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Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity
Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity
by Anna Broadway
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Journey To God Through Guys, March 10, 2010
Anna Broadway is like many hopeless romantics. Since childhood, she has dreamed of meeting Mr. Right, whom she shaped from the men in sappy novels, romantic comedies, and love songs. And, as she begins to date, she even tries to see how each interested guy could possibly be "The One." But Broadway's story has a twist: this hopeless romantic doesn't want to just find a guy--she wants to find God too. In fact, as Broadway learns, finding God is more important and proves to be more satisfying than the right guy could ever be.

Broadway grew up in a stable household, was raised by loving parents who home-schooled her, and never doubted that she had the so-called "relationship with God," even before she really understood what that meant. However, through her journey to find the right guy, she realizes that she was prioritizing romantic love over love for God. Even as she grows in her relationship with God and seeks His will for her relationships, she continually learns lessons about God and guys that any young Christian woman could both identify with and learn from. Overall, in Sexless in the City, Broadway successfully chronicles the sexless life of a Christian woman pursuing God and waiting for her "Hoped-for-Husband," as she calls him. Broadway's writing is light-hearted but transparent, allowing the female Christian reader to sympathize with Broadway, learn valuable lessons about faith and love, and still enjoy the process. For instance, Broadway shares early in the memoir this lesson concerning her relationship with God: that when she "sought God Himself... he met [her]; if [she] sought just an experience, He let that comfort wither..."-a good reminder to any Christian, as it is all too easy to slip into auto-pilot faith and not actively seek God Himself. These kinds of lessons are seamlessly woven into the fabric of Broadway's life-story. While it does not feel like you are reading a devotional or a self-help book, Broadway's memoir provides almost as much substance and encouragement as books from those genres. Broadway's book is a must-read for young Christian women.

While Broadway claims that the romantic genre of media did not help in her journey through relationships, her book could easily be considered an enjoyable, new breed of romantic comedy--but by the end of this story, Broadway has a her own definition of happily-ever-after: "No matter what the future held, if I found my purpose in seeking God's kingdom, my identity couldn't be shaken." Rather than an ideal life centered around having the perfect man, Broadway learns to seek God first in spite of her desire for a husband. Christian women who feel, like Broadway did, that the only way to learn about love is from romantic movies, songs, and books will find this memoir refreshingly honest about the process of Christian dating. Overall, female Christian readers will learn truths about God, His will for relationships, and how to grow in one's relationship with Him--even without having found Mr. Right.

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