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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802451543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802451545
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mary Kassian speaks with rare insight, clarity, directness, and grace as she challenges the prevailing winds of our culture. She paints portraits of two contrasting kinds of women and sets forth a vision that calls women out of their dysfunction, pain, and deception, to walk in the light of God's redeeming truth and grace.  This book is extremely important, timely, and needed-I cannot think of any category of women (or men, for that matter) who could not benefit greatly from reading it and grappling with these critical issues. A "must-read" for women who desire to honor God with their lives and to influence others to do the same."  --Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, teacher, and host of Revive Our Hearts radio program

"Girls today are growing up in a culture where "bad" has become the new "good." The glamorization of bad behavior among young women has become the new norm and left in its wake a tremendous amount of fall-out and misery. Mary has penned a handbook for reversing the tide of the girls-gone-wild trend and replacing it with a new rank of girls-gone-wise. I can't wait to recommend this book!" -- Vicki Courtney, best-selling author of Your Girl and 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter

"Many women today are eager for mentors. While a book is never a substitute for a real, live mentor, this one does connect women everywhere to the wise counsel of Mary Kassian. And we should heed her winsome, culturally relevant, and biblically sound words in Girls Gone Wise. This book provides an accurate gauge of the current feminine perspective in western culture and contrasts it with the eternal wisdom found in Scripture. Easy-to-read, humble, humorous, and thoroughly sound, Girls Gone Wise is a book both long-time believers and new converts will benefit from reading. Highly recommended!" -- Carolyn McCulley, author of Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?: Trusting God with a Hope Deferred

"This book sounds a clear and much-needed message regarding the ethics of biblical womanhood. Mary Kassian's energy and passion make it a readable book. Her eye-opening contrast between the wise and the wild make it a convicting book. Her faithfulness to Scripture makes it a compelling book." -- Susan Hunt, author and consultant for Women's Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America

"Girl's Gone Wise is a crucial message for such a time as this.  In a culture where true femininity is in danger of extinction, young women desperately to catch a vision for God's pattern.  Mary Kassian's relevant, practical, and Biblically based insights give today's young women a clear, inspiring blueprint for the only version of womanhood that truly fulfills - God's version." -- Eric and Leslie Ludy, bestselling authors of When God Writes Your Love Story

"Mary Kassian will help you navigate the over-exposure we experience everyday to messages that call us to be anything but what God created us to be as women. Her message will make you wise to that, and hungry to be what God intended. I think this would be a great book for moms to read with their teen girls. Though Mary navigates critical world view issues and strong theology, she does it with a conversational and contemporary note in her writing voice. You'll never realize how hard you're thinking. It'll be too much fun!" --Dannah Gresh, co-author of Lies Young Women Believe and founder of Pure Freedom Ministries

"So much of life is broken because our standards come from the world rather than from the Precepts of God's Word.  Our young people are living in the rubble of destruction and need rescuing from the earthquake of the consequences of not building their lives on Truth.  Mary's book Girls Gone Wise . . .in a World Gone Wild is a needed book for our times.  May it grab our attention and drive us to His Word where Mary will take us."  - Kay Arthur, CEO and co-founder Precept Ministries International, author of The Truth About Sex: What the World Won't Tell You and What God Wants You To Know and Return to the Garden: Embracing God's Design for Sexuality

"Mary Kassian has done it again. With aplomb, grace, and wisdom, she sets the right course through some of the most treacherous and dangerous issues of our day. With just the right balance of truth and understanding, Mary calls girls and young women to a bold, strong, and biblical model of true womanhood - an understanding that honors God and shows the world a counter-revolutionary model of genuine womanhood. When Mary Kassian writes a book, women can count on sound advice and biblical wisdom from a gracious friend." - R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This is a wonderful book with amazing insight into the hearts of women (and men!) who feel pressured by  today's "wild" culture -- and also deep, spiritual insight into the Bible's wisdom regarding the beauty of true womanhood as God created it to be."  -- Wayne Grudem, Ph.D., research professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary


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Mary Kassian is an award winning author, internationally renowned speaker, and a distinguished professor at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: In My Father's House: Finding Your Heart's True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, the Feminist Mistake, and Girls Gone Wise - in a World Gone Wild. You can visit her blog at

Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta, Canada and has studied systematic theology at the doctoral level. She has taught courses at seminaries across North America She is a popular conference speaker and has ministered to women's groups internationally. Mary has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Marriage Uncensored.

Mary was born and raised in Edmonton, Canada. She and her husband, Brent, have three sons: Clark, Matthew, and Jonathan. Mary has mastered the art of cheering after spending countless hours in rinks, arenas, and gyms: her husband is chaplain for a professional football team, her two older sons play ice hockey, and her youngest, volleyball. The Kassians enjoy biking, hiking, snorkeling (when they can find some warm water!), music, board games, mountains, campfires, and their family pets: Miss Kitty and black lab, General Beau.

Customer Reviews

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I have been amazed at the timely reading of this book in my own life.
I would highly recommend this book to women of all ages!
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
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Mary Kassian's book is a comparison of the woman gone wild in Proverbs 7 and the wise women of Proverbs 31 and other parts of the Bible. She looks at 20 character traits of the wild woman and what the traits of the wise woman would be.

Normally, I wouldn't have picked this book to read. The cover and title wouldn't have appealed to me. I review books and was sent a complimentary copy of this book. I trust that the Lord works in all things and so I began reading it. He has used this book in my life four times in the past week since I began reading it. I have been amazed at the timely reading of this book in my own life.

#1 The first day I read the first 50 pages of this book and puzzled as to why I was reading it. The chapters were about women having affairs and the temptation to be unfaithful. The next day a friend shared with me that she had been having an emotional affair with a man. God prepared my heart to hear her, not judge her, and have compassion. I encouraged her to flee temptation.

#2 A few days later during a small group discussion at my home, this book came up again. A conversation had been related in which a wife nit picked at what her husband said in front of his family. I related a story from this book. The story had hit me very hard. A woman wrote a letter to Ms. Kassian about how she treated her husband for 30 years. She bucked him at every turn and wouldn't go along with anything he said (her words). After 30 years, her husband left her for another woman. Two years later, she said that she would have been married for 32 years, but instead all she has to show for it is an empty house. The woman wanted young women to know the falsehood of what feminists have been teaching women. She was thankful that Ms.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins VINE VOICE on May 30, 2010
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Upon reading the title of Mary Kassian's new book Girls Gone Wise (In a World Gone Wild), my first thought was of the Joe Francis franchise, Girls Gone Wild. Perhaps you are familiar with the late night commercials: barely legal girls baring breasts, engaging in sexual activity in front of a camera to earn one of his t-shirts. The temptation to think that only those girls fall under the "wild" category is certainly present.

My second thought was that as long as I dress appropriately, speak sweetly, and mind my Southern graces, then I have no need to be concerned about becoming a wild woman. And, since I'm still in my early thirties, neither am I in danger of becoming a "cougar." Oh, yes, it is quite easy to distance myself, look down my nose, tsk-tsk, and "what-a-shame" them. Kassian, however, is quick to remind me that, "Although external appearance and sexual behavior certainly play a part in determining if a particular woman has or hasn't gone wild, the Bible teaches that there's a whole lot more involved than that. What's more, it teaches that Girl-Gone-Wild behavior isn't restricted to young single women. A woman can be a Girl-Gone-Wild at any stage of life...There is a measure of Girl-Gone-Wildness in all of us." (10-11)

Like our mother Eve before us, we are easily deceived by our hearts, our eyes, and our "wisdom." Rather than relying on God's Word for direction, we rely on ourselves to make good and right decisions. In the end, we suffer the painful consequences of our sin and stupidity. We suffer for a lack of biblical wisdom. We suffer because our hearts are not consumed by Jesus Christ.

How do you know if you're a girl-gone-wild or a girl-gone-wise?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Lundy on April 25, 2010
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Girls Gone Wise is a timely and much-needed study of godly womanhood. In a culture saturated with liberal feminism, it is easy to lose sight of how to be biblically feminine. In her contrast of the Girl Gone Wild and the Girl Gone Wise, Kassian does not simply present a list of rules and regulations. Instead, she examines the motivations and heart attitudes which characterize wisdom and wildness. Her teaching is biblical, insightful, convicting, and compelling. I recommend this book for all women whether 13 or 113.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Miller on June 1, 2010
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For a week or more I was listening to Moody and kept hearing about a book, Girls Gone Wise in A World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian. I was intrigued by the bits I was hearing and decided to see if I could get a copy sent from the publisher to review.

Moody Publishers were very kind and sent me a copy. I just finished reading it. It is an easy read in that the chapters are not long but is definitely not a quick read. There is much to be pondered and digested.

The author looks at 20 points of comparison between a Girl Gone Wild (much of that is taken from Proverbs 7) and a Girl Gone Wise (some taken from Proverbs and some from other places in scripture). She also does an excellent job of tying in "modern day" examples with each of the points.

I have to tell you honestly that I got this book with an eye toward guiding Gracen through the pre-teen and teen years in a culture that I don't even understand half the time! Reading through this book gave me many points to think through in my own life. It is definitely not just for the younger crowd.

The sections on appearance, sexual conduct, and hedges were among the best I thought. In the section on hedges, there are lists of ideas of hedges that a woman (both for singles and married women) may want to think about putting in her life. These were not given in a legalistic, this is what "good" Christian girls do but simply as thinking points.

Overall, the book was clear, well-written, and Biblically sound. I think this may be one I refer to in the next few years!

Thanks to Moody Publishers for sending a copy!
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