Monday, February 17, 2014

Title Tuesday: Sex and the Single Christian Girl

Welcome to Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” With that being said, let us jump in and get started.
Sex and the Single Christian Girl... with a title like that this book is sure to be interesting. Marian Jordan Ellis wrote this book with the intent of encouraging single women to stay pure as they wait for marriage. While I believe that Mrs. Ellis' goal is admirable I feel that she fell a bit short. 

The first several chapters of the book is Ellis stating over and over that purity is important and that we should all aspire to it. At one point Ellis writes that “Sexual purity was tough, but what kept me fighting was my desire to honor Christ. I wanted to stand before Him unashamed”. This gave me the feeling that if you have sexual sin in your past, you can’t stand unashamed at the feet of Christ and that is SO wrong. That is in fact the power of the redemptive blood of Christ. Even if you have sin in your past Christ’s blood will wash it clean and you are then sanctified.

Although I agree with the premise of this book, I was slightly disappointed in it. I would have liked to have seen Mrs. Ellis give some new tools or ideas for staying away from sexual temptation. Unfortunately she used all the regular answers, just with super cute wording.  
All in all, I rate this book a B+. It is by no means a bad book. I feel that Sex and the Single Christian Girl is a great idea for a young preteen girl. But I think anyone who already has had a sexual experience outside of marriage will find this book to be a bit condemning, rather than helpful. All kitschy language aside, sexual purity is a serious issue for many Christian women. I would like to see Ellis tackle the subject again and write a book with a little more meat to it.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers. 
I was not required to write a positive review. 
The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

If you are interested in any of the title listed above, be sure to check out my Must Read List and Bookstore at the top of the page. My Must Read List is the Forgiven Former Feminist approved reading list. All of these books have been rated A+ on Title TuesdayThe Bookstore is my personal Amazon store. This is where you can find copies of all of the books I enjoy and want to share with you.   

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