Objects of Pleasure: An Egalitarian tale of Complementarian Pornography Kindle Edition
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That one word pretty much sums up how much this story touched my heart. But let me cut a little deeper to explain why.
Heidi’s stories are always deep, pertinent, and incisive. She never shies away from real-life issues, but examines them under a sterile white light to reveal all their ugly defects yet still manage to present both sides of a controversy without any bias or sermonizing. Her writing always acknowledges that there are never any easy answers, and she always develops her stories to show that.
This is Heidi at her best, and I couldn't stop reading. It grabbed me immediately as, suture by literary suture, she stitched together a story that refused to let me go until I had found out whether June, her husband Hank, and Eric, her son from a different man, would survive their ordeal.
But beware. It's not a comfortable read, especially if you call yourself a Christian. But it's an awesome read. An important read. And includes a much-needed look at a little-dealt-with subject as one of its main themes -- spiritual abuse.
With the skill of a literary heart surgeon, Heidi has crafted a hard-hitting and gripping story brimming with literary devices: Complex and interesting, characters. A plot that moves along without a single splatter of coincidence. A unique setting. Creative and germane similes. A liberal use of visceral metaphors.
It’s a literature professor's dream: a modern work with both contemporary relevance and literary depth while still being enjoyable, accessible, and inspiring on a surface level.
Like tools from a surgeon's tray, Heidi wields these literary devices expertly.
The themes, like in all great literature, are relevant and manifold: Respect and dignity in relationships. Teen angst. Pornography. Cultism. Civic violence. Feminism. Empathy. The value of women. And more.
Want specific examples? You'll have to read the story to find them!
And Oh. My. God. The symbolism! It's spurting out of the story from everywhere! But the main symbol in particular... Wow! What an indelible, surprising, shocking, appropriate, profound, cut-to-the-core symbol for the disgusting, damaging, and demeaning nature of false religion! I’ll be ruminating on it for weeks!
What is that symbol? You’ll have to read the story to find out!
But prepare yourselves.
Though set in a Christian home Bible study situation, this is no Christian story. It's intended audience is not the sheltered and blessed. It is meant for those living in a world of pain and abuse, both emotional and spiritual, who, in need of comfort, respect, understanding, and support, have found themselves instead being slapped upside the heart with judgmentalism, pious and weak-kneed platitudes, and doctrinaire arrogance. It is for those desperately trying to heal from the gaping hole in their chest left by abuse from ex-boyfriend, teen-age child, and a near-cultic church.
Is there an escape? You'll have to read the story to find out!
But it's not an easy-to-endure read. Heidi cuts deep and pulls no punches in her honest and gritty portrayal of real life and a painful situation. It's not sanitized. It's not bowdlerized. It's not even PG-ified. It's gritty, it's graphic, and it's visceral. She's not afraid to portray life just as it is with all of it's strong language, violence, emotional despair, and disturbing sexual images.
Want examples? You'll have to read the story to see them!
And when you read it, even in all its graphic, visceral, vicarious glory you'll still feel a constant undercurrent of empathy. There is never any obvious authorial intrusion, but somehow you can always sense that Heidi is there trying to soothe and comfort. You can tell that she cares and understands She’s not just tossing platitudes like candy-colored painkillers that mask the real symptoms. There is no overt sermonizing, just a sense of someone behind the words who cares, who listens, who understands.
And sometimes that's enough.
Sometimes it's enough just to know that you're not the only one in the world with problems.
And yes, I have to admit, the story of June touched my heart so deeply that at times I actually wept.
Not to be outdone by all the other surgical literary devices, the ending is perfect. It's one of the most impacting, relevant, and emotional endings I've ever read. Nothing forced. Nothing coincidental. Just a natural flow through an intense climax and denouement that reminds us of all that has transpired. Heidi sutures everything closed neatly and memorably. It's not the saccharine ending of pulp fiction, so the incision of her story may leave a raw ugly scar for a while, but she has done such a masterful job, I know that over time it will heal itself beautifully and leave me a better man than I was before.
And isn't that what great literature should do?
So, do June, Hank, and Eric make it through okay?
You’ll have to read the story to find out!