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Paxton, IL—Author and youth-culture expert, Nicole O’Dell, will host Kalyn Cherry, author of Kalyn’s Secret: Every Parent’s Battle to Save Their Children, on her Teen Talk Radio program on on Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m. EST With current statistics showing that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, Cherry will candidly discuss her extreme teen crisis with child abuse and how parents can be prepared. All episodes of Teen Talk Radio can also be heard on podcast at the site or via iTunes for free.

A compelling story of overcoming victory, Kalyn’s Secret chronicles the story of Kalyn Cherry, a pastor’s kid and straight-A student who also was the victim of child abuse. The oldest daughter in the robust Cherry tribe of twelve, Kalyn was very loving to her parents and siblings, seemingly the perfect child, until overnight she turned into a rebellious, suicidal, angry teen. At the age of 14, Kalyn became involved with a man in their church three times her age. An $800 cell phone bill was the tip of the iceberg as the Cherry’s research for truth brought them face to face with a nightmare that had grown even under their watchful eyes.

In Kalyn’s Secret: Every Parent’s Battle to Save Their Children, the Cherry’s transparently reveal both sides of the nightmare as readers get to look into the parental “dark night of the soul” as well as the confused heart of the teen/not-yet-adult mindset and  subsequent irrational behavior. In search of professional help, counselors misdiagnosed the problem for the first two years. Finally, the Cherry’s found a miraculous ray of hope that set them on a course of healing. In Kalyn’s Secret they share:

  • The warning signs they missed
  • What they should have done differently from the very beginning
  • Why parents cannot reason with their teen as a rational adult
  • The disturbing similarities between drug and alcohol addictions, eating disorders, sexual predators and perversion stalking today’s kids
  • The vital keys every parent needs to avoid the camouflaged pitfalls our children face each day

Parents will benefit from the Cherry’s extensive research revealing tools and insights for those who find themselves already in the battle and those desperately working to avoid it. The Cherry’s five-year battle for restoration of their daughter’s mind and heart will encourage every parent who finds themselves in “every parent’s battle to save their children.”

Join Teen Talk Radio host, Nicole O’Dell, on Thursday, June 23, at 10:00 p.m. EST for her candid interview with author Kalyn Cherry to find out how Kalyn found herself in a relationship with a man three times her age, how she learned to cope with her situation, how parents can help teens in an abusive relationship, and much more.

 Teen Talk Radio airs weekly on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST.

Nicole O’Dell writes fiction and non-fiction focused on helping teens make good choices and bridging the gap in parent/teen communication. Nicole is also the host of Teen Talk Radio at, where she talks with teens and special guests about the real issues young people face today. She loves getting out among teens and parents when speaking at youth groups and conferences, including venues like the Ascension Convention which draws over 2500 teens.

Over the years, Nicole has worked as a youth director, a Bible study leader for women and teens, a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center, and was a veteran camp counselor for over a decade. Her viewpoints on tough teen issues like abortion, gun violence, teen pregnancy, purity and dating are sought after for media interviews, and she has been a guest on various radio and television programs, including the Herman and Sharron show on the Christian Television Network. Her writing also includes devotionals and Bible studies for women of all ages.

Nicole O’Dell and her husband Wil have six children ranging from 19 down to the most recent additions: triplets, born in August 2008. Find out more about Nicole and her books at