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Pure Heart: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Integrity (XXXChurch.com Resource) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2010

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Find True Love from God

Our culture has twisted and perverted God's most intimate gift--sex and sexuality. And men are not the only ones who must deal with temptation. In this frank and disarming book, Shellie Warren helps women understand and embrace the true purpose and role of sex in their lives. In hearing her story and the stories of others, you will discover you are not alone in the struggle.

Whether you're single or married, all women must cope with issues surrounding body image, lust, adultery, sexual addiction, sexualized images, and more. This honest treatment of a hush-hush issue will free you to experience forgiveness and renewal.

"If Oprah was ever to have a book club selection to speak to the heart of a woman's fight with sexual issues, this would be it. Read this book and allow God to apply it to your soul. Wholeness is within your reach."―from the foreword by Craig Gross, founder of XXXchurch.com

Shellie R. Warren is an author, a public speaker, and the coordinator for teen moms at the local chapter of a national nonprofit in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of Inside of Me: Lessons of Lust, Love and Redemption and has been published in numerous publications including Women's Health & Fitness and Relevant. Warren is also a featured blogger and speaker for XXXchurch.com and founder of Butterfly Angel, a platform celebrating survivors of sexual abuse and misuse.

About the Author

Shellie R. Warren is an author, public speaker, and the coordinator for teen moms for the local chapter of a national non-profit in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of Inside of Me: Lessons of Lust, Love and Redemption and has been published in numerous publications including Women's Health & Fitness, Upscale, CCM, and Relevant. Warren is also a featured blogger and speaker for XXXchurch.com.
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  • Series: XXXChurch.com Resource
  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801072077
  • ASIN: B005EP2BUS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow... What can I say? This book and the author, are REAL. It is so refreshing to read something from an author who has done so much inner work and processed life to such a refined degree that she already understands what the rest of us are trying to understand. This author has travelled through the valley of the shadow of life and the reader is the beneficiary of her travel notes. She has gone beyond the veil of all things sexual, stared truth in the face and refused to blink. Shelly R. Warren is the real deal, with a capitol R. But don't let the "R" rating fool you. Even though in her writing she is as up to date with contemporary culture as the latest BET/MTV video, she is also EXTRAORDINARIALLY grounded in the Word... a rare combination indeed.

The book maintains the attention of the reader. It is sprinkled with real life excerpts from bloggers and this serves to add more variety and spice to the presentation. The concept of "Sex in Purpose vs. Sex Out of Purpose" is simple, yet practical and profound. The author boldly goes where few Christian authors venture when she takes us on a tour of closet activities. The chapter on Porn in All forms is one of the best on the topic I have ever read in terms of unmasking the cause and effect of the beast. Her experpt from another writer entitled: My Vagina's Monologue is a must read! (Funny yet true.)

The first six chapters seem to deal with life's impurities, and the final four chapters seem to deal with the purification process. The book gets reflective on the "Letter to my former self." The final three chapters examine Godly femininity, perseverance and Purity. Since this book is an official XXX church resource, you should know not to expect an ultra conservative approach to the subject matter. This would be a good read for today's teens, high school and college students, singles and adults who want the real deal from someone who has been there and survived to give an eyewitness inner view.
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Shellie has such a way with her words. She is so great at capturing her audience and making them feel like they are right there with her on her journey.
Shellie's honesty, bluntness and love for God challenges you to think deeper about your own journey and how to truly find intimacy and fullfilment in Christ before chasing after guys.
She gives you a raw look into her own life and how it has shaped her.
You will laugh and cry but more importantly, you will discover and experience the power of God's love, forgiveness and healing in your own life!
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There are two ways of approaching a subject, generally speaking, theoretical/deductive, or experiencial/inductive. The former approach is "objective," tending toward absolute statements, and perhaps misleading, as when we draw a line to represent a forest on a map, arbitrarily suggesting that trees on the other side of that line are not part of the forest. On the other hand, the experiential approach may not recognize the forest for the trees. It is easy to get lost in the woods of human sexuality, and for many women, a guide like Shellie Warren could prove a life-saver.
I favor the theoretical approach- sexuality, like our other appetites, is inchoate. Just as we are taught what things are good to eat and which are poisonous or unhealthy (and socially distasteful), so our sexual appetite must be shaped by social experiences. And just as we were trained to use only our own silverware or toothbrush (for health as well as for etiquette reasons), so we must be taught self-discipline in sexual matters, a socially acceptable means of fulfilling that need, often by restraint. Note that I have made the "natural law" case for a sexual morality, apart from any specifically religious considerations. "Pure Heart" is written for another kind of audience.
Warren shares what she has learned from experience. She experienced the deep contradictions of growing up in a Christian household and sexual abuse by a member of that household. Like most of us, she had to sort out what people said (or didn't say) from what they actually did. Her honesty recounting lessons learned from her experience, and mistakes made along the way, are the strongest recommendation for this book, but also problematic.
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This book is awesome. It really makes you look at purity in a whole new way, especially since the author has been through the ringer sexually herself and knows first-hand how hard purity is to maintain. I think this book especially gives hope to those of us who are no longer virgins who wish to get back on God's path for our lives. This is a truthful, hard-hitting, touching, and hopeful book. A MUST read for anyone who truly desires purity in their lives!
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I have read a lot of great books on purity - but this was the first that didn't gloss over the hard stuff as if it's "not really a problem for women, like it is for men." Shellie writes with great boldness, honesty and truth. Her words are powerful and she speaks humbly from her own life experiences. I highly recommend this book.
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Talk about conviction! If you are struggling with sexual sin PLEASE purchase this book, your entire sexual thought process will be changed forever. The transparency of Shellie is admirable and inspiring. May be a tough pill to swallow for some but I find myself going back to reference and remind myself of what I learned often, I highly recommend this book!
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