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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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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.
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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.
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!
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.
Why is this honesty so problematic?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read whether you are single or married. It touches on issues that people don't like to talk about in the Christian community. Read morePublished 6 months ago by smurph
I don't read books often but I actually felt like God wanted me to read this book because I finished it in a week, which is a short time for someone who doesn't read often I can't... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Moyosore
Quick and easy delivery. Thank you! Affordable price for a great read!Published 17 months ago by Colby Kurtz
Very casual read. Felt like a conversation with a woman who had been there and done that and I was gleaning every word.Published 21 months ago by ur sister in christ
This book is perfect for women trying to understand the purpose of sex as it is outlined in the Bible. I enjoyed this book so much and will recommend it to a lot of my friends!Published 22 months ago by Pen Name
When reading this book on my kindle, some paragraphs and phrases are repeated. Although Shellie has great things to say (and the book is still worth the purchase) the poor editing... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Bri
Shellie tells it straight-up with no holding back. Though I can't relate to the majority of what she talks about, this is a great over-all book about purity, femininity, and... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by karen musclow