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Dual Character Suburbia Profile,
This review is from: The Abstinence Teacher (Hardcover)Somehow I was attracted to this due to the advertised topic of public school sex education vs. evangelicals. But the real focus throughout is sexual obsession. It is painted in contrasting pictures between a pleasure seeking at all costs culture vs. a below-average Scripture informed group of Christians. This works it's way out from an individual on each of these polarized sides.
Both Ruth the sex ed teacher and Tim the struggling, converted Christian are dominated by their sexual thoughts and cravings, at least in the author's psychological portrayal. Seems everyone in the community is such. This appears to be modern trend of novelists to sell books, to make it very sexually dominated, e.g. Garrison Keillor's new novel "Pontoon," which is certainly a shift for him.
Speaks likely true of many in suburbia today, however does not do real justice to what the Bible has to portray in response. Sex is good gift of God, only as all other gifts to be misused by humanity for their detriment, as exhibited throughtout this fictional romp. Christianity is portrayed as stop your sin and overcome it, rather than truth of the Bible which is have your sins forgiven in Christ, i.e. justification vs. sanctification, or law vs. gospel. Here as in much of Christianity the order and importance is warped and confused.
Although it is not readily clear what the author's intent was on the final outcome, it seems his leaning is towards what works for the individual without unduly stressing others and the culture. True, thisis fiction, but nonetheless it is not surprising how it influences people. Certainly portrays parts of this cultural war.
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2007 7:26:28 PM PST
Barbara J. Donner says:
good review, and it tells me I do not want the book.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2007 5:44:19 AM PST
good decision; you'll save time and money if you were to purchase
Posted on Jul 25, 2008 3:53:22 PM PDT
M. Marlene Smith says:
I think this is not a good review; it is written awkwardly with pretensions to a greater intellect than rodboomboom actually possesses.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2008 5:05:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2008 5:05:24 AM PDT
So, if the thought behind something can't easily be defended, attack style, personality, intellect, etc.? How come our society has come to this point, that rather than talk ideas, we attack by name-calling?
Why not react to the thoughts of the review, even if the style and intellect are not superb?
Just a humble thought.
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