Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart -Book Review

Surprising. Jaw dropping. Astounding.

“Nine percent of practicing Christians have read Fifty Shades of Grey, the same percentage of all Americans who have read the book. And among all American adults who read Fifty Shades of Grey, one in five were Christians.”

Seriously? Those statistics are mind boggling to me. Why are Christian women attracted to a book that uses the “F-word” approximately one hundred times in each of the books? Why do they enjoy reading of BDSM? What is that you may ask? I didn’t know myself but it stands for Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism.

Maybe you have never heard of Fifty Shades of Grey. Well, that is just as well.

Dannah Gresh and Juli Slattery, co-authors of Pulling Back the Shades, explore the reasons as to why Erotica, defined as art or literature intended to arouse sexual desire, is being read by so many Christian women. Dannah chose not to read the book but learned of its damage to women through many stories she read of those who had read Fifty Shades of Grey and other Erotica books. Juli on the other hand, a clinical psychologist and cofounder of Authentic Intimacy prayerfully read the book. She openly shares that she was appalled by the graphic scenes but at times was also aroused.

Yes. This book is explicit in detail but it is a much needed book for women. I commend the authors for tackling these taboo topics and creating an opportunity for dialogue among the Christian community. I understand the draw of these books because I read some myself in our early years of marriage. I wasn’t a Christian then and I can’t imagine reading them now as one. Philippians 4:8 is pretty clear about what we are to think on and Erotica doesn’t match that verse’s criteria.

“From creating shame about sexuality in Christian women to sexual abuse and prostitution, his (Satan) agenda is to separate us from ever celebrating sexuality within the context of God’s holy design.”

God designed sex to be a celebration of love within a marriage covenant. Satan on the other hand wants sex to be the gratification of lustful pleasure with no boundaries. He twists and distorts that which God has made holy.

Have you played into Satan’s hands and can’t seem to stop reading or watching Erotica? Do you have a friend who is struggling in this area? Do you want to be equipped to be able to refute those who say there is nothing wrong in reading such books? Then I highly recommend reading Pulling Back the Shades and sharing it with other women. I am thankful for the authors who opened their own hearts and exposed the damaging effects of Erotica.

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