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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Sex and the Single Christian Girl: Fighting for Purity in a Rom-Com World by Marian Jordan Ellis

Sex and the Single Christian Girl: Fighting for Purity in a Rom-Com World by Marian Jordan Ellis
Bethany House / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
Can purity survive real-world temptation?

"True love waits"--but what exactly are you waiting for? After all, we're constantly bombarded with Hollywood's idea of romance--that sex is no big deal, that everyone is doing it, that it's the only path to a happy ending. Maybe you've even begun to wonder, What am I missing? Is the wait really worth it? 
Marian Jordan Ellis has been there. She knows the pitfalls of giving in to temptation--but also the blessings of God's best found in waiting after she committed herself to Christ and to sexual purity. Now, from one Christian woman to another, she hopes to spare you from the heartache of sexual sin and instead point you toward God's best. Marian offers lots of practical advice, backed by biblical truth, to equip you with the tools to overcome past mistakes and future temptations.

You are cherished. Whether you are happily single, casually dating, or have found "the one," your purity is worth fighting for.

My rating:
My thoughts:

"Sex and the Single Christian Girl" isn't the best book on purity I've read; there were things I didn't like, but there were also some good things in the book.

Let me start by saying that the rom-com movie quotes were neat. I also really liked some of the other quotes from people that were listed. "Sex and the Single Christian Girl" started off great and ended great -- it was just the middle that I didn't like all that much.

At times the book got to be a little redundant, because the same things and/or Bible verses were quoted/stated several times. Also, there was just something about the writing style that didn't connect with me. I did like the message of "Sex and the Single Christian Girl", though.

Here are some random quotes from "Sex and the Single Christian Girl" that stood out to me:

"I love a good romantic comedy as much as the next girl, but obviously, many of them are not edifying. Honestly, discernment is the key. I'm not writing this book in hopes that women will boycott movies or burn their favorite DVDs. That's not my style. My desire for this book is to expose the battle that rages around sexual purity." -- page 14

"Our culture promotes the authority of self and feelings as supreme. The mantra "follow your heart" is the warm and fuzzy notion depicted in romantic comedies that says our hearts will lead us in the right direction. I don't want to offend anyone with this next statement, but honestly, that thinking is straight from the pit of hell. Our feelings are fickle. Our emotions cannot be trusted as a reliable guide." -- page 116

"In many ways, sex outside of marriage is presented as a tasty "forbidden fruit," and God is depicted as the cruel withholder of our pleasure." -- page 125

"Behind each lie is the Enemy enticing us to meet our legitimate need in an illegitimate way." -- page 154

Overall, I liked this book. I've read other books dealing with this topic (purity) that I thought were better, but the rom-com aspect was unique.

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