the best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series, the 5-book Completely His series, and The Sexually Confident Wife, Shannon Ethridge has become a “go-to” expert for media seeking commentary on sexuality and spirituality. Her most recent book is a response to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon and is entitled The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts (Thomas Nelson, October 2012). Shannon had contemplated writing about sexual fantasy for three years, but the E.L. James trilogy drove her to tackle the topic now.
Shannon has been featured on The Today Show, appeared on the cover of Today’s Christian Woman Magazine, and is a frequent guest on international radio & television shows such as The 700 Club, Life Today television, Family Life Today radio, and New Life Live! radio. She will speak for the first time at select Women of Faith events during late 2012.
Although grateful for her roles as writer and speaker, Shannon is most passionate about her roles as wife and best friend to her husband of 22 years and as a mother and cheerleader to their two children.