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Dannah and Juli pull back the shades to shine some light on how erotic literature exploits the deep spiritual and sexual longings of a woman’s heart. With the Bible as a mooring, they help us address these longings in healthy and holy ways. If you’ve read erotica, have been tempted to read it, or are even mildly curious about it, you MUST read this book! 

Mary Kassian, author, Girls Gone Wise

Dannah and Juli have created a beautiful guide book for real intimacy that satisfies our deepest longings. They debunk the lies we naively trade for the Truth. Open the pages of this book to discover the satisfaction you deeply long for.  

Jill Savage, Founder and CEO of Hearts at Home, author of nine books including No More Perfect Moms

Sexual pleasure is not about self-gratification, and it is more than mutual gratification. Single or married, we are called to be spiritually, relationally, and sexually mature, for the glory of God! Whether man or woman, our sinful natures can easily lead us into the false intimacy of BDSM. Pulling Back the Shades exposes the myths of Fifty Shades of Grey. This book will lead many who have fallen into the darkness, back into a passion for God’s glory with both a strong mature spiritual and sexual desire.

Harry W. Schaumburg, Founder of Stone Gate Resources, author of False Intimacy and Undefiled

Do you long to be a spiritually satisfied woman? Do you long to be a sexually satisfied woman? Pulling Back the Shades will take you to new places in spiritual and sexual freedom (and it's not to a Red Room of Pain!).

Linda Dillow, speaker and bestselling author of Calm My Anxious Heart and What's It Like to Be Married to Me?

You may be surprised that this is a gracious, sensitive, encouraging, and direct (but not embarrassing) book. Dannah and Juli have tackled a tough topic but do so in a compassionate manner, examining the consequences of a trend that may seem new but was just as much of a challenge to first-century Christians as it is today. The temptation is timeless, but so is the solution. Single women, teens, wives, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters . . . this one's for you.

Carolyn McCulley, author of The Measure of Success, Radical Womanhood, Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?

Our culture is changing and the blurry lines of what is "right" and “wrong” are confusing to many. It is time for Christian women to take a stand for what is true, right, and holy. Dannah and Juli challenge us
all to lead lives that are above reproach without a hint of sexual immorality. This book is a call to influence, with biblical guidelines, our culture by living lives as wise, godly, and pure women.

Beth Luebe, The Collegiate Navigators

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You don’t have to choose between being sexual or spiritual

 

Spiritual women have legitimate desires that are seldom addressed—and books like Fifty Shades of Grey are designed to exploit! Yet, spirituality and sexuality were never meant to be mutually exclusive. Now, with solid biblical teaching and transparent stories, trusted authors Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery offer an unflinching look at the most personal questions women ask. Whether you are single or married, reading erotica or Jane Austen, Pulling Back the Shades will address your desire to be both sexual and spiritual.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080241088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802410887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They broke the rules!

The subject matter...raunchy. The writing...real, blunt, and taboo, at least within the church. Dannah Gresh, a best-selling author and the founder of Pure Freedom, an organization defending abstinence, and Dr. Juli Slattery, a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional, boldly go where few have ventured, specifically within the Christian realm of women's issues. In a rebuttal to the Fifty Shades of Grey series, Gresh and Slattery address erotica amongst churchgoing women - in your face and without apologies.

Erotica, always a man's problem, right? Not any longer. Gresh and Slattery "pull back the shades" on the real problem - "spiritual women struggle with sexual issues" and shame. The lie: BDSM promises sexual fulfillment and revival. The truth: Women long for intimacy, passion, and adventure.

Struggling? You are not alone. Christian women secretly yearn for a strong, confident man to provide, protect, and lead them. This is where erotica comes in, luring you into an unreal reality that whisks you into a world "far, far away." It promises a pulse racing adventure, yet abandons you in the end leaving you empty and devoid.

Whether single or married, Pulling Back the Shades is here to rescue your heart and bring you to the Living Water of true reality. Searching for your lost pulse? Gresh and Slattery have the answers that lead to authentic intimacy that is heart pumping and pulse racing, with a happy ending - no imagination needed.
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I have never read the 50 Shades of Grey series. I didn't feel that it was something God wanted me to read, and after reading this book, I am so thankful that I did not! Dr. Juli Slattery and Dannah Gresch talk about what books like 50 Shades, along with other forms of erotica and consequences from it, can do to your sex life, both in marriage and prior to it. I appreciated their honest insight as to what TRUE intimacy and sexuality looks like for Christian women. They made it very clear it is NOT something we have to be ashamed of- we can be both sexual and spiritual individuals. So many topics were covered in this that I truly believe women are asking about today in a Christian setting, but rarely get answers to. Questions about pornography, oral sex, masturbation, things you and your husband can do in the bedroom, etc. They tackle these questions lovingly, honestly and provide Scriptural foundations.

Can you still get something from this book even if you do not profess to be a Christian? I believe so. Dr. Juli Slattery approaches a lot of the topics from a psychological standpoint as well. There are articles and other individual's opinions given also. They want to pull back the lies that so many girls, teenagers and women have been sold and turn their minds over to truth! Please take time to read this book. It is a quick read, but has many life-changing concepts in it! It is worth your investment!
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Pulling Back the Shades (PBTS) is a quick read, but is a deeply theological book. As Christian women we must have a solid theology of sexual intimacy and this book will help us sift through the lies that our culture embraces.

These authors don't shy away from very tough questions to ask: is erotica (or mommy porn) something Christian women should read, especially if it "spices" up their own sex life.

One author (Dr. Juli) read "50 Shades of Gray" and is able to, with full understanding of what this trilogy includes, share a solid biblical reason why we should avoid erotica material. But it's not just fluffy reason why not to read, but you will read this book and come away with a theology of sexual intimacy and purity.

A big take away....Christian women are both sexual and spiritual! You don't have to choose!
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Wow! This book is amazing. It is quick to read through but will completely change your life. It will revive your marriage, in a good-pure way. And it explains why erotica, pornography and other means of self satisfaction are harmful to you. I love Dannah's approach for single women and Juli's approach for married women is excellent. Making this a realistic, necessary book for every woman. No matter your stage. They answer tough questions on masturbation, oral and anal sex, Tec... and many other questions women have been wondering. We need this book. I placed another (bulk) order to give to my friends and family! Yes, it's THAT GOOD.
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I completely made over my bedroom this weekend with new everything...but I can guarantee you this little book is the best part of the makeover! Wow! It's like these authors threw my sex life a rescue raft in the dead sea! People don't know what us married couples have been hiding...what secrets we have kept...what struggles we've endured...and for YEARS. This book has already changed my life..and I've had it for less than 24 hours! Finally someone trustyworthy to answer all the extremely difficult questions I've had...and to tell me that God actually LIKES me to be sexual! I can't express how important I think this book is! For so long I've felt like I had to choose between being Spiritual....OR....being Sexy for my husband. I feel like a huge weight has lifted from my shoulders!
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