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Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart Paperback – March 1, 2014
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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
From the Back Cover
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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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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gave me some perspective that I wasn't prepared to read. I have read erotica a lot in my life. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Tidbits of Experience
Learn what God's Word has to say about intimacy in marriage ! Help to strengthen your marriage bond by protecting your relationship by doing things the Lord's way! Read morePublished 26 days ago by karlene vickers
Full of Biblical wisdom, this book is a must for ladies serving in Women's Ministry.Published 1 month ago by Buster B
The issues covered in Fifty Shades of Grey are like a fire that for centuries burned very close by, so close and familiar. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Journeyer
In Pulling Back the Shades, Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slatery expose and explain the desires that drive women’s attraction to erotica. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wilson and Brianna Roth
really good book that deals with your heart/motive for being drawn to book of this genre. If you want some clarity to how to deal with your emotions & struggles, this is good book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ree nelson
I read this book to understand what the Christian women's side of the romance book industry was all about. I, myself, am a Christian woman and enjoy romance novels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Flohre